Feb. 11, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which is 5-0 at home in ACC games this season, returns home after two consecutive games on the road to play host to Virginia at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won six of their last eight games with victories coming at home against then No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 12, 66-61), NC State (Jan. 15, 84-71), Boston College (Jan. 22, 67-51) and Wake Forest (Feb. 1, 80-61). The Seminoles also won their ACC opener back in December against Clemson (Dec. 12, 75-69) and are 7-3 in conference play with six league games remaining. Florida State returns home after winning at Georgia Tech on Thursday night to earn their second ACC road win of the season – the Seminoles also won at Miami (Jan. 19, 55-53). Florida State leads the ACC with six wins in true road games and will play three of the final six regular season ACC games of the season away from Tallahassee. Following Saturday’s game against Virginia, the Seminoles are not scheduled to play during the upcoming week before travelling to play at Wake Forest on Feb. 19 at 1:00 p.m.
SINGLETON NAMED TO NAISMITH AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 30
Junior All-American Chris Singleton has been named to the Naismith Award midseason top 30 list by the Atlanta Tip Off Club. The multi-talented forward enters Saturday’s game against Virginia averaging a team high 14.0 points and a team high 7.4 rebounds to go along with 52 steals and 39 blocked shots. Singleton is one of five ACC players on the list of 30 and is joined by Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech, Kyle Singer and Nolan Smith of Duke and Jordan Williams of Maryland.
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton 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. He is one of only two players (also Reggie Jackson of Boston College) who have earned ACC Player of the Week honors multiple times this season.
MIDSEASON AWARDS INCLUDE SEMINOLES’ SINGLETON AND HAMILTON
Florida State’s junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton was named to the Mid Season All-ACC First Team by Ken Tysiac of the Raleigh News and Observer along with Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler of Duke, Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech and Jordan Williams of Maryland. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton was named as the Mid Season Coach of the Year for guiding the Seminoles to the top of the ACC standings. Singleton was an All ACC Third Team selection and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and win its eighth ACC game of the season. It would mark the school record third consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least eight conference games. The Seminoles are one of only two ACC teams (also Duke) who won at least 10 ACC game in both of the last two seasons. Florida State was 10-6 in both the 2008-09 (fourth place) and 2009-10 seasons (third place);
…Defeat Virginia and win its sixth ACC home game of the season. The Seminoles have won at least six ACC home games in both of the last two seasons;
…Defeat Virginia and up its record to 11-2 at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles have won at least 10 home games in each of the last six seasons. Florida State has won 79 games at home in the last six seasons.
THE NUMBERS FROM FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER GEORGIA TECH…
…Florida State, which leads the ACC in field goal percentage defense, limited Georgia Tech to a .299 field goal shooting percentage in its win on Friday night. It is the best field goal percentage defense by the Seminoles in an ACC game and was more than 25 percentage points less than the Seminoles held North Carolina to on Feb. 6 (.557);
…Florida State held as much as a 16 point lead in its victory over the Yellow Jackets. It marked the fifth time in 10 ACC games this season that Florida State has held a double digit lead (against Duke, NC State, Boston College, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech) in conference play this season;
…Florida State made more free throws (24) than Georgia Tech attempted (15). It marked the second time in ACC play this season (also in Florida State’s win over Wake Forest) that the Seminoles made more free throws than their opponents attempted;
…Florida State limited Georgia Tech to 18 first half points on Thursday night – the fewest points they have allowed in a first half this season. The Seminoles limited the Yellow Jackets to a .194 shooting mark from the field on seven made field goals in the first 20 minutes of the games.
FLORIDA STATE MOVES BACK INTO NATIONAL FIELD GOAL PCT. DEFENSE LEAD
Florida State, which held Georgia Tech to a .299 field goal shooting percentage in its victory over the Yellow Jackets, is the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in the field goal percentage defense category. The Seminoles have led the nation and the ACC during the majority of the season and are holding their 24 opponents to a .361 mark.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State has held 90 of its last 92 opponents below 50 percent shooting since March 8, 2008. Only Gonzaga (.500 percent on March 19, 2010 in the NCAA Tournament) and North Carolina (.557 percent on Feb. 6, 2011) have 50 percent or better against the Seminoles in the last three seasons.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE-ABILITY
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia as the ACC’s top defense team. The Seminoles are the only team to ranks in the ACC’s top three in the most important defensive statistics of field goal percentage defense (.361, first), blocked shots (6.0, second), steals (8.9, second), rebounding (40.2, third) and scoring defense (61.9, second).
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS
Led by junior Bernard James’ three blocked shots against Georgia Tech, Florida State blocked seven shots in its victory over the Yellow Jackets. It marked the second consecutive and fourth time in an ACC game this season that the Seminoles had blocked at least seven shots against a conference opponent. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Virginia ranked second in the ACC with a 6.0 blocked shots per game average. In addition, the Seminoles are only one blocked shot behind Wake Forest for the overall conference lead for total blocked shots. The Seminoles led the ACC in blocked shots during the 2009-10 season behind the shot blocking duo of All-ACC Defensive Team selections Solomon Alabi (ACC ranked first, 2.3 bpg) and ACC Defensive Player of the Year Chris Singleton (ACC ranked fifth, 1.5 bpg). The Seminoles rank second in the league statistics this season behind the shot blocking prowess of All-ACC Defensive team candidates Bernard James (ACC ranked fourth, 2.2 bpg) and National and ACC Defensive Player of the Year favorite Singleton (ACC ranked eighth, 1.6 bpg).
SINGLETON DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton earned his single season career-high seventh double double in Florida State’s victory over Georgia Tech. It marked Singleton’s 12th career double double and third in ACC play during his career.