March 15, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has a two game winning streak against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament, faces the Tar Heels in the quarterfinals of the 2013 ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, 73-69, in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday night. The Seminoles’ game against the Tar Heel marks the school record seventh consecutive season they had played, or advanced to the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament. Florida State began play in the quarterfinals in each of the last four seasons after finishing in the top four of the league standings and has advanced this season with its win over Clemson. The winner of Friday’s game between Florida State and North Carolina advances to the semifinals of the tournament against the winner of Friday night’s first game between Duke and Maryland. That game is scheduled for 3:30 on Saturday.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON FOUR CONSECUTIVE ACC TOURNAMENT GAMES
Florida State enters Friday’s game against North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament having won a school record four consecutive ACC Tournament games. The Seminoles won each of their three games in 2012 and added their fourth consecutive win against Clemson on Thursday night. Leonard Hamilton now as a .500 record (9-9) in 18 career ACC Tournament games – he is Florida State’s winningest coach in ACC Tournament play and has more than twice as many ACC Tournament wins (nine) in the same amount of ACC Tournament appearances (11) than the first two Seminoles coaches had (four) in the Seminoles’ first 11 years in the ACC.
WHITE GOES FOR A CAREER HIGH 24 AGAINST CLEMSON
Junior Okaro White scored his career high of 24 points – including 17 in the second half — in Florida State’s 73-69 win over Clemson on Thursday night. It marked the second time this season (he also scored 20 against Maryland on January 9) and the third time in his career he scored at least 20 points in a single game. White was eight of 11 from the field (.727 percent) and a perfect seven of seven (1.000 percent) from the free throw line to score his career high and game high total of 24. White enters Friday’s game against North Carolina having made 32 of his last 36 free throw attempts (.889 percent) in the last nine games.
SNAER SEALS THE DEAL AGAINST CLEMSON
Two-time All-ACC selection Michael Snaer made four of four consecutive free throws in the final 22 seconds of the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson on Thursday night. He enters Friday’s game against North Carolina having made 22 consecutive free throws and shooting .818 percent (112 of 137) from the free throw line for the season. Snaer made all four of his free throws to score the Seminoles’ final four points of the game after having gone scoreless in the second half up to that point. With his 10 points scored against Clemson, he moved into sole possession of ninth place in scoring in school history with 1,516 career points. Snaer needs only six points to surpass Seminole All-American Al Thornton (2004-07) and move into eighth place on Florida State’s all-time career scoring list.
BOOKERT CONTINUES TO SCORE THE BALL; TOTALS 12 AGAINST CLEMSON
Freshman point guard Devon Bookert, who is Florida State’s second leading scorer with a 6.5 points scored per game average, scored 12 points in the Seminoles’ 73-69 win over Clemson on Thursday night. It marked the fourth time in the last six games that Bookert has scored in double figures – he is averaging 11.3 points scored per game since totaling 14 points at Virginia Tech on February 24. Bookert has now scored in double figures in nine different games as a freshman and five times in nine games as a starter.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the second consecutive season, for the third time in the last five years and for the fourth time in school history. The Seminoles advanced as far as the Seminoles in 1992, 2009 and 2012. In both 2009 and 2012, the Seminoles advanced to the Championship game and won their first ever ACC Tournament Championship in 2012;
…Defeat North Carolina and win its fifth consecutive ACC Tournament game. The Seminoles defeated Miami, No. 6 Duke, and No. 4 North Carolina to win the 2012 ACC Championship and won its fourth consecutive ACC Tournament game against Clemson on Thursday night.