TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won three of its last four homes games, plays host to North Florida at the Donald L. Tucker in Tallahassee on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The game marks the third all-time meeting between the two teams with the Seminoles holding a 2-0 series advantage. The Seminoles are coming off of their best performance at home this season – a 96-73 victory over UCF on December 6 – where they scored their season high for points (96) and made a season high for field goals (41) in topping the Knights. In hosting the Ospreys of North Florida, Florida State plays an in-state opponent and its first of four consecutive opponents from the state of Florida. Following their game against UNF on Wednesday night, the Seminoles will play the University of South Florida in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. (December 20, 2:00 p.m.), play host to Stetson (December 22, 2:00 p.m.) and the University of Florida (December 30, 7:00 p.m.) before leaving the state for the next time when they travel to play at Mississippi State (January 2, 2015, 8:00 p.m.) By the end of its game against the Gators, the Seminoles will have played 10 of their first 13 games of the season in the state of Florida.
FLORIDA STATE VS. UNF – A SERIES HISTORY
The Seminoles will host North Florida on December 17, 2014 marking the third time in program history that the two teams will play each other on Florida State’s home court. Florida State holds a 2-0 series record against North Florida with both wins coming in Tallahassee. This game will mark the first time that the two teams will meet in the month of December with both of the previous games being played in the month of November. Last season the Seminoles played two teams from the Atlantic Sun conference. Florida State defeated Jacksonville, 91-67, in their season home opener on November 8, 2013 and defeated Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the NIT in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated FGCU, 58-53, on March 18, 2014 and currently hold a 108-42 (.720 winning percentage) record against teams from the Atlantic Sun.
SEMINOLES VS. THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Florida State has faced 21 opponents from the state of Florida and has a 291-135 record (.683 winning percentage) against those teams. The Seminoles will play seven games against six teams from the Sunshine State during the 2014-15 season and are 1-0 against teams from their home state this season (96-73 win over UCF on December 6, 2014).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat UNF and gain its third consecutive win over the Ospreys. The Seminoles have a 2-0 record against UNF;
…Defeat UNF and gain its fifth win of the season – with each of those wins coming at home.
SEMINOLES STARTING TO HEAT UP FROM BONUSPHERE
Topped by a season high three 3-point shots made by junior Devon Bookert, the Seminoles enjoyed their best game of the season from the bonusphere as they made seven long range shots against Notre Dame. The Seminoles’ seven shots made from long range were more than five 3-point field goals made above their season average and were one more than they made as a team in their victory over The Citadel on November 25. Florida State’s outside threat was buoyed by the return of Devon Bookert – the top 3-point shooter by percentage in school history.
SEMINOLES HOLDING ONTO THE BASKETBALL
Florida State registered a season-high 20 assists (against only 12 turnovers) in its 96-73 win over UCF on December 6 – its best assist to turnover and assist to basket made ratio of the season. The Seminoles followed that performance with their second straight positive assist:turnover ratio (12 assists to 10 turnovers) in their conference opener at Notre Dame. The Seminoles have now recorded double figure assists in each of the last three and in six of their nine games this season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS EARNED…
…A positive assist:turnover ratio in five of its first nine games of the 2014-15 season including its season-high of 1.7:1 in its victory over UCF on December 6, 2014;
…Double figures in assists in six of its first nine games of the season including a season-high of 20 assists in its victory over UCF on December 6.
…At last three steals in each of its first nine games of the season. The Seminoles totaled a season-high 11 steals against Northeastern on November 18 and eight in its win over Manhattan on November 15.
NOTING MONTAY BRANDON IN THE SEMINOLES’ SCORING COLUMN
Junior Montay Brandon has led the Seminoles in scoring in both of the Seminoles’ last two games – he scored his career-high of 23 against UCF on December 6 and scored a team-high 14 points in Florida State’s game against Notre Dame. It has marked the first two times in his 77-game career that he has led the Seminoles in scoring in a game.