TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won eight of its last nine games, plays host to North Florida at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against the Ospreys marks their first game since a 72-53 ACC victory over Clemson on December. In between those two games, the Seminoles took their final exams and finished the fall season academically. Florida State’s game against North Florida marks the fifth time (and second consecutive season) the Seminoles will face the Ospreys. It’s game against North Florida is Florida State’s ninth of 11 non-conference games this season with non-ACC games scheduled against USF (December 21) and North Alabama (December 28) before beginning a stretch of 18 consecutive ACC games starting with a match-up against Georgia Tech on December 31 at home in Tallahassee. Following their game against North Florida, the Seminoles travel to play USF in the Metro by T Mobile Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 12 noon.
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH FLORIDA – CONNECTIONS
Florida State plays host to North Florida on Dec. 17, 2019 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ meeting with the Ospreys marks the second consecutive season and fifth time since 2010 that the two teams will meet in the sport of basketball. The game between the two Sunshine State teams is one of five games scheduled against teams from the state of Florida during the regular season (Florida, North Florida, USF and Miami twice in ACC play). All five games played in the series have been played in Tallahassee at the Tucker Center. North Florida head coach Matt Driscoll has coached the Ospreys in each of the first four games of the series and knows the Seminoles and Hamilton well. Driscoll spent six seasons as an assistant to Larry Shyatt at Clemson (1998-2003) – a time period when the Seminoles were 9-7 against the Tigers, including four wins in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles enter their game against the Ospreys with a 4-0 record against Driscoll as the Head Coach at North Florida. Bobby Kennen, the associate head coach at North Florida, served on Seminole Florida State Hall of Famer Hugh Durham’s coaching staff at Jacksonville for five years (2000-05). Bruce Evans, also an assistant coach on the UNF staff, was the Director of Player Development at Georgia Tech (2012-16) when the Seminoles earned a 3-1 mark against the Yellow Jackets. Evans coached at North Florida from 2010-12 including in the first two games (both Florida State wins) and last game (a Seminole win during the 2018-19 season and this season) most recent game of the series. Assistant Coach Stephen Perkins will coach in his third game against the Seminoles (2014, 2018, 2019) in Tallahassee tonight. Ian Gibson, the Director of Operations for the Ospreys, was a graduate assistant at VCU in 2011 when the Rams defeated the Seminoles to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
FLORIDA STATE HAS MADE THE TUCKER CENTER A TOUGH PLACE FOR OPPONENTS TO PLAY
Florida State is 54-3 (.947 winning percentage in its last 57 home games) since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles earned a 15-1 record home record at home during the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against the Ospreys having won .947 percent of their games (54-3) and .900 percent of their ACC games (27-3) 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 were 18-0 at home (including 9-0 in the ACC) during the 2016-17, 15-1 at home during the 2018-10 season and are 5 -0 at home this season (2019-20).
FORREST EARNS DEGREE FROM FLORIDA STATE; BEGINS GRADUATE SCHOOL CLASSES ON JANUARY 6
Senior Trent Forrest earned his degree in Sport Management on December 13, 2019 and walked in Florida State University commencement exercises in the building he calls his basketball home – the Donald L. Tucker Center. He will continue his academic career as he has been admitted to Florida State’s prestigious Sport Management Master’s Program a program that admits just under 40 percent of the applicants.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Florida and win its 37th consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles’ current streak against non-conference opponents began December 6, 2014 with a 96-73 victory over UCF;
…Defeat North Florida and raise its record to 55-3 at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center since the end of the 2015-16 season (a perfect 18-0 record in 16-17; 13-2 in 2017-18, 15-1 in 2018-19 and 5-0 in 2019-20).
…Defeat North Florida and win its 12th consecutive home game. The Seminoles won their final six home games of the 2018-19 season and have won their first five of the 2019-20 season.
SEMINOLES LIGHT UP THE 3-POINT LINE IN WIN OVER CLEMSON
Led by Anthony Polite’s career-high four 3-point field goals made in the Seminoles’ 72-53 win over Clemson on December 8, Florida State made a season high 15 shots from the bonusphere. The Seminoles made four in the first half and 11 in the second half. Florida State’s second half total of 11 3-point shots made were more than they had made in any of their first nine games of the season. Prior to making 15 3-point shots against the Tigers, the Seminole had made a game-high 10 long range shots in victories over Chattanooga (November 20) and Tennessee in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES’ 15 MADE 3-POINT SHOTS AGAINST CLEMSON…
…The Seminoles’ 15 3-point shots made against Clemson are tied for the third highest total in an ACC game in school history. The Seminoles made a school-record for an ACC game 17 3-point shots in their victory over Clemson on February 5, 2017;
…The Seminoles’ 15 3-point shots made against Clemson are the most in an ACC game since they also made 15 against Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 30, 2017;
…The Seminoles’ 15 3-point shots made against Clemson are tied for the seventh most in a single game in school history. The school record for 3-point shots made in a single game is 20 in a victory over Maine on December 8, 2007.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES’ 15 MADE 3-POINT SHOTS AGAINST CLEMSON
Florida State was 15 of 32 from the 3-point line in its victory over Clemson on December 8, 2019 for a season-high shooting percentage of .469. The Seminoles had made 11 3-point shots in their previous three games combined (11-of-47) for the combined shooting percentage of .234.
IN THE SEASON OF GIVING SEMINOLES’ ASSIST EACH OTHER IN WIN OVER CLEMSON
Florida State totaled 16 assists on 25 made baskets (.642 percent) in its victory over Clemson on December 8. It marked the sixth time in the first 10 games of the season that the Seminoles totaled double figure assists in a single game and the fourth time they have totaled 15 or more assists in a game this season. Florida State totaled a season-high 21 assists on 38 baskets (.553 percent) in its 113-56 win over Chicago State on November 25.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES TO RANK AMONG ACC LEADERS IN STEALS
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against North Florida ranked second in the ACC in steals with 92 and a 9.2 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned 77 steals in their last seven games (11.0 spg) with double figure steals coming in five of those seven games. Florida State totaled double figure steals in five consecutive games (10 vs. Chattanooga, 11 vs. Saint Francis, 13 vs. Chicago State, 13 vs. Tennessee and a season-high 16 vs. Purdue). The Seminoles are 5-0 when they have earned 10 or more steals in a single game.
SEMINOLES ALSO PLAYING DEFENSE WITH BLOCKED SHOTS
Florida State totaled a season-high of nine blocked shots in its victory over Clemson and enters Tuesday’s game against North Florida ranked fourth in the ACC with a 4.9 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have blocked at least two shots in each of their first 10 games with at least five blocked shots coming in seven of their 10 games.
FLORIDA STATE IN OVERTIME
With their overtime victory over Purdue on November 30 in the championship game of the 2019 Emerald Coast Classic, the Seminoles have won eight consecutive overtime games. During the stretch of eight 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).