MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Florida State, which defeated Fordham 67-43 on Friday, takes on Colorado State in the Jamaica Classic on Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The Seminoles are 2-0 for the third consecutive season and for the 13th time in 16 seasons under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton.
FLORIDA STATE VS. COLORADO STATE – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will face Colorado State in the second round of the Jamaica Classic. The game between the Seminoles and the Rams is the second meeting of the two teams in the sport of men’s basketball and first since an 84-54 Seminole victory on December 30, 1975 in the final round of the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore. Head Coach Larry Eustachy, also formerly the head coach at Southern Miss, Iowa State, Utah State and Idaho is in his sixth season with the Buffaloes. The Seminoles faced Eustachy and his Utah State team in the second round of the Preseason NIT on November 15, 1997. The Seminoles earned a 66-55 win over the Aggies on their way to the finals of the event, where they would go onto to lose to Kansas in the championship game. Assistant coach Steve Barnes was an assistant to Eustachy on the Utah State team that faced the Seminoles in Tallahassee in 1997. Robbie Berwick, who averaged 2.4 points and 1.0 rebound as a freshman at Florida State during the 2014-15 season, transferred to Colorado State and is be eligible to play for the Rams this season.
SEMINOLES ADD TO RECORD BOOK WITH DEFENSIVE EFFORT AGAINST FORDHAM
Florida State turned in one of the most dominating defensive performances in school history as it limited Fordham to 43 points on a .231 percent shooting from the field and defeated the Rams by a 67-43 margin. The Seminoles’ .231 field goal percentage defense mark is tied for the fifth best in school history and was their best since limiting George Washington to a .226 shooting mark in a 67-48 win on Dec. 4, 2016. Florida State allowed the Rams to make only 12 field goals. The Seminoles have held their first two opponents to a .313 shooting percentage. Florida State led the nation in both 2010 and 2011 in field goal percentage defense and the 1998 Miami Hurricanes (also coached by Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton) led the nation in field goal percentage defense.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE NUMBERS AFTER TWO GAMES
Florida State limited its first two opponents to an average of 55.0 points per game, a .313 combined field goal shooting mark (36-118), a combined .167 mark from the 3-point line (eight of 48), have blocked 17 shots (8.5 blocked shots per game) and have earned 20 steals (10.0 steals per game). The Seminoles have blocked nearly 15 percent of their opponents’ 115 shots and have forced 42 turnovers (21.0 turnovers per game).
DUNK YOU VERY MUCH
Florida State, which led the nation with 183 dunks in 2017, is looking to win the nation’s dunk crown for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles have 13 dunks in their first two games (6.5 dunks per game) with junior Christ Koumadje leading the way with six dunks. Florida State averaged 5.2 dunks per game during the 2016-17 season.
DOUBLE DIGIT VICTORIES
Florida State defeated George Washington by an 87-67 margin (+20) on Tuesday and defeated Fordham by a 67-43 margin (+24). The Seminoles have held at least a 20-point lead in both of its first two games (+28 vs. Fordham and +20 vs. George Washington) and led both of its first two games by at least 17 points at the half (52-30, +18 vs. George Washington and 35-18, +17 points against Fordham.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Colorado State and win its third game to open the 2017-18 season. It would mark the second consecutive year and 11th time under Leonard Hamilton the Seminoles would have opened a season with a 3-0 record;
…Defeat Colorado State and gain a win over a team from the state of Colorado for the third time in school history. The Seminoles have wins over Denver (1971-72) and Colorado State (1975-76).