TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) -
Florida State opens a two-game homestand as it plays host to Maryland on Wednesday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles' game against the Terrapins marks the second meeting between the two teams in a span of 21 days with Florida State earning a come-from-behind 65-62 win over Maryland at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md., on January 21. The Seminoles rallied from nine points down at halftime and as many as 12 points down in the second half before outscoring the Terps, 38-26, in the second half to claim the victory. The Seminoles enter Wednesday's game against Maryland looking for their second ACC regular season series sweep before the end of the month of January for the first time in school history after defeating Clemson on Thursday night in Tallahassee to take the two-game series against the Tigers. Florida State opened its ACC schedule with a 71-66 win over Clemson on January 5 at Littlejohn Coliseum. Following Wednesday's game against Maryland, the Seminoles play host to Duke on Saturday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. in a game nationally televised by ESPN.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES ACC SUCCESS
With three wins in ACC play this season, Florida State has now won 14 of its last 21 ACC games with wins over 10 of its 11 ACC opponents since its 63-59 win over Virginia Tech on January 10, 2012. The Seminoles are 8-2 at home in ACC play in the last two seasons as it tied the school record for ACC home wins in a single season with a 7-1 record in 2012 and its buzzer-beating win over Clemson in the Donald L. Tucker Center on January 24. The Seminoles were 7-1 at home during both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons and are 1-1 at home in ACC play this season. Beginning with Wednesday's game against Maryland, the Seminoles play seven of their final 12 ACC games of the regular season at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center.
FLORIDA STATE LEADS ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State, which shot its season-best .900 percent (18-20) from the free throw line in its victory over Clemson on January 24, enters Wednesday's game against Maryland as the ACC leader in free throw shooting percentage with a .715 mark. The Seminoles are one of four ACC teams that are shooting .700 or better from the free throw line and are shooting a combined .810 (30 of 37) from the line in the last two games. Florida State led the ACC in free throw shooting percentage in both 2007 and 2008 and has led the ACC from the line twice since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.
SNAER DISPLAYING HIS IMPORTANCE AND HIS VERSATILITY
All-American Michael Snaer is one of only three players in the ACC (also Erick Green of Virginia Tech and Joe Harris of Virginia) who is leading his team in BOTH scoring and rebounding entering Wednesday's game against Maryland. He has led the Seminoles in scoring eight times in 19 games and in assists six times including four of Florida State's six ACC games. Snaer led Florida State with three assists to go along with 15 points in Florida State's 65-62 win over Maryland on January 5.
WHITE AGAINST MARYLAND ON JANUARY 9
Junior Okaro White tied his career high with 20 points and blocked a career high six shots in Florida State's win over Maryland on January 5. He scored 16 of Florida State's 38 second half points (.421) as the Seminoles' rallied from as much as a 12-point deficit to top Maryland on the road. White scored 15 consecutive points from the 8:45 mark of the second half to the 2:30 mark of the second half - outscoring Maryland 15-8 and helping the Seminoles recover from a 43-42 deficit to a 57-51 lead. In addition to his career-high tying point total, he pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three of his six blocked shots in the second half as the Seminoles rallied to win the game. Two of his three blocked shots came in the final 3:43 of the game.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Maryland and win its series record third consecutive game against the Terps. The Seminoles have won both of the last two meetings against the Terps (January 9, 2013 in College Park and January 17, 2012 in Tallahassee);
...Defeat Maryland and gain a two-game regular season series sweep of the Terps for only the second time. The Seminoles defeated the Terps twice during the 1993 season.
...Defeat Maryland and gain its fifth consecutive win against Terp head coach Mark Turgeon. The Seminoles defeated Turgeon at Wichita State in the 2004 NIT, defeated Turgeon and Texas A&M in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and defeated Turgeon and Maryland in both 2012 and earlier this season on January 9 in College Park.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST MARK TURGEON
Florida State has defeated Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon in four consecutive games as three different schools entering Wednesday night's game against the Terps. The Seminoles topped Turgeon and Wichita State in the 204 NIT, beat Turgeon and Texas A&M in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and have defeated Turgeon and Maryland in the first two games between the two teams at Turgeon's current school.
ANOTHER COMEBACK WIN FOR FLORIDA STATE
Florida State outscored Clemson, 44-28 over the last 21:23 of last Thursday night's game in Tallahassee to earn the 60-57 win and its third ACC win of the season. The Seminoles trailed by 12 at halftime before rallying to gain the victory. It marked the third come-from-behind win after trailing at halftime for the Seminoles this season. Florida State rallied for three wins in 35 games in 2012 (against Duke, Georgia Tech and Saint Bonaventure) when they trailed at halftime.
SHOOTING 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD IS RARE AGAINST FLORIDA STATE
Florida State has been the top field goal percentage defense team in the country in the last five seasons as it has led the nation in that most important of categories twice since in 2010 and 2011. In the last five seasons and 155 games only five teams (just over three percent) have shot 50 percent or better from the field against FSU.
FLORIDA STATE HAS LED THE ACC IN BLOCKED SHOTS IN THREE STRAIGHT YEARS
Florida State enters Wednesday's game against Maryland ranked second in the ACC in blocked shots with 99 and a 5.2 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 among the ACC leaders in blocked shots again 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 10th 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 14 players who have blocked at least one shot this season.
FLORIDA STATE PLAYING WELL IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY
Florida State enters Wednesday's game against Maryland with an 11-6 record in ACC play in the month of January in the last three seasons. The Seminoles are 3-3 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 5-5 on the road and 6-1 at home.
NOTING Michael Snaer AND Okaro White
All-American Michael Snaer (against Florida, Maine, at Charlotte, at Auburn, at Virginia) and junior Okaro White (against Mercer, Louisiana Monroe, at Clemson, at Maryland and against North Carolina) have combined to lead Florida State in scoring in 11 of the Seminoles' last 13 games since December 2. White has led the Seminoles in scoring in three of the last six (the Seminoles' first three ACC games) and has led the team in points and rebounds in four different games (against Mercer, Louisiana Monroe, Maryland and North Carolina). Junior Kiel Turpin led the Seminoles in scoring for the first time in his career with a career high 16 points in Florida State's win over Clemson (January 24) and junior Ian Miller led Florida State in scoring for the first time this season against Miami on Sunday night.