TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won a series-record seven consecutive games against Miami, plays host to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against Miami marks the first of two games in 11 days between the two teams as the Seminoles make the trip to Coral Gables on January 22. Florida State comes into Tuesday’s game against Miami having won three of its last four games including ACC wins at NC State (January 1, 83-81) and at home against Louisville (January 8, 79-70). Florida State’s game against Miami is a battle between two of the top three winningest coaches in Miami basketball history – Leonard Hamilton (144 wins from 1991-2000) and Jim Larranaga (211 wins, 2012-pesent). Following Tuesday’s game against Miami, Florida State travels to play at Syracuse (January 15, 4:00 p.m.) and then plays host to Duke (January 18, 9:00 p.m.)
MILLS TIES CAREER-HIGH FOR POINTS IN WIN OVER LOUISVILLE
Redshirt sophomore Caleb Mills tied his career-high with 27 points in the Seminoles 79-70 win over Louisville at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday night. His 27 points tied his career best which he also scored against Tulsa on February 19, 2020 while playing for the Cougars of the University of Houston. Mills’ 27 points marked the most points scored by a Seminole since Terance Mann scored 30 against Georgia Tech on January 20, 2018.
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME SINCE 2015
Florida State is 82-5 at home in the last five (plus) seasons (.943 winning percentage). The Seminoles have won 82 of their last 87 home games since February 27, 2015. The Seminoles won their final three home games of the 2015-16 season (Notre Dame, Syracuse, Davidson) and have won 79 of 84 home games (.941 winning percentage) in the last five seasons. The Seminoles have lost just one ACC home game since a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019. Florida State has won 26 of its last 27 ACC home games since defeating the Tigers and won 25 consecutive ACC home games from January 22, 2019 through March 3, 2021 – the second longest conference winning streak in ACC history. Only Duke, who won 26 straight ACC home games from 1997-2002, has a longer streak than then Seminoles in the history of the greatest conference in college basketball history.
SEMINOLES TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE AGAINST MIAMI
The Florida State men’s basketball team will continue its tradition and wear its special turquoise Nike N7 uniforms in Tuesday’s game against Miami to raise awareness for bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth. It marks the 19th time (and second time this season) the Seminoles will wear the special uniforms. The Seminoles last wore the special uniforms in their 59-54 win over Tulane in Tallahassee on November 17, 2021. This season (2021-22) marks the ninth consecutive season the Seminoles will wear the turquoise uniforms. Florida State makes a distinct departure from its traditional school colors to don turquoise Nike N7 uniforms to stand for the importance of bringing sport and physical activity to Native American and Aboriginal youth. “The Seminole Tribe of Florida approached us about this program, and we are honored and excited to wear these unique uniforms,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles first wore the turquoise uniforms in their 89-61 win over UT-Martin in Tallahassee on November 17, 2013. The Seminoles are 15-3 when wearing the special N7 turquoise uniforms.
LOOKING INTO THE SERIES BETWEEN THE SEMINOLES AND THE HURRICANES
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Miami having won nine of the last 10 games in the series against the Hurricanes since a 75-57 win in Coral Gables on February 1, 2017. The Seminoles’ current seven-game winning streak against the Hurricanes is the longest by either team in the series which began on December 19, 1950. The Seminoles’ seven-game winning streak is its longest any of the current ACC teams.
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE TUCKER CENTER
Florida State has won 26 of its last 27 ACC home games since defeating Clemson on January 22, 2019. Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, the Seminoles have won 43 of their last 47 ACC home games (.915 winning percentage) including 19 of their last 20 (.950 winning percentage) since the start of their 2019-20 conference schedule.
SEMINOLES CUTTING TURNOVERS DOWN
Florida State committed a season-low six turnovers in its victory over Louisville on Saturday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have committed a total of 16 turnovers in their last two games (8.0 turnovers per game) and have surrendered a total of 17 points from their own miscues against Louisville (five) ad Wake Forest (12). Florida State’s six turnovers against Louisville included only two in the first half (three points surrendered) as they took a 50-40 lead at the intermission. Tuesday’s game in the Donald L. Tucker matches the top two teams in the ACC in terms of turnover margin – Florida State (+4.1) and Miami (+4.3). Florida State’s six turnovers against Louisville is tied for the fifth lowest single game total in the ACC this season.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES TO LEAD THE ACC IN STEALS
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Miami as the ACC leaders in steals with a 10.0 steals per game average in its first 13 games of the season. The Seminoles have earned at least 10 steals in six of their first 13 games of the season and are the only team in the conference who averages in double figures in steals (10.0 spg).