March 4, 2011
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|RBC Center | Raleigh, NC|
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which is one of only two teams to finish in the top four of the ACC standings in each of the last three seasons, travels to NC State to close out its regular season against the Wolfpack on Sunday, March 6 at 6:15 p.m. at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. The Seminoles have already clinched a bye through the first round of the ACC Tournament and are waiting on conference play during the final weekend of the season (including their game against NC State) to see where they will finish in the ACC standings (either third or fourth place) and who they will play in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., March 10-13. Florida State’s game against NC State is its second against the Wolfpack after taking the first meeting in Tallahassee by an 84-71 margin. Not only is the game the final one of the regular season for the Seminoles, but it will bring the curtain down on the ACC regular season as the last game of the conference schedule. Following Sunday’s game against NC State, the Seminoles will play on Friday in the 58th Annual ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. at the Greensboro Coliseum.
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton, who is expected to play for the Seminoles during the postseason, 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.
SEMINOLES EARN 20TH OVERALL AND 10TH ACC WIN
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State with 20 overall wins and 10 ACC wins and in sole possession of third place in the conference standings. It marks the school record third consecutive season that Florida State has won at least 20 overall games and 10 ACC games. FLORIDA STATE IS ONE OF ONLY TWO TEAMS (ALSO DUKE) IN THE ACC THAT HAS ACHIEVED THE MILESTONES OF 20 OVERALL WINS AND 10 ACC WINS IN EACH OF THE LAST THREE SEASONS.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE AND HEAD COACH Leonard Hamilton
…Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC (also Duke) this season who have been in the top three of the conference standings for the ENTIRE season. After winning its first game in December, the Seminoles improved to 5-1 before losing for a second time in league play and have NEVER dropped below third place in the league standings.
…Picked to finish fifth in the league standings by the ACSMA in October, the Seminoles can finish as high as third in the league standings. It will mark the third consecutive season the Seminoles will have finished in the top four in the league standings for the first time in school history.
… Heading into the final weekend of the season, Florida State is the only team not picked to finish in the top four of the league standings at Operation Basketball to have clinched a top four standing and a first round bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State and win its 11th game of the ACC season. It will mark the most ACC wins in a single season for the Seminoles since winning 12 conference games during the 1992-93 season. A victory over NC State would tie for the second best total of ACC wins in a season – 11 – by the 1991-92 Seminoles;
…Defeat NC State and earn a regular season sweep of the Wolfpack. It would mark the first time since the 1998 season that the Seminoles swept the regular season series against NC State.
FLORIDA STATE IS 2-2 WITHOUT SINGLETON IN THE LINE-UP
Florida State will play Sunday’s game against NC State without the services of junior All-American, ACC and National Defensive Player of the Year candidate Chris Singleton. The Seminoles are 2-2 without Singleton in the line-up and were successful in the better part of a win against Virginia without Singleton. The super star forward was lost to the Seminoles with just under 10 elapsed against Virginia on Feb. 12. When Singleton was injured against Virginia, the Seminoles trailed the Cavaliers, 19-15, but rallied to defeat the Cavaliers going away, 63-56. The Seminoles outscored the Cavaliers, 48-37, without Singleton to earn the win.
FLORIDA STATE RANKS AMONG ACC STATISTICAL LEADERS
Florida State, which stands in third place in the ACC standings, is also among the league’s top three teams statistical teams. The Seminoles are one of only four league teams to rank in the top five of at least 13 different league statistics. Florida State is the only team to rank in the top three of the ACC in six of the eight major defensive categories (field goal percentage defense, 1; 3-point field goal percentage defense, 1; blocked shots, 1; steals, 2; defensive rebounds, 2 and scoring defense, 3). The Seminoles rank first in the ACC in more defensive categories than any other ACC team.
FLORIDA STATE HAS…
…Won four of its last six games with two wins on the road at Ga. Tech (Feb. 10) and Wake (Feb. 19);
…Followed a loss with a win six times this season and as lost a season high two games only twice this season. Most recently the Seminoles followed a loss at Maryland with a win at home against Miami.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Florida State is one of only two teams in the nation that ranks in the top 25 of the most important defensive categories – field goal percentage defense (first), blocked shots (10th) and steals (13th) that are compiled by the NCAA. Only Alabama of the SEC joins the Seminoles as the two teams ranked among the nation’s top defensive teams in the top 25 of all three categories.
FLORIDA STATE’S STARTING LINE-UPS
Florida State has utilized six different starting line-ups this season. Its sixth different line-up (Bernard James, Okaro White, Deividas Dulkys, Michael Snaer and Derwin Kitchen) has taken the floor to start the last four games. The Seminoles have now lost 17 starts by starting players due to injuries (a total that will increase to 18 with Singleton missing Sunday’s game at NC State). Only one time this season has the Seminoles’ line-up changed because of a coaching staff decision – the other five times a starter has been forced from the line-up because of an injury.