FLORIDA STATE FINISHES IN THIRD PLACE IN ACC STANDINGS
Florida State, which has finished in third place in the ACC standings in both of the last two seasons, travels to play in the 58th Annual ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum March 11-13, 2011. The Seminoles finished in third place in the ACC standings with an 11-5 record and earned a bye through the first round and will play its first game against the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 6 seed Virginia Tech and No. 11 seed Georgia Tech. The two Techs play in the final first round game of the first day at approximately 9:30 on Thursday. The Seminoles have played as the ACC Tournament’s No. 3 seed twice in school history – in 2010 and 2011 with their No. 3 seed ranking as the second highest seed in school history. Florida State was the No. 2 seed in both the 1992 and 1993 ACC Tournaments. The Seminoles will look to advance to the ACC Tournament championship game for the second time in school history, for the second time under ninth year head coach Leonard Hamilton and for the second time in the last three seasons. The Seminoles played in the 2009 ACC Tournament championship game after advancing as the No. 4 seed with victories over Georgia Tech (March 13, 2009, 64-62) and No. 1 North Carolina (March 14, 73-70) before falling to No. 7 Duke in their first ever ACC championship game appearance.
SINGELTON EARNS ALL-ACC HONORS
Junior All-American Chris Singleton has been named to the All-ACC Third Team and to the ACC All-Defensive team as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It marks the second consecutive season Singleton has earned All-ACC Third Team and All-Defensive team honors. Singleton, who has missed the last five games after successful surgery on his right foot on Feb. 14, is ranked 12th in the ACC in scoring with a career-high 13.8 points per game average, ninth in the ACC with a career-high 7.1 rebounds per game average, second in the ACC with a 2.1 steals per game average and eighth in the ACC with a 1.6 blocked shots per game average. He was injured against Virginia on Feb. 12 and is expected to return to the line-up to play for the Seminoles during the post season.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE AND HEAD COACH LEONARD HAMILTON
…Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC (also Duke) this season that were in the top three of the conference standings for the ENTIRE season. After winning its first game in December, the Seminoles improved to 5-1 before losing for a second time in league play and have NEVER dropped below third place in the league standings.
…Picked to finish fifth in the league standings by the ACSMA in October, the Seminoles finished in third place in the league standings. It marks the third consecutive season the Seminoles finished in the top four in the league standings for the first time in school history.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat either Virginia Tech or Georgia Tech and advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the second time in the last three seasons and for the third time in school history. The Seminoles advanced to the semifinals of the tournament in their first year in the ACC and on their way to the ACC Tournament championship game in 2009. The Seminoles’ appearance in the 2009 ACC Tournament championship game marked the first title game appearance for the Seminoles since joining the league for the 1991-92 season;
…Defeat Virginia Tech for the first time in ACC Tournament play or defeat Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament for the second time in three seasons. The Seminoles and the Hokies have never met in ACC Tournament play while the Seminoles and the Yellow Jackets have met just once (2009) during the ACC Tournament.
SEMINOLES EARN 20TH OVERALL AND 10TH ACC WIN
Florida State enters the 2011 ACC Tournament with 21 overall wins and 11 ACC wins and finished in sole possession of third place in the conference standings. It marked the school record third consecutive season that Florida State has won at least 20 overall games and 10 ACC games. FLORIDA STATE IS ONE OF ONLY TWO TEAMS (ALSO DUKE) IN THE ACC THAT HAS ACHIEVED THE MILESTONES OF 20 OVERALL WINS AND 10 ACC WINS IN EACH OF THE LAST THREE SEASONS.
FLORIDA STATE IS 3-2 WITHOUT SINGLETON IN THE LINE-UP
Florida State’s junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton is expected to return to the Seminoles’ rotation during the post season after missing the last five games for the Seminoles with an injury to his right foot. The Seminoles are 3-2 without Singleton in the line-up and were successful in the better part of a win against Virginia without Singleton. The super star forward was lost to the Seminoles with just over 10 elapsed minutes against Virginia on Feb. 12. When Singleton was injured against Virginia, the Seminoles trailed the Cavaliers, 19-15, but rallied to defeat the Cavaliers going away 63-56. The Seminoles outscored the Cavaliers, 48-37, without Singleton to earn the win.
FLORIDA STATE RANKS AMONG ACC STATISTICAL LEADERS
Florida State, which finished in third place in the ACC standings, is also among the league’s top three statistical teams. The Seminoles are one of only four league teams to rank in the top five of at least 13 different league statistics. Florida State is the only team to rank in the top three of the ACC in six of the eight major defensive categories (field goal percentage defense, 1; 3-point field goal percentage defense, 1; blocked shots, 1; steals, 2; defensive rebounds, 2 and scoring defense, 3). The Seminoles rank first in the ACC in more defensive categories than any other ACC team.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Florida State is the only team in the nation that ranks in the top 15 of the most important defensive categories – field goal percentage defense (first), blocked shots (10th) and steals (12th) that are compiled by the NCAA.
FLORIDA STATE’S STARTING LINE-UPS
Florida State has utilized six different starting line-ups this season. Its sixth different line-up (Bernard James, Okaro White, Deividas Dulkys, Michael Snaer and Derwin Kitchen) has taken the floor to start the last five games. The Seminoles have now lost 18 starts by starting players due to injuries. Only one time this season has the Seminoles’ line-up changed because of a coaching staff decision – the other five times a starter has been forced from the line-up because of an injury.