FLORIDA STATE HEADS WEST RIDING A THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK
Florida State, which has won three consecutive and eight of its first 10 games of the 2010-11 season, travels to Los Angeles to play at Loyola Marymount at the Gerston Pavilion on Dec. 18, 2010 at 11:00 p.m. EST. The game will mark the first ever meeting between the Seminoles and the Lions as Florida State makes its first trip to play in California since the 1988 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles arrive in California with two Golden State natives on their roster – Michael Snaer (Moreno Valley) and AJ Yawn (Oceanside) – and are fresh from a 97-63 win over Stetson on Wednesday night in Tallahassee during which they tied their season high for points scored in a game this season. The Seminoles are undefeated during the month of December with consecutive victories over Hartford (Dec. 5, 60-38), Clemson (Dec. 12, 75-69) and Stetson (Dec. 15, 97-63) in games which they have held their opponents to an average of 56.7 points per game and a combined .309 field goal shooting percentage. Following Saturday’s game at Loyola Marymount, the Seminoles will play Hawaii in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic at the University of Hawaii on Dec. 23 at 1:00 a.m. EST. Florida State will play four games on its road trip to the west and beyond before returning home to Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES ITS DEFENSIVE DOMINANCE
Florida State, which is the nation’s top ranked defensive team, continued its defensive mastery in its 97-63 win over Stetson on Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles held the Hatters to 63 points, .322 shooting from the field and 192 shooting from the 3-point line while blocking seven shots and earning nine steals. The Seminoles are ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team for field goal percentage defense (.325) and are among the nation’s top 30 teams in blocked shots per game (2nd, 8.0 bpg), scoring defense (23rd, 58.5 ppg) and steals (27th, 9.4 spg). Florida State led the nation in field goal percentage defense in 2009-10 with a .377 mark and has held 78 of its last 79 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field.
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton is an All-American candidate and 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.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Loyola Marymount and win its fourth consecutive game – the Seminoles began the season with five consecutive victories with wins over North Florida (Nov. 12, 75-55), UNC Greensboro (Nov. 14, 97-73), Gardner Webb (Nov. 16, 78-53), FIU (Nov. 18, 89-66) and Mercer (Nov. 23, 79-55);
…Defeat Loyola Marymount and win its third true road game of the season. Florida State has already won at UNC Greensboro (Nov. 14, 97-73) and at FIU (Nov. 18, 89-66) and has won three conference road games in the last two seasons;
…Defeat Loyola Marymount and gain its first win while playing in the Golden State since a victory over Tulsa in the consolation game of the Cabrillo Classic in San Diego on Dec. 30, 1982;
…Defeat Loyola Marymount and win its ninth game of the season before the end of the month of December for the sixth consecutive season.
FLORIDA STATE’S GOLDEN MOMENT CAME IN THE GOLDEN STATE
Florida State played for the NCAA National Championship in the state of California as it advanced to the championship game of the 1972 NCAA Tournament. The 1972 Final Four was played at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. The Seminoles (coached by Hugh Durham) defeated No. 2 seeded North Carolina (coached by Dean Smith) in the national semifinals by a 79-75 score on March 23, 1972 before falling to UCLA (coached by John Wooden) in the championship game by an 81-76 score on March 25, 1972. Along their way to the championship game, Florida State defeated Eastern Kentucky (81-73 on March 11, 1972 in Knoxville, Tenn.), Minnesota (70-56 on March 16, 1972 in Dayton, Ohio), Kentucky (73-54 on March 18, 1972 in Dayton, Ohio) and North Carolina to advance to the NCAA finals for the first time in school history. The Seminoles win over Kentucky was the final game in the incredibly illustrious coaching career of Adolph Rupp.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S EXTREMELY STINGY FIELD GOAL SHOOTING DEFENSE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Loyola Marymount as the national leader in field goal percentage defense as it has allowed its first 10 opponents to shoot only .325 from the field. The Seminoles have held nine of their first 10 opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field with only Clemson shooting 40 percent or better (.407) and have held two of its first 10 opponents to 25 percent or below shooting from the field. The Seminoles’ defense limited both Mercer (.250) and Hartford (.215) near the Mendoza Line. (The Mendoza Line is an informal term used in baseball for the threshold of incompetent hitting. Even though Mario Mendoza's lifetime batting average is .215, the Mendoza Line is said to occur at .200, and when a position player's batting average falls below that level, the player is said to be below the Mendoza Line). The Seminoles limited Hartford to an 8.8 second half shooting percentage and nine total points in the second half in Florida State’s 60-38 win over the Hawks on Dec. 5.
THE SEMINOLES HAVE HELD…
…Each of their first 10 opponents of the season below 41 percent shooting from the field and have a nation’s best .352 field goal percentage defense mark;
…Six of their first 10 opponents below 35 percent shooting from the field including No. 2 ranked Ohio State who the Seminoles held to a season-low .322 shooting mark during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State has limited 77 of its last 78 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 78 game span, Florida State has won 55 games and is holding its opponents to a .374 cumulative field goal shooting percentage.
Seminoles’ 50 Percent Or Less Streak
Season Games Opponent FG Pct. Record
2007-08 1 .379 (22-58) 0-1
2008-09 35 .387 (771-1,994) 25-10
2009-10 32 .377 (660-1,752) 22-10
2010-11 10 .325 (195-600) 8-2
Total 78 .374 (1,648-4,404) 55-23 (.697)
IN THE LAST FOUR SEASONS…
…Since the start of the 2007-08 season only nine teams in the last 111 games have shot 50 percent or better against Florida State. None have come this season, zero occurred during the 2008-09 season, one came (Gonzaga) during the 2009-10 season and eight came during the 2007-08 season.
FLORIDA STATE GETS TO THE FREE THROW LINE AGAINST STETSON
Florida State shot a season-high 49 free throws in its victory over Stetson on Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles attempted as many free throws against Stetson (49) as they had in their three previous games combined – 10 vs. Ohio State, 22 vs. Hartford and 17 vs. Clemson. Florida State had two players – Terrance Shannon (11) and Jon Kreft (10) attempt double figure free throws against the Hatters. Florida State entered Wednesday’s game against Stetson attempting an average of 20.4 free throws per game and attempted more then 28 free throws above that average against the Hatters.
SEMINOLES GET OFFENSIVE IN LAST TWO GAMES
Florida State is averaging 86.0 points scored and shooting .466 percent from the field (55 of 118) in its last two games. Those offensive numbers are up from the Seminoles’ season long scoring average of 74.5 points scored per game and their .451 shooting percentage from the field.
IN THE LAST THREE HALVES OF BASKETBALL…
…Florida State is averaging 48 points per half (with no fewer than 47 points coming in any of its last three halves) and is shooting .506 (44 of 87) of 68) from the field. In contrast, the Seminoles averaged 35.4 and shot .441 from the field (216 of 490) in their first 17 halves (8.5 games) of the season. In its previous seven halves (before the second half of their game against Clemson) Florida State had not scored more than 30 points in any one half.
FLORIDA STATE’S MARGIN OF VICTORY
Florida State has earned seven of its eight wins by at least 20 points with its largest margin of victory (+34) coming against Stetson (97-63) on Wednesday night in Tallahassee.