FLORIDA STATE CLOSES OUT NON CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT AUBURN
Florida State, which defeated No. 15 ranked Baylor in its last game, travels to play its final non conference game of the regular season at Auburn on Jan. 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The Seminoles enter Monday’s game against Auburn having won six of its last seven games since beating Hartford on Dec. 5 and with a perfect 4-0 record in true road games. Florida State has won at UNC Greensboro (Nov. 14, 97-73), at Florida International (Nov. 18, 89-66), at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18, 74-63) and at Hawaii (Dec. 22, 70-62) and already has nearly as many true road wins this season (four) as it had during the entire 2009-10 season (six). The Seminoles’ game against the Tigers is their first since beating Baylor, 68-61, in the third place game of the Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 25 in Honolulu. Florida State’s game at Auburn is its fifth of six consecutive games away from Tallahassee and its third true road game since winning at Loyola Marymount and at Hawaii on its trip to the west coast and the islands of Hawaii. Following their game against Auburn, the Seminoles play at Virginia Tech (Jan. 8) as they resume their ACC schedule and close out their season-long six game road swing. Florida State returns home for the first time since Dec. 15 when it plays host to No. 1 ranked Duke on Jan. 12 in a game that will be nationally televised by ESPN.
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton, who was named to the All-Tournament team at the Diamond Head Classic as he averaged a double double of 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds is a candidate for the Wooden and 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.
KITCHEN NAMED TO COUSY AWARD WATCH LIST
Senior guard Derwin Kitchen, who ranks among the top 10 point guards in the ACC for assists (3.5 apg) and assist:turnover ratio (1.6:1) has been named to the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award which is annually presented to the nation’s top point guard. Kitchen is one of 68 candidates for the award which will be awarded at the Final Four in Houston. The original list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 by Jan. 3rd, final 10 by Feb. 3rd, and final five by March 3rd. Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included: Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina in 2005), Dee Brown (Illinois in 2006), Acie Law (Texas A&M in 2007), DJ Augustin (Texas in 2008), Ty Lawson (North Carolina in 2009) and Greivis Vasquez (Maryland in 2010). Kitchen is one of five ACC point guards on the initial watch list. He is joined by Demontez Stitt (Clemson), Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech), Kyrie Irving (Duke) and Nolan Smith (Duke). Seminole All-American Toney Douglas was a finalist for the award in 2009.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Auburn and gain its second consecutive victory over the Tigers. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers, 76-72, in Tallahassee on Dec. 17, 2009 and have not beaten Auburn in consecutive games played between the two teams since 1978 and 1980 seasons;
…Defeat Auburn and gain a win over a team from the Southeastern Conference for the fifth consecutive season. In addition to defeating Auburn and Alabama during the 2009-10 season, the Seminoles earned wins over Florida during the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons;
…Defeat Auburn and win its fifth regular season non conference road game of the season. It would mark the most regular season non conference road wins for the Seminoles in a single season since winning five non conference true road games since the 1988-89 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the second winningest program in the ACC with a winning percentage of .7160 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 14 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Monday’s game against Auburn having won 11 of 14 games this season (.786 winning percentage) and 16 of their last 23 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14. Note that North Carolina plays St. Francis (Pa.) on Jan. 2. With a win the Tar Heels would improve to 60-24 for a winning percentage of .7143 which will allow Florida State to remain as the second winningest program in the ACC entering its game against Auburn on Monday night.
ACC Standings In The last Three Seasons (as of Dec. 31)
Team 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Total Winning Pct.
Duke 30-7 29-5 12-0 71-12 .8554
Florida State 25-10 22-10 11-3 58-23 .7160
North Carolina 34-4 16-16 9-4 59-24 .7108
Clemson 23-9 21-10 10-4 54-23 .7013
Wake Forest 24-7 19-10 6-7 49-24 .6712
Maryland 21-14 23-8 9-4 53-26 .6709
Virginia Tech 19-15 23-8 8-4 50-27 .6493
Miami 19-13 20-13 11-3 50-29 .6329
Boston College 22-12 15-16 10-3 47-31 .6026
NC State 16-14 19-15 8-4 43-33 .5658
Georgia Tech 12-19 22-12 6-5 40-36 .5263
Virginia 10-18 15-16 8-5 33-39 .4583
FLORIDA STATE IS…
…3-1 (.750 winning percentage) on its current road trip with wins at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18) and at Hawaii (Dec. 22) and against No. 15 Baylor (Dec. 25) in the final round of the Diamond Head Classic;
…6-1 (.857 winning percentage) since defeating Hartford on Dec. 5. The Seminoles have won three games at home and three games away from home during that span of games;
…Undefeated, 10-0, when it leads at halftime this season. Both Florida State and Duke have won at least 10 games and are undefeated when they take a lead in to the lockerroom at the first 20 minutes of play.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State has limited 81 of its last 82 opponents to 50 percent shooting or less from the field. Only one team since March 18, 2008 (Gonzaga at 50 percent in the 2010 NCAA Tournament) has shot 50 percent or better from the field against the Seminoles. During that 82 game span, Florida State has won 58 games and is holding its opponents to a .374 cumulative field goal shooting percentage.
SEMINOLES FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE AGAINST RANKED TEAMS IN 2010-11
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.
FLORIDA STATE HAS…
…Outrebounded seven consecutive opponents including Baylor, Butler, Hawaii (on its home court) and Clemson (in the Seminoles’ ACC opening victory over the Tigers on Dec. 12);
…Earned a double figure rebounding advantage in six different games this season including a +28 margin in its victory over Hartford on Dec. 5. The Seminoles have held a rebounding advantage in each of their 11 wins;
…Held 12 of its 14 opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field so far this season. The only two teams to shoot better than 40 percent against the Seminoles this season are Clemson (.407 on Dec. 12) and Loyola Marymount (.472 on Dec. 18).
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S SCORING AVERAGE
Florida State enters Monday’s game against Auburn averaging 72.9 points scored in its first 14 games of the season. The Seminoles are 9-0 when they score at least 70 points (against North Florida, Gardner Webb, Florida International, Mercer, Clemson, Stetson, Loyola Marymount and Hawaii) and are 2-0 when they score between 60 and 70 points (against Hartford and Baylor). Florida State averages 78.4 points scored in their 11 wins and 53.0 points scored per game in their three losses.