Jan. 13, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
With the nation watching on ESPN and with ESPN College GameDay live in Tallahassee, the Seminoles open their home portion of their ACC schedule against No. 3/3 North Carolina on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles return home after their first true road win of the season at Virginia Tech on Tuesday night which evens their conference record at 1-1. Florida State’s game against the Tar Heels marks its fifth against a team who is currently in or who has spent time in the nation’s top 25. The Seminoles have already played at Michigan State (currently No. 6/7), faced UConn in the Battle4Atlantis (No. 16/17 and No. 4/4 at the time if the game), traveled to play at Florida (No. 19/19) and played Harvard (No. 25) in the semifinals of the Battle4Atlantis. In addition to hosting North Carolina on Saturday, the Seminoles will also play No. 6/8 Duke (Jan. 21 in Durham and Feb. 23 in Tallahassee) and No. 16/17 Virginia (Feb. 4 in Tallahassee and March 1 in Charlottesville). The Seminoles have also earned national rankings this season – and have been ranked as high as 20th nationally. The Seminoles are 4-2 when playing as a nationally ranked team this season. Following Saturday’s game against North Carolina, the Seminoles will play host to Maryland on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. and will travel to play their fifth nationally ranked opponent as they head to Duke on Jan. 21.
ESPN’S COLLEGE GAMEDAY IN TALLAHASSEE VS. NORTH CAROLINA
Florida State will play host to ESPN’s travelling road show – College Basketball GameDay – against North Carolina from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles will serve as the home court for all of college basketball as they welcome the game day crew of Jay Bilas, Rece Davis, Hubert Davis and Digger Phelps to the Tucker Center prior to Saturday’s ACC home opener against North Carolina. Doors to the Tucker Center open at 8:30 a.m. with food, prizes and the chance to win tuition for a year. Be a part of the GameDay Crew with early admission to College GameDay via the Golden Ticket and get seats right behind the crew with a Garnet Ticket.
CAN’T STUMP THE SCHWAB
ESPN Super Researcher Howie Schwab might not physically be at Saturday’s game between Florida State and No. 3 North Carolina in Tallahassee but his mind is certainly at the game. Schwab checked in with this note from Florida State’s victory over Virginia Tech: Florida State blocked a school record tying 15 shots on 59 field goal attempts by the Hokies meaning the Seminoles recorded one blocked shot for every 3.9 shots taken by Virginia Tech – the Seminoles recorded a blocked shot on more than a 25 percent of the Hokies shots.
Bernard James ENJOYS OUTSTANDING EFFORT AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH
Senior Bernard James enjoyed a monster game with a career-high tying 18 points, a career high 15 rebounds and three blocked shots in Florida State’s 63-59 victory over Virginia Tech on Wednesday in Blacksburg. An offensive rebound and a slam dunk at the 3:25 mark gave Florida State a 57-51 lead while an second offensive rebound and a second monster dunk with 2:52 left in the game gave Florida State a commanding 63-50 lead.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 3/3 North Carolina and gain a win over a ranked team for the first time this season. The Seminoles have played four ranked teams so far this season;
…Defeat No. 3/3 North Carolina and gain a win over a ranked team for the 22nd consecutive season. The Seminoles have at least one win over a ranked team in each year since the 1988-89 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 VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against No. 3/3 ranked North Carolina with 21 wins over nationally ranked teams in the first 10 years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 21 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006) and No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 19, 2009). Florida State has defeated two top 10 ranked North Carolina teams under Hamilton with one coming at home in Tallahassee and the second coming in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament. The win advanced the Seminoles to the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE RANKINGS
Florida State – who has the nation’s best defense — which has led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both of the last two seasons – enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina with the nation’s top overall defense. It ranks in the top 30 in three of the most telling defensive statistics tracked by the NCAA – including in the top 10 in both field goal percentage defense and blocked shots.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS…
…Florida State’s 15 blocked shots in its win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night tied the school record and were the most since 15 shots were blocked in a win over Florida Atlantic on Dec., 3, 1994. It was the most blocked shots by the Seminoles in an ACC game since joining the league for the 1991-92 season;
…Florida State has blocked more than 2.3 times as many shots as its first 16 opponents – 114-49. The Seminoles have more blocked shots then both Boston College and Virginia combined (91) and Miami and Virginia combined (110).