TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State, which defeated No. 5 Florida on Monday night in Gainesville, returns home and plays host to Loyola on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Greyhounds is their first home game since a 113-78 win over The Citadel on Jove. 24 and is sandwiched between true road games at Rutgers (Nov. 28, Win, 78-73) and at Florida (Dec. 4, Win, 83-66) and two games played at neutral sites (vs. Tulane in Tampa, Dec. 10 and vs. Oklahoma State in Sunrise, Fla). The Seminoles are one of 12 remaining undefeated teams in Division I and are one of four ACC teams (Florida State, Duke, Virginia and Miami) who have yet to lose a game. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game with a perfect 7-0 record and have won their first seven games of a season for the first time since the 2008-09 season when it also started 7-0. The Seminoles started the 2003-04 season by winning their first 10 games. Following Wednesday’s game against Loyola, the Seminoles will play Tulane at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at 12 Noon.
FLORIDA STATE VS. LOYOLA – A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State plays host to Loyola College at the Donald L. Tucker Center on December 6, 2017. The game between the Seminoles and the Greyhounds marks the second meeting between the two teams in the sport of men’s basketball. Florida State defeated Loyola on November 17, 1997, 89-72, in the second round of the Preseason NIT in Tallahassee in the first meeting between the two teams. G.G. Smith, who is the son of current University of Memphis Head Coach Tubby Smith, is in his sixth season as the head coach at Loyola. He was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Kentucky during the 2001 and 2002 seasons – a school where Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton helped the Wildcats win the national championship in 1978. Keith Booth, who earned All-American honors at Maryland in 1997, is an assistant coach at Loyola. Booth helped lead Maryland to a 7-2 record against Florida State during his career in the ACC. Trevor Quinn, also an assistant coach on the Loyola staff, was a graduate assistant on Hamilton’s staff at Florida State University from 2005-2007.
SEMINOLES PLAY HOST TO LOYOLA WITH 24-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK
Florida State plays host to Loyola with a 24-game home winning streak – a streak that ranks as the third longest home court winning-streak in the nation. The Seminoles are 3-0 at home this season (with wins over George Washington, Kennesaw State and the Citadel), 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. The Seminoles began the season with the fifth longest home court winning streak in the nation. Florida State moved up to fourth with its first three wins of the season and into third when Oregon lost at home to Boise State at home on Dec. 1. The Ducks entered the season with a 46-game home court winning streak. Cincinnati currently holds the nation’s longest home winning streak.
FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER NO. 5 FLORIDA
The Seminoles’ 17-point win at No. 5 Florida on Tuesday is Florida State’s most lopsided true road victory against an AP Top-25 team in the school’s ACC era (since the 1991-92 season). It’s previous largest margin of victory over a nationally ranked team was 65-51 also at Florida, then No. 25 on Nov. 23, 2007.
THE NATION’S REMAINING UNDEFEATED TEAMS
Florida State is one of 12 undefeated teams remaining in Division I college basketball as of Dec. 4, 2017. The Seminoles are joined by Arizona State (7-0), Duke (10-0), Kansas (7-0), Miami (7-0), Mississippi State (7-0), Nevada (8-0), Texas A&M (7-0), TCU (8-0), Valparaiso (6-0), Virginia (8-0) and Villanova (8-0).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Loyola and run its home court winning streak to 25 games – on ongoing school record. The Seminoles have won each of their games played at the Donald L. Tucker Center since Feb. 27, 2016;
…Defeat Loyola and win its 24th consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles have won each of their non-ACC games played at the Donald L. Tucker Center since defeating UCF, 96-73, on Dec. 6, 2015.
HAMILTON’S VICTORIES OVER TOP 5 RANKED TEAMS
Florida State’s 83-66 victory over No. 5 Florida was the 11th victory by the Seminoles over a top-five ranked team during the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State (2003-Pr). The Seminoles’ victory over the No. 5 Gators marked the Seminoles’ second true road victory over a top-five ranked team (under Hamilton) and first since they won at Cameron Indoor Stadium over then No. 4 Duke, 76-73, on Jan. 21, 2012. Florida State won that game as a buzzer-beating 3-point shot by Michael Snaer and went on to win the first ACC Championship in school history. Florida State defeated then No. 4 ranked North Carolina to win the ACC Championship at Philips Arena in Atlanta. With his 11 victories over top-five ranked teams at Florida State, Hamilton has now defeated 13 top-five ranked teams during his head coaching career (11 at Florida State, one at Oklahoma State and one at Miami). Hamilton has now defeated 59 nationally ranked teams during his head coaching career.
FLORIDA STATE LIMITED FLORIDA TO…
…A season-low 66 points – 33.5 points below the Gator’s nation’s leading scoring average of 99.5 points per game. The Gators had scored more than 100 points in four of their first six games of the season;
…Nearly 13 percentage points below its team shooting percentage of .488 percent. The Seminoles’ limited Florida to a .362 field goal shooting mark including a .333 mark in the first half;
…More than five made 3-point field goals less than their season average. The Gators entered Monday’s game making an average of 11.5 3-pont shots made per game and were held to six for the game including only two made in the second half;
…A .240 shooting percentage from the 3-point line. The Gators entered the game shooting an eye-popping .460 from the 3-point line – a statistic that led the nation;
…Florida State forced Florida into 17 turnovers – eight more than their season average of 9.0 turnovers per game.