FLORIDA STATE RETURNS HOME TO PLAY MERCER ON TUESDAY NIGHT
Florida State plays its third home game of the 2010-11 season as it plays host to Mercer on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles face the Bears in their fifth game of the season and first since winning in Miami at FIU (89-66) last Thursday night. The Seminoles have won each of their first four games of the season by an average of 23.0 points per game with each victory coming by at least 20 points. In winning their first four games, the Seminoles have scored at least 75 points with a season-high of 97 points coming in their victory over UNC Greensboro. Florida State has won two games at home and two games on the road with wins coming at UNC Greensboro in the Greensboro Coliseum (the site of the 2011 ACC Tournament) and at the US Century Bank Arena in Miami. Florida State’s game against Mercer begins a season-long six game homestand which will keep them on their home court for games from Nov. 23 (against Mercer) through Dec. 15 (against Stetson) before the Seminoles travel to play at Loyola Marymount (Dec. 18) and for three games in Hawaii at the Diamondhead Classic (Dec. 23-25). Following Tuesday night’s game against Mercer the Seminoles will play host to nationally ranked Florida (Nov. 28, 7:45 p.m.) and Ohio State (Nov. 30) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
SINGLETON CONTINUES BLAZING HOT START TO JUNIOR SEASON
All-American, Wooden and Naismith Award candidate Chris Singleton enters Tuesday’s game against Mercer averaging a double-double of 19.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in the first four games of the 2010-11 season. He earned the first TRIPLE DOUBLE of his career with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals against UNC Greensboro and has earned DOUBLE DOUBLES in the Seminoles’ last two games against Gardner Webb (a career-high 30 points and 12 rebounds) and at FIU (14 points and 13 rebounds). His performance against UNC Greensboro earned him the first TRIPLE DOUBLE in ACC history that included double figures in steals while his DOUBLE DOUBLES against Gardner Webb and FIU mark the first time in his career that he has earned double figures in points and rebounds in back to back games.
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 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 Mercer and win its fifth consecutive game to open the 2010-11 season. It would mark the third time under head coach Leonard Hamilton that the Seminoles have won at least five consecutive games to open a season. The Seminoles won their first 10 games to begin the 2003-04 season and their first seven to open the 2008-09 season;
...Defeat Mercer and win its 12th consecutive non conference home game. The Seminoles are 2-0 this season at home, were 8-0 in non ACC games during the 2009-10 season and won their final non conference home game of the 2008-09 season;
…Defeat Mercer and win its 11th consecutive game against a team from the state of Georgia. The Seminoles’ current streak of 10 straight wins against teams from the Peach State began on Nov. 12, 2007 against Georgia Southern and includes one win over Mercer (Nov. 21, 2009) and five straight wins over ACC foe Georgia Tech.
FLORIDA STATE QUICK HITTERS…
…Florida State is looking to win its fifth consecutive game as it takes on Mercer in its fifth game of the season. A win would increase the Seminoles’ winning streak to five games which would put them into reach of last year’s season-long seven game winning streak;
…Florida State has already had five players score in double figures a total of 10 times in the first four games of the season. All-American candidate Chris Singleton has scored in double figures in each of the first four games of the season while Michael Snaer and Derwin Kitchen have scored in double figures twice each;
…Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Mercer with two players (Bernard James, 12, and Chris Singleton, 11) having earned double figures in blocked shots. Both James (only two fewer) and Singleton (three fewer) have blocked nearly as many shots by themselves as the Seminoles’ first four opponents have combined (14);
…Florida State has earned double figure steals in three of its first four games and double figure blocked shots in two of their first four games. The Seminoles 20 steals in their win over UNC Greensboro came within one of tying the single game school record of 21 steals against Tulane on Jan. 28, 1985;
…Florida State made a season-high 10 3-point shots in its victory over FIU and enters Tuesday’s game against Mercer averaging 7.5 made 3-point field goals in each of its first four games.
SEMINOLES BEGIN THE SEASON ON THE DEFENSIVE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Mercer as the ACC leaders in blocked shots with an 8.5 blocked shots per game average and ranked second in the ACC with an 11.5 steals per game average. The Seminoles are also the ACC leaders (for the second consecutive season) with a .351 field goal percentage defense mark. In addition to ranking first in the ACC in blocked shots and second in steals the Seminoles, who are considered to be one of the top defensive teams in the nation, are ranked first in the ACC in field goal percentage defense. The Seminoles led the ACC and the nation in the field goal percentage defense category during the 2009-10 season.
SINGLETON’S CAREER DOUBLE DOUBLES
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton has earned double doubles in each of his last two games to bring his career total to seven. He earned two as a freshman, three as a sophomore and now two more in the first four games of his junior season. Singleton is one of just 36 players in school history with seven or more double doubles during his career.
SINGLETON SHOOTING THE BALL WELL FROM THE FIELD AND THE LINE
Junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton enters Tuesday’s game against Mercer shooting .581 from the field and .815 from the free throw line – two statistics the are well above his career percentages during the first two seasons on his career. He made a career high 10 of 11 field goals in the Seminoles’ win over Gardner Webb and was a perfect seven of seven from the free throw line in Florida State’s victory over UNC Greensboro.
SINGLETON SHOOTING THE BASKETBALL…
…He has made 15 of his last 20 shots from the field (.750) since the end of the second half of the Seminoles’ victory over UNC Greensboro and made 19 of his last 23 free throws (.826) in the last three games.