Game Preview: Seminoles vs. Clemson
Seminoles play host to Tigers on Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2013
Florida State vs. Clemson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) -
Florida State, which defeated Clemson 71-66 on January 5 at Clemson to open its 2013 ACC schedule, plays host to the Tigers on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It will mark the second time in 19 days and the second time in a span of five games that the Seminoles will face the Tigers to close out the regular season series between the two teams. In a strange quirk in the schedule, the Seminoles will not see the Tigers - a team they have played twice during the regular season every year since joining for the 1991-92 season - during the remainder of the regular season. Florida State will face Clemson twice during the first five games of its ACC season and not during the final 13 games of the newly expanded 18-game schedule. The Seminoles enter Thursday's game having won two of their last four and six of their last nine games since a 91-59 win over Maine on December 9. The Seminoles' game against the Tigers also marks only their second ACC home game of the season with three of their first four conference games (win at Clemson, win at Maryland and at Virginia) coming away from Tallahassee. The Seminoles will play eight of their final 14 ACC games of the season at home following Thursday's game against Clemson. Following their game against Clemson, the Seminoles will travel to play at Miami (January 27, 6:00 p.m.) before playing two straight home games against Maryland (January 30, 8:00 p.m.) and Duke (February 2, 2:00 p.m.).
SEMINOLES ACC SUCCESS INCLUDES 14 WINS AT HOME
Florida State, the reigning ACC Champion, has won 14 of its last 17 (.824 winning percentage) ACC regular season games at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State was 7-1 (.875 winning percentage) at home in ACC play during the 2010-11 season - and finished in third place in the ACC standings with an 11-5 record and was 7-1 at home during the ACC regular season during the 2011-12 season - and again finished in third place in the ACC standings with a school record tying 12-4 record in conference play. The Seminoles defeated Miami, Duke and North Carolina at Philips Arena in Atlanta to capture the first ACC Basketball Championship in school history in 2012.
SEMINOLES IN THE MIDST OF BEST FIVE-YEAR ACC STRETCH IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Florida State enters Thursday's game against Clemson with a 45-23 record (.662 winning percentage) in ACC regular season play since the beginning of the 2008-09 ACC season. The Seminoles have won double figure games in each of the last four seasons (joined only by Duke) and have finished in the top four of the league standings in each of the last four years (joined only by Duke). The Seminoles have won 13 of their last 19 ACC regular season games and 16 of their last 22 games (.727 winning percentage) against ACC teams since a 63-59 win at Virginia Tech on January 10, 2012.
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.
SNAER CONTINUES TO PLAY AS ONE OF THE ACC'S TOP PLAYERS
All-American Michael Snaer, who enters Thursday's game against Clemson ranked in the top 10 of four different ACC statistical categories -- 3-point field goals made (sixth, 2.1 3FGM/Game), 3-point percentage (sixth, .391), free throw percentage (seventh, .805) and scoring (ninth, 14.8 ppg), is enjoying the best season of his career. He is Florida State's leading scorer and has led the Seminoles in scoring five times and has led the Seminoles in assists five times including each of Florida State's last three games. Snaer is the only Seminole who has led the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots in multiple games this season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Clemson and gain a sweep of two-game regular season series for the second time since the 2009 season when Florida State won in both Clemson (65-61, February 7, 2009) and Tallahassee (73-66, February 28, 2009;
...Defeat Clemson and gain a regular season series sweep against Clemson for the sixth time since joining the ACC. It would mark the most regular season series wins over any team in the ACC since joining the league for the 1991-92 season. Florida State has taken the regular season series against the Tigers in 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001 and 2009;
...Defeat Clemson and raise its record against the Tigers to 2-2 in home games during the month of January during the Leonard Hamilton era.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE...
...Florida State is 3-2 (2-1 in ACC contests) in games decided by five points or less through the first 17 games of the season;
...Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in each of its 17 games this season and is ranked fourth in the ACC in 3-point field goals made with 119 and a 7.0 3-point field goals made per game average;
...Florida State has outrebounded three different opponents by 10 or more rebounds in its first 17 games of the season and won all three games. The Seminoles outrebounded North Florida by +14 (75-67 win over the Ospreys on November 21), outrebounded Louisiana Monroe by +12 (63-48 win over the War Hawks on December 17) and outrebounded Tulsa by +12 (82-63 win over the Golden Hurricane on December 29)
...Florida State has blocked at least four shots in 12 of its 17 games and enters Thursday's game against Clemson tied with the Tigers as the ACC leaders in blocked shots. Both the Seminoles and Tigers have blocked 86 shots and have a 5.1 blocked shots per game average through 17 games;
...Florida State has earned at least six steals in 10 of its first 17 games of the season and enters Thursday's game tied with Clemson for second place in the ACC with a 7.5 steals per game average. The Seminoles earned 10 steals in their victory over Maryland on January 9.
FLORIDA STATE HAS LED THE ACC IN BLOCKED SHOTS IN THREE STRAIGHT YEARS
Florida State enters Thursday's game against Clemson tied for the conference lead in blocked shots with 86 and a 5.1 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles are looking to lead the ACC in blocked shots for the fourth consecutive season. The ACC record for consecutive seasons ranked the ACC leader in blocked shots is five by Maryland (2000 -2004). Florida State is ranked as the ACC leader this season despite losing the school's third all-time leading blocked shot artist - Bernard James - to the NBA. James averaged 2.4 blocked shots per game and ranked third in the ACC in the blocked shots per game category in 2012. The Seminoles are led by Okaro White who is ranked ninth in the ACC in blocked shots with a career high 1.4 bpg average but do have four players with at least 11 blocked shots and 11 of 15 players who have blocked at least one shot this season.