TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which defeated USF 75-62 at the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday, closes out its pre-Christmas schedule as it plays host to Stetson on Monday, December 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won five of their last seven games overall since November 25 including three of their last four at home. Florida State has earned five of its six wins this season at home and has won eight of its last 10 games played at home in the Tucker Center. In playing host to Stetson, the Seminoles are looking to gain a win over a team from the state of Florida for the fourth time this season – the Seminoles have already defeated UCF, North Florida and South Florida during the month of December and will face both Florida and Miami later this season. Following Monday’s game against Stetson, the Seminoles play host to Florida on Tuesday, December 30 at 7:00 p.m. That game will be televised on ESPN2.
FLORIDA STATE VS. STETSON – A SERIES HISTORY
The Seminoles return home to continue their play against in-state opponents with a game against Stetson on December 22, 2014. At home, the Seminoles are 23-4 against the Hatters since the 1947-48 season and have won 23 consecutive home games in the series – a streak that began on Dec. 18, 1953. The Seminoles also hold a 17-game winning streak in the series. Florida State has won all 11 games against Stetson under Hamilton and has defeated the Hatters 17 consecutive times in a streak that began on December 11, 1975. Since the renewal of the series in 2002, the Seminoles are 8-0 at home and 2-0 on the road against Stetson. Florida State currently holds a .788 winning percentage (41-11) over Stetson. Stetson is under the direction of second year head coach Corey Williams – a former Florida State assistant coach (2007-13) and will face off with the Seminoles for the first time since joining the Hatters.
LEONARD HAMILTON’S COACHING TREE
In playing host to Stetson on Monday at 2:00 p.m., Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton will face one of the many branches of his vast coaching tree in Hatter court boss Corey Williams. Williams spent six seasons as an assistant at Florida State. His career with the Seminoles coincided with the team’s winningest five-year period, beginning in 2007-08. During this time the team won its first ACC Championship, enjoyed a school-record run of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, four consecutive years of double digit wins in ACC play, produced five NBA Draft picks, recorded 16 wins over nationally ranked teams and appeared in the national rankings in four straight seasons. Also on Williams’s staff at Stetson is former Seminole assistant coach Mike Jaskulski who was an assistant at Florida State under Hamilton from 2002-06.
SEMINOLES TIE SCHOOL RECORD AGAINST USF
Florida State blocked a school-record tying 15 shots in its 75-62 win over USF at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on Saturday. The Seminoles tied the school record of 15 blocked shots which also came against Florida Atlantic on December 3, 1994 and most recently against Virginia Tech on January 10, 2012. Led by a career-high six blocked shots by sophomore Jarquez Smith, the Seminoles blocked more than 20 percent of the Bulls’ 66 shots during the game.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Stetson and gain its fourth consecutive win against a team from the state of Florida. The Seminoles have defeated UCF (December 6, 96-73); North Florida (December 17, 93-77) and South Florida (December 20, 75-62) and play host to Florida on December 30. The Seminoles also play Miami in ACC play twice this season (February 1 and February 25);
…Defeat Stetson and win its 18th consecutive game against Stetson. The Seminoles current streak began December 11, 1975 and has continued through five coaches — Hugh Durham, Joe Williams, Pat Kennedy, Steve Robinson and Leonard Hamilton.
FLORIDA STATE BLOCKS SCHOOL RECORD TYING 15 SHOTS AGAINST USF
Six different Seminoles blocked at least one shot with four of those players blocking multiple shots as Florida State totaled a school-record tying 15 shots in its 75-62 win over USF on Saturday. The Seminoles’ total marked the third time in school history and first time since January 10, 2012 that they had blocked 15 shots in a game. Florida State has blocked 19 shots in its last two games (15 percent of the shots taken against the Seminoles) against North Florida and South Florida and held those two opponents to a combined shooting percentage of .393. The Seminoles’ 15 blocked shots also set the single game record in the Orange Bowl Classic – surpassing Florida State’s 12 blocked shots against UMass during the 2013 Orange Bowl Classic.
FLORIDA STATE WITH A BLOCK PARTY AGAINST USF
Florida State blocked a season-high and school record tying 15 shots in its victory over USF on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic and enter Monday’s game against Stetson averaging 4.3 blocked shots per game. The Seminoles entered Saturday’s game against USF with 32 blocked shots in the first 10 games of the season.
FLORIDA STATE VS. TEAMS FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN 2014-15
Florida State plays host to Stetson from DeLand, Fla on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Stetson University is located about 240 miles from Florida State University. The Seminoles’ game against Stetson marks their fourth game of the season so far and their fourth of seven this season against a team from the Sunshine State. The Seminoles have won all three games convincingly with an average margin of victory of +17.3 points per game and are averaging 88.0 points scored in their three games.