Jan. 16, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
After two consecutive ACC games with wins at Virginia Tech and a 33-point win over then No. 3 ranked North Carolina, Florida State plays its second consecutive ACC home game as it hosts Maryland on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 9:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 2-1 in the ACC and are 19-6 (.760 winning percentage) in their last 25 regular season ACC games since a 61-57 win at Boston College on Feb. 14, 2010. Florida State defeated North Carolina, 90-57, at the Tucker Center on Saturday to earn its second highest margin of victory in an ACC game since joining the league for the 1991-92 season. The Seminoles’ win over then No. 3 North Carolina was its first win over a nationally ranked team this season and their fifth over a ranked team since Dec. 25, 2010. The Seminoles are 4-1 in their last five games against top five ranked teams since their win over No. 1 North Carolina in the semifinals of the 2099 ACC Tournament with wins over the No. 1 Tar Heels (March 14, 2009), No. 1 Duke (Jan. 12, 2011), No. 5 Notre Dame (March 20, 2011) and No. 3 North Carolina (Jan. 14, 2012). Florida State’s only loss to a top five ranked team in three seasons came against then No. 2 ranked Ohio State (Nov. 30, 2010) in the 2010 ACC Big 10 Challenge. Following Tuesday’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles will travel to play No. 4/4 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 21 at 4:00 p.m. before travelling to play at Wake Forest on Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE NAMED ESPN’S NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK
Based upon its road win at Virginia Tech and its victory over then No. 3 North Carolina, the Seminoles were named the National Team of the Week by Andy Katz of ESPN on Jan. 16. Said Katz: The Seminoles absolutely crushed North Carolina by 33 points behind Deividas Dulkys’ career-high 32 points. Florida State dominated from the opening moments in what turned out to be the worst UNC loss ever under Roy Williams. FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said the Seminoles needed time to mature into new roles and that they weren’t comfortable until last week. Now what comes next? Hamilton said he wants to see how his team responds against Maryland Tuesday and then at Duke on Saturday. If after those two games the Noles are still playing at a high level, then they have a chance to have a strong ACC season. But after this stunning performance, you’d have to say FSU is right back in the top four of the ACC and in the running for an NCAA tourney bid.
DULKYS NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior guard Deividas Dulkys, who averaged 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocked shots, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals in two wins for Florida State last week, was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday by the league office. Dulkys shot .765 from the field (13 of 17), .750 from the 3-pont line (eight of 12) and .667 from the free throw line. He scored a career high of 32 points in the Seminoles’ win over then No. 3 North Carolina. It marked his career high point total for a single game during his 113-game career. He also tied his career highs for assists with four (against North Carolina), steals with four (against North Carolina) and totaled a career high five blocked shots in the Seminoles’ win on the road at Virginia Tech. Dulkys made his career high of eight 3-point field goals in the Seminoles’ 90-57 win over the Tar Heels. His previous career high was five in five different career games – his season high was four in three different games. His eight 3-point field goals made against the Tar Heels established a school record for 3-point shots made in a single game in ACC play. The previous record was seven by four players including current NBA players Toney Douglas (New York Knicks) and Von Wafer (Orlando Magic). Dulkys’ eight 3-poit field goals made are tied for the third best single game effort in school history. The school record is 10 by George McCloud on Feb. 23, 1989 vs. La Salle. Dulkys’ eight 3-point shots made were the most by a Seminole player since James Collins made eight against UConn on March 25, 1997.
ESPN’S MORE PERFORMANCES THAT WOWED US…
… Deividas Dulkys, Florida State: 32 pts (12-14 FG, 8-10 3-pt FG), 4 stls in win over UNC.
Bernard James IN ACC PLAY
Senior Bernard James, who is averaging a double-double of 12.0 points and 10.7 rebounds the Seminoles’ first three ACC games of the season, is one of only two players in the ACC (also Tyler Zeller of North Carolina) who is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds against conference competition.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Maryland and win its third consecutive ACC game. It will mark the eighth time in the last three seasons that Florida State has won at least three consecutive ACC games;
…Defeat Maryland and gain its fifth home win against Maryland in its last six games in Tallahassee against the Terps. The Seminoles have lost only once at home against Maryland in the 2009 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST FOUR SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last four years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games played with 78 wins. The Seminoles averaged 23.3 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) and 23-11 (2010-11) in the last three seasons.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE RANKINGS
Florida State – the nation’s best defense which has led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both of the last two seasons – enters Tuesday’s game as the nation’s top overall defense. It ranks in the top 30 in seven of the most telling defensive statistics tracked by the NCAA – including in the top 10 in both field goal percentage defense and blocked shots.
FLORIDA STATE’S 33-POINT WIN OVER NORTH CAROLINA WAS HISTORIC
Florida State’s 90-57 (+33 point margin of victory) was the largest over a top three ranked school in the 15-yaer history of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll. The Seminoles became the first unranked team to defeat a top three ranked team by at least 24 points since the beginning of the 1991-92 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S WIN OVER NORTH CAROLINA – ONE OF THE RECORD BOOK
Florida State’s +33 point win over North Carolina (+33 points) marked the second largest margin of victory in an ACC game for the Seminoles. The Seminoles came within three points of tying the school record of a +36 point win over Virginia (100-64) over Virginia on Feb. 6, 1994.