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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Nationally ranked Florida State, which will finish in fourth place in the 2018-19 ACC standings, travels to Winston-Salem, N.C. to play at Wake Forest on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 12 Noon. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game looking to earn two milestones in program history: a win would give Florida State and program record 13 ACC wins as well as a regular season record 25 overall victories. Florida State defeated No. 15/16 Virginia Tech, 73-64, in overtime at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Tuesday night to clinch a fourth place finish in the ACC standings and the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. The Seminoles enter their game against Wake Forest as one of the nation’s hottest teams with 11 victories in their last 12 games since defeating Clemson on January 22. Florida State has lost only once since defeating the Tigers – a span a 46 days — when the Seminoles and the Demon Deacons tip-off on Saturday. Following its game against Wake Forest on Saturday, the Seminoles will begin play in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte North Carolina at approximately 2:30 on March 14, 2019. The Seminoles will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between the No. 5 seed and the winner of the No. 12 vs. No. 13 seed (a game which will be played on Tuesday).
SEMINOLES TO FINISH FOURTH IN ACC STANDINGS
With its 73-64 overtime victory over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night in Tallahassee, Florida State secured a fourth place finish in the 2018-19 ACC standings. Florida State was chosen to finish in seventh place in the ACC standings at ACC Operation Basketball on October 24, 2018. It marks the second time in the three years the Seminoles have finished in the top four of the ACC standings after finishing in second place with a 12-6 record during the 2016-17 season. Under head coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles finished in fourth place in 2009, in third place in 2011, in third place in 2012, second place in 2017 and now in fourth place in 2019.
HAMILTON GOES FOR CAREER ACC WIN NO. 149
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest looking to win his 149th career ACC game (regular season and ACC Tournament). His next ACC victory will move him into a tie for sixth place in ACC history with Bobby Cremins who won 149 games at Georgia Tech. Hamilton is currently ranked seventh in ACC history with 329 overall victories.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Wake Forest and gain a series sweep of the Demon Deacons. It will mark the fifth two-game regular season sweep of the Deacons by the Seminoles and first since the 2011 season;
…Defeat Wake Forest and win its school-record 13th ACC game of the season. The Seminoles won a school-record 12 regular season ACC games in in 1993, 2012 and 2017 and 2019;
…Defeat Wake Forest and win its 25th game of the season. It will mark the most wins in a regular season and the most wins in a single season for the Seminoles since they won 26 games during the 2016-17 season. Florida State’s single season school-record for victories is 27 during its run to the NCAA Championship game during the 1971-72 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S ACC RECORD
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with a 12-5 ACC record. The Seminoles are 12-5 after starting conference play with a 1-4 mark and three consecutive league losses, including a two-point loss at the buzzer to then No. 1 Duke (80-78) at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State was in a tie for 11th place in the league standings following its 1-4 start to league play and begins play on Saturday in fourth place in the ACC standings and having earned a coveted double-bye in next week’s ACC Tournament.
SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Wake Forest ranked No. 14 in this week’s Associated Press poll and No. 13 in the USA Today poll. The Seminoles were ranked in the first 10 polls of the regular and now 17 of the 18 AP polls of the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles were ranked in the AP poll for a school-record 17 consecutive weeks during the 1988-89 season. Florida State has been nationally ranked in the AP in each of the last three seasons – for 15 consecutive weeks during the 2016-17 season, for five weeks during the 2017-18 season and in 16 of the 17 regular season polls this season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON A SCHOOL RECORD SIX CONSECUTIVE OVERTIME DECISIONS
With its 74-63 over win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have won three overtime games this season (against LSU, Louisville and Virginia Tech) and are 6-0 in overtime games in the last two seasons (with ACC wins over Syracuse, Miami, Clemson, Louisville and Virginia Tech). The Seminoles have won seven of their last eight overtime games dating to their 82-76 double overtime win over Wake Forest on December 28, 2015. Florida State’s overtime win over Virginia Tech gave it a school-record six consecutive overtime wins – the previous record was four with all four coming during the 1992-93 season.
SEMINOLES AND HAMILTON AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
With its victory over No. 15/16 Virginia Tech on Tuesday in Tallahassee, the have defeated 48 ranked teams during the 17-year tenure of Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. The Seminoles have defeated four nationally ranked teams this season with victories over No. 13/14 LSU (November 23, 79-76) in the semifinals of the AdvoCare Invitational, over No. 14/15 Purdue (November 28, 73-72) in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge, over No. 16/17 Louisville (February 9, 80-75 in overtime) and No. 15/16 Virginia Tech (March 5, 73-64).
SEMINOLES WITH FOUR VICTORIES OVER NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
With four wins over nationally ranked teams this season, Florida State has defeated at least four nationally ranked teams in each of the last three seasons. The Seminoles defeated seven nationally ranked teams in 2017 and six more in 2018 for a total of 17 wins over nationally ranked teams since topping No. 21 Florida, 83-78, on December 11, 2016.
REGULAR SEASON SERIES SWEEPS
Florida State has earned regular season sweeps over three teams this season – Clemson (January 22 and February 19), Georgia Tech (February 2 and February 16) and Miami (January 9 and January 27). In addition, Florida State has defeated nine different ACC teams (Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, Notre Dame, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest) in earning a 12-5 record in league play.
FLORIDA STATE HAS LOST ONLY ONCE SINCE JANUARY 22
Florida State has lost only once (February 23 at North Carolina) since defeating Clemson in Tallahassee on January 22. Only Florida State (11-1), Virginia (11-1) and North Carolina (10-1) have one loss or fewer in ACC play since January 22.
FLORIDA STATE ENTERS SATURDAY’S GAME AGAINST WAKE FOREST WITH ONLY SIX LOSSES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Wake Forest with a 24-6 record. The last time the Seminoles have six or fewer losses in the regular season was during the 1988-89 season when they entered the Metro Conference Tournament with a 21-6 record. Florida State’s record for fewest losses in a regular season is three during the 1954-55 and 1969-70 seasons. The Seminoles finished with a 24-4 record in 1955 and a 23-3 record (no postseason play) in 1970.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Wake Forest ranked sixth in the ACC in free throw shooting with a .742 mark from the line. The Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line in six consecutive and in 14 of the last 15 games including in Tuesday night’s victory over Virginia Tech. In its win over the Hokies, Florida State made 17 of 19 free throws (.895 percent) in the second half and in the overtime period including seven of eight (.875 percent) in the overtime period. Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in total free throws made (488), fourth in the ACC in total free throws attempted (658) and is shooting more than five percentage points higher from the free throw line this season as compared to last season.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH
In its overtime victory over Virginia Tech on Tuesday in Tallahassee, Florida State made more free throws (19-15) than the Hokies attempted, outscored the Hokes by seven from the free throw line for the game (19-12), outscored the Hokies from the line in the second half (10-9) and in the overtime period (7-1). It marked the second consecutive game the Seminoles made more free throws than their opponent attempted in finishing with a two wins and clinching a fourth place finish in the ACC standings.