March 7, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
The Florida State men’s basketball team finished in third place in the ACC standings and will open play in the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament at approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. against the winner of a quarterfinal round game between Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. Florida State has now finished in third place in the league standings both of the last two seasons and has finished in the top four of the league standings in each of the last three seasons marking the first time in school history they have finished that well in the ACC standings in the history of the program.
Florida State, the third winningest program in the ACC in the last six seasons, enters the tournament with a 21-6 overall record and an 11-5 mark in regular season ACC play. The 11 wins marks the first time in 18 years that the Seminoles have won at least 11 conference games and the third time in school history they have won at least 11 conference games in a single season. Florida State was 11-5 in conference play in 1991-92 and earned a 12-4 record in league play during the 1992-93 season – the first two seasons the Seminoles were in the ACC.
“I am very happy for our players and our coaching staff on winning 11 games and finishing in third place in the ACC standings,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “But by no means are we satisfied with finishing in third place. One of our goals is, and always will be, to win the ACC championship. For us to finish in third place and earn the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament shows that we are making progress in our goal of becoming a program if significance in the ACC and the nation.”
Florida State is one of only two programs in the ACC that has won at least 10 ACC games and finished in the top four of the ACC standings in both of the last two seasons. The Seminoles are the third winningest program in the league since the start of the 2005-06 season with a 58-47 record in ACC play (regular season and ACC Tournament games).
First Round - Thursday, March 10 #8 Virginia vs. #9 Miami ACC Network Noon #5 Boston College vs. #12 Wake Forest ACC Network 2:00 #7 Maryland vs. #10 NC State ESPN2 7:00 #6 Virginia Tech vs. #11 Georgia Tech ACC Network 9:00
Quarterfinals - Friday, March 11 #1 North Carolina vs. 8/9 winner ACC Network/ESPN2 Noon #4 Clemson vs. 5/12 winner ACC Network/ESPN2 2:00 #2 Duke vs. 7/10 winner ACC Network/ESPN2 7:00 #3 Florida State vs. 6/11 winner ACC Network/ESPN2 9:00
Semifinals - Saturday, March 12 Game 9 (game 5 & 6 winners) ACC Network/ESPN 1:00 Game 10 (game 7 & 8 winners) ACC Network/ESPN 3:00
Finals - Sunday, March 13 Game 11 (championship game) ACC Network/ESPN 1:00