Game Preview: Florida State at Virginia
Seminoles travel to play Cavaliers on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Jan. 18, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) -
Florida State, which has won two of its first three ACC games for the second consecutive year, plays its third ACC road game of the season, as it travels to play Virginia at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. The Seminoles have won their first two ACC road games this season with wins at Clemson (71-66, January 5) and at Maryland (65-62, January 9) and have won seven of their last 10 (.700 winning percentage) ACC road games with one of those victories coming at Virginia on March 1, 2012 (63-60). The Seminoles have won in seven different ACC arenas (Clemson, Duke, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest) in the last two seasons and are the third winningest ACC program on the road in conference play in the last four seasons with a 19-14 record (.576 winning percentage). Following Saturday's game against Virginia the Seminoles will play host to Clemson on January 24 before traveling to play at Miami on January 27.
FLORIDA STATE RECENTLY IN ACC PLAY
Florida State has won 13 of its last 18 ACC regular season games (.722 winning percentage) since defeating Virginia Tech on January 10, 2012 in Blacksburg. With their three wins over Miami, No. 6 Duke and No. 4 North Carolina in the 2012 ACC Tournament, the Seminoles have won 16 of their last 21 games (.762 winning percentage) since winning on the road against Virginia Tech in their second ACC game of the 2012 season.
FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC'S WINNINGEST TEAMS
With 166 overall wins and 68 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.
FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD IN ACC PLAY
Florida State enters Saturday's game against Virginia with a 2-1 record in ACC with both of its wins coming on the road (at Clemson on January 5 and at Maryland on January 9). The Seminoles' two wins (both on the road) allowed them to begin their ACC schedule with a 2-0 record for only the second time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. The Seminoles also opened the 1999-00 ACC season with a 2-0 record. The Seminoles are the third winningest road team in the ACC since the start of the 2009-10 seaosn.
REIGNING ACC CHAMPIONS PLAY THIRD ACC ROAD GAME AT VIRGINIA
Florida State clinched its first ACC Championship as it won the 2012 ACC Tournament with victories over Miami (82-71, March 9, 2012), No. 6 Duke (62-59, March 10, 2012) and No. 4 North Carolina (85-82, March 11, 2012) 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 from the state of North Carolina.
ALL-AMERICAN SNAER CONTINUES TO PLAY AT A HIGH LEVEL
All-American Michael Snaer, who ranks seventh in the ACC in scoring and fifth in the league statistics in both 3-point field goal percentage (.402) and 3-point field goals made (33), is enjoying the best season of his career as a senior. He has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 15 games in which he has played, is only six total points from scoring in double figures in each game, is averaging 16.0 points scored per game in his last eight games, scored his career high of 30 points in the Seminoles win over Charlotte on December 22 and is tied for the team lead with 39 assists and a career high 2.6 assists per game average.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Virginia and win its third ACC game of the season. It would mark the Seminoles' 14th ACC win in the last two seasons;
...Defeat Virginia and gain its eighth consecutive win over the Cavaliers. The Seminoles have defeated the Cavaliers in every meeting between the two teams since a 69-67 win on January 23, 2008 in Tallahassee;
...Defeat Virginia and gain its fourth consecutive win over Virginia in games played in Charlottesville. The Seminoles' current streak of three consecutive wins at the John Paul Jones Arena began on January 24, 2009.
FLORIDA STATE PLAYING WELL IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY
Florida State enters Saturday's game against Virginia with a 10-4 record (.714 winning percentage) in ACC play in the month of January in the last three seasons. The Seminoles are 2-1 this season, were 4-1 in 2011-12 and were 4-2 during the first month of the 2010-11 season. During those three months, the Seminoles are 5-3 on the road and 5-1 at home.
SEMINOLES AGAINST TEAMS FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Florida State enters Saturday's game against Virginia having won four consecutive games against the ACC's teams from the state of Virginia - the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles were 4-0 against the Cavaliers and the Hokies last season with wins against both teams on the road in Charlottesville (March 1, 2012) and in Blacksburg (January 10, 2012) and at home in Tallahassee (February 4, 2012 against Virginia and February 16 against Virginia Tech).
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC STATISTICS
Florida State is second in the ACC with 82 blocked shots and a 5.1 blocked shots per game average, as it looks to lead the ACC in blocked shots for the ACC record tying fourth consecutive season. The Seminoles blocked a season high 13 shots in their win over Maryland on January 9 in College Park. The Seminoles have blocked 22 shots in their first three ACC games as compared to just six blocks by their opponents. Junior Okaro White has more blocked shots (eight) in Florida State's first three ACC games of the season than its first three ACC opponents (six). White blocked a career high six shots in Florida State's win over Maryland.
FLORIDA STATE ON THE DEFENSIVE
Florida State has been credited with 22 blocked shots (7.3 bpg) and has earned 23 steals (7.7 spg) in its last three games - all ACC games. The Seminoles totaled 13 blocked shots and 10 steals in its victory over Maryland on January 9 to mark only the second time in school history that they had earned double figures in blocked shots and steals in an ACC game.
FLORIDA STATE STEALING
Florida State, which enters Saturday's game against Virginia ranked third in the ACC in steals (121 steals / 7.6 spg), has earned at least five steals in 13 straight games and in 14 of their 16 games this season. The Seminoles are ranked third in the ACC in steals and are looking to lead the league in steals for the second consecutive season.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State tied its season high with 11 3-point field goals made and shot .500 percent from the 3-point line (11 of 22) against North Carolina on Saturday. The Seminoles are ranked third in the ACC with a .391 shooting percentage from the bonusphere and are one of only three teams in the ACC that is shooting .390 percent or better from the 3-point line for the season. Florida State is shooting .415 from the 3-point line and is averaging 9.0 3-point field goals made in its first three ACC games of the season.