TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which is ranked No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press Poll and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, plays host to Wake Forest on February 13, 2021 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against the Demon Deacons is their first since playing at Georgia Tech on January 30 and is their first game at home since defeating Miami, 80-61, on January 27. Florida State has unfortunately had five conference games postponed with one scheduled as a home game (January 2 vs. Duke) and four scheduled as road games (January 6 at Syracuse; February 2 at Boston College; February 6 at Pittsburgh and February 9 at Virginia Tech). Florida State’s game against Wake Forest is its first of a three-game ACC homestand. The Seminoles will play host to Wake Forest on Saturday, Virginia on February 15 and Virginia Tech on February 20. Florida State will then play three of their final four regularly scheduled games away from Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON 22 STRAIGHT ACC HOME GAMES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest having won 22 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 81-59 win over Miami on January 27 on Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ 22-game ACC home-game winning streak is tied for 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 74-4 (.949 winning percentage) in its last 78 home games since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Wake Forest having won .949 percent of their games (74-4) and .932 percent of their ACC games (41-3) 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 9-1 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 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’S GRAY IS ON QUITE A TEAR
Redshirt junior RaiQuan Gray has scored in double figures in a career-high five consecutive games. He is averaging 15.2 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game during that span of six games. Gray has scored his career-high of 19 points twice – against North Carolina (January 16) and at Georgia Tech (January 20) during the Seminoles’ most recent two week tear in which they won five of six games.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Wake Forest and win its seventh consecutive home game against the Demon Deacons. The Seminoles have won each of their home games against Wake Forest since a 51-47 win over the Deacons on March 8, 2010;
…Defeat Wake Forest and extend its home record to 41-2 (.953 winning percentage) since the start of the 2016-17 season. The Seminoles have lost only one ACC home game and one non-conference home game in that span of time.