January 31, 2012 - by
Back At It: FSU Hosts GT

Jan. 31, 2012

 Game Information
 Date  Feb. 1, 2012
 Time  7 p.m.
 Location  Tallahassee, Fla..
 TV  RSN/ESPN3.com
 Radio  Seminole IMG Network
 Arena  Donald L. Tucker Center
 Game Notes  FSU vs. Georgia Tech
 Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball
 Location  Atlanta, Ga.
 Nickname  Yellow Jackets
 2011-12 Record  8-13, 1-6 ACC
 Home/Neutral/Road  4-6/1-2/3-5
 Official Website  RamblinWreck.com
 Georgia Tech ACC Schedule
 Jan. 7  L, 81-74 vs. Duke
 Jan. 11  W, 82-71 at NC State
 Jan. 15  L, 61-50 at Maryland
 Jan. 19  L, 70-38 vs. Virginia
 Jan. 21  L, 64-62 at Clemson
 Jan. 24  L, 64-49 vs. Miami
 Jan. 29  L, 64-49 vs. Miami
 Feb. 1  at Florida State
 Feb. 4  vs. Boston College
 Feb. 9  vs. NC State
 Feb. 15  at Wake Forest
 Feb. 18  at Virginia Tech
 Feb. 21  vs. Clemson
 Feb. 25  vs. Maryland
 Feb. 29  at Boston College
 March 3  vs. Wake Forest

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The No. 21 Florida State men’s basketball team hasn’t played in a week — a lifetime between games, especially in the heart of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule — but that doesn’t mean the Seminoles have experienced much time off.

Since defeating Wake Forest, 75-52, on Jan. 25 and pushing its winning streak to five consecutive games, FSU has been scrimmaging, practicing and preparing for Wednesday night’s game at home against Georgia Tech (8-13, 1-6 ACC) as well as the nine remaining regular-season league games that will follow.

“(We were) getting our plays together, running (the offense) more fluidly and moving the ball a lot more,” Xavier Gibson said Monday.

GIbson, his teammates and head coach Leonard Hamilton know that a five-game winning streak and ballyhooed wins over Duke and North Carolina can only get you so far.

The ‘Noles (14-6, 5-1) still have areas to improve on if they want to extend that winning streak even further leading into the ACC Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. in March.

“We’re trying to make sure mentally that we’re sharp and making sure that all the things we have in our system, that everyone’s familiar with them during critical parts of the game,” Hamilton said. “We have not always been as efficient in those areas.”

While Hamilton knows the areas that his team needs to improve upon if it wants to make another deep run into the postseason, there’s no denying that FSU has gotten drastically better in many areas since early January — particularly in second-half efficiency.

The ‘Noles enter the game against the Yellow Jackets shooting 54.2 percent in the second half of the last five games, including second-half shooting clips of 67 and 68 percent against Duke and Wake Forest, respectively.

Perhaps more importantly is the fact that Florida State has protected the basketball in the second half of the last five ballgames, too. In fact, FSU has committed just seven total turnovers in the final five minutes of each of those games during the winning streak.

“We are just executing and playing better,” Gibson said. “When it gets to the end of the game, we don’t lose focus.”

The Seminoles will be focused on beating Georgia Tech and setting the school record for most ACC wins in a row at 6 Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

 Stat Comparison  Florida State Georgia Tech
 Scoring Offense 72.4 62.4
 Scoring Defense 62.0 62.5
 Scoring Margin +10.4 -0.1
 Rebounding Margin +5.0 +4.4
 FG Percentage .456 .439
 3FG Percentage .335 .316
 FT Percentage .712 .648
 FG Percentage Defense .368 .404
 3-Pointers Per Game 6.0 5.0
 Assists Per Game 12.2 10.7
 Turnovers Per Game 17.1 14.6
 Turnover Margin -0.8 -3.1
 Blocked Shots Per Game 6.4 5.4
 Steals Per Game 8.6 5.3

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