TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won its last three ACC games by an average of 17.3 points per game, plays host to No. 20/22 Clemson on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against the Tigers marks the second meeting of the teams this season following Clemson’s 77-67 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. on December 29. Florida State enters Saturday’s game following three consecutive victories at home over NC State (105-73, January 13), at home over North Carolina (82-75, January 16) and at Louisville (78-65, January 18). Florida State’s game against Clemson in the first of two consecutive home games before a three-game road swing that begins on January 30 at Georgia Tech. The Seminoles’ home game against the Tigers marks their fourth ACC home game of the season with five home games remaining on the schedule (one home game, against Duke, was postponed and has not yet been rescheduled). Following Saturday’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles play host to Miami on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON 20 STRAIGHT ACC HOME GAMES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson having won 20 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 an 82-75 win over North Carolina on Saturday in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 33-10 (.767 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 4-1 this season.
FLORIDA STATE SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 63-15 (.808 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 8-2 this season. Since defeating Clemson on December 8, 2019, the Seminoles have won nearly 85 percent of their games with a record of 25-4 (.862 winning percentage).
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON NEARLY 95 PERCENT OF ITS HOME GAMES SINCE FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Florida State is 73-4 (.948 winning percentage) in its last 77 home games since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Clemson having won .948 percent of their games (73-4) and .929 percent of their ACC games (39-3) 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 7-1 at home this season, were 16-0 at home last season (including 10-0 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 the 2016-17 season.
HAMILTON WITH 74 WINS OVER RANKED TEAMS
Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton enters No. 20/22 Clemson looking for his 75th career win over a nationally ranked team. He earned two wins over ranked teams at Oklahoma State, 17 at Miami and 55 at Florida State. He has earned four wins over No. 1 ranked teams: against No. 1 Oklahoma (February 4, 1989 while at Oklahoma State); against No. 1 Duke (March 1. 2006 while at Florida State); against No. 1 North Carolina (March 4, 2009 while at Florida State) and against No. 1 Duke (January 12, 2011 while at Florida State).
FLORIDA STATE’S WALKER APPROACHING 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Florida State senior M.J. Walker enters Saturday’s game against Clemson averaging a career-high high 14.9 points per game this season. He has scored 933 career points and needs only 67 points to become the 47th member of the Seminoles’ 1,000 career point club. Walker has scored 51 of his 933 career points and averages 7.3 points scored in seven career games against Clemson.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and gain a win over a ranked Tigers team for the second time since February 14, 2018 when the Seminoles defeated the No. 11 Tigers by an 81-79 margin in overtime at the Donald L. Tucker Center;
…Defeat Clemson and win its fourth consecutive ACC game for the third time in the last two seasons. The Seminoles enjoyed winning streaks of six and four games during the 2019-20 season. Florida State won a school record 16 ACC regular season games, finished with a 16-4 ACC record and won the ACC Championship for the second time in school history in 2020.