TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which begins the final day of the ACC regular season in a tie for first place in the league standings, plays host to Boston College on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles and the Eagles are meeting for the first time this season. Florida State is looking to win its first ACC regular season championship in school history and looking to win a regular season conference championship for the first time since the 1988-89 season when it finished in first place in the regular season standings of the Metro Conference. Saturday is Senior Day for the Seminoles as Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff will honor graduate students Trent Forrest and Dominik Olejniczak as the Seminoles look to win on senior night for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons. Following Saturday’s game against Boston College, the Seminoles travel to play the ACC Tournament – where they have earned a double bye – and will play in the quarterfinal round of the tournament beginning on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR THE SEMINOLES AGAINST BOSTON COLLEGE…
…A Florida State win over Boston College ensures at least a share of the ACC regular-season title for the first time in program history;
…A Florida State win with a Louisville win over Virginia would have the Seminoles as the No. 1 seed for the tournament by virtue of a two-game regular season series win against the Cardinals.
…A Florida State win with a Louisville loss to Virginia would earn the Seminoles to the outright regular season championship. It would mark the first time since the 1988-89 season that Florida State had won a regular season conference title (Metro Conference regular season title with a 9-3 record).
LOOKING AT FLORIDA STATE’S CURRENT STREAKS…
…Florida State has won 22 consecutive overall games at home at the Donald L. Tucker Center;
…Florida State has won 16 consecutive ACC games at the Donald L. Tucker Center;
…Florida State has earned the coveted double-bye in the ACC Tournament for the second consecutive season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON MORE THAN 95 PERCENT OF ITS HOME GAMES SINCE FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Florida State is 64-3 (.955 winning percentage) in its last 67 home games since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Boston College having won .955 percent of their games (64-3) and .921 percent of their ACC games (35-3) at home since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. Florida State’s streak began with a 77-56 win over No. 23 Notre Dame on February 27, 2015. The Seminoles are 15-0 at home this season (including 9-0 in ACC play), were 15-1 at home (including 8-1 in the ACC) during the 2018-19 season and were 18-0 at home (including 9-0 in the ACC) in 2016-17 season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON 22 CONSECUTIVE HOME GAMES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College having won 22 consecutive games at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ winning streak in their home building began with a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019; their most recent victory in Tallahassee came as an 82-67 win over Pittsburgh on February 18, 2020. Florida State has won 16 consecutive ACC games and each of its six non-conference home games this season.
HAMILTON NAMED SEMIFINALIST FOR WERNER LADDER NAISMITH COACH OF THE YEAR
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton has been named a semifinalist for the 202- Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Award. He is joined by John Calipari (Kentucky), Patrick Chambers (Penn State), Scott Drew (Baylor), Brian Dutcher (San Diego State), Mark Few (Gonzaga), Anthony Grant (Dayton), Greg McDermott (Creighton), Bruce pearl (Auburn) and Mark Pope (BYU) as semifinalists for the award.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Boston College and earn at least a share of the regular season ACC Championship. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game with 15 wins and would be the only team in the conference to win 16 games with a win over Boston College and a Virginia victory over Louisville. The game between the Cavaliers and the Cardinals begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday;
…Defeat Boston College and gain a victory on Senior Night in Tallahassee for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA
Florida State has won 27 consecutive games that have been played in the state of Florida – each game since a 77-68 win at home over Clemson on January 22, 2019.
FLORIDA STATE IS THE ACC’S ONLY UNDEFEATED TEAM AT HOME THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College as the only undefeated team at home in the ACC this season with a 15-0 record.
FLORIDA STATE IS UNDEFEATED AT HOME
Florida State (ACC, 15-0) is one of 13 teams in the nation who are undefeated on their home court this season. The Seminoles are joined by Dayton (16-0, Atlantic 10), Liberty (15-0, Atlantic Sun), Harvard (10-0, Ivy League), Siena (13-0, MAAC), North Carolina Central (11-0, MEAC), Northern Iowa (16-0, Missouri Valley Conference), Murray State (15-0, Ohio Valley), Austin Peay State University (14-0, Ohio Valley), Oregon (15-0, Pac-12), Prairie View (11-0, SWAC), South Dakota State (16-0, Summit League) and Gonzaga (17-0, West Coast Conference).
FLORIDA STATE IN OVERTIME
Including its 80-75 overtime victory over Louisville on February 9, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida State has won nine consecutive overtime games. During that stretch of nine consecutive overtime wins, the Seminoles have defeated seven ACC opponents, one from the SEC (LSU), one from the Big Ten (Purdue) and three ranked opponents (No. 24 LSU, No. 15 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Virginia Tech). The Seminoles have outscored their last nine overtime opponents by a 124-76 margin.
SEMINOLES IN OVERTIME IN ACC PLAY
Florida State has won 10 consecutive overtime games against teams from the ACC. In addition to its streak of nine consecutive overtime wins, Florida State defeated Maryland, 73-70, on January 17, 2009 to begin its streak of 10 consecutive wins in overtime against teams from the ACC.