Nov. 29, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has spent two of the last three weeks in the top 25 of the national rankings, travels to play at Michigan State in the 13th annual Big 10 / ACC Challenge at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be the Seminoles first true road game of the season, their fourth consecutive game away from home and their fourth game in the last seven days. Florida State won its first five games of the season before losing two straight and finishing in fourth place at the Battle4Atlantis at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The Seminoles defeated UMass (73-53, Nov. 24) before falling to Harvard (41-46, Nov. 25) and No. 4/4 UConn in overtime (76-68, Nov. 26) in the consolation final of the fantastically elaborate tournament. Florida State will play Michigan State for only the second time in school history after taking a 68-63 win over the Spartans in the 1997 Postseason NIT in Tallahassee. Following its game at Michigan State, Florida State returns home to begin a four game home stand beginning with Charleston Southern on Dec. 5.
FLORIDA STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE
Florida State will play Michigan State in the 13th Annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, November 30 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Spartans by a 1-0 margin as they took a 68-63 win on March 17, 1997 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ win over the Spartans came in the second round of the postseason NIT and helped Florida State advance to the finals of the tournament where it fell to the Michigan Wolverines in the championship game. The Seminoles’ game against the Spartans will be the first in school history played in the state of Michigan. In playing Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Seminoles are playing their eighth different Big Ten opponent – the Seminoles are 2-1 in the history of the Challenge against Minnesota, 2-2 against Northwestern, 1-0 against Iowa, 1-0 against Purdue, 0-1 against Wisconsin and 0-2 against Ohio State. Florida State is 2-4 in ACC Big Ten Challenge road games with wins at Minnesota in 2004 and at Northwestern in 2001 and is 15-21 against the Big Ten teams all-time.
|Wednesday, November 30th – 7:30 p.m. EST|
|Jack Breslin Student Events Center | E. Lansing, Mich.|
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|TV: ESPN | Radio: Seminole IMG Sports Network|
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ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE SNAER PLAY WELL IN THE BAHAMAS
Junior All-American candidate Michael Snaer averaged 16.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting .412 from the 3-point line (seven of 12) and .882 from the free throw line as the Seminoles played three games in the Inaugural Battle4Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas last week. Snaer scored in double figures in all three games, was the Seminoles’ leading scorer in all three games and scored his career high of 20 points in Florida State’s overtime loss to No. 4/4 UConn in the consolation final.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Michigan State and win its seventh game in the Big 10 / ACC Challenge since the beginning of the event in 2000. The Seminoles won at Northwestern, 60-46, in the inaugural Challenge and will play Michigan State for the first time in its history of playing in the challenge;
…Defeat Michigan State and gain its sixth win of the season in the month of November. It will mark the fourth time in the last five seasons under head coach Leonard Hamilton that the Seminoles would start the month of December with at least six wins;
…Defeat Michigan State and win its first Big 10 / ACC Challenge road game since winning at Minnesota (70-69) on Nov. 30, 2004. The Seminoles have played only three road games in the challenge since defeating the Gophers;
…Defeat Michigan State and up head coach Leonard Hamilton’s record in the Challenge to 6-4. He led the Seminoles to wins over Iowa (2002), Northwestern (2003), at Minnesota (2005) and Purdue (2006) in his first four seasons at Florida State.
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 75 wins. The Seminoles averaged 23.3 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) in the last two seasons and 23-11 during the 2010-11 season.
FLORIDA STATE LOOKS TO EARN ITS SIXTH WIN OF THE SEASON
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Michigan State looking to win its sixth game of the season and avoid its first three game losing streak since the 2007-08 season when it lost to NC State (Jan. 23), at Virginia Tech (Jan. 29) and to North Carolina (Feb. 3) in three successive games. The Seminoles have not lost three consecutive non-conference games under Leonard Hamilton and haven’t lost three consecutive non-conference games since opening the 2000-01 season with losses to Florida at home and to Ohio State and DePaul in the Great Alaskan Shootout.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which finished in third place in the ACC standings in 2011will travel to play at Michigan State in the 2011 Big 10 / ACC Challenge. It marks the first time the two teams will meet in the history of the challenge. The Seminoles have a 6-6 record in the challenge and have helped the ACC win 10 of the first 12 challenges.
SCORING IS A TEAM EFFORT
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Michigan State averaging 71.6 points scored per game. As head coach Leonard Hamilton continues to say: “We are going to win games by committee.” – nowhere on the Seminoles’ stat sheet is that more evident than in the scoring column. Florida State is led by one player in double figure scoring (Michael Snaer, 13.6 ppg), three more players who average more than eight points per game and three more players who average more than seven points a game. The Seminoles have enjoyed five different leading scorers in the first seven games of the season with only one (Michael Snaer) leading the team in scoring in multiple games (Jacksonville, UMass, Harvard and UConn).
FLORIDA STATE’S DOUBLE DOUBLES
Senior Bernard James has earned a team high three double doubles in the first seven games of the season with a total of four different Seminoles earning at least one double double so far this season. James has earned double doubles against UCF (18 points and 11 rebounds), Stetson (15 points and 11 rebounds) and UConn (11 points and 14 rebounds) and now has seven double doubles in the first 41 games of his career. Terrance Shannon (15 points and 12 rebounds against Jacksonville), Michael Snaer (18 points and 10 rebounds against UMass) and Okaro White (11 points and 11 rebounds against UMass) have all earned the first double doubles of their careers in the first seven games of the 2011-12 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Michigan State having held each of its seven opponents this season and 105 of its last 108 opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field since the end of the 2007-08 season. The Seminoles have held 14 consecutive opponents under the 50 percent mark with only two teams (Maryland and North Carolina) reaching the mark during the 2010-11 season and only one team (Gonzaga) reaching the mark during the 2009-10 season. The Seminoles held all 35 of their opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field during the 2008-09 season.