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Aaron Thomas and the Seminoles travel to play at Auburn on Jan. 2 at 7:00 EST


Aaron Thomas and the Seminoles travel to play at Auburn on Jan. 2 at 7:00 EST

Jan. 1, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State, which has won a season-high tying four consecutive games, plays its final non-conference game of the regular season as it travels to play at Auburn of the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. EST (NOTE TIME CHANGE) at the Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala. The game is the third of five consecutive games away from Tallahassee which sees the Seminoles play in five different states in a span of 18 days. The Seminoles have won the first two games of the road swing - at Charlotte (79-76, December 22), against Tulsa (82-63, December 29 in Sunrise, Fla.) - and will travel to play at Auburn, at Clemson to begin ACC play (January 5) and at Maryland (January 9) before returning home to play host to North Carolina at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (January 12). Florida State's four-game winning streak matches a four-game winning streak it enjoyed from November 12 (95-68 win over Buffalo) through November 21 (75-67 win over North Florida).

FLORIDA STATE VS. AUBURN - A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State closes out its non-conference schedule and opens up the 2013 calendar year as it travels to play at Auburn on January 2, 2013 at the Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala. It marks the third consecutive season the Seminoles and the Tigers will meet with both teams winning on their home courts in the last two meetings. The Seminoles and the Tigers have a long playing history beginning in the late 1960s. The Seminoles and the Tigers have met 30 times with Auburn holding a 22-8 series advantage. The Seminoles' game against Auburn will mark the second SEC team (Florida on December 5) that the Seminoles will compete against before starting conference play on Jan. 5 at Clemson.

FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD
Florida State will play its first true road game of the season as it travels to play at Auburn on Wednesday. The Seminoles have played four of their 12 games away from Tallahassee with two coming at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (wins over BYU and Saint Joseph's), one coming at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (win over Charlotte) and one coming at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., (win over Tulsa). Including Wednesday's game on campus against Auburn, the Seminoles play 10 of their final 19 games of the regular season away from home.

ALL-AMERICAN SNAER HITS THE TRIFECTA
All-American Michael Snaer was named the Most Valuable Player of the Seminoles' win over Tulsa in the Orange Bowl Classic on December 29. It marked the third MVP award of the calendar year for Snaer who was named the MVP of the 2012 ACC Tournament and the MVP of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

ALL-AMERICAN SNAER CONTINUES HIS TORRID STREAK
All-American Michael Snaer was named the Most Valuable Player of the Seminoles' win over Tulsa on December 22. For Snaer it continued a torrid streak which has seen him score at least 19 points in three consecutive games, score a career-high 30 points in the Seminoles' 79-76 win over Charlotte, and averages 22.7 points per game since Florida State's 91-59 win over Maine on December 12. In those three games, Snaer has made nine 3-point field goals (9-22, .409 percent) and 21 free throws (21-28, .750 percent) while totaling seven steals and seven assists.

ALL-AMERICAN SNAER IN THE ACC STATISTICS
All-American Michael Snaer is ranked third in 3-point field goals made (24), fourth in 3-point percentage (.407), fifth in scoring (16.1 ppg), seventh in free throw percentage (.814), 10th in minutes played per game (32.0) and 22nd in rebounding (5.3 rpg) in the ACC statistics.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Auburn and win its season high fifth consecutive game of the season. It would mark the fourth time in the last two seasons that the Seminoles will have earned winning streaks of at least five games. ...Defeat Auburn and gain a win over a team from the SEC for the second consecutive season and for the fifth time in the last six seasons; ...Defeat Auburn and raise it true road record to 14-10 (.583 winning percentage) in the last three seasons. The Seminoles are the third winning road team in the ACC since the start of the 2008-09 season; ...Defeat Auburn and break a three-game losing streak at Auburn - the Seminoles have not won at Auburn since December 4, 1978.

SEMINOLES LEAD THE ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
With seven regulars in the Seminoles' line-up shooting better than 70 percent from the free throw line, the Seminoles enter Wednesday's game against Auburn as the ACC leader in free throw shooting percentage. Under head coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles have developed into one of the top free throw shooting teams and led the ACC from the free throw line in both 2007 and 2008. This season, with a .731 mark from the free throw line during the first 12 games of the season, the Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line in four of their last five and nine of the 12 games this season.

SEMINOLES AGGRESSIVE IN GETTING TO THE LINE WINS
Florida State has made as many or more free throws than its opponents have attempted in six of its eight wins. The Seminoles average 24.4 free throw attempts in their eight wins (shooting .749 percent) while averaging 23.8 free throw attempts during their four losses (shooting .695 percent). The Seminoles have won two games - against Saint Joseph's (seven made free throws to 26 attempts for Saint Joseph's) and against Maine (16 made free throws to 18 attempts for Maine. For the season, Florida State has made 53 more free throws then its opponents while attempting 59 free throws more than its opponents.

FLORIDA STATE IN ITS LAST FOUR WINS
Florida State is averaging a +17.3 margin of victory in its last three games - all wins over Maine (91-59, +32), Louisiana Monroe (63-48, +15), Charlotte (79-76, +3) and Tulsa (82-63, +19).

SEMINOLES GETTING IT DONE IN THE SECOND HALF LATELY
Florida State has played its best basketball in the second halves of its last four games - all wins. The Seminoles have outscored their last four opponents (Maine, +18; Louisiana Monroe, +10; Charlotte, +6; Tulsa, +16) by an average of +12.5 points in the second half to take four straight wins. The Seminoles rallied from a halftime deficit (40-35, -5 against Charlotte) to gain their seventh win of the season on December 22 in Charlotte.

FLORIDA STATE GOING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State enjoyed a +12 rebound margin (44-32) in its victory over Tulsa in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday in Sunrise, Fla. It marked the third time this season the Seminoles had earned a rebound margin of 12 rebounds or better - +14 (43-29) in their 75-67 win over North Florida (November 21), +12 in their 63-48 win over Louisiana Monroe (December 17) and +12 in their win over Tulsa (December 22). Florida State is one of only two teams (also Georgia Tech) with three players (Terrance Shannon, 13th; Okaro White, 16th and Michael Snaer 22nd) in the top 25 of the ACC statistics for rebounding. Florida State pulled down a season high 44 rebounds in its win over the Danny Manning-led Golden Hurricane of Tulsa.

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Florida State has made at least five 3-point field goals in 11 of its 12 games this season and averages 6.8 made 3-point field goals per game - the Seminoles ranked fifth in the ACC with a 6.2 made 3-point field goal average last season.

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