TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — No. 6 Florida State, which is in first place in the ACC standings, travels to play at Clemson on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. The game is the Seminoles’ second of the season against the Tigers after winning the first meeting by a 72-53 score on December 8, 2019 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State enters Saturday’s game looking to sweep the two-game season series against Clemson for the second consecutive season and for the last three seasons. The Seminoles arrive in Clemson on the heels of their school-record 14th ACC victory of the season – an 82-67 win over Louisville on Monday night in Tallahassee. Florida State’s victory over Louisville was its eighth double figure ACC win of the season. The Seminoles’ victory over Louisville was their school-record 14th ACC win of the season – bettering their previous school-record of 13 ACC wins, which came during the 2018-19 season, by one. As the first place team un the ACC standings, the Seminoles (14-3), Louisville (14-4) and Duke (13-4) are the only three teams who have clinched a top-four seed and a double-bye in the ACC Tournament which runs March 10-14 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Following Saturday’s game at Clemson, the Seminoles play their final road game of the regular season as they travel to play at Notre Dame on Wednesday, March 4 at 9:00 p.m. Florida State plays its final home game of the season on Senior Night for Trent Forrest and Dominik Olejniczak – on Saturday, March 7 against Boston College.
FLORIDA STATE’S 14 ACC WINS IS A SINGLE SEASON SCHOOL RECORD
Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Clemson with a 14-3 record in ACC play. It marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least 13 ACC regular season games and earned a double bye in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles’ 14 regular season ACC wins is a school record for conference wins in school history. The Seminoles won at least 10 games three times while a member of the Metro Conference (1977-91) and have now won at least 10 games 10 times as a member of the ACC. Leonard Hamilton has guided Florida State to double figure ACC wins seven times in the last 12 seasons (including this year).
FLORIDA STATE WITH 53 WINS IN THE LAST TWO SEASONS
Florida State is 53-12 overall (.815 winning percentage) and is 27-8 in ACC play (.771 winning percentage) since the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Florida State won a school-record 29 games and finished with a 29-8 overall record (.784 winning percentage) in advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. This year marks the first time in school history the Seminoles have won 53 games in consecutive seasons.
FLORIDA STATE WITH 102 WINS IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS
Florida State has an overall record of 102-33 and a winning percentage of .756 since the start of the 2016-17 season. The Seminoles average 25.5 wins per season and have won 26-23-29-24 games in the last four seasons. Florida State is 48-23 in ACC play and averages 12.0 league wins per season in that same time span.
TRENT FORREST BY THE REALLY, REALLY GREAT NUMBERS
Senior Trent Forrest enters Saturday’s game at Clemson with 1,111 points (tied for 36th in Florida State history), 548 rebounds (27th in school history), 448 assists (sixth in school history) and 222 steals (third in school history). He is joined by only Bob Sura in Florida State history as Seminoles with at least 1,100 career points, at least 500 career rebounds, at least 400 career assists and at least 200 career steals.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and win its school-record 15th ACC regular season game of the season. The Seminoles won 13 regular season ACC games during the 2018-19 season;
…Defeat Clemson and its win school-record tying 15th ACC game of the season (regular season and ACC Tournament). The Seminoles won a combined 15 ACC games in 2012 (12 regular season wins plus three wins in the ACC Tournament) in winning their first ACC Tournament Championship and win 15 ACC games in 2019 (13 regular season wins with two in the ACC Tournament);
…Defeat Clemson and win its 25th game of the regular season. The Seminoles also won 25 regular season games last season;
…Defeat Clemson and earn a regular season series sweep of the Tigers for the ninth time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S DOUBLE FIGURE ACC VICTORIES
Florida State has won a school-record 14 ACC games including four consecutive over Syracuse (February 15), Pittsburgh (February 18), NC State (February 22) and Louisville (Feb. 24). The Seminoles have earned eight of their 14 ACC wins by double figures including their 72-53 (+19) win over Clemson on December 8, 2019. With five double figure ACC wins during the 2018-19 season, Florida State has won 13 of its last 27 ACC games (.481 percent) by 10 points or more.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
Florida State is 4-1 against ranked this season with wins over No. 6 Florida (November 6), No. 17 Tennessee (November 29), No. 6 Louisville (January 4) and No. 11 Louisville (February 24). The Seminoles lead the ACC with their four wins over nationally ranked teams and are the only team which has defeated four or more ranked teams this season.
SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson having been ranked in both major national polls for 13 consecutive weeks and ranked inside the top 10 for a school record eight consecutive weeks. The Seminoles began the season unranked and entered the national rankings on December 2 after winning seven of their first eight games with victories over No. 6 Florida (November 6) and No. 17 Tennessee (November 29). Florida State is 19-3 when playing as a ranked team and 11-2 when playing as a top-10 ranked team.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL SHOOTING AGAINST LOUISVILLE
Florida State’s two wins against Louisville this season have come by an average of 14.0 points (78-65 on January 4 and 82-67 on February 24). The Seminoles averaged 80.0 points scored and shot .531 against the Cardinals in the two game regular season-sweep against Louisville. Louisville currently ranks third in the ACC in scoring defense (64.2 points allowed per game), second in the ACC in scoring margin (+10.7 ppg), second in field goal percentage defense (.389) and third in 3-point field goal defense (.300).