TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s perfect 9-0 start in men’s basketball has vaulted the Seminoles into the national rankings as they were voted as the 19th best team in college basketball in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll in both of this weeks polls. The Seminoles are one of seven undefeated teams reaming in college basketball and one of six teams in the ACC in both national rankings.
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Florida State earned its way into the rankings with three wins last week including a decisive 83-66 victory over then No. 5 Florida on the road in Gainesville. The Seminoles also defeated Loyola (Md.) by a 96-71 score and defeated Tulane in a neutral site game in Tampa by a 72-53 margin.
Florida State is 9-0 and is one win shy of tying the school record for the best start to a season. The Seminoles began the 2003-04 season with a perfect 10-0 record. The Seminoles’ nine game-winning streak marks the second consecutive season they have earned a winning streak of nine games or more; they won 12 consecutive games during the 2016-17 season on their way to a 15-1 start to the season and a 26-9 overall record.
Florida State is one of just seven undefeated teams left in college basketball –Mississippi State, Miami, Georgetown, Arizona State, TCU, and Villanova – and will look to tie the school record for best start to a season when it faces Oklahoma State on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla. The game will be televised on Fox Sports South.
Florida State is led in scoring by Terance Mann who leads four Seminoles in double figure scoring with a career-high 15.6 points scored per game. Also in double figure scoring are seniors Braian Angola (a career-high 12.7 ppg) and Phil Cofer (a career-high 12.3 ppg) and sophomore CJ Walker (a career-high 11.2 ppg). Mann also leads the team in field goal shooting percentage (.645), Cofer leads the team in rebounds (5.8 rpg), Angola leads the team in 3-point field goals made (21) and Walker leads the Seminoles in free throws made (27).
The Seminoles are ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring as they average 87.1 points scored per game. Their +21.0 margin of victory places them third in the ACC and as one of only three conference teams with a margin of victory of 20 points or more.
Florida State is also one of the top defensive teams in the ACC. The Seminoles are ranked second in blocked shots (6.1 bpg), second in steals (8.8 spg), third in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.286) and fourth in field goal percentage defense (.375).
Florida State has won four of its games by at least 20 points and has won six of its eight games by at least 17 points.
Florida State returns home for two games next week against Charleston Southern (Dec. 18, 7 p.m.) and Southern Miss (Dec. 21, 2 p.m.). The Seminoles open their ACC schedule at No. 4 ranked Duke on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for all Seminole home game including all nine ACC home games. Florida State’s conference home schedule begins Jan. 3 against defending national champion North Carolina.