TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won three of its last five games, plays host to Clemson at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 12 Noon. The Seminoles’ game against the Tigers marks the second meeting between the two teams with Florida State entering Saturday’s game looking to even the regular season series.
Florida State defeated Boston College, 72-62, on Tuesday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass., as it gained its third ACC win and second conference road win of the season. Florida State’s game against Clemson brings the combined record of five of its first seven ACC opponents to 33-23 (.589 winning percentage) as it has already played North Carolina (7-0), Clemson (6-2) Louisville (5-1), Miami (5-2), Pittsburgh (5-3) and Virginia (5-3). Following Saturday’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles will play host to NC State on Monday, Feb. 1 in their second game of the season against the Wolfpack. Florida State defeated NC State, 85-78, in Raleigh on Jan. 13, in the first meeting between the two teams.
BEASLEY AND BACON NAMED TO WAYMAN TISDALE MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
Freshman sensation Malik Beasley (17.6 ppg, the third leading scorer in the ACC) and freshman phenom Dwayne Bacon (16.0 ppg, the 16th leading scorer in the ACC) have both been named to the Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List. The Tisdale Award is presented annually to the nation’s top freshman player by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Florida State is the only team in college basketball with multiple players on the Tisdale Watch List. Beasley and Bacon are joined on the Wayman Tisdale list by KeVaughn Allen (Florida, Henry Ellenson (Marquette), Brandon Ingram (Duke), Jamal Murray (Kentucky), Ivan Rabb (Cal), Ben Simmons (LSU), Diamond Stone (Maryland) and Caleb Swanigan (Purdue). Beasley is the top ranked freshman scorer and third ranked freshman rebounder (5.8 rpg) in the in the ACC while Bacon is the third ranked freshman scorer and the fourth ranked freshman rebounder (5.5 rpg). Beasley (two) and Bacon (two) are two of only six freshmen in the ACC with multiple double doubles and both combine to make Florida State the only team in the ACC with five ACC Rookie of the Week citations (Bacon, 3; Beasley, 2). The five Rookie of the Week citations for the Seminoles has set the Florida State record for ROW selections in one season. Bacon has tied the school record for ROW citations in one season with three.
BEASLEY AND BACON ARE THE TOP SCORING FRESHMEN DUO IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Freshman sensation Malik Beasley (17.6 ppg) and freshman phenom Dwayne Bacon (16.0 ppg) combine for an average of 33.6 points per game making the Seminoles’ spectacular pair the highest scoring freshmen duo in all of college basketball. Beasley and Bacon have combined for 671 total points – more than 42 percent of Florida State’s team point total for the season.
HAMILTON LOOKING FOR WIN NO. 250 AT FLORIDA STATE; NO. 450 IN CAREER
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton enters Saturday’s game against Clemson looking for his 250th win as Florida State’s head coach and his 450th win as a collegiate head coach. Already the winningest head coach at Florida State and the University of Miami (Division I games), Hamilton is also the 10thwinningest head coach in ACC history with his 249 wins. He needs only 16 victories to surpass Frank McGuire (North Carolina and South Carolina) to move into ninth place in ACC history. Hamilton began his coaching career at Oklahoma State in 1987 and is in his 28th season as a collegiate head coach.
RATHAN-MAYES IS THE ACC’S LEADER IN ASSISTS
Sophomore Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who has 102 assists in his first 19 games of the season, enters Saturday’s game against Clemson as the ACC leader in assists with a career-high 5.4 assists per game average. He is looking to become the first Seminole in ACC history to lead the ACC in assists.