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Preview: Noles Vs. Miami

Feb. 25, 2011

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Saturday, February 26th –  2:00 pm EST
Donald L. Tucker Center | Tallahassee, FL
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TV:  ACC Network | Radio: Seminole Sports Network
Key Players

Derwin Kitchen

30.0
Min / Game
32.3

Malcolm Grant

9.8
Pts. / Game
15.0
3.7
Ast. / Game
3.3
5.5
Reb. / Game
1.7
50.3
FG %
42.2
36.7
3PT %
44.3
77.5
FT %
87.2
Head to Head

Florida State Seminoles

(19-8) (9-4 ACC)

Miami Hurricanes

(17-11) (5-8 ACC)

Scoring‘NolesCanes
Points/Game
70
72
FG %
43.1
44.9
3PT %
32.6
38.9
FT %
66.7
72.9
Defense‘NolesCanes
Rebounds/Game
40
36
Steals/Game
9
6
Blocks/Game
6
4

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State, one of only three ACC teams who are undefeated at home in ACC action with a perfect 6-0 record, plays host to Miami on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles game against the Hurricanes marks the second game of the season between the Sunshine State opponents with the first meeting of the season (Jan. 19, 2011) going to Florida State by a 55-53 margin. Florida State closed the game on a 17-6 run to earn its fourth consecutive win over Miami. Florida State enters its game against Miami having won eight of its last 11 games and has followed a loss with a win five times in seven tries this season – most recently with a win at Georgia Tech on Feb. 10 after falling at North Carolina on Feb. 6. The Seminoles are 3-1 in games against teams from the state of Florida this season with wins over North Florida (Nov. 12, 75-55), Florida International (Nov. 18, 89-66) and at Miami (Jan, 19, 55-53). Following Saturday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles will play their final home game of the 2010-11 season as they play host to North Carolina on March 2 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. The Seminoles will then close out their regular season at NC State on March 6 at 6:15 p.m. Both of the Seminoles final two regular season games of the season will be televised nationally.

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 has earned ACC Player of the Week honors twice this season.

FLORIDA STATE WELCOMES BACK 1972 NCAA NATIONAL FINALISTS
Florida State’s 1972 basketball team came up just short of a national championship against coach John Wooden and his legendary UCLA team. FSU fans will have a chance to welcome back that team today when the current Seminoles takes on Miami. All but one of the players from the team along with Hugh Durham and his coaching staff are returning for a two-day reunion that will include a team walk through Seminole fans and recognition at halftime Florida State’s game against the Hurricanes. Seminole basketball history was made by this ’72 team and the incredible tournament run gained national respect for FSU. The Seminoles made the then 25-member NCAA Tournament field on the strength of a great regular season run that included a 23-5 overall record and 11-1 mark at home.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and gain a regular season sweep of the Hurricanes for the second consecutive season and for the third time in the last five years; …Defeat Miami and win its fifth consecutive game against the Hurricanes. The Seminoles have defeated Miami in each of their last four meetings since Feb. 18, 2009; …Defeat Miami and win its seventh ACC home game of the season to tie the school record for conference wins at home in a single season. The Seminoles also won seven ACC games during the 1992-93 season in finishing in second place in the ACC with a 12-4 record; …Defeat Miami and win its 20th game of the season. It would mark the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Seminoles under Leonard Hamilton have won at least 20 games in a season. The Seminoles average 21.7 wins per season in the last six years; …Defeat Miami and win its 10th ACC game of the season. It would mark the first time since Florida State joined the ACC that it has won at least 10 ACC games in three consecutive seasons.

FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS IN THE ACC
Consistency. It’s what every program strives for and under Leonard Hamilton it’s what the Seminoles have achieved at a very high level. 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 55 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 nine wins in ACC play this season, the Seminoles average more than nine wins per year since the start of the 2005-06 season with four 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 65 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 17 of their first 24 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami having won 20 of 27 games this season (.741 winning percentage) and 24 of their last 35 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.

SEMINOLES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami as one of only three 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) and NC State (5, 0-5) have played as many ranked teams and only Duke has defeated more ranked teams (4, 4-0) 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 has12ACC road wins in the last three seasons – tied for the second 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 at Georgia Tech and next play on the road at NC State March 6.

FLORIDA STATE IS…
…Tied as the ACC’s third winningest road team in ACC play in the last three seasons with 12 wins …The ACC’s second winningest road team in overall games in the last three seasons with 18 wins

FLORIDA STATE’S SIZZLING ACC START
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami with a 9-4 record in ACC play and a solid hold on third place in the conference standings. The Seminoles’ 9-4 start after 13 games ranks as the second best start to an ACC season – behind only the 11-2 record after 13 games by the 1992-93 Seminoles who finished 12-4 in the ACC, advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and then to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

SEMINOLES PLAYING FOR 10 ACC WINS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami looking to earn its 10th ACC win of the season and up its ACC record to 10-4. A 10th ACC win this season would mark the school record third consecutive season the Seminoles have earned 10 ACC regular season wins. Florida State is looking to become only the fifth team in ACC history to earn double digit ACC wins in at least three consecutive seasons.

FLORIDA STATE WITH FOUR DOUBLE DIGIT ACC WINS
Florida State defeated Wake Forest, 84-66, on Feb. 19 to gain their fourth double digit ACC victory of the season. The Seminoles have also defeated NC State (Jan. 15, 84-71, +13), Boston College (Jan. 22, 67-51, +16) and Wake Forest (Feb. 1, 85-61, +24) by double digits in ACC play this season. It marks the sixth consecutive season and 18 times in 19 seasons since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season that Florida State has defeated at least one ACC team by 10 or more points in at least one game. The school record for double digit ACC wins is seven during the 1992-93 season when Florida State finished in second place in the ACC standings with a 12-4 mark.

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