March 29, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, finished as the best defense in the ACC for the second consecutive season as it led the league in three defensive statistical categories (field goal percentage defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense and blocked shots) and ranked second in four more important defensive statistical categories (scoring defense, steals, rebound margin and defensive rebounds) as it finished with a 23-11 overall record and in third place in the ACC standings with an 11-5 record.
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC with 58 wins in ACC regular season and ACC Tournament play since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles have won at least 10 games in league play in a school record-tying three consecutive seasons and have finished in the top four in the league standings in a school record three consecutive seasons. The Seminoles’ 70 wins in the last three seasons are just one shy of tying the school record for wins in a three-year period (71).
Florida State held its 34 opponents to a .363 combined shooting percentage from the field – a statistic that currently stands as the top defensive field goal percentage in all of college basketball. The Seminoles are the first ACC team to lead the league statistics in field goal percentage defense in three consecutive seasons since Wake Forest during the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons. The Seminoles under Leonard Hamilton are now one of only three programs in ACC history to lead the league in field goal percentage defense in three consecutive seasons – joining Wake Forest and Maryland during the 1974, 1975 and 1976 seasons.
The Seminoles’ .363 field goal percentage defense mark is the best mark in the ACC since 1960 when NC State held its opponents to a .360 mark and the seventh best field goal percentage defense mark in ACC history.
In the last three seasons, Florida State has held its 101 opponents to a cumulative total of .376 shooting from the field with only three of those opponents shooting 50 percent or better from the field against the Seminoles’ suffocating defense.
Florida State also led the ACC in blocked shots (6.0 bpg) for the second consecutive season and in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.306) for the first time since joining the lead for the 1991-92 season. It marks only the 10th time in the history of the league that a team has led the conference standings in blocked shots in consecutive seasons and the fourth time in school history (also in 1993, 1995 and 2010) that the Seminoles have led the league in blocked shots.
In leading the ACC in three different statistical categories, the Seminoles joined only North Carolina (five) and Duke (four) as conference teams that topped the league in at least three different statistical categories.
Florida State’s players are also ranked among the top defensive players in the ACC with senior Derwin Kitchen and juniors Chris Singleton and Bernard James ranking among the league’s top players. Both Singleton (second, 2.0 spg) and Kitchen (tied for fourth, 1.6 spg) ranked among the top five individuals in steals per game; James (third, 2.4 bpg) and Singleton (eighth, 1.5 bpg) ranked in the top 10 in blocks per game and all three ranked in the top 20 in rebounding: Singleton, (11th, 6.8 rpg), James (16th, 5.9 rpg) and Kitchen (19th, 5.8 rpg).
Singleton was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in a vote by the league’s 12 coaching staffs.