TALLAHASSE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which won the championship of the Inaugural Jamaica Classic with victories over Fordham and Colorado State in Montego Bay, Jamaica, play host to Kennesaw State on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. The game marks the first between the two teams. The Seminoles are home for two games in three days against Kennesaw State and The Citadel before playing four of their next five away from the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Kennesaw State with a 22-game home winning streak – the fifth longest such streak in the nation. Following its game against Kennesaw, the Seminoles play host to The Citadel on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at 8:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
FLORIDA STATE VS. KENNESAW STATE – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will play host to Kennesaw State on November 22, 2017, at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It marks the first meeting between the Seminoles and the Owls in the sport of men’s basketball. The game features two Big East Coaches of the Year in Leonard Hamilton (1995 and 1999 at Miami) and Al Skinner (2001 and 2005 at Boston College) and the two winningest coaches at two ACC schools (Hamilton at Florida State and Skinner at Boston College). Skinner totaled a 247-165 record at Boston College from 1997-2010. During Skinner’s tenure at Boston College, he was 4-3 against Florida State as he ushered the Eagles’ basketball team into the ACC. Prior to his tenure at Boston College, Skinner was the head coach at Rhode Island where he was 0-1 against Florida State as the Seminoles gained a 95-76 win over Skinner at Rhode Island on December 29, 1989. Florida State’s Hamilton was 4-0 against Boston College’s Skinner when the two coached against each other in the Big East (1998-2000).
SEMINOLES PLAY HOST TO KENNESAW WITH 22-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK
Florida State plays host to Kennesaw State with a 22-game home winning streak – a streak that ranks as the fifth longest in the nation. The Seminoles won their first home game of the 2017-18 season against George Washington (Nov. 14, 87-67), were undefeated at home during the 2016-17 season (18-0) with wins over four ranked teams (No. 7 Duke, No. 12 Louisville, No. 15 Notre Dame and No. 21 Virginia Tech) and won their final three home games (against Notre Dame, Syracuse and Davidson in the NIT) to close the 2015-16 season. Florida State’s current home winning streak began with a 77-56 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 27, 2016.
FLORIDA STATE WINS INAUGURAL JAMAICA CLASSIC
Florida State defeated both Fordham (Nov. 17, 67-43) and Colorado State (No. 19, 90-73) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre to win the championship of the Inaugural Jamaica Classic. Junior Terance Mann and freshman M.J. Walker were named to the Jamaica Classic All-Tournament team.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE NUMBERS AFTER THREE GAMES
Florida State limited its first three opponents to an average of 61.0 points per game, a .354 combined field goal shooting mark (62-175), a combined .236 mark from the 3-point line (17 of 72), have blocked 19 shots (6.3 blocked shots per game) and have earned 30 steals (10.0 steals per game). The Seminoles have blocked more than 10 percent of their opponents’ 175 shots and have forced 64 turnovers (21.3 turnovers per game).
SEMINOLES IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Florida State is tied for 23rd nationally in blocked shots with a 6.3 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have blocked 19 shots (eight against George Washington; nine against Fordham and two against Colorado State) in their first three shots of the season. In addition, the Seminoles are tied for 20th nationally with a 10.0 steals per game average (30 steals in three games).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Kennesaw State and win its 23rd consecutive home game – a streak that began on Feb. 27, 2016 against Notre Dame. The Seminoles were undefeated, 18-0, at home during the 2016-17 season;
…Defeat Kennesaw State and gain its first win over the Owls in the first game played between the two teams;
…Defeat Kennesaw State and improve its record to 4-0. It would mark the second consecutive season and the eighth time under Leonard Hamilton that the Seminoles will have won at least their first four games of a season.