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ACC Tournament Preview: Seminoles vs. Clemson



March 12, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State, which defeated both Virginia and NC State to close out its regular season, plays Clemson in the first round of the 60th Annual ACC Tournament on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers twice during the regular season with wins coming at Clemson (January 5, 71-66) and in Tallahassee (January 24, 60-57) as Florida State won three of its first five ACC games of the season. The Seminoles led by as many as 16 points in their win to begin their ACC season on January 5 and then got a buzzer-beating, game winning 3-point shot from Michael Snaer to gain the win in Tallahassee. With a win over Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles would face No. 3 seeded North Carolina on Friday, March 15 at 9:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

FLORIDA STATE ARRIVES IN GREENSBORO AS THE REIGNING ACC CHAMPION
Florida State arrives in Greensboro as the reigning ACC Champion after winning its first ever ACC Championship in 2012 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Seminoles defeated Miami (March 9, 82-71), No. 6 Duke (March 10, 62-59) and No. 4 North Carolina (March 11, 85-82) on three successive days to capture the championship for the first time in school history.

SNAER EARNS ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM HONORS
Senior Michael Snaer was named to the All-ACC Third Team in 2013 by a vote of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association - marking the second consecutive season he has earned All-ACC honors. Snaer was an All-ACC Second Team selection in 2012 and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2010. He enters the 2013 ACC Tournament averaging a career-high 14.5 points scored per game, ranked fourth in the ACC in free throw percentage, ninth in 3-point field goals made per game and 10th in the ACC in scoring,

SNAER SURPASSES 1,500 CAREER POINTS MARK
Senior Michael Snaer scored 17 points in the Seminoles' victory over NC State and enters Thursday's game against Clemson with 1,506 career points. He became only the 10th player in school history to score 1,500 or more career points when he surpassed the milestone on Saturday in Tallahassee. Snaer surpassed Seminole great and NBA legend, Dave Cowens, for 10th place on Florida State's all-time scoring list on Thursday night against Virginia.

SEMINOLES HAVE WON TWO STRAIGHT ENTERING THE ACC TOURNAMENT
Florida State enters the 2013 ACC Tournament with consecutive wins over Virginia (March 7, 53-51) and NC State (March 9, 71-67) - two teams that finished tied for fourth in the ACC standings with identical 11-7 records. It marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles have won their final two regular season game and allowed the Seminoles to earn a .500 or better mark in ACC play for the school record fifth consecutive season. Florida State has a combined record of 52-30 (.634 winning percentage) in ACC play in the last five seasons. It's the best ACC record over a five-year period in school history. Only Florida State (two wins), Duke (three wins) and Boston College (three wins) enter the ACC Tournament having with winning streaks.

FLORIDA STATE ENTERS ACC TOURNAMENT AS LEAGUE LEADERS IN TWO CATEGORIES
Florida State enters the 2013 ACC Tournament as the ACC leaders in both free throw shooting percentage and blocked shots. The Seminoles are looking to lead the ACC in blocked shots for the fourth consecutive season.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Clemson and gain its third victory of the season over the Tigers for the first time. It would mark the first time the Seminoles had defeated the Tigers in three games (two regular season and in the ACC Tournament) in a season. The Seminoles and the Tigers have met three times during the regular season five times (1993, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2010) with neither team ever having won all three games in the same season; ...Defeat Clemson and advance to the play in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament for the seventh consecutive season. The Seminoles finished in the top four of the ACC standings in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and have earned a bye into the quarterfinal round in each of those years.

FLORIDA STATE ENTERS THE 2013 ACC TOURNAMENT...
...As the reigning ACC Champion. The Seminoles won their first ever ACC Championship in 2012 with victories over Miami, Duke and North Carolina; ...Having won three of its last four games with wins over Wake Forest (76-62, February 26), Virginia (53-51, March 7) and NC State (71-67, March 9); ...Having won nine or more regular season ACC games for the fifth consecutive season. Only Florida State and Duke have finished with .500 or better ACC records in each of the last five seasons. ...Having won at least nine ACC regular season games for the school record fifth consecutive season; ...Averaging 10.4 ACC wins per season since the start of the 2009 ACC season; ...Looking to advance to the championship game of the ACC Tournament for the third time in the last five seasons. The Seminoles played for the ACC Title in 2009 and won the championship in 2012.

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Thursday's game against Clemson in the 2013 ACC Tournament as the ACC leader in free throw percentage shooting with a .731 mark. The Seminoles have made 44 of their last 49 free throws (.898 percent) since the final minute of their game against Virginia Tech (February 26).

FLORIDA STATE ON THE BLOCKS
Florida State blocked six shots in its win over Virginia in its 53-51 win over Virginia on March 7 and has blocked six or more shots in 10 games this season. As the ACC leaders in blocked shots, the Seminoles are 8-2 when they block six or more shots this season including their season high of 13 blocked shots in their come-from-behind win over Maryland in College Park (January 9). Florida State enters the 2013 ACC Tournament as the conference leader in blocked shots for the fourth consecutive season. The Seminoles have led the ACC in blocked shots five times since joining the league for the 1991-92 season and are looking to become only the second team in ACC history to lead the league in blocked shots in at least four consecutive seasons. Maryland led the ACC in blocked shots in a league record five consecutive seasons from 2000-2004.

SEMINOLES' REBOUND REVERSAL
Florida State enters the 2013 ACC Tournament having outrebounded three of its last five opponents and having been outrebounded only once in its last five games - the Seminoles finished tied in the rebounding column in its game against North Carolina (March 3). The most interesting thing about the Seminoles' recent rebounding numbers is that they have turned their fortunes completely around the second time they have face a team in the second half of their league schedule. The Seminoles have won three of their last four games and have a rebound margin of +5.0 rebounds per game.

SEMINOLES WHEN SCORING 71 POINTS
Florida State enters the 2013 ACC Tournament with three consecutive wins and 11 wins in their last 13 games when it has scored 71 points including recent wins over Wake Forest (January 26) and NC State (March 9).

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