Game Preview: Seminoles vs. North Carolina
Seminoles face Tar Heels in nationally televised game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Jan. 11, 2013
Florida State vs. UNC
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) -
Florida State, which has won its first two ACC games for only the second time in school history, plays host to North Carolina on Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles enter their game against the Tar Heels with six wins in its last seven games dating to their 91-59 win over Maine on December 9 in Tallahassee. Included in those wins are victories on the road against Clemson (71-66, January 5) and at Maryland (65-62, January 9). Florida State's win at Clemson was only its second win in the last 11 seasons at Littlejohn Coliseum under Leonard Hamilton while its win at the Comcast Center in College Park marked the first win in that arena in seven tries for Hamilton and his Seminoles. Florida State's game against North Carolina also marks the Seminoles' first home game since their win over Louisiana Monroe on December 17. Following Saturday's game against North Carolina, the Seminoles will travel to play at Virginia on January 19 before playing host to Clemson on January 24. In a unique quirk in the Seminoles' schedule, they will play two games against Clemson and Maryland (January 30) before the end of the month and before they face Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State or Wake Forest for the first time.
FLORIDA STATE'S RECENT RECORD IN THE ACC
With its wins at Clemson on Saturday and at Maryland on Wednesday, the Seminoles have won 14 of their last 17 regular season ACC games (.824 winning percentage) and 17 of their last 20 games (.850 winning percentage) against ACC competition. The Seminoles won 12 of their final 15 ACC games of the 2011-12 regular season (after dropping their ACC opener at Clemson) and won each of their three games in the 2012 ACC Tournament to win the first ACC Championship in school history and have won their first two ACC games of the 2012-13 season.
FLORIDA STATE RECENTLY AT HOME IN THE ACC
Florida State plays host to North Carolina in its ACC home opener - the Seminoles have won eight of their last nine (.889 winning percentage) and 14 of their last 16 ACC home games (.875 winning percentage) since their final home game of their ACC schedule during the 2009-10 season. The Seminoles' finished with a school record tying 7-1 conference record at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center in both 2010-11 and 2011-12. Florida State earned wins at home last season against Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
ALL-AMERICAN SNAER HAS PLAYED IN 35 ACC REGULAR SEASON WINS
All-American Michael Snaer, who enters Saturday's game against North Carolina averaging a career-high 15.6 points per game, has played in 35 regular season ACC wins during his career (2010-Present) and is quickly approaching the school all-time record for ACC wins in a career by an Florida State player. Snaer is chasing Deividas Dulkys and Luke Loucks who helped lead the Seminoles to 43 ACC wins during their Seminole career (2009-12).
ALL-AMERICAN SNAER PLAYING HIS BEST BASKETBALL
All-American Michael Snaer has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games and is averaging 17.0 points scored per game since scoring 10 against Florida on December 5. He scored his career high of 30 points in the Seminoles' win over Charlotte on December 22.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat North Carolina and win its third consecutive game against the Tar Heels for the first time in school history. The Seminoles defeated the Tar Heels, 90-57, on January 14, 2012 in Tallahassee and topped North Carolina, 85-82, on March 11, 2012 in the championship game of the ACC Tournament to capture their first ACC Championship in school history;
...Defeat North Carolina and improve its ACC record to 3-0 for the first time in school history. The Seminoles' opened their 1999-00 conference schedule with wins over Wake Forest and Clemson but lost to Duke to drop to 2-1;
...Defeat North Carolina and win its ACC home opener for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated Clemson to open up their 2010-11 ACC schedule at home and beat North Carolina to open their 2011-12 conference schedule at home.
FLORIDA STATE'S WIN TOTAL IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last eight years (since the start of the 2005-06 season) in total games played with 163 wins. The Seminoles average 22.3 wins per season with records of 20-10 (2005-06), 22-13 (2006-07), 19-15 (2007-08), 25-10 (2008-09), 22-10 (2009-10), 23-11 (2010-11), 25-10 (2011-12) and 10-5 (2012-13).
AN INCREDIBLE DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE SEMINOLES
Florida State recorded a season high 13 blocked shots (nine in the second half) and 10 steals (five in the second half) in its 65-62 win over Maryland on Wednesday night. The Seminoles' 13 blocked shots were their most since sending back 15 shots in their win over Virginia Tech on January 10, 2012 and was the third highest total in an ACC game in school history. The Seminoles' 10 steals marked the fourth time in the last two seasons that the Seminoles had earned at least 10 steals in an ACC game. It also marked the second time in the Seminoles' now illustrious ACC history that they had earned double figures in blocked shots and steals. Florida State totaled 11 blocked shots and 10 steals in an 88-63 win over Virginia on February 28, 1998 in Tallahassee.
SEMINOLES COME FROM BEHIND FOR WIN OVER MARYLAND
Florida State rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit and a 12-point second half deficit to gain its 65-62 win over Maryland on Wednesday night. It marked the second time in the last five games and third time in the last 11 games that the Seminoles had recovered from a halftime deficit to win a game. The Seminoles trailed Charlotte by a 40-35 halftime score and stormed back to top the 49ers, 79-76, on December 22, 2012 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The Florida State also trailed Saint Bonaventure, 34-28, at the intermission before coming back to top the Bonnies, 66-63, in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on March 15, 2012.
SEMINOLES MOVE INTO ACC BLOCKED SHOTS LEAD
Florida State's incredible total of 13 blocked shots against Maryland vaulted it into the ACC team lead for blocked shots with a78 blocks and 5.2 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles are looking lead the ACC in blocked shots for the fourth consecutive season. Florida State is one of only five teams in the ACC who has led the ACC in blocked shots per game since the statistic became officially tracked by the NCAA in 1976. The Seminoles have led the ACC in blocked shots per game in five years - 1993, 1995, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE'S BLOCKED SHOTS AGAINST MARYLAND
Florida State blocked 13 of Maryland's 60 shot attempts in its victory over the Terps - a total of .217 of their shots that never made it to the rim. A year ago in their second ACC game of the season (January 10, 2012), Florida State blocked 15 of Virginia Tech's 60 shots -- an amazing percentage of .250 percent of the Hokies shot attempts that did not have a chance of scoring after they were lofted towards the rim.
FLORIDA STATE DEFENSIVELY IN THE ACC
Florida State enters Saturday's game against North Carolina ranked first in the ACC in blocked shots and third in the ACC in steals. The Seminoles led the league in 2011-12 in both steals (7.6 spg) and blocked shots (6.1 rpg) and are looking to become only the second team in ACC history (also Maryland in 2000 and 2003) to lead the ACC in steals and blocked shots in consecutive seasons.
Junior Okaro White (Maryland, Louisiana Monroe and Mercer), Michael Snaer (Auburn) and Terrance Shannon (Minnesota) are the three Seminole players who have led the Florida State in scoring and rebounding in a single game.