TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won six of its last seven games since a 105-73 win over NC State on January 13, plays host to No. 9 Virginia on Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Monday’s game matches the ACC highest scoring offense (Florida State, 79.1 points scored per game) against the best scoring defense in the ACC (Virginia, 58.8 points allowed per game). The Seminoles have won six of their last seven games entering their game against the Cavaliers. Following Monday’s game against Virginia, the Seminoles play host to Virginia Tech on February 20 at 12 Noon.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON 23 STRAIGHT ACC HOME GAMES
Florida State enters Monday’s game against Virginia having won 23 consecutive ACC games at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Only Duke from 1997 to 2000 has won more ACC home games consecutively in the incredible history of the ACC. 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 Saturday’s 92-85 win over Wake Forest. The Seminoles’ 23-game ACC home-game winning streak is the second longest streak in ACC history.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON NEARLY 95 PERCENT OF ITS HOME GAMES SINCE FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Florida State is 75-4 (.949 winning percentage) in its last 79 home games since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles enter Monday’s game against Virginia having won .949 percent of their games (75-4) and .933 percent of their ACC games (42-3) 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 10-1 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.
FLORIDA STATE SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 66-16 (.805 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 11-3 this season. Since defeating Clemson on December 8, 2019, the Seminoles have won nearly 85 percent of their games with a record of 28-5 (.848 winning percentage).
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 36-11 (.766 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 7-2 this season.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters Monday’s game against No. 9 Virginia looking for its third victory of the season over a nationally ranked team. The Seminoles defeated No. 25 Florida (December 12, 83-71) and No. 20 Clemson (January 23, 80-61) in games played in Tallahassee earlier this season.
FLORIDA STATE’S WALKER APPROACHING 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Florida State senior M.J. Walker enters Monday’s game against Virginia averaging a career-high high 13.7 points per game this season. He has scored 976 career points and needs only 24 points to become the 47th member of the Seminoles’ 1,000 career point club.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and gain a win over the Cavaliers for the fourth time in the last seven meetings between the two teams. The Seminoles have won three of the last four meeting in games played in Tallahassee against Virginia;
…Defeat Virginia and gain its third win of the season against a nationally ranked opponent. The Seminoles defeated No. 25 Florida and No. 20 Clemson earlier this season and have defeated 12 nationally ranked teams in the last three seasons.