Feb. 9, 2011
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|Alexander Memorial Coliseum | Atlanta, GA|
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Sean Grimm, Special to Seminoles.com –
Following a trip to Chapel Hill to face the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Florida State Seminoles (16-7, 6-3) are back on the road Thursday night in Atlanta against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-12, 3-6).
While Georgia Tech may be sitting a couple games below .500 overall, eight of the Yellow Jackets 10 wins have come at home this year including victories over North Carolina and Virginia Tech so Florida State will travel to a hostile environment in Atlanta looking to register the team’s second conference road win of the season.
Freshman forward Okaro White, who has earned a starting role as of late, spoke on the team’s road difficulties.
“We’re trying to figure that out, we’re trying to correct whatever the issue is in practice every day. We’re just focused on getting better; the games we lose, we put that behind us.”
The match up with the Tar Heels was White’s first career start away from home. He says that playing in a fierce environment like Dean Dome in Chapel Hill will definitely help him in the long run.
“Oh yeah, I feel I will be more prepared. I feel once you’ve played there, you can play anywhere on the road. I feel that prepared me very well.”
Georgia Tech has all the potential in the world to be explosive on the offensive end with their athleticism and the Yellow Jackets have the ability to present a unique challenge for a stifling FSU defense.
“The guard penetration. A majority of the game they can play four guards, and that’s something we need to be worried about,” said Florida State junior forward Chris Singleton of the Georgia Tech offense.
Speaking of Singleton, the junior has had to deal with fouls in the Seminoles two recent road losses to Clemson and North Carolina. However, the Georgia native said that won’t change his approach to Thursday night’s match up in Atlanta.
“It doesn’t change my approach to the game. I still got to go in there and try and help my team,” said Singleton.
Florida State’s success will once again be centered on successful defense and Singleton knows his presence is huge for the Seminoles on that end of the floor.
White also believes he can contribute more on the defensive end.
“I think I played some not-so-good defense against North Carolina, so I’m looking to come out and play great defense against Georgia Tech,” said the freshman forward.
Although the road has had a few speed bumps as of late, Singleton says this team is still on track to have a successful year when it’s all said and done.
“We got to go out there and win, and most importantly win on the road. I think we’re ok, but we can do much better. We just got to keep winning,” said Singleton.
A road win Thursday night will boost the confidence of a Seminole squad that still has to travel to Wake Forest, Maryland and NC State before heading to Greensboro for the ACC Tournament in March.
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 Georgia Tech and win its sixth consecutive game against the Yellow Jackets. A win would tie the Seminoles longest winning streak in the series which dates back to the 1962-63 season;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its seventh ACC game of the season. It would mark the school record sixth consecutive season the Seminoles will have won at least seven ACC games;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and earn its third consecutive win on the road at Georgia Tech. A win would tie the school record for consecutive road wins at Georgia Tech since becoming a member of the ACC;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its second ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles won earlier this month at Miami (Jan. 19, 55-53) and have six ACC road wins in the last two seasons.
FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS IN THE ACC
Florida State is the second winningest program in the ACC in the last three years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total ACC regular season and ACC Tournament games. The Seminoles have won 28 games against ACC competition. Florida State played in the 2009 ACC Championship game and is one of only two teams in the ACC (they are joined by Duke) who has finished with double digit wins and in the top four of the final ACC standings in BOTH of the last two seasons. Including their six wins in ACC play this season, the Seminoles average nine wins per season with eight games plus the ACC Tournament still remaining on their schedule.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last three years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games played with 62 wins. 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 15 of their first 21 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Thursday’s game at Georgia Tech having won 16 of 23 games this season (.696 winning percentage) and 21 of their last 31 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.
SEMINOLES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Georgia Tech as one of only two teams in the ACC that has played at least five ranked teams and is one of only two teams in the league that has defeated at least two ranked teams. The Seminoles have played five ranked teams (No. 14 Florida, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 15 Baylor, No. 1 Duke and No. 23 North Carolina) and defeated two of them (No. 15 Baylor on Dec. 25, 68-61 and No. 1 Duke on Jan. 16, 66-61). Only Maryland (5, 0-5) has played as many ranked teams and only Duke has defeated more ranked teams (3, 3-0) so far this season among league teams. Florida State has won two games against ranked teams this season – with the entire ACC having defeated a total of nine ranked teams.
FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD IN ACC PLAY
Florida State enters its game at Georgia Tech with 10 ACC road wins in the last three seasons – the third highest total of road wins in conference play since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles were 5-3 on the road in 2009-10 with wins at Georgia Tech, at Boston College, at Virginia, at North Carolina and at Miami. Earlier this season the Seminoles won at Miami and enter Thursday’s game looking for their third consecutive win at Georgia Tech.
FLORIDA STATE IS…
…The ACC’s third winningest road team in the last two seasons with 6 wins
…The ACC’s third winningest road team in the ACC in the last three seasons with 10 wins