Dec. 16, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which is undefeated at home this season (6-0), puts its unblemished home record on the line as it plays host to Loyola Marymount on Dec. 18 at 3:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won six home games this season and eight consecutive non-conference home games dating back to a victory over Hartford on Dec. 5, 2010. Florida State is 18-3 at home (.857 winning percentage) in the last two seasons and 16-1 at home (.941 winning percentage) since defeating Hartford last season. The Seminoles’ only loss at home since Dec. 5, 2010 cam to then No. 13 North Carolina, 72-70, on a buzzer beating 3-point shot by Tar Heel All-American Harrison Barnes. The Seminoles were 7-1 at home in ACC play last season with one of their wins coming against then No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 12, 66-61). The Seminoles’ game against Loyola Marymount is only the second in their history against the Lions after taking a 74-63 win in Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2010). Following Sunday’s game against Loyola Marymount, the Seminoles will travel to play at No. 13/13 Florida on Dec. 22 in Gainesville. Florida State’s next home game comes on Dec. 30 against Princeton.
FLORIDA STATE VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Florida State plays host to Loyola Marymount in a return game from the 2010-11 season in a game won by the Seminoles, 74-63, on Dec. 18, 2010 at the Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. With its victory over LMU last season, the Seminoles lead the all-time series against the Lions by a 1-0 margin. The Lions visit to Tallahassee marks the first time since Dec. 18, 1974 that a team from the state of California will play the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Florida State defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 96-66, the last time a team from the Golden State played Florida State in the Sunshine State. The Seminoles are 4-0 against teams from the state of California in games played in Tallahassee with wins over Cal Santa Barbara (Jan. 18, 1965; W, 62-61), Southern California (Dec. 21, 1968, W, 70-68), California Irvine (Jan. 30, 1971, W, 82-69) and Cal State Bakersfield (Dec. 18, 1974, W, 96-66). Florida State last met a team from the West Coast Conference (Gonzaga) in the NCAA Tournament in 2010 and is 5-4 all-time against the current members of the conference. Loyola Marymount will be only the second of the current WCC members to play in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated Pepperdine, 101-82, on Jan. 2, 1971 in Tallahassee.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE SNAER CONTINUES SCORING STREAK
Junior All-American candidate Michael Snaer scored 14 points in Florida State’s victory over UNC Greensboro to raise his consecutive games with double figure scoring to a career-high six consecutive games. He averages 14.3 points, has scored at least 10 points, has made at least one 3-point field goal, has led the Seminoles in scoring in four games and is shooting .857 from the free throw line since leading the Seminoles over UMass on Nov. 24 in the first round of the Battle4Atlantis. Snaer enters Sunday’s game against Loyola Marymount averaging a team leading and career-high 13.3 points per game and leading the Seminoles in field goals made (43), 3-point field goals made (19) and free throws made (28) though the first 10 games of the season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Loyola Marymount and win its third consecutive game. A win would raise Florida State’s record to 3-0 in the month of December in 2011, to 9-1 (.900 winning percentage) in December in the past two seasons and 15-2 (.882 winning percentage) in the last three seasons;
…Defeat Loyola Marymount and gain win over a team from the state of California for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles won at Loyola Marymount last season;
…Defeat Loyola Marymount and gain a win over a team from the state of California in Tallahassee for the first time since Jan. 18, 1974 when it defeated Cal State Bakersfield at home.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST FOUR SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last four years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games played with 75 wins. The Seminoles averaged 23.3 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) in the last two seasons and 23-11 during the 2010-11 season.
SEMINOLES PUT THE PRESSURE ON AS THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
Florida State – the nation’s best defense for the third consecutive season – is the ONLY TEAM IN THE NATION to rank in the top 15 nationally in field goal percentage defense (5th, .341), blocked shots per game (tied for 7th, 6.9 bpg) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (11th, .248). Additionally, Florida State is the ONLY TEAM IN THE NATION to rank in the top 30 nationally in field goal percentage defense, blocked shots per game, 3-point field goal percentage defense scoring defense (tied for 27th, 57.5 points allowed per game) and steals per game (28th, 9.2 spg)
THROUGH ITS FIRST 10 GAMES OF THE 2011-12 SEASON…
…Florida State has won each of its seven games by double figures with each of its victories coming by at least 12 points;
…The Seminoles are 7-0 when they lead at the half and led South Alabama by a season high 28 points (51-23) at the intermission of their victory over the Jaguars (80-39) on Nov. 20;
…The Seminoles have recorded more than 2.5 more blocked shots than their opponents and have not had a single shot blocked in four different games (Stetson, South Alabama, Charleston Southern and UNC Greensboro) including both of their last two games;
…Florida State has won the rebounding margin in three different games (UCF, South Alabama and Charleston Southern) by 15 rebounds – the Seminoles won each of those three games and hold a +5.0 rebound margin entering Sunday’s game against Loyola Marymount.
SEMINOLES SHOOTING THE BALL WELL THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Loyola Marymount ranked sixth in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage and fifth in the league statistics in scoring. The Seminoles are shooting the ball as well as they have all season in their two recent games as they have made 50 percent of their field goal attempts in defeating Charleston Southern (30-62, .484) and UNC Greensboro (26-50, .520). In their seven wins the Seminoles are shooting .484 from the field and averaging 76.4 points scored. In their losses, the Seminoles are shooting .398 (64-161) and averaging 63.0 points scored per games.
FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS
Florida State has recorded at least 12 steals in four different games (14 vs. UMass, 13 vs. UNC Greensboro, 13 vs. Harvard and 12 vs. UConn). The Seminoles, who lead the ACC in steals, have recorded the three highest team steals totals in the ACC this season – 14 vs. UMass and 13 each vs. UNC Greensboro and Harvard.