TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) -
Florida State, which has won both of its last two home games against Boston College and Wake Forest, opens a regular-season closing two-game homestand as it plays host to Virginia on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles' game against Virginia marks their school record 17th ACC regular season game as the conference is playing 18 regular season conference games for the first time in history this season. Florida State had played 16 ACC games in each of its first 21 seasons in the ACC since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season and with the great anticipation of Pittsburgh and Syracuse becoming members of the ACC for the 2013-14 season, the league's coaches voted to play an 18-game regular season conference schedule beginning this season - one year ahead of the arrival of the Panthers and Orange. Florida State's game against Virginia marks the second game of a two game regular season series marking the third time in the last five years that the Seminoles and the Cavaliers will have played two games during the regular season. Following Thursday's game against Virginia, the Seminoles will play host to NC State on Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. before travelling to play in the 60th Annual ACC Tournament, March 14-17, at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
SNAER IS ONE OF THE ACC'S TOP PLAYERS
All-ACC candidate Michael Snaer is one of the top players in the ACC whose play has merited his selection to the All-ACC and All-ACC Defensive teams as a senior in 2013. Snaer has been recognized by opposing players and coaches throughout the season as one of the top players, top perimeter defenders and top two-way players in the ACC. In addition to his three game-winning, buzzer-beating baskets against Clemson (January 24), Maryland (January 30) and at Georgia Tech (February 5), Snaer has ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in scoring (his scoring average has not dipped below 13.9 ppg), 3-point shots made (he averages a career high 2.0 3FGM/Game) and has been ranked among the top five in free throw percentage throughout the season.
SEMINOLES' PERFECTION AGAINST TAR HEELS PUTS THEM AT NO. 1
Florida State was a perfect eight of eight from the free throw line as a team on Sunday and enters Thursday's game against Virginia as the ACC team leaders with a .728 mark from the free throw line. The Seminoles have made 34 of their last 38 free throw attempts (.894 percent) in their last two games and are looking to lead the ACC in free throw shooting percentage for the third time after leading the league in both 2007 and 2008.
SEMINOLES' RECENT BLOCK-FEST HAS THEM AT NO. 1 IN BLOCKED SHOTS
With 19 blocked shots in the last two games, Florida State enters Thursday's game against Virginia as the ACC leader in blocked shots with 147 and a 5.1 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles totaled 12 blocked shots against Wake Forest (February 26) and seven more against North Carolina (March 3) with eight different players recording at least one blocked shot in the last two games.
SNAER IN ACC'S TOP 10 FOR SCORING; ONLY 25 POINTS SHY OF 1,500 FOR HIS CAREER
All-American Michael Snaer, who is averaging 18.0 points scored per game in his last five games, enters Thursday's game against Virginia ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring with a career high 14.4 scoring average and with 1,475 career points. He is on the verge of becoming only the 10th player in school history with 1,500 or more career points. Snaer begins play against Virginia only five points from surpassing Florida State great Dave Cowens (1,479 career points) for 10th place on the Seminoles' all-time scoring list.
WHITE IN THE ACC TOP 25 FOR SCORING AND REBOUNDING
Junior Okaro White enters Thursday's game against Virginia ranked in the top 25 for scoring and rebounding in the ACC. He is in a tie for 22nd place in the ACC in scoring with a career high 12.2 points per game scoring average and in 17th place in rebounding with a career high and team leading 6.0 rebounds per game average. White is also ranked sixth in the ACC in free throw shooting with a mark of .798.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Virginia and win its eighth ACC game of the season. It would mark the school record fifth consecutive season the Seminoles would have won eight ACC games. The Seminoles have averaged 10.5 ACC wins per season in each of the last four seasons (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012);
...Defeat Virginia and gain a win over the Cavaliers for the sixth consecutive season. The Seminoles are 7-1 against Virginia since the only meeting between the two teams on January 23, 2008.
FLORIDA STATE'S FREE THROW STORY
Florida State enters Thursday's game against Virginia ranked first in the ACC in free throw shooting percentage and shooting nearly 80 percent from the free throw line in the last five games. The Seminoles have shot better than 75 percent from the line in 14 different games, better than 80 percent in six different games and better than 90 percent twice - in a victory over Clemson on January 24 (18 of 20, .900 percent) and at North Carolina (eight of eight, 1.000 percent).
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE LINE IN THE LAST 3 GAMES
As a team, Florida State has made 37 of its last 41 free throws (.902) - the final minute of its game against Virginia Tech and its two meetings against Wake Forest and North Carolina. The Seminoles made their final three attempts against the Hokies, made 26 of 30 shots against Wake Forest and were a perfect eight of eight from the line against North Carolina.
SEMINOLES BACK AS THE ACC LEADERS IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Florida State has blocked 19 shots in the last two games and enters Thursday's game against Virginia as the ACC leader in blocked shots per game (5.1) and total blocked shots (147). The Seminoles' combined 19 blocked shots against Wake Forest (12) and North Carolina (seven) are the most in a two game stretch this season. Florida State blocked a season-high 13 shots in a victory over Maryland (January 9) and blocked 18 shots in a two game stretch (Clemson and Maryland) to open the ACC season. Florida State's best stretch of three games for blocked shots this season is 23 (five at Auburn, five at Clemson and 13 at Maryland).
FLORIDA STATE'S BLOCKED SHOTS BREAKDOWN
Florida State enters Thursday's game against Virginia as the ACC leader in blocked shots - the Seminoles average 5.1 blocked shots per game for the season - 5.4 in ACC play and averaged 7.9 during its non-conference season.
FLORIDA STATE GOING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State, with improved rebounding from its guards, has not lost a rebounding battle in any of its last three games and has now finished ahead or even on the boards in four of its last six games. The Seminoles were plus one (33-32) against Virginia Tech (February 24), were a season-high +23 against Wake Forest (February 26) and finished even with North Carolina (March 3) after losing the rebound battle badly at NC State. Despite losing the battle (-24) to NC State, the Seminoles are even on the boards in the last three games.
SEMINOLES EARN ANOTHER DOUBLE FIGURE WIN AGAINST WAKE FOREST
Florida State earned its first ACC double digit victory with its' 14-point win over Wake Forest on February 26 in Tallahassee (76-62). It marked the Seminoles' seventh double-digit win of the season and their first ACC win by more than five points. Florida State leads the ACC in close wins with a 6-1 record in conference play in games decided by five points or less - a total that includes three games won on buzzer-beating, game winning shots by All-American Michael Snaer against Clemson (January 24, 60-57), Maryland (January 30, 73-71) and at Georgia Tech (February 5, 56-54).
SEMINOLES AHEAD AT THE BREAK
Florida State earned its 15th victory of the season and its 10th of the season when leading at halftime against Wake Forest on February 26 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 10-1 when leading at halftime this season. Florida State has led at the intermission of three ACC games (at Clemson, against Boston College and against Wake Forest) and won all three games.
FLORIDA STATE DEFENSIVELY IN THE LAST TWO GAMES
Florida State has earned 19 blocked shots and 11 steals in its last two games.