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Seminoles Finish 2012 in Top 15 Of Major Polls

April 4, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
On the strength of its first ACC Tournament championship and second 25 win season in the last four seasons, the Florida State men’s basketball team is ranked in the top 15 of both major national polls to end the 2012 season – No. 10 by the Associated Press and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls. It marks the first time since the 1992-93 season – and only the second time in school history — that the Seminoles have been ranked in the top 15 in the final polls from both ranking services.

Florida State won its first ever ACC Tournament championship with consecutive victories over No. 6 Duke and No. 4 North Carolina at the Philips Arena in Atlanta on March 10 and 11. The Seminoles’ wins in the ACC Tournament allowed Florida State to become only the second team in ACC history to earn four wins against top 10 ranked Duke and North Carolina teams in the same season. The Seminoles became the first team to accomplish that feat since the 1984-85 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Seminoles also defeated then No. 3 North Carolina (90-57, Jan. 14) and then No. 4 Duke (76-73, Jan. 21) in an eight day span in vaulting to the top of the ACC standings for seven weeks during the regular season.

The Seminoles were 4-3 against teams ranked in the AP top 25 and 5-4 against teams in the final ESPN/USA Today poll and earned an ACC leading seven wins against ranked teams during the season. In addition to two wins over both North Carolina and Duke, the Seminoles also earned two victories over nationally ranked Virginia and a win over NC State during the regular season. The Cavaliers were ranked inside the top 25 for the majority of the regular season while the Wolfpack finished the season ranked No. 20 in the ESPN poll after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The Seminoles were 15-6 as a ranked team including six consecutive wins during the month of March – two to close out the regular season, three in the ACC Tournament and one during their school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Florida State spent the final seven weeks of the season ranked in both major polls and was included in the AP Poll in 10 of 18 weeks and spent nine of 18 weeks in the ESPN poll. Led by ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles were one of only two teams in the nation that began the season unranked and finished ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll (also Michigan State) and were one of only three teams who began the season unranked and finished the season in the top 15 of the ESPN Poll (also Michigan State and Indiana).

The Seminoles’ eight consecutive week run in the AP Poll (Jan. 23-March 11) was their best since an eight week run during the 1997-98 season (Dec. 1-Jan.16) while their seven consecutive week run in the ESPN Poll was their longest since an eight week stay also during the 1997-98 season (Dec. 1-Jan, 16).

Florida State’s string of eight consecutive weeks in the AP Poll is tied for the third longest consecutive streak in school history.

This season, Florida State spent 10 weeks included in the AP Poll which is the most weeks spent in the poll in one season since the Seminoles spent all 16 weeks (preseason through postseason) in the poll during the 1992-93 season. The Seminoles were also included in the ESPN Poll for 10 weeks – the most weeks in a single season in that poll since a 17-week stay dung the 1992-93 season.

The Seminoles’ 10th place finish in the AP Poll ties their highest ever in the writers’ poll as they also finished in 10th in the final poll of the 1971-72 season – the year they played UCLA in the NCAA national championship game. Florida State’s No. 15 ranking in the final ESPN poll marked their third highest national finish ever according to the coaches poll – the Seminoles finished 14th at the conclusion of the 1991-92 season and seventh at the end of the 1992-93 season.

2012 Final Associated Press Poll    2012 Final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
1.   Kentucky (31)      1,621       1.    Kentucky (31)        38-2
2.   Syracuse (1)       1,545       2.    Kansas               32-7
3.   Missouri (2)       1,459       3.    Ohio State           31-8
4.   North Carolina (1) 1,403       4.    Louisville           30-10
5.   Michigan State     1,386       5.    Syracuse             34-3
6.   Kansas             1,330       6.    North Carolina       32-6
7.   Ohio State         1,229       7.    Michigan State       29-8
8.   Duke               1,158       8.    Baylor               30-8
9.   Baylor             1,064       9.    Florida              26-11
10.  Florida State      972         10.   Marquette            27-8
11.  Marquette          912         11.   Missouri             30-5
12.  Murray State       871         12.   Wisconsin            26-10
13.  Michigan           808         13.   Indiana              27-9
14.  Wisconsin          766         14.   Duke                 27-7
15.  Georgetown         726         15.   Florida State        25-10
16.  Indiana            576         16.   Murray State         31-2
17.  Louisville         558         17.   Georgetown           24-9
18.  Wichita State      517         18.   Cincinnati           26-11
19.  Creighton          373         19.   Vanderbilt           25-11
20.  Vanderbilt         334         20.   NC State             24-13
21.  New Mexico         318         21.   Creighton            29-6
22.  San Diego State    223         22.   Michigan             24-10
23.  UNLV               201         23.   New Mexico           28-7
24.  Saint Mary's       287         24.   Xavier               23-13
25.  Florida            146         25.   Ohio                 29-8

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