FLORIDA STATE PLAYS HOST TO HARTFORD IN PRE-EXAM BATTLE
Florida State, which won its first five games of the season, plays host to Hartford on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The game is the third of the week for the Seminoles and is their final game before their final exam period begins on Dec. 6. Florida State’s game against Hartford is its fourth of six consecutive home games which continues on Dec. 12 against Clemson (in the ACC opener for both teams) and ends against Stetson (which defeated Wake Forest earlier this season). The Seminoles’ game against the Hawks is the first meeting between the two teams in the sport of basketball and is the second first time meeting of the season for Florida State. The Seminoles opened the season with a 75-55 win over North Florida in their first meeting against the Ospreys. Following its game against Hartford, Florida State will play a December ACC game for the second consecutive season as it plays host to Clemson in a nationally televised game against Clemson at 6:45 p.m. on Dec. 12. The game will be televised by Fox Sports as part of its’ wildly successful Sunday Night Hoops package.
SEMINOLES’ DEFENSE IS ONCE AGAIN TOPS IN THE NATION
Florida State, which limited No. 2 ranked Ohio State to a .322 field goal shooting percentage, is ranked as the nation’s top defense. Florida State is ranked first in the nation in blocked shots (8.6 blocked shots per game), third in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.332) and tied for 25th (9.6 steals per game) in steals per game. The Seminoles are the only team in the nation who are ranked in the top 25 of all three categories nationally.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE ALSO BLANKETS THE ACC
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Hartford as the ACC leader in scoring defense (59.3 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.332), blocked shots (8.6 bpg) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (.245). Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC to sit atop of the conference statistics in at least four statistical categories – the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils lead the league in six different statistical categories. Florida State led the ACC and the nation in field goal percentage defense (.377) and led the ACC in scoring defense during the 2009-10 season.
CHRIS SINGLETON’S 10 STEALS AGAINST UNC GREENSBORO…
…Are the most steals by any one player in a single game in college basketball so far this season. Only one other player (Stephen Holt of St. Mary’s of California) has earned as many as nine steals in a single game during the first month of the 2010-11 season. Singleton became the first player to earn a triple double in ACC history with points (22), rebounds (11) and steals (10) against UNC Greensboro on Nov. 14.
CHRIS SINGLETON IS THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE NATION…
…Who is currently ranked in the nation’s top 10 in both steals (24, 3.4 steals per game) and blocked shots (20, 2.9 bpg) and is the only player in the nation with at least 20 steals and 20 blocked shots.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Hartford and win its eighth consecutive game during the month of December. The Seminoles won their final seven games of the month of December a season ago and, including Sunday’s game against Hartford, will play seven games in the month of December this year;
…Defeat Hartford and win its third consecutive game against a team from the state of Connecticut. The Seminoles are currently enjoying a two game winning streak against The University of Connecticut with victories over the Huskies coming in both the post season NIT and the end of the 1996-97 season and in the preseason NIT at the beginning of the 1997-98 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE RULING THE PAINT AREA
Led by two of the top shot blocking artists in the nation – Chris Singleton and Bernard James – Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Hartford as the national leaders in blocked shots. The Seminoles have 60 blocked shots in the first seven games of the season for an average of 8.6 blocked shots per game. During the first seven games of the season, the Seminoles have blocked more than twice as many shots as their opponents (60-25) and have blocked at least 10 shots in four different games. Florida State blocked a season-high 13 shots in its victory over Mercer.
FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS BT THE NUMBERS…
…With an ACC leading 60 blocked shots, the Seminoles have blocked four shots more than their closest conference competitor – Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have blocked 56 shots;
…The Seminoles have blocked more shots than Clemson (29 blocked shots), Boston College (19) and Virginia (10) combined. The Tigers, Eagles and Cavaliers have blocked a total of 58 shots while Florida State has blocked 60 shots by itself;
…Florida State has three players with at least 10 blocked shots each. Junior Bernard James has blocked 21 shots (second in the ACC), junior Chris Singleton has sent back 20 shots (tied for third) and junior Xavier Gibson has blocked 10 shots. Gibson is just outside of the ACC’s top 10 and is ranked just behind Clemson’s Jerai Grant and Carson Desrosiers of Wake Forest who have both blocked 11 shots;
…Juniors Bernard James and Chris Singleton have both blocked more shots individually than both Boston College (19) and Virginia (10) have as teams through the teams first seven games of the season.
FLORIDA STATE’S SMOTHERING DEFENSE
If you were a hitter in baseball and hitting .332 you would probably be an all-star. But if you are playing against the Florida State basketball team, it simply means that not too many of your shots from the field are going in the basket. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Hartford holding its first three opponents to a .332 shooting mark from the field. Florida State has held each of its first seven opponents under 39 percent shooting from the field meaning less than four in every 10 shots taken against the Seminoles find their way to the bottom of the basket. The Seminoles’ best field goal percentage defense performance came against mercer on Nov. 23 when they held the Bears to .250 shooting from the field and to .107 shooting from the 3-point line.
SEMINOLES ALSO GUARDING THE BASKET FROM LONG RANGE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Hartford as the best defensive team in the ACC from beyond the 3-point line as it has held its opponents to a .245 shooting mark from the bonusphere. The Seminoles have held six of their first seven opponents below 30 percent shooting from the field and allowed Mercer to shoot just above 10 percent from long range. After ranking eighth in the ACC last season in the 3-point field goal defense category, the Seminoles are allowing an average of more than 1.3 3-point field goals per game fewer in the first seven games of the 2010-11 season as compared to the 2009-10 season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS MADE…
…More field goals than its opponent (184-140) and is shooting nearly 13 percentage points higher than their opponents in the first seven games of the season;
…Florida State has made more free throws (101-100) than its opponents in the first seven games of the season;
…Florida State has made more 3-point field goals (44-35) than its opponents and is shooting nearly 10 percentage points higher from the bonusphere than its opponents.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE THEIR STEALING WAYS UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State, which ranked second in the ACC in steals in 2009-10, continues to be one of the top teams in terms of steals in the ACC. The Seminoles are once again ranked second in the league in steals as a team and average 1.3 steals per game more this season than they did last season. Florida State has earned at least five steals in each of their first seven games of the season, earned a near school record 10 steals in the Seminoles’ victory over UNC Greensboro on Nov. 14. Florida State earned eight steals against No. 2 ranked Ohio State and nine against No. 14 Florida. The Seminoles have averaged at least 8.0 steals per game in each of the last four seasons.