SEMINOLES LOOK TO CLOSE OUT PERFECT HOME ACC SLATE VS. TAR HEELS
Florida State, which has won 20 overall games and 10 ACC games for the school record third consecutive season, plays host to No. 13/13 North Carolina on Wednesday March 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game is the final home game of the 2010-11 season as the Seminoles will look to finish with a perfect 8-0 record in ACC play at home for the first time in school history. Florida State has won each of its seven ACC home games this season and has won a school record eight consecutive ACC games at home. The eight game winning streak includes victories in all seven home conference games this season and the final ACC home game of the 2009-10 season against Wake Forest. Since its’ victory over No. 1 ranked Duke on Jan. 12, Florida State has won nine of 12 games (in ACC games) with seven of them coming at home. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game against the Tar Heels looking to win their 13th home game of the season which would mark the fourth consecutive season the Seminoles will have won 13 games at home. Florida State is 97-22 (.815 winning percentage) in the last seven seasons since the beginning of the 2005-06 season. Following Wednesday night’s game against North Carolina the Seminoles will close out their regular season as they travel to play at NC State on March 6 at 6:15. The Seminoles’ game against the Wolfpack is the final game of Fox Sports wildly successful ACC Sunday Night Hoops television package. Florida State will begin play in the 59th Annual ACC Tournament on either March 10 or March 11 against an as of yet undetermined opponent.
THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton, who is expected to play for the Seminoles during the postseason, 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. He has earned ACC Player of the Week honors twice this season.
SEMINOLES EARN 20TH OVERALL AND 10TH ACC WIN
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against No. 19/19 North Carolina with 20 overall wins and 10 ACC wins and in sole possession of third place in the conference standings. It marks 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.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 13/13 North Carolina and close out its 2010-11 season with a perfect 8-0 record at home in ACC play. It would mark the first time the Seminoles have won each of their eight ACC home games in a single season;
…Defeat No. 131/3 North Carolina and win its third game of the season against a ranked team. The Seminoles defeated No. 15/15 ranked Baylor (Dec. 25, 68-61) in the third round of the Diamond Head Classic and topped No. 1/1 Duke (Jan. 12, 68-61) here in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team in 21 consecutive years and will look to defeat a third ranked team of the season for the first time since the 2008-09 season when they defeated four ranked teams including No. 1 ranked North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament;
…Defeat North Carolina and win its sixth consecutive Senior Night game. The Seminoles have won each of the final home games of the regular season since the 2005-06 season;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a victory over each of the four North Carolina schools in the ACC (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time in school history.
FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS IN THE ACC
Consistency. It’s what every program strives for and under Leonard Hamilton it’s what the Seminoles have achieved at a very high level. 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 55 games against ACC competition. Florida State played in the 2009 ACC Championship game and is one of only two teams in the ACC (they are joined by Duke) who has finished with double digit wins and in the top four of the final ACC standings in BOTH of the last two seasons. Including their 10 wins in ACC play this season, the Seminoles average nearly 10 wins per year since the start of the 2005-06 season with two games plus the ACC Tournament still remaining on their schedule.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last three years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games played with 65 wins. 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 20 of their first 28 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina having won 20 of 28 games this season (.714 winning percentage) and 25 of their last 36 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.
SEMINOLES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina as one of only three teams in the ACC that has played at least five ranked teams and is one of only two teams in the league that has defeated at least two ranked teams. The Seminoles have played five ranked teams (No. 14 Florida, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 15 Baylor, No. 1 Duke and No. 23 North Carolina) and defeated two of them (No. 15 Baylor on Dec. 25, 68-61 and No. 1 Duke on Jan. 16, 66-61). Only Maryland (5, 0-5) and NC State (5, 0-5) have played as many ranked teams and only Duke has defeated more ranked teams (4, 4-0) 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 10 ranked teams.
FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD IN ACC PLAY
Florida State has 12ACC road wins in the last three seasons – tied for the second highest total of road wins in conference play since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles were 5-3 on the road in 2009-10 with wins at Georgia Tech, at Boston College, at Virginia, at North Carolina and at Miami. Earlier this season the Seminoles won at Miami and at Georgia Tech and next play on the road at NC State March 6.
FLORIDA STATE IS 2-1 WITHOUT SINGLETON IN THE LINE-UP
Florida State will play Wednesday’s game against North Carolina without the services of junior All-American, ACC and National Defensive Player of the Year candidate Chris Singleton. The Seminoles are 2-1 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 under 10 elapsed 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 IN THE ACC STANDINGS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina in third place in the ACC standings. After winning their first conference game of the season against Clemson (Dec. 12, 75-69, in Tallahassee), the Seminoles began the year in first place in the league standings. Head coach Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles have not been lower than third place in the ACC standings at any point during the 2010-11 season.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against No. 19/19 North Carolina with 19 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first nine years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 19 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are three victories over No. 1 ranked Duke teams and two victories over ranked North Carolina teams including one over No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 19, 2009).
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES TO RANK AMONG ACC STEALS LEADERS
With two players ranked in the top three of the ACC statistics for steals (Chris Singleton, second; Derwin Kitchen, third), the Seminoles ranked second in the ACC in steals with an 8.9 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned double figures in steals in both of their last two games (11 at Maryland, 11 vs. Miami) and have earned in double figures in steals in nine different games this season. The Seminoles earned a season-high 20 steals in their victory over UNC Greensboro on Nov 14 with junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton earning a triple double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals. It was the first triple double in ACC history that included steals.
FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS AGAINST MIAMI
Florida State had five steals in the first six minutes of its victory over Miami on Saturday. The five steals helped the Seminoles take a 16-2 lead with 5:58 elapsed in the win over the Hurricanes.