TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Florida State, which has won 10 of its last 11 games beginning with a 63-51 victory at No. 6 Florida on November 10, 2019, begins the heart of its 20-game ACC schedule as it plays host to Georgia Tech on December 31, 2019 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ match-up with the Yellow Jackets is their third ACC game of the season after opening their conference schedule at Pittsburgh (61-63, November 6) and opening their home conference schedule with a victory over Clemson (72-53, December 8). Each of the 15 ACC teams are playing a 20-game conference schedule for the first time in league history with the Seminoles’ 18 remaining regular season games all being a conference games. Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech having won four consecutive games with wins over Clemson (72-53), North Florida (98-81), USF (66-60) and North Alabama (88-71). Florida State has won 14 consecutive home games – including a victory over Georgia Tech on February 16, 2019 – a streak that dates to a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019. Included in those 14 consecutive wins at the Donald L. Tucker Center are eight consecutive ACC wins (seven to conclude the 2018-19 season and one over Clemson this season). Following Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles will play their first of two consecutive ACC road games at Louisville on January 4.
FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC’S BEST IN LAST TWO SEASONS
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech with a 40-10 overall record (.800 winning percentage since the beginning of the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles finished the 2018-19 season with a 29-8 record (a school-record for wins in a season) and are 11-2 this season (.846 winning percentage). The Seminoles are one of only three teams in the ACC with at least 40 wins and a winning percentage of 80 percent or better since the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Additionally, Florida State has won 70 percent of its ACC games and has a 14-6 record in conference play. The Seminoles are one of only four teams with a conference games only winning percentage of 70 percent or better.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON 95 PERCENT OF ITS HOME GAMES SINCE FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Florida State is 56-3 (.949 winning percentage in its last 59 home games) since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles earned a 15-1 record home record at home during the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against Georgia tech having won .949 percent of their games (56-3) and .900 percent of their ACC games (27-3) at home since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. Florida State’s streak began with a 77-56 win over No. 23 Notre Dame on February 27, 2015. The Seminoles were 18-0 at home (including 9-0 in the ACC) during the 2016-17, 15-1 at home during the 2018-10 season and are 7-0 at home this season (2019-20).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its 15th consecutive game at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles won their final seven games of the 2018-19 home season and have won their first seven home games of the 2019-20 season;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its ninth consecutive ACC home game. The Seminoles have won each of their last eight ACC home games (seven to conclude the 2018-19 conference and one over Clemson to begin their 2019-20 conference season.
HAMILTON MOVES CLOSER TO SIXTH WINNINGEST COACH IN ACC HISTORY
With 345 career victories during his tenure at Florida State, 18th-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton enters the Seminoles’ game against Georgia Tech on Tuesday as the seventh all-time winningest coach in ACC history. He needs only four wins to move into sixth place in ACC history (passing Maryland’s Lefty Driesell) and only five wins to become just the sixth coach in the illustrious history of the nation’s best basketball conference to win 350 career games.
HAMILTON ONLY FOUR WINS FROM TOP FIVE ACC RANKING
With 156 career ACC victories (regular season and ACC Tournament), Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton needs only five ACC wins to become the fifth all-time winningest coach in league history in ACC games only. Including Florida State’s victory over Clemson on December 8, 2019, Hamilton has led the Seminoles to 156 ACC wins during his career, and needs only five conference wins to move sole possession of fifth place in ACC history with 161 all-time ACC wins.
FLORIDA STATE’S JUNKYARD DOG DEFENSE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game as one of the top 10 defensive teams in the nation and leads the ACC in turnovers forced (18.5 per game) and steals (9.6 steals per game) while ranking in the ACC’s top six for blocked shots (third, 5.3 blocked shots per game), field goal percentage defense (sixth, .393), and scoring defense (63.4 points allowed per game). Florida State is the only team in the ACC to rank among the ACC’s top six in the turnovers forced, steals per game, blocked shots per game, field goal percentage defense and scoring defense categories.
SEMINOLES PERFECT FREE THROW SHOOTING NIGHT MOVES THEM ATOP ACC FOR TEAM FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
With its perfect performance from the free throw line (17-17, 1.000 percent) in its victory over North Alabama on Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida State moved back into the No. 1 position for team free throw shooting in the ACC statistics with a .766 team percentage. The Seminoles’ perfect 17 of 17 free throw performance marked the most free throws made (17) in finishing with a perfect shooting percentage from the line in school history. It marked the fifth time in school history the Seminoles were perfect from the free throw line on at least 10 attempts in a single game.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech having made 20 consecutive free throws – the final three of its victory over USF on December 21 at the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., and 17 consecutive (a perfect 17 of 17) in its victory over North Alabama on Saturday in Tallahassee.