Nov. 15, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
No. 24/25 Florida State will play its second game of the season as a ranked opponent as it plays host to Stetson on Wednesday November 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles are ranked No. 24 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 25 in the Associated Press poll – both of which were released on Monday. It marks the fourth consecutive season the Seminoles have been ranked for at least one week of the regular season in the national polls. The Seminoles were ranked as high as No. 22 in the Associated Press poll last season and were ranked No. 19 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll of the season after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game looking to win its third consecutive game to begin the 2011-12 season following wins over Jacksonville (79-67, Nov. 11) and UCF (73-50, Nov. 14) in two games that were both played at home. The Seminoles are in the midst of a four-game season opening home stand that will conclude on Sunday (Nov. 20) when the Seminoles play host to South Alabama at 3:00 p.m. Following their first four games at home, the Seminoles will travel to play three games in the Battle4Atlanis Tournament in the Bahamas. Florida State will play UMass in the first round of the tournament on Nov. 24 before facing either Utah or Harvard in the second round of the event on Nov. 25. The final round is set for Nov. 26 and will be against Connecticut, the College of Charleston, UCF or the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
SEMINOLES ENTER NATIONAL POLLS
Florida State is ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 25 in the Associated Press poll this week. The Seminoles began the season ranked No. 26 in both polls in the preseason and joined the top 25 following its win over Jacksonville on Friday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have now been ranked in four consecutive seasons and in parts of five of head coach Leonard Hamilton’s first 10 years at Florida State. The Seminoles’ highest ever national ranking came during the first three weeks of the 1972-73 season when they were ranked No. 2 nationally in the Associated Press poll during the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season.
|Wednesday, November 16th – 7:00 p.m. EST|
|Donald L. Tucker Center | Tallahassee, FL|
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|TV: ESPN3 | Radio: Seminole IMG Sports Network|
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FLORIDA STATE AT HOME IN THE DONALD L. TUCKER CENTER
Florida State has won 40 of its last 49 home games (.816 winning percentage) since the beginning of the 2008-09 season. During that span, the Seminoles are 22-3 (.880 winning percentage) in non-conference home games with a win over No. 23 Florida (Dec. 7, 2008) and their only losses coming to then No. 3 ranked Pittsburgh (Dec. 21, 2008), then No. 16 ranked Florida (Nov. 28, 2010) and then No. 2 ranked Ohio State (Nov. 30, 2010). The Seminoles are 7-1 at home in the last four seasons when playing as a ranked team with its seventh win in that series of games coming against UCF this past Monday night.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Stetson to win its third game of the 2011-12 season and raise its record to 3-0. It would mark the sixth consecutive season the Seminoles had won at least the first three games of the regular season;
…Defeat Stetson and win its 17th consecutive game against the Hatters. The Seminoles’ current streak of 16 consecutive wins began on Dec, 11, 1975;
…Defeat Stetson and win its 24th consecutive home game against the Hatters. The Seminoles’ current home court winning streak against the Hatters began on Dec. 18, 1953. Florida State has not lost a home game in Tallahassee against Stetson since March 5, 1953;
…Defeat Stetson and win its sixth consecutive game against a team from the state of Florida. The Seminoles have already defeated Jacksonville and UCF this year and defeated Miami (twice) and Stetson last season.
A QUICK LOOK AT FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER UCF ON MONDAY NIGHT…
…Florida State limited UCF to .305 percent shooting from the field in its victory over the Knights. It marked the seventh time in the last two seasons that the Seminoles held an opponent to 32 percent shooting or below from the field – including then No. 1 ranked Duke who shot .311 from the field in the Seminoles’ 66-61 win over the previously undefeated and top ranked Blue Devils on Jan. 16, 2011;
…Florida State received a double-double by one of its players for the second consecutive game. Bernard James totaled career high statistics of 18 points and 11 rebounds just one game after junior Terrance Shannon totaled career high statistics of 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Seminoles’ win over Jacksonville on Friday night;
…Bernard James was nearly perfect from the field as he made eight of his nine field goal attempts (.889) just one game after missing all three of his shots from the field against Jacksonville;
…Florida State recorded one assist on half of its baskets (14 of 28) while its stifling defense limited UCF to four assists on its 18 baskets (22 percent);
…Florida State has limited its first two opponents to .328 shooting (21 of 64) and an average of 25 points in the first half of their first two victories;
…Florida State’s starting five (Bernard James, Okaro White, Xavier Gibson, Luke Loucks and Michael Snaer) shot exactly 50 percent from the field (19 of 38) in its win over the Knights. The Seminoles’ starters were outdone by their reserves who combined to shoot .529 from the field (nine of 17). The Seminoles shot .509 from the field for the game;
…Florida State outrebounded UCF by a +15 margin and outrebounded the Knights decisively on both the offensive (+2) and defensive boards (+13). The Seminoles have outrebounded both of their first two opponents by an average of +9.5 rebounds per game;
…The Seminoles totaled six steals in their win over UCF with senior Bernard James earning three steals. The Seminoles have at least six steals in both of the first two games;
…Florida State’s bench scored 27 of its 73 points (.369 percent) after totaling 42 of 79 points (.532 percent) in its win over Jacksonville. In its first two games, the Seminoles’ bench has scored 69 of their 152 points (.453 percent).
Senior Bernard James totaled his career high of 18 points and 12 rebounds for his first double of the 2011-12 season. He is the Seminoles’ current active leader with five double doubles including two in his last four games. James rocketed to stardom in the 2011 NCAA Tournament against Notre Dame with a 14 point and 10 rebound performance in the Seminoles’ 71-57 win over the Fighting Irish at the United Center in Chicago. The win sent the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1992-93 season. Florida State is 5-0 in the last two seasons when James has earned a double double in points and rebounds.
JAMES SHOOTS STRAIGHT AGAINST UCF
Senior Bernard James made eight of nine field goal attempts in Florida State’s 73-50 win over UCF on Monday just one game after not making a field goal in three attempts during the season opener against Jacksonville. He improved his shooting percentage from .000 (0-3) to .750 (eight of 12) with his straight shooting performance against the Knights. James shot a team leading .657 from the field as a junior.
SHANNON SCORES IN DOUBLE FIGURES FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME
Junior Terrance Shannon followed up his career night of 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Seminoles’ season opener against Jacksonville with a 10 point and six rebound performance in Florida State’s win over UCF. It marked the second time in his career that he has scored in double figures in back to back games – he also scored 12 points and 10 points in consecutive games against NC State (Jan. 15) and at Miami (Jan. 19) as a sophomore. Shannon enters Wednesday’s game against Stetson averaging 12.5 points and 9.0 rebounds and shooting .500 from the field (seven of 14) in the first two games of the year.
DULKYS WITH SIX STEALS IN FIRST TWO GAMES
Senior Deividas Dulkys has led the Seminoles with three steals in each of the first two games of the season He enters Wednesday’s game against Stetson with 98 career steals and needs only two to reach 100 for his career. Dulkys has increased his stealing ways recently with 48 steals in his last two years (35 games) for a 1.4 steals per game average after earning 50 steals in the first two seasons and 63 games of his career for a 0.8 steals per game average.
SNAER FINDING HIS WAY FROM LONG RANGE
Junior Michael Snaer enters Wednesday’s game against Stetson shooting .400 percent from the 3-point line in the first two games of the season. He has made four of his first 10 shots of the season from the bonusphere with two each coming in wins over both Jacksonville and UCF. Snaer has now made 70 career 3-point shots and needs only six to move in to a tie for 25th place with 70 career 3-pooint shots made.