TALLAHASSE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won 16 consecutive homes games, plays host to No. 11/12 Louisville on Letter winners Day on Saturday, January 21, 2016 at the Donald L. Tucker in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against the Cardinals marks their sixth consecutive against a nationally ranked opponent – a gauntlet of games that head coach Leonard Hamilton’s team has met head on. The Seminoles are 4-1 during the incredible opportunity to play six consecutive ranked opponents with victories over No. 11/11 Virginia (60-58 at Charlottesville, December 31), No. 21/23 Virginia Tech (93-78 in Tallahassee, January 7), No. 7/7 Duke (88-72, in Tallahassee, January 10) and No. 15/15 Notre Dame (83-80, in Tallahassee, January 18). Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Louisville with wins over five ranked teams – No. 21/21 Florida (83-78, in Tallahassee, December 11), Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke and Notre Dame – the most victories the Seminoles have earned over ranked team in a single season since topping six nationally ranked teams during is ACC Championship season of 2012. Following Saturday’s game against Louisville, the Seminoles begin a three-game road swing at Georgia Tech (Wednesday, January 25) with conference road challenges at Syracuse (January 28) and at Miami (February 1) upcoming.
ALUMNI WEEKEND SEES MORE THAN 90 SEMINOLE PLAYERS RETURN TO CAMPUS
91 former FSU basketball players return to the Florida State campus for its Reunion Weekend. Among the 91 confirmed players will be retired jersey athletes Hugh Durham, Dave Fedor, Dave Cowens, Ron King, and Bob Sura. Each of the returning players will be celebrated an announced during the first half of Florida State’s game against Louisville. The Seminoles’ first conference regular season championship team — the 23-6 1978 Metro Conference Champions — will be honored, along with new Collegiate Basketball Hall of Famer, Hugh Durham.
BACON NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD MIDSEASON TOP 25
All-American candidate Dwayne Bacon is one of four ACC players who has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list. The sophomore is averaging a career 17.4 pints per game and has scored in double figures in an ACC best 28 consecutive games. Bacon is also on the Naismith Award Watch List, the Julius Erving Award Watch List (as the nation’s top small forward), was named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament Team, was named the Most Valuable Player at the Orange Bowl Classic, was named the Lute Olson National Player of the Week (Jan. 2) and was named the ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 2). Bacon was a preseason All-ACC Second-Team selection by the media in attendance at the ACC Operation Basketball in October. He earned Freshmen All-American honors and was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team as he became just the second freshman in school history to lead the Seminoles in scoring during the 2015-16 season.
BACON SHOOTING FOR DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING IN 29 CONSECUTIVE GAMES
All-American candidate Dwayne Bacon enters Saturday’s game against Louisville having scored in double figures in 28 consecutive games. He totaled 11 points in Florida State’s victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday in Tallahassee and has scored in double figures in each of Florida State’s game since Feb. 17, 2016 against Georgia Tech. Bacon has scored 475 points (17.0 points per game) during his streak which is the longest by a Seminole since Toney Douglas scored in double figures in 33 consecutive games (the final two games of the 2006-07 season and the first 31 games of the 2007-08 season).
ISAAC NEARLY TURNS IN FLORIDA STATE’S FOURTH TRIPLE DOUBLE
Freshman sensation Jonathan Isaac scored his career-high if 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked seven shots in Florida State’s 83-80 victory over No. 15/15 Notre Dame on Wednesday night in Tallahassee. He came within three blocked shots of the fourth triple double in school history and the first double-double in school history that included points, rebounds and blocked shots. Chris Singleton earned the Seminoles’ last triple double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in Florida State’s victory over UNC Greensboro on Nov. 17, 2010 at the Greensboro, N.C.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 12/11 Louisville and gain a victory over the Cardinals for the first time as members of the ACC;
…Defeat No. 12/11Louisville and wins its sixth game of the season against a ranked opponent. A sixth win over a ranked team would tie the school record for number of wins over a ranked team in school history. The Seminoles also defeated six ranked teams during the 1992-93 and 2011-12 ACC Championship season;
…Defeat No. 12/11 Louisville and gain victories in consecutive games over ranked teams for the second time this season. The Seminoles defeated No. 11/11 Virginia on December 31 and No. 21/23 Virginia Tech on January 7.
SEMINOLES THE HIGHER RANKED TEAM FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS WEEK
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Louisville ranked higher than the Cardinals in the Associated Press poll. The Seminoles are ranked No. 10 and the Cardinals come in ranked No. 12. It marks the second time this week (Notre Dame is ranked No. 15 in the AP poll) the Seminoles will play a game as the higher nationally ranked team. Saturday’s game marks the first time since March 12, 1989 – in the Metro Conference Tournament – that Florida State will play as the higher ranked team against Louisville.
FLORIDA STATE AS A RANKED TEAM THIS SEASON
Florida State, which enters Saturday’s game against Louisville ranked in the nation’s top 10 for the second consecutive week, will play as a ranked team for the 11th time during the 2016-17 season against the Cardinals. The Seminoles are 8-2 and have won seven of their last eight games as a ranked team this season. Florida State’s game against the Cardinals marks their sixth home game of the 2016-17 season as a ranked team. The Seminoles are 5-0 at the Donald L. Tucker as a ranked team this season and 7-0 against teams who were ranked at the time of the game (then No 21 Florida) or who would become ranked during the first three months of the season (Minnesota).
SEMINOLES WITH SIX CONSECUTIVE ACC HOME VICTORIES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Louisville having won six consecutive ACC homes games. The Seminoles defeated No. 20 Notre Dame (Feb. 27 2016) and 2016 Final Four participant Syracuse (March 5, 2016) to close out their 2015-15 home ACC schedule and have won each of their first four ACC homes games of the 2016-17 season (against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Duke and Notre Dame). The school record for consecutive ACC wins at home is seven from Jan 10, 2012 (a 90-57 win over Virginia Tech) through February 4, 2012 (with a win over Virginia). The Seminoles finished third in the ACC standings and won the ACC Tournament Championship for the first time in school history in 2012.
NOTES FROM FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER NO. 15/ 15 NOTRE DAME…
…Florida State scored 83 in its victory over Notre Dame – 16.3 points more than Notre Dame scoring defensive average of 66.7 points allowed per game entering Wednesday’s game…
…Florida State forced Notre Dame into 18 turnovers – nearly double the turnover rate for the first 18 games of the season by the Fighting Irish who entered the game with a nation’s low 9.4 turnovers per game average;
…Florida State shot .500 percent against the Fighting Irish who entered the game allowing its first 18 opponents to shoot .401 from the field;
…Florida State forced Notre Dame into a 1:1 assist:turnover ratio (18 assists and 18 turnovers). The Irish are the ACC leaders with an 1.77 assist:turnover ratio for the season;
…Florida State blocked 11 shots against Notre Dame – tied for its third highest total in school history in an ACC game