Game Preview: Florida State at Clemson
Reigning ACC Champion Seminoles begin ACC play at Clemson on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Jan. 4, 2013
Florida State vs. Clemson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) -
Florida State, the reigning ACC Champion, opens its 2012-13 ACC schedule as it travels to play Clemson on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. The Seminoles have won 14 of their last 19 regular season ACC games (.737 winning percentage) after finishing with a school record 12-4 conference record and in third place in the ACC standings during the 2012-13 season. The Seminoles also won two of their final three regular season games of the 2011-12 season and are the third winningest team in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles are in the midst of a five-game road swing (their game against Clemson is the fourth of five games) on which they have a 2-1 record. Since just before the Christmas holiday, the Seminoles have played in North Carolina (at Charlotte), in Florida (against Tulsa in Sunrise) and in Alabama (against Auburn. Following Saturday's game against Clemson, the Seminoles will travel to play at Maryland at the Comcast Center in College Park on Wednesday for an 8:00 p.m. start before returning home for a Saturday game against North Carolina.
FLORIDA STATE WINS FIRST ACC CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2012
Florida State clinched its first ACC Championship as it won the 2012 ACC Tournament with victories over Miami (82-71), No. 6 Duke (62-59) and No. 4 North Carolina (85-82) at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Seminoles finished the 2011-12 ACC season with a school record tying 12 wins and a 12-4 record for a third place finish in the ACC standings. Included in those 12 wins were wins over the league's four teams from Tobacco Road (Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest) in the same season for the first time in school history. The Seminoles' wins over Duke and North Carolina in the ACC Tournament allowed Florida State to earn a 4-1 record against the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels and a 6-1 record during the season against the four ACC schools for the state of North Carolina.
SEMINOLES AMONG TOP ROAD TEAMS IN ACC PLAY
Florida State is the third winningest road team in ACC play since the start of the 2008-09 season. Including last season's 5-3 record on the road in conference play (with wins at Duke, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest), the Seminoles have a record of 18-14 on the road in the ACC play in the last four years.
FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC'S WINNINGEST TEAMS
With 164 overall wins and 66 ACC wins, Florida State is the third winningest team in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles average 22.3 overall wins and 9.4 ACC wins per season under 11th year head coach Leonard Hamilton since the start of the 2005-06 season.
ALL-AMERICAN SNAER CONTINUES TO PLAY AS WELL AS ANY PLAYER IN THE ACC
All-American and pre-season All-ACC First Team selection Michael Snaer is averaging 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting .410 from the field and .414 from the 3-point line. Snaer has scored at least 18 points (18 at Auburn, 19 against Maine and against Tulsa and a career high 30 in the Seminoles win at Charlotte) in four consecutive games. He earned his second double double of the season and the third of his career with an 18-point and 12-rebound performance against Auburn on Wednesday night in the Seminoles final non-conference game of the regular season. Snaer was a preseason All-ACC First Team selection and the runner-up selection as the Preseason ACC Player of the Year heading into the 2012-13 season and was an All-ACC Second Team, an All-ACC Defensive Team selection and an All-ACC Tournament team selection during the 2012-13 season.
SNAER EARNS MVP HONORS
All-American Michael Snaer, the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament, was named the MVP of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic and the MVP of Florida State's game against Tulsa in the 2012 Orange Bowl Classic. Snaer averaged 18.0 points and 3.3 assists in leading the Seminoles to the 2012 ACC Championship - the first in school history.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Clemson and win its ACC opener for the second time in the last three seasons. The Seminoles defeated Clemson to open the 2010-11 ACC season in Tallahassee and fell to the Tigers in Clemson to begin the 2012-13 ACC schedule;
...Defeat Clemson and win its 13 ACC regular season game in the last two seasons. The Seminoles tied a school record with 12 ACC wins (a 12-4 record) during the 2012-13 season in advancing to win the ACC Championship.
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE GETTING BACK TO HAMILTON STANDARDS
Florida State limited Auburn to a .349 shooting percentage on Wednesday night on the home court inside Auburn Arena - the third best field goal percentage defense mark of the season. The Seminoles held BYU to a season-best .333 mark in their win over the Cougars in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (88-70, November 16) and limited Maine to a .339 mark in their win over the Blackbears (91-59, December 9). Florida State has limited four of its last five and six of its 13 opponents this season below 40 percent shooting from the field.
SEMINOLES HAVE HELD MOST OPPONENTS IN LAST FIVE YEARS UNDER 50 PERCENT SHOOTING
Florida State has held 144 of its last 149 opponents (.967 percent) under 50 percent shooting from the field. Only one team this season (Buffalo in the Seminoles' 95-68 win on November 9) has shot 50 percent or better from the field (.500, 27-54) and with only one other team (Florida, .491 percent on December 5) shooting better than 49 percent. Only three ACC opponents since the start of the 2008-09 season (Maryland, twice and North Carolina) have shot .500 percent or better from the field against Florida State.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Florida State made nine 3-point field goals against Auburn on Wednesday night and has made at least nine 3-point field goals in three of the last six and five of 13 games this season. The Seminoles are ranked third in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage and fourth in the ACC in total 3-point field goals made.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Florida State enters Saturday's game against Clemson with 91 made 3-point field goals and needs only nine more to reach 100 for the season. The Seminoles have made at least 100 3-point field goals in every year since the 1986-87 season when the NCAA began counting the 3-point shot as an official statistic.
FLORIDA STATE AT HALFTIME
Florida State is 7-1 this season and 28-3 over the past two seasons (.903 winning percentage) when it leads at halftime. The Seminoles were 21-2 when they lead at halftime (including all three games of the 2012 ACC Tournament) during the 2011-12 season.
SEMINOLES IN THE ACC IN THE STEALS AND BLOCKED SHOTS CATEGORIES
Florida State earned five steals and blocked five shots against Auburn on Wednesday night. It marked the sixth consecutive game the Seminoles had earned at least five blocks and five steals in a game. The Seminoles led the ACC in both blocked shots (6.1) and steals (7.6) and are looking to become the second team to lead the ACC in both blocked shots and steals in consecutive seasons for the first time in league history.