FLORIDA STATE PLAYS HOST TO BOSTON COLLEGE IN ACC BATTLE
Florida State, which has won nine of its past 11 ACC games including three consecutive, plays host to Boston College on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won three consecutive games with wins over No. 1 Duke (Jan. 12, 66-61), NC State (Jan. 15, 84-71) and at Miami (Jan. 19, 55-53) and enter Saturday’s game against the Eagles in a tie for first place in the ACC standings with both Duke and Boston College. The Seminoles began their current streak of nine ACC wins in their last 11 games with a win over Boston College on Feb. 14, 2010 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles won five of their final six ACC games of the 2009-10 season and have won three of their first four league games to begin the 2010-11 season. In winning nine of their last 11 conference games (.818 winning percentage), the Seminoles are 5-1 (.833 winning percentage) at home since their victory over Boston College on Feb. 14. Including its victory over Miami on Wednesday night in Coral Gables, the Seminoles are 6-4 on the road in the last two seasons with wins in four of its last five games on the road. Following Saturday’s game against Boston College, the Seminoles will play at Clemson on Jan. 29 after taking the week off between their games against the Eagles and the Tigers.
SINGLETON NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton was named the ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season – an award he shared with Boston College’s Reggie Jackson this week. Singleton and Jackson are the only two players in the league this season who have earned the league’s ACC Player of the week honors multiple times. Singleton led Florida State to the top of the ACC standings with victories over No. 1 Duke and NC State as he averaged 14.5 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting .429 from the 3-point line and .833 from the free throw line in the two wins.
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton, who ranks in the top 10 of seven different ACC statistical categories and who was named the ACC Player of the Week along with Reggie Jackson of Boston College this week, is an All-American candidate, a candidate for the Naismith Award 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 BEGINNING TO ASSERT HIMSELF
Senior guard Derwin Kitchen totaled seven points, eight rebounds and two steals in the second half alone to help lead Florida State over Miami, 55-53, on Wednesday night. He scored what proved to be the game-winning basket on a lay-up with 5:35 remaining in the game to give the Seminoles’ the first lead of the game at 49-48. Said Bill Hass of the ACC.com: “It's clear to everyone that Florida State is a better basketball team when Derwin Kitchen plays aggressively and looks to score as well as set up his teammates. And now it's becoming clear to Derwin Kitchen, too.”
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Boston College and improve its ACC record to 5-1 which would match the Seminoles’ 1992-93 season for best start to its conference schedule. The Seminoles finished with a 12-4 record in league play and in second place in the conference standings on their way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament that season;
…Defeat Boston College and win its third consecutive game against the Eagles. The Seminoles swept the Eagles in their two regular season games between the teams for the first time since the Eagles joined the league for the 2006-07 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS IN THE ACC
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 52 games against ACC competition. 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.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC with 61 wins 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 14 of their first 19 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College having won 14 of 19 games this season (.737 winning percentage) and 20 of their last 29 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.
SEMINOLES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College as one of only two teams in the ACC this season that has played at least four ranked teams and is one of only two teams in the league that has defeated two ranked teams. The Seminoles have played four ranked teams (No. 14 Florida, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 15 Baylor and No. 1 Duke) and defeated two of them (No. 15 Baylor on Dec. 25, 68-61 and No. 1 Duke on Jan. 16, 66-61). Only Maryland has played as many ranked teams (four, 0-4) and only Duke has defeated as many ranked teams (2, 2-0) so far this season among league teams. Florida State has won two games against ranked teams this season – with the entire ACC having defeated a total of six ranked teams, meaning the Seminoles have won 33 percent of the games against ranked teams among the 12 ACC teams.
FLORIDA STATE’S ACC WINNING STREAKS…
…Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College having won three consecutive conference games. The Seminoles also won three consecutive ACC games during the 2009-10 season with wins over Boston College (Feb 14), Virginia (Feb. 17) and North Carolina (Feb. 24);
…Florida State has not won four consecutive ACC games since the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles won a school record six consecutive ACC games from Jan. 31, 1993 through Feb. 24, 1993. Florida State finished in second place in the ACC standings with a 12-4 record and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament that season;
…Florida State has won at least four consecutive ACC games four times in school history: twice in 1991-92 and twice in 1992-93 including its school record ACC best six consecutive ACC during that season.
FLORIDA STATE RANKS AS THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
Florida State, which has held 86 of its last 87 opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field, is considered to be the nation’s top defensive team. The Seminoles are the top team in the nation for field goal percentage defense with a .349 mark, are ranked sixth nationally in blocked shots per game (6.4 spg) and are ranked in the top 30 for both steals per game (8.9 spg) and scoring defense (61.4 ppg). The last team to shoot 50 percent or better from the field against the Seminoles was Gonzaga in the 2010 NCAA Tournament – the Zags shot exactly 50 percent from the field.