Dec. 9, 2011
Florida State, which has won seven consecutive non-conference home games, plays host to UNC Greensboro of the Southern Conference on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The game between the Seminoles and the Spartans marks the second consecutive season the two teams have met with Florida State taking a 97-73 win on Nov. 14, 2010 at the Greensboro Coliseum behind a triple double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals by ACC Defensive Player of the Year Chris Singleton. Florida State is playing its first game since its 76-51 win over Charleston Southern (Dec. 5) and is playing the middle game of a three-game home stand as it welcomes UNC Greensboro to Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won each of their five home games this season, and including non-conference wins over Hartford (Dec. 5) and Stetson (Dec. 15) last season, have won seven consecutive and 25 of their last 28 non-conference home games since the beginning of the 2007-08 season. Florida State’s only non-conference losses at home in the five seasons have come to then No. 16 ranked Florida (Nov. 28, 2010; 55-51), to then No. 2 ranked Ohio State (Nov. 30, 2010; 58-44) and then No. 3 ranked Pittsburgh (Dec, 21, 2008; 56-48). Following Sunday’s game and a break for final exams, the Seminoles will play host to Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18; 3:00 p.m.) before closing out their pre-Christmas schedule at Florida (Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m.).
FLORIDA STATE VS. UNC GREENSBORO
Florida State plays host to UNC Greensboro in its final game heading into its final exam period on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Including its win over UNC Greensboro last season, the Seminoles are 3-0 against the Spartans in a series that dates back to Dec. 30, 1993. The Seminoles game against the Spartans is one of three Sunday non-conference games that the Seminoles will play during the 2011-12 season. Florida State’s game against UNC Greensboro is a return game from last season when the Seminoles defeated the Spartans, 97-73, at the Greensboro Coliseum. Chris Singleton, who was the 18th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, scored 22 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and earned 10 steals in the win – the third triple double in Florida State history and the first triple double in ACC history that included steals. The Spartans are members of the Southern Conference – the fourth oldest athletic conference in the United States. Many of the teams currently in the ACC — eight to be exact — (Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest) were at one time members of the Southern Conference. Florida State is 50-12 (.806 winning percentage) against current teams from the Southern Conference with its first game against a current team from the conference coming on Jan. 10, 1948 against Wofford. That game against the Terriers was the third game in school history.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE Michael Snaer
Junior All-American candidate Michael Snaer has scored in double figures in a school record five consecutive games and is averaging 14.4 points and 5.2 rebounds since Florida State’s victory over UMass on Nov. 24 at the Battle4Atlantis. He has made at least one 3-point field goal in each of the five games, is shooting .356 (11 of 31) from the bonusphere and has six steals. Snaer has scored in double figures in seven of the Seminoles’ first nine games and is averaging a career-high 13.2 points per game entering Sunday’s game against UNC Greensboro.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat UNC Greensboro and win its eighth consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles’ current streak began on Dec. 5, 2010 with a 60-38 win over Hartford;
…Defeat UNC Greensboro and win its fifth game in the last two seasons against a team from the state of North Carolina. The Seminoles defeated UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest (twice) and No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 12, 2011, 66-61) since the beginning of the 2010-11 season.
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.
FLORIDA STATE BOLTS BACK TO THE TOP OF THE DEFENSIVE CHARTS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against UNC Greensboro as the nation’s best defense – a moniker it has held for each of the last three seasons. The Seminoles are the only team in the nation to rank in the top 20 in field goal percentage defense (eighth, .339), blocked shots (ninth, 6.7 bpg) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (16th, .251). Florida State led the nation and the ACC in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 (.377) and 2011 (.363) and are looking to become only the third team in NCAA history to lead the nation in field goal percentage defense in three consecutive seasons.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE…
…Florida State has held four of its first nine opponents of the season under 30 percent shooting from the field. Those four opponents – South Alabama (.235), UMass (.279), Harvard (.273) and Charleston Southern (.280) — shot a combined .270 (64-237) from the field;
…Florida State has held six of its first nine opponents – Jacksonville (.294), UCF (.200), South Alabama (.000), UMass (.087), Harvard (.273) and Charleston Southern (.280) to a combined .181 (25-138) shooting from the bonusphere;
…Florida State limited South Alabama to an NCAA tying low zero 3-point field goals. The Seminoles’ defensive blanket on the Jaguars (0-24) tied the national record for zero 3-point field goals made on the most attempts (24);
…Florida State limited Charleston Southern to a .298 field goal shooting percentage, a .280 3-point field goal shooting percentage and 51 points only two days after the Buccaneers shot .609 percent from the field (42-69), .591 percent from the 3-point line (13-22) and scored 114 points in a win over VMI;
…Eight of Florida State’s first nine opponents (including UConn who shot .474 against Florida State) shot lower than their season long shooting mark in their game against Florida State. The Huskies, who are currently ranked No. 9 in both major polls, are ranked fourth in the Big East with a .497 shooting percentage through their first eight games of the season.
SEMINOLES ALLOWING ONLY 57.2 POINTS PER GAME
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against UNC Greensboro allowing an average of only 57.2 points per game. The Seminoles have held four of its first nine opponents of the season to 51 points or less with only one team (then No. 4/4 UConn) scoring more than 70 points (78 in a 78-76 overtime win). The Huskies scored only 71 points in regulation time. The school record for fewest points allowed in a single season is 57.1 during the 1949-50 season. Florida State’s suffocating defense allowed an average of 62.0 points per game in 2010-11 – the third lowest points allowed average in school history.
FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS BY THE NUMBERS…
…Led by Bernard James’ 21 blocked shots, the Seminoles have blocked more than twice as many shots as its opponents (60-27) and average an ACC leading 6.7 blocked shots per game;
…Bernard James has blocked as many shots by himself (21) as Boston College has as a team (21) and has only two fewer blocked shots personally (21) than Duke has as a collective team (23).