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