February 27, 2016 - by
Seniors Reflect as Noles Wrap Up Regular Season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Despite already locking in a No. 4 seed for next week’s ACC Tournament, there’s still plenty on the line for No. 12 Florida State as it faces No. 17 Miami on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. The Seminoles (22-6, 12-3) own a 38-12 lead over the Hurricanes (22-6, 10-5) in the all-time series.

Sunday’s game will be called by play-by-play person Tiffany Greene and professional basketball player Sue Bird. Fans can catch gameday audio exclusively on the Seminole Gameday App. The game will not air on the radio.

Sunday’s contest is the second time FSU and Miami face off as AP Top 25 ranked opponents this season, and the fifth time in series history. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes on the road, 69-58, on Jan. 24 behind a season-high 19 points from junior point guard Leticia Romero.

As ranked opponents, FSU holds a 3-1 advantage over Miami. Besides the win this season, the other ranked matchups between the two teams include: Jan. 24, 2010 (#15 FSU 66, #22 Miami 59 in Tallahassee), Feb. 24, 2010 (#14 Miami 84, #9 FSU 68 in Miami) and Jan. 13, 2013 (#18 FSU 86, #24 Miami 55 in Tallahassee).

Sunday’s contest is Senior Day for Florida State as it will honor center Adut Bulgak and guard Emiah Bingley. Both student-athletes possess very bright futures: Bulgak will look to play professionally and also aspires to play on the Canadian National Team this summer. Bingley is an editing, writing and media major who will try to get into the field of sports broadcasting.

 

 

While the games between the two Sunshine State rivals are always competitive, FSU has won eight of the last nine matchups against Miami. During that stretch, the Seminoles are 2-1 against the Hurricanes at home including last year’s 80-60 win. FSU has not faced Miami on Senior Day at home since Feb. 25, 2010, when it won 87-62.

Since the 2012-13 season, Florida State owns a 20-2 record against Florida-based opponents.

A win over Miami would give the Seminoles 23 regular-season wins. Excluding the postseason, FSU’s 23 regular-season wins would tie for the fourth-most in program history, trailing only the 2014-15 team (27), 2009-10 (25), 1981-82 (25) and tying 2004-05 (23) and 1982-83 (23).

Another high wins mark Florida State is looking to reach is 13 ACC wins. Since joining the ACC in 1991-92, the Seminoles have only reached 13 conference wins once in last year’s record-setting 14-2 ACC season. A win over Miami would create the second-most ACC wins ever by an FSU team.

A solid road win over NC State last game moved the Seminoles up one spot to 16th in the latest RPI. Florida State does not own a single loss against a team outside the RPI Top 20, and its top three wins (#35 Miami, #48 NC State and #52 Duke) have all been on the road.

After heading into the half at NC State with six points on just 3-of-10 shooting, sophomore Shakayla Thomas poured in 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 15 second-half minutes. She finished with 19 points overall to help FSU get past the Pack.

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