TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State plays host to NC State on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Wolfpack is their first since playing at Clemson on December 29, 2020 because of postponements against Duke (January 2), at Syracuse (January 9) and at Pittsburgh (January 13). The Seminoles’ 15 days between games is the longest in-season layoff between games since an 18-day layoff between games (December 15-January 1) during the 1955-56 season. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against NC State having won 18 consecutive ACC games at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ ACC winning streak in their home building began with a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019. Their most recent ACC victory at home came as a 74-61 win over Georgia Tech. Following Wednesday’s game against NC State, the Seminoles play host to North Carolina on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12 Noon.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 30-10 (.750 winning percentage) in ACC regular season play since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles finished 13-5 in 2019, 16-4 in 2020 and are 1-1 this season.
BARNES NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 25
Florida State freshman Scottie Barnes, who leads the Seminoles in assists and who is second in scoring, has been named to the Midseason Top-25 Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award and All-American Team. Barnes averages 11.1 points and a team-leading 4.3 assists for the Seminoles. Barnes is one of only four freshmen from around the nation and one of only five players from the ACC on the Wooden Award Midseason Top-25 list. He is the only freshman from the ACC on the list which includes senior Garrison Brooks (North Carolina), senior Sam Hauser (Virginia), sophomore Matthew Hurt (Duke) and senior Carlik Jones (Louisville). In addition to being a top candidate for the Wooden Award and Wooden All-American Team, Barnes is also a candidate for the Naismith (top national player) and the Bob Cousy Award (nation’s top point guard). Barnes earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors for the first time in his career for his performances in victories over Indiana and No. 25 Florida (Dec. 14). He scored the game-winning basket with 1.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give Florida State a 69-67 win over Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee.
HAMILTON ON BALLOT FOR NAISMITH HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2021
Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, who has won nearly 600 games and who is the fifth all-time winningest coach in ACC history, was named as an eligible candidate for the Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Hamilton highlights the list of four first time coaching candidates including Ken Anderson (Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Lou Henson (Hardin-Simmons, New Mexico State, Illinois) and Paul Westhead (NBA and college). Hamilton has been named as the National Coach of the Year four times and by four different national governing bodies. He was named the Clarence “Big House” Gaines National Coach of the Year in 2018, the Basketball Times Coach of the Year in 2009, the BCA National Coach of the Year in 2000 and the UPI National Coach of the Year in 1995. Hamilton has also been named the ACC Coach of the Year three times (2009, 2012 and 2020) and the Big East Coach of the Year twice (1995 and 1999).
FLORIDA STATE SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 60-15 (.800 winning percentage) since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles finished 29-8 in 2018-19, 26-5 in 2019-20 and are 5-2 this season. Since defeating Clemson on December 8, 2019, the Seminoles have won nearly 85 percent of their games with a record of 23-4 (.852 winning percentage).
FLORIDA STATE’S WALKER APPROACHING 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Florida State senior M.J. Walker enters Wednesday’s game against NC State averaging a career-high high 15.3 points per game this season. He has scored 891 career points and needs only 109 pints to become the 47th member of the Seminoles’ 1,000 career point club.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State and win its 19th consecutive ACC home game. The Seminoles began their streak against Notre Dame on January 22, 2019 and are 1-0 at home in ACC play this season with a victory over Georgia Tech (74-61 on December 15, 2020);
…Defeat NC State and win its fourth consecutive home game against the Wolfpack. The Seminoles are 14-8 at home against NC State since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.