Florida State vs Duke Game Notes

By: FSU Sports Communications
By: FSU Sports Communications


Florida State, which has defeated three No. 1 ranked teams in school history, plays host to No. 1/1 ranked Duke at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Florida State has already defeated one ranked team this season with a 68-61 victory over No. 15 Baylor in the third place game of the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu which marked the 23rd consecutive season the Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team. Florida State has defeated 12 nationally ranked teams at home during the nine-year tenure of head coach Leonard Hamilton including two last season (Georgia Tech on Dec. 20 and Jan. 24) and No. 1 ranked Duke on March 1, 2006 and No. 5 ranked Duke on Feb. 2, 2003. Florida State’s game against Duke is its first at home in the Tucker Center since defeating Stetson on Dec. 15. The Seminoles played six games away from home and traveled more than 12,000 miles in playing at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18; 74-63 win), in the Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22 vs. Hawaii, 70-62 win; Dec. 23 vs. Butler, 67-64 loss and against No. 15 Baylor, 68-61 win) and at Auburn and at Virginia Tech. Following Wednesday’s game against No. 1/1 Duke the Seminoles will play host to NC State on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 4:00 p.m. before travelling to play at Miami on Jan. 19 at 9:00 p.m.


Junior forward Chris Singleton, who is averaging a near double double of 21.8 points 9.3 rebounds in the last four games, is an All-American candidate and a candidate for the Naismith Awards as the nation's top player, the top candidate for the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation's top defender, an All-ACC candidate and the top candidate to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.


Florida State has defeated 12 ranked teams - including No. 1 ranked Duke (March 1, 2006), No. 3 ranked Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 2005) and No. 4 Florida (Dec. 3, 2006) - at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles most recently defeated a top 2 ranked team with a win over No. 1 ranked North Carolina (Feb. 14. 2009) in the semifinals of the 2009 ACC Tournament - a win that advanced Florida State to the championship game of the tournament for the first time in school history. Most recently, the Seminoles defeated No. 15 ranked Baylor to claim a third place finish in the 2010 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Florida State has defeated at least one ranked team in 23 consecutive seasons.


Florida State has defeated the nation's No. 1 ranked team three times in school history with two coming under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked Duke (March 1, 2006) and No. 1 North Carolina (March 14, 2009) for two of the programs wins over No. 1 ranked teams. Florida State defeated No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 6, 2002) under then head coach Steve Robinson for the first win in school history over the nation's No. 1 ranked team.


…Defeat No. 1/1 Duke and gain a win over the nation’s top ranked team for the fourth time in school history. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked Duke (77-76) on Jan. 6, 2002; No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74), on March 1, 2006 and topped No. 1 North Carolina (73-70) on March 14, 2009 to advance to the championship game of the 2009 ACC Tournament;

…Defeat No. 1/1 Duke and gain a win over a second ranked team this season. It would mark the third consecutive and fourth time in the last five seasons that Florida State has defeated multiple ranked teams in a single season.


Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last six years (since the start of the 2005-06 season) in total ACC regular season and ACC Tournament games. The Seminoles have won 49 games against ACC competition and are tied with Maryland as the third winningest ACC program during that span. Florida State played in the 2009 ACC Championship game and is one of only seven teams in the league (also Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State) to have played in at least one ACC Tournament championship game.

Last 6 Years (ACC Regular Season + ACC Tournament)

Team W L Notes

Duke 70 23 Three ACC Championship game appearances

North Carolina 63 28 Two ACC Championship game appearances

Florida State 49 43 One ACC Championship game appearance

Maryland 49 41 Zero ACC Championship game appearances


Florida State is the fourth winningest program in the ACC with a winning percentage of .7073 since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles averaged 23.5 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) in the last two seasons and have won 11 of their first 15 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Duke having won 11 of 16 games this season (.688 winning percentage) and 16 of their last 25 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.

ACC Standings In The Last Three Seasons (as of Jan. 10)

Team 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Total Winning Pct.

Duke 30-7 29-5 15-0 74-12 .8604

North Carolina 34-4 16-16 11-4 6124 .7176

Clemson 23-9 21-10 12-4 56-23 .7088

Florida State 25-10 22-10 11-5 58-25 .6987

Maryland 21-14 23-8 10-5 54-27 .6666

Virginia Tech 19-15 23-8 10-4 52-27 .6582

Wake Forest 24-7 19-10 7-9 50-26 .6579

Miami 19-13 20-13 11-5 50-31 .6173

Boston College 22-12 15-16 12-4 48-31 .6076

NC State 16-14 19-15 11-4 46-33 .5822

Georgia Tech 12-19 22-12 7-7 41-38 .5189

Virginia 10-18 15-16 10-6 35-40 .4729


Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against No. 1/1 Duke with 18 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first nine years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 18 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006) and No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 19, 2009).

Seminoles’ Victories Over Nationally Ranked Teams Under Leonard Hamilton

Date Opponent Ranking Final Score

Feb. 2, 2003 Duke No. 5 at Florida State 75, Duke 70

Dec. 28, 2003 Maryland No. 24 at Florida State 79, Maryland 75

Jan. 22, 2004 North Carolina No. 7 at Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 (OT)

Jan. 25, 2004 Wake Forest No. 7 at Florida State 75, Wake Forest 70

Feb. 3, 2004 Georgia Tech No. 15 at Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65

Jan. 18, 2005 Wake Forest No. 3 at Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT)

March 1, 2006 Duke No. 1 at Florida State 79, Duke 74

Dec. 3, 2006 Florida No. 4 at Florida State 70, Florida 66

Jan. 17, 2007 Virginia Tech No. 23 at Florida State 82, Virginia Tech 73

Feb. 4, 2007 Duke No. 8 Florida State 68, at Duke 67

Nov. 23, 2007 Florida No. 24 Florida State 65, at Florida 51

Dec. 3, 2008 Florida No. 21 at Florida State 57, Florida 55

Feb. 7, 2009 Clemson No. 10 Florida State 65, at Clemson 61

Feb. 28, 2009 Clemson No. 12 at Florida State 73, Clemson 66

March 14, 2009 North Carolina No. 1 Florida State 73, North Carolina 70

Dec. 20, 2009 Georgia Tech No. 15 Florida State 66, Georgia Tech 59 (OT)

Jan. 24, 2010 Georgia Tech No. 18 at Florida State 68, Georgia Tech 66

Dec. 25, 2010 Baylor No. 15 Florida State 68, Baylor 61


Florida State has played well defensively against the three ranked teams it has played so far this season and has held the trio of teams (No. 2 Ohio State, No. 14 Florida and No. 15 Baylor) to a combined .342 shooting mark from the field and an average of 58.0 points scored per game. The Seminoles held the Buckeyes to a .322 mark and 58 total points, the Gators to a .381 shooting mark and 55 points and the Bears to a .333 mark from the field and 61 total points – all marks were below their respective shooting marks and scoring averages.

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