TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Florida State faces its second consecutive nationally ranked opponent as it plays host to No. 20/23 Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It marks the Seminoles’ second game in a span of 45 hours as they traveled to play at No. 15/18 Duke on Thursday night. Florida State’s game against the nationally ranked Fighting Irish marks its eighth game against a nationally ranked opponent this season. The Seminoles gained their first win over a ranked team this season with a 69-62 victory over then No. 11 ranked Virginia in the Tucker Center on January 17. Following Saturday’s game against Notre Dame, the Seminoles will play host to Syracuse next Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. their final regular season home game of the season.
HAMILTON’S CONTRACT EXTENDED
Florida State University Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox announced Wednesday (Feb. 28) that Florida State has reached an agreement in principle with head basketball coach Leonard Hamilton on an extension of his contract. The Seminoles’ leader in all-time wins, Hamilton’s current contract will be extended through the 2018-19 season. “Our goal is to be in the NCAA Tournament annually,” said Wilcox. “Leonard has led this program admirably since 2002. This extension positions him to continue attracting the kind of talent we need to compete in the ACC and nationally.”
BACON AND BEASLEY AMONG HIGHEST SCORING FRESHMEN DUO IN ACC HISTORY
Freshman sensation Malik Beasley (16.0 ppg) and freshman phenom Dwayne Bacon (15.8 ppg) – the top scoring freshmen duo in college basketball this season — enter Saturday’s game against Notre Dame as the second leading scoring freshmen duo in ACC history. The Seminoles’ top two scorers – who combine to score an average of 31.6 points per game — are averaging nearly as many points as Mark Price (20.3 ppg) and John Salley (11.5 ppg) did as freshmen at Georgia Tech in 1983 (31.8 ppg).
BOOKERT RANKED EIGHTH IN ACC HISTORY FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Senior Devon Bookert, who has made a near career-high 49 3-point shots this season, enters Saturday’s game against No. 20/23 Notre Dame ranked eighth in ACC history with a career 3-point field goal shooting percentage of .423. He is ranked eighth in ACC history and fifth in Florida State history and is one of only 11 players in ACC history to shoot 42 percent or better from the 3-point line for his career.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 20/23 Notre Dame and gain its second victory over a nationally ranked team this season. The Seminoles defeated No. 11/13 Virginia, 69-62, on Jan. 17 at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center.
…Defeat No. 20/23 Notre Dame and raise its record in the all-time series against the Fighting Irish to 3-1. Florida State is 1-1 against Notre Dame as members of the ACC and defeated the Fighting Irish by a 71-57 score in the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Chicago to advance to the Sweet 16 of its third of four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances;
…Defeat No. 20/23 Notre Dame and gain its seventh ACC victory of the season. It would mark the school record 10th consecutive season (every year since 2006) the Seminoles have won at least seven conference games. Prior to Leonard Hamilton’s arrival in 2002, the Seminoles had won seven or more conference games in a single season on twice (1992 and 1993).