SYRACUSE, N.Y. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won three of its last four ACC games, travels to play its third ACC road game of the season as at plays at Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. The game between the Seminoles and the Orange marks the second meeting of the season between the two teams after Syracuse took a 63-60 win at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on December 4, 2021. Florida State has won four of its last five overall games since a 97-60 win over Lipscomb on December 15 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles arrive in central New York to play Syracuse having won two straight ACC games – a 79-70 win over Louisville and a 65-64 win over Miami – to raise their conference record to 3-2. Following Saturday’s game at Syracuse, the Seminoles return to Tallahassee and play three games in five days including No. 8 Duke at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Tuesday, January 18 at 9:00 in the first of two meetings between the Seminoles and the Blue Devils.
SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR THE FLORIDA STATE BASKETBALL PROGRAM
Florida State has rescheduled two games which had been postponed from earlier this season. The Seminoles will now play host to UNF on January 20, 2022 at 12 Noon at the Donald L. Tucker Center (rescheduled from December 21) and travel to play at Boston College on February 21, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. (rescheduled from December 29). The Seminoles’ game against UNF will be televised on ACC Network Extra while their game against Boston College will air on the ACC Network.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORIES OVER LOUISVILLE AND MIAMI
Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Syracuse having won its last two ACC games against teams (Louisville and Miami) who were a combined 9-0 in conference play at the start of their games against the Cardinals and the Hurricanes. The Cardinals were 4-0 and tied for the ACC lead while the Hurricanes were 5-0 and alone in first place in the conference standings. Entering Saturday’s game at Syracuse, the first five ACC opponents of the season are a combined 16-13 (Miami, 5-1; Louisville, 4-2; Wake Forest, 3-3; Syracuse, 2-3; NC State, 2-4) in conference play.
SEMINOLES SCORED FIVE POINTS IN FINAL 27 SECONDS TO TOP MIAMI
Redshirt senior Malik Osborne made a 3-point shot from the left elbow with 27 seconds left to play, and redshirt senior RayQuan Evans made two free throw with 0.8 seconds left to play as Florida State scored five points in the final 27 seconds, withstood the games’ 11th lead change and defeated Miami, 65-64, at the Donald L. Tucker in Tallahassee on Tuesday night. Florida State outscored the Hurricanes, 5-3, in the final 27 seconds and 5-3 in the final minute of the contest to gain the win. The game saw 11 lead changes and five ties with the final tie coming at the 6:11 mark of the second half with the score knotted at 55-55.
HAMILTON IS THE FIFTH WINNINGEST COACH IN ACC HISTORY
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton is the fifth winningest coach in ACC history with 386 career wins at Florida State.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Syracuse and win its second consecutive game at the Carrier Dome. The Seminoles defeated the Orange, 80-62, February 5, 2019. The Seminoles have won twice in six previous trips to the Carrie Dome (March 12, 1997 and February 5, 2019);
…Defeat Syracuse and win its third straight ACC game. The Seminoles defeated both Louisville (January 8) and Miami (January 11) in their last two games and most recently won three consecutive ACC games during the 2020-21 season with three straight wins over Virginia (February 15, 81-60), at Pittsburgh (February 20, 79-72) and at Miami (February 24, 88-71) as part of a four game winning streak during the month of February during the 2020-21 season.
FLORIDA STATE IN ACC PLAY SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 43-15 in ACC regular season play (.741 winning percentage) since the start of the conference schedule in 2018-19. The Seminoles have averaged 13.3 ACC wins per season and are 16-13 in ACC road games during the last three seasons.
FLORIDA STATE FINDING THEIR WINNING WAYS
Florida State has won four of its last five games since December 15 with victories over Lipscomb (December 15, 97-60) at NC State (January 1, 82-81), Louisville (January 8, 79-70) and Miami (January 11, 65-64) and has won three of its last four ACC games with wins over the Wolfpack, the Cardinals and the Hurricanes.
FLORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Syracuse as the ACC leader in steals with a 9.9 steals per game average;
…Florida State has earned eight or more steals in 12 of its 14 games;
…Florida State committed a season-low six turnovers in its 79-70 victory over Louisville on January 8 in Tallahassee;
…Florida State shot .813 from the free throw line (13 of 16) in its victory over Miami on Tuesday in Tallahassee;
…Florida State’s bench outscored Miami’s bench by a 25-0 margin in Tuesday’s win over the Hurricanes.
SEMINOLES SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Including two of two free throws made by redshirt senior RayQuan Evans with 0.8 seconds remaining to be played in the Seminoles’ 65-64 win over Miami on Tuesday night, the Seminoles shot .813 from the free throw line – the third time this season they had shot 80 percent or better from the line in a single game. The Seminoles were made 12 of their 15 second half free throws in defeating the Hurricanes including each of the final five of the game – two by Evans (with 0.8 seconds remaining in the game), two by Anthony Polite (with 1:27 remaining) and one by Matthew Cleveland (with 2:40 left to be played). Florida State is shooting .725 from the free throw line in their last three games (50 of 69) and enter Saturday’s game against Syracuse as one of 12 teams in the ACC that is shooting better than 70 percent from the line as a team.