Nov. 22, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won its first four games of the 2011-12 season, travels to Paradise Island in the Bahamas to play in the Battle4Atlanits at the famed Atlantis Resort Nov. 24-26, 2011. The Seminoles begin play in the three-game tournament (which will be played over three days) against Massachusetts on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 4:30 in the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort. The game will be televised on the Versus Network beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST and broadcast on the Seminole / IMG College Radio Network with the pre-game show beginning at 4:00 p.m. The Seminoles will play either Harvard or Utah on Friday, Nov. 25. Should the Seminoles defeat Massachusetts, the Seminoles will play at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in the winner’s bracket with that game also being televised on the Versus Network. If the Seminoles are unsuccessful against Massachusetts they will play at 9:30 p.m. on HDNet. The championship and consolation rounds are set for Saturday with those times and television stations to be determined by play in the first and second rounds. Following their participation in the Battle4Atlantis, the Seminoles will travel to play at Michigan State in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Florida State’s string of four consecutive games away from Tallahassee is its longest stretch of games away from home during the regular season.
BATTLE4ATLANTIS SCHEDULE OF GAMES
Each of the eight teams playing in the Battle4Atlantis will play three games over a three-day span at the Imperial Arena at the Atlantis Resort.
Thursday, November 24 Game 1 - 2:00 p.m. UCF vs. College of Charleston (Versus) Game 2 - 4:30 p.m. Florida State vs. Massachusetts (Versus) Game 3 - 7:00 p.m. Connecticut vs. UNC Asheville (HDNet) Game 4 - 9:30 p.m. Utah vs. Harvard (HDNet)
Friday, November 25 Game 5 - 2:00 p.m. Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 3 (Versus) Game 6 - 4:30 p.m. Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 4 (Versus) Game 7 - 7:00 p.m. Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2 (HDNet) Game 8 - 9:30 p.m. Loser of Game 2 vs. Loser of Game 4 (HDNet)
Saturday, November 26 Game 9 - 2:00 p.m. Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 8 (Versus) Game 10 - 4:30 p.m. Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 (Versus) Championship Game Game 11 - 7:00 p.m. Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 (HDNet) Game 12 - 9:30 p.m. Loser of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 8 (HDNet)
FLORIDA STATE IN NATIONAL RANKINGS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
Florida State arrives at the Battle4Atlantis with a 4-0 record and ranked No. 22 by the Associated Press and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. The Seminoles are one of three ACC teams included in the national rankings this week.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Massachusetts and win its fifth consecutive game to open the 2011-12 season. It would mark the second consecutive season and fourth time under 10th-year head coach Leonard Hamilton that Florida State would have won at least its first five games of a season;
…Defeat Massachusetts and win its opening game of a regular season tournament for the sixth consecutive season. The Seminoles most recently defeated Hawaii in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic in 2010 and topped Iona in the first round of the Old Spice Classic in 2009. The Seminoles won the championship of the Old Spice Classic in 2010 (with wins over Iona, Alabama and Marquette) and won the title at the Global Sports Classic in 2009 (with wins over Coastal Carolina, Western Illinois, Cincinnati and Cal);
…Defeat Massachusetts and win its second consecutive game against the Minutemen. The Seminoles won the last meeting between the two teams, 73-63, on Feb. 12, 2006 in Tallahassee.
JAMES NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Seminole senior Bernard James, who averaged a double double of 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds to go along with 2.7 blocked shots in leading the Seminoles to a 3-0 record last week with wins over UCF, Stetson and South Alabama, was named the ACC player of the Week on Nov. 21 by the ACC Office. He shared the honor with Dorenzo Hudson of Virginia Tech. In averaging a double-double James shot an incredible 90 percent from the field (18 of 20) and has moved into first place in school history with a .672 career field goal shooting percentage. It marked the first time in his career that James has earned the Player of the Week honor from the ACC.
FLORIDA STATE VS. MASSACHUSETTS
Florida State will play Massachusetts in the first round of the Battle4Atlantis Tournament which would mark the third time in the last seven years that the Seminoles would play the Minutemen in the sport of basketball. The Seminoles most recently defeated Massachusetts, 73-63, on Feb. 12, 2006 in Tallahassee. Massachusetts leads the all-time series against Florida State by a 3-2 margin with both of Florida State’s wins coming in the only two games played in Tallahassee. The Seminoles and the Minutemen have met on a neutral court once – a 69-60 Massachusetts win in the Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 18, 1999 in Sunrise, Fla. The Seminoles are a combined 27-12 (.692 winning percentage) against the 13 current members of the Atlantic 10.
FLORIDA STATE SETS NCAA DEFENSIVE RECORD IN VICTORY OVER SOUTH ALABAMA
Florida State held South Alabama to an 0-24 shooting mark from the 3-point arc in its 80-39 win over the Jaguars on Nov. 24. The 0-24 mark from the bonusphere is tied for the best defensive effort in NCAA history with zero 3-point field goals allowed in as many as 24 attempts. Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Massachusetts holding its opponents to a .332 shooting mark from the field and to a .202 shooting mark from the 3-point arc. Florida State has led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both of the last two seasons and ranked 15th nationally in 3-point field goal defense in 2011.
SEMINOLES HOLD JAGUARS TO ZERO 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
Florida State held South Alabama to zero 3-point field goals made in its victory over the Jaguars – the 11th time in school history the Seminoles had held an opponent to zero shots made from the bonusphere since the line was instituted for the 1985-86 season. It marked the first time since Jan. 3, 1991 against Tulane that Florida State had not allowed a shot from beyond the arc.
SEMINOLES BEST DEFENSE IN THE NATION PLAYING EVEN BETTER THAN LAST YEAR
Florida State, which has been the nation’s best defense in the last two seasons, is putting up even better numbers in the field goal percentage defense category this year than they did in the last two seasons. The Seminoles limited UCF to .305 shooting from the field on Nov. 14, held South Alabama to .235 shooting from the field and are holding its opponents to a combined .332 shooting mark entering the Battle4Atlantis. The Seminoles are even more defensive minded from the 3-point arc as they have held their first four opponents to a .202 mark from long range. The Seminoles are holding their opponents nearly four percentage points below their combined marks of the last two seasons (.370) when they led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both seasons. After ranking No. 15 nationally in 3-point field goal shooting percentage defense, the Seminoles have held their first four opponents of the 2011-12 season to a .202 shooting mark from the bonusphere.