Nov. 25, 2011
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas –
Florida State, which defeated UMass (73-53) on Thursday, will face Harvard in the semifinals of the Battle4Atlantis on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. with the winner facing either No. 4 Connecticut or UCF in the tournament championship on Saturday. The Seminoles were led by a career-high tying 18 points by junior Michael Snaer and five blocked shots by senior Bernard James in their win over UMass. Florida State led by as many as 26 and trailed for only a total of 34 seconds in defeating the Minutemen. The win for the Seminoles was the its fifth consecutive opening round win in a regular season tournament including last season’s first round win in the Diamondhead Classic at the University of Hawaii. Following its participation in the Battle4Atlantis, Florida State will travel to play at Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30 at 7:30. That game will be televised by ESPN.
FLORIDA STATE VS. HARVARD
Florida State will play Harvard in the Battle4Atlantis on Friday which will mark the first meeting between Harvard and Florida State in the sport of men’s basketball. The meeting between the Seminoles and the Crimson would mark Florida State’s third ever game against an Ivy League team and first since playing Princeton in the first round of the 1998 Rainbow Classic. The Seminoles are 0-2 against the eight teams from the Ivy League with both meetings coming against Princeton. Interestingly, the Seminoles will play Princeton on Dec. 30 in Tallahassee which will mark the first time in school history that Florida State will play two games against members of the Ivy League in one season.
FLORIDA STATE DEFENDING THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State limited UMass to 2 of 23 shooting (.087 percent) from the 3-point arc in its victory over the Minutemen on Thursday. After tying an NCAA record for defense in holding South Alabama to an 0-24 mark from the bonusphere, the Seminoles have held their last two opponents to 2 of 47 (.042 percent) shooting from lone range. Going back three games (to their win over Stetson on Nov. 16), Florida State has defended all but two of the last 52 3-point shots against its defense – the Seminoles last three opponents to 2-52 (0.038 percent) shooting since the second half of Florida State’s win over the Hatters.
A DOUBLE DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Florida State received double-double performances of 18 points and 10 rebounds from Michael Snaer and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Okaro White in its 73-53 win over UMass on Thursday. It marked the first time since the Seminoles’ victory over Baylor on Dec. 25, 2010 in the third round of the 2010 Diamondhead Classic that two Florida State players totaled double doubles in the same game. In the Seminoles 68-61 win over the No. 15 ranked Bears, they received double-doubles from Chris Singleton (17 points and 10 rebounds) and James (15 points and 10 rebounds).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Harvard and advance to the championship game of the 2011 Battle4Atlantis. It would mark the third time in the last four seasons that the Seminoles would play for the championship of an in-season regular season tournament. The Seminoles won the championship of the 2008 Global Sports Classic and the championship of the 2009 Old Spice Classic;
…Defeat Harvard and win it sixth consecutive game to open the 2011-12 season. It would mark the third time during the 10 year tenure of head coach Leonard Hamilton and the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Seminoles would have won at least the first six games of a season;
…Defeat Harvard and win its sixth consecutive game – it would mark the second time since the 2009-10 season that the Seminoles would have won at least six consecutive games.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUING TO PLAY JUNKYARD DOG DEFENSE
Florida State, which has led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both of the last two seasons, has limited its first five opponents of the 2011-12 season to .321 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles are limiting their opponents to more than four percentage points below their nation’s leading field goal shooting percentage defense from last season (.363). Florida State has limited its last two opponents (South Alabama and UMass) to a combined 35 of 136 (.257 percent) shooting from the field and an incredible 2 of 47 shooting (.042) shooting from the 3-point arc.
FLORIDA STATE AS A RANKED TEAM THIS SEASON…
…Florida State has won its first four games of the season as a ranked team – which is four more wins as a ranked team this season than it had last season when it lost the only game it played as a ranked team.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE…
…Has allowed only one first half 3-point shot in the first half in its last two games combined as it limited South Alabama (0-11) and UMass (1-13) to .042 percent shooting from the bonusphere in the first 20 minutes of their last two wins.
…Has combined for 23 blocked shots and 22 steals in the last two games. The Seminoles’ 14 blocked shots in their win over South Alabama is tied for the second highest single game total in school history while their 14 steals against UMass were their most since earning 16 steals against Wake Forest on Feb. 1, 2011;
…Has outrebounded each of its first five opponents of the season by a +9.2 rebounding margin. The Seminoles outrebounded UCF, Stetson, South Alabama and UMass by at least 10 rebounds.
…In earning 14 steals against UMass the Seminoles had seven players earn at least one steal and four players earn multiple steals.
JAMES APPROACHING 100 BLOCKED SHOTS
Senior Bernard James blocked a career high tying five shots in Florida State’s victory over UMass to bring his season total to 13 and his career total to 95. He enters Friday’s game against Harvard with 95 blocked shots in 38 games for a career average of 2.4 per game. The Seminoles’ school record for a player reaching 100 blocked shots in the fewest amount of games is 100 blocked shots in 45 games by Corey Louis (1994-98). James needs five blocked shots over the course of the Seminoles’ next six games to establish a new record for the player quickest to 100 career blocked shots.
SNAER AND WHITE EARN FIRST CAREER DOUBLE DOUBLES
Junior Michael Snaer tied his career high with 18 points and pulled down a career high 10 rebounds and sophomore Okaro White scored 11 points and pulled down a career high 11 rebounds to both earn their first career double-doubles in Florida State’s win over UMass on Thursday.
SNAER MAKES ALL OF FLORIDA STATE’S 3-POINT SHOTS AGAINST UMASS
Junior Michael Snaer, who has made at least one 3-point shot in four of the Seminoles’ first five games of the season, enters Friday’s game against Harvard tied for the team high with eight 3-point field goals made. He has now made 74 career 3-point shots and is only two shots made from the bonusphere from moving into a tie for 25th place in school history for career 3-point shots made.
FLORIDA STATE’S STARTERS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE AGAINST UMASS
Florida State’s starting line-up against UMass shot .806 (25 of 31) in its victory over UMass on Thursday. Junior Luke Loucks was a perfect four of four from the line and is now shooting a career high .800 (12 of 15) from the line for the season. Junior Michael Snaer, who made seven of eight free throws against the Minutemen enters Friday’s game against Harvard shooting a team leading .944 (17 of 18) from the line through the first five games of the season. Snaer made his first 12 free throws of the season before missing his first in the first half the Seminoles’ win over UMass.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State made 30 of 39 free throws in its win over UMass on Thursday. It marked the fourth time in the first five games of the 2011-12 season that the Seminoles made more free throws than their opponents attempted. For the season, Florida State has made 103 free throws (20.6 free throws made per game) while their opponents have made 78 free throws (15.6 free throws made per game).
SHANNON FROM THE FIELD
Junior Terrance Shannon was a perfect three of three from the field in the Seminoles’ victory over UMass on Thursday. He enters Friday’s game against Harvard having made each of his last nine field goal attempts in the last two games and shooting a career high .643 from the field through the first five games of the season. Shannon entered his junior season shooting a combined .424 from the field during the first two seasons of his career.