Jan. 18, 2011
|Wednesday, January 19th – 9:00 p.m. EST|
|Bank United Center | Miami, FL|
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won eight of its last 10 ACC games in the last two seasons, continues a stretch of 15 consecutive ACC games as it travels to play at Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 9:00 p.m. at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game against the Hurricanes with three wins in their first four ACC games of the 2010-11 season after closing the 2008-09 season with five victories in their final six ACC games. With eight wins in their last 10 ACC games, the Seminoles have a 23-13 record in ACC regular season play since the start of the 2008-09 season. Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC (also Duke) who has won at least 10 games and finished in the top four of the ACC standings in the last two seasons. The Seminoles enter their game against Miami riding a two game winning streak with victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 12, 66-61) and NC State (Jan. 15, 84-71) in the last week and wins in eight of their last 11 games since topping Hartford (Dec. 5, 60-38). The Seminoles victory over No. 1 ranked Duke last week marked the fourth win in school history over the nation’s top ranked team (three have come under head coach Leonard Hamilton) and was their second victory over a ranked team this season after beating No. 15 Baylor (Dec. 23, 68-61) in the third place game in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Following Wednesday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles return home to play host to Boston College (Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m.) before travelling to play at Clemson (Jan. 29, Noon). The Seminoles opened their ACC schedule with a 75-69 win over the Tigers in Tallahassee on Dec. 12.
SINGLETON NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Chris Singleton, who ranks in the top 10 of seven different ACC statistical categories, was named the ACC Player of the Week along with Reggie Jackson of Boston College. He is an All-American candidate, a candidate for the Naismith Award as the nation’s top player, the top candidate for the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defender, an All-ACC candidate and the top candidate to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.
FLORIDA STATE RECENTLY IN ACC PLAY
With its victory over NC State on Saturday, the Seminoles have now defeated 10 of their 11 ACC opponents in the ACC in the last two seasons. The only team the Seminoles have not beaten in ACC play is Maryland. The Seminoles travel to play the Terps on Feb. 23 in College Park.
FLORIDA STATE RANKS AS THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
Florida State, which has held 85 of its last 86 opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field, is considered to be the nation’s top defensive team. The Seminoles are the top team in the nation for field goal percentage defense with a .350 mark, are ranked sixth nationally in blocked shots per game (6.4 spg) and are ranked in the top 30 for both steals per game (8.9 spg) and scoring defense (61.4 ppg).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and raise its ACC record to 4-1. It would mark the first time since the 1992-93 season and second time in school history the Seminoles will have won four of their first five ACC games;
…Defeat Miami and win its first ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles were 5-3 on the road in the ACC last season and have won six of their last 13 ACC road games;
…Defeat Miami and win its fourth consecutive game against the Hurricanes. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game having won eight of their last nine games against Miami.
FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS IN THE ACC
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last six years (since the start of the 2005-06 season) in total ACC regular season and ACC Tournament games. The Seminoles have won 51 games against ACC competition. Florida State played in the 2009 ACC Championship game and is one of only seven teams in the league (also Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State) to have played in at least one ACC Tournament championship game.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC with 60 wins since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles averaged 23.5 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) in the last two seasons and have won 13 of their first 18 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against NC State having won 12 of 17 games this season (.722 winning percentage) and 18 of their last 27 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.
FLORIDA STATE’S 13-POINT VICTORY OVER NC STATE
Florida State gained its largest margin of victory (84-71, +13) in an ACC game in its win over NC State on Saturday. The Seminoles also set season highs for most points scored in a half (56 in the second half) and were very efficient shooting the basketball as they made 30 field goals (their third highest total of the season) and shot .545 from the field (to mark the fourth time they have shot 50 percent or better from the field this season). The Seminoles’ 84 points were the most they had scored in a single game since scoring 97 in their win over Stetson (97-63, Dec. 15). In addition, the Seminoles shot .826 from the free throw line (19 of 23) to mark the third time this season the Seminoles have shot 80 percent or better from the line.
SEMINOLES WITH SEASON-LOW 11 TURNOVERS AGAINST NC STATE
With a combined three turnovers by Florida State’s primary ball handlers against NC State (Derwin Kitchen, 0, and Luke Loucks, 3) the Seminoles were charged with a season low 11 turnovers in their victory over NC State – more than four turnovers below their overall season average. The Seminoles were charged with a near season low five first half turnovers and only six in the second half. In its two wins last week against No. 1 ranked Duke and NC State, Florida State committed a total of 26 turnovers and surrendered a total of 27 points in the two games off of turnovers. To Illustrate how much better the Seminoles are taking care of the basketball, Florida State was charged with 26 turnovers in its victory over Hartford (60-38, Dec. 5) and has turned the ball over more than 20 times in four different games.
CURIOUS NUMBERS FROM FLORIDA STATE’S WINS OVER DUKE AND NC STATE
Florida State, which leads the ACC in rebound margin with a +6.7 mark, was outrebounded in both of its games against Duke and NC State – and won both games. It marked the first and second time this season that the Seminoles had been outrebounded and won. The Seminoles were outrebounded by both Florida and Ohio State in losses earlier this season. Against NC State, the Seminoles did not have a single shot blocked marking the third time this season (all in wins over Hartford, Stetson and NC State) that they have gone through a game without having a shot blocked. It marked the first time this season the Wolfpack had failed to block a shot in a game.