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Basketball GameDay: Florida State vs. UMass
Aaron Thomas and the Seminoles play UMass in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday in Sunrise, Fla.

Aaron Thomas and the Seminoles play UMass in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday in Sunrise, Fla.

Dec. 20, 2013

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SUNRISE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State, which defeated Charlotte 106-62 (+44 points) on Tuesday in Tallahassee, travels south to Sunrise, Fla., to face No. 20/22 UMass in the 2013 Metro PCS Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center on Saturday, December 21, 2013. The game against the Minutemen marks the Seminoles' fourth game of the season against a nationally ranked team after defeating then No. 10/10 VCU (85-67, November 21 in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off) and playing then No. 13/14 Michigan (80-82 in overtime, November 22 in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off) and then No. 13/15 Florida (66-67, November 29) to within three points - all in games played away from Tallahassee. Florida State enters Saturday's game against the Minutemen having won two consecutive games with wins over Jacksonville State (77-53, December 8) and Charlotte (106-62, December 17). Following Saturday's game against UMass, the Seminoles will play host to Charleston Southern on December 30 before turning the calendar to 2014 and beginning ACC play at home against Virginia on January 4.

SEMINOLES TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE AGAINST UMASS
The Florida State men's basketball team will wear turquoise Nike N7 uniforms against UMass on Saturday to raise awareness for bringing sport to Native American and Aboriginal youth. Nike N7 is partnering with four universities--Florida State, Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon State--to bring Native American Heritage to life on the basketball court. Teams from the participating schools will make a distinct departure from their traditional school colors to don new, turquoise Nike N7 uniforms to stand for the importance of bringing sport and physical activity to Native American and Aboriginal youth. "The Seminole Tribe of Florida approached us about this program and we are honored and excited to wear these unique uniforms," said head coach Leonard Hamilton. "The color is significant as it is deeply symbolic of friendship and community in the Native American culture." Florida State's game against UMass marks the second time this season the Seminoles will have worn the very special uniforms. The Seminoles wore the turquoise uniforms in their 89-61 win over UT-Martin in Tallahassee on November 17.

FLORIDA STATE VS. UMASS - A SERIES HISTORY
Florida State will travel to Sunrise, Fla. to take on UMass for the Orange Bowl Classic on Dec. 21. This marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles will play in the Orange Bowl Classic after defeating Tulsa, 82-63, on Dec. 29, 2012. This game will mark the Seminoles' first game against the Minutemen since a 73-53 Florida State victory on November 24, 2011 in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. The Seminoles' game against the Minutemen marks their second appearance in the Classic against UMass. The Minutemen took a 69-60 win during the 1999 Orange Bowl Classic. The game matching Florida State and UMass will be the fourth such repeat game in Orange Bowl Classic history: Miami has played Florida Atlantic twice (2009 and 2012), Miami has played Nebraska twice (2000 and 2006) and Florida has played UAB twice (1997 and 2006). Florida State has a 3-3 all-time series record against UMass with both teams taking two games on their respective home court and splitting a game each on neutral courts. Florida State is 9-8 against teams from the state of Massachusetts.

FLORIDA STATE'S HISTORY IN THE ORANGE BOWL CLASSIC
Florida State owns a 3-1 record in four previous Orange Bowl Classic appearances and enters the 2013 Classic having won three consecutive games with wins over Nebraska (in 2005), Western Kentucky (in 2008) and Tulsa (2012).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat No. 20/22 UMass and gain their second win of the season over a nationally ranked team. The Seminoles topped No. 10/10 VCU, 85-67, on November 21, 2013 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off; ...Defeat No. 20/22 UMass and win its fourth consecutive game in the Orange Bowl Classic and their third consecutive game against UMass.

FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters Saturday's game against No. 20/22 UMass with 28 wins over nationally ranked teams during the first 11+ years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Florida State defeated then No. 10/10 VCU in the first round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 21, 2013. Included in those wins are six wins over nationally ranked Duke teams including two when the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 in the country at the time (March 1, 2006, 79-74 and Jan. 12, 2011, 66-61). Florida State has defeated four top five and six top 10 ranked Duke teams under Hamilton with three of the Seminoles' four all-time victories over the nation's No. 1 ranked team coming against Duke.

SEMINOLES TOP CENTURY MARK FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2005 AGAINST CHARLOTTE
Florida State defeated Charlotte, 106-62, on Tuesday in Tallahassee to mark the first time the Seminoles had scored 100 or more points in a regular season game since a 108-73 win over Campbell on December 22, 2005. The 49ers, who won the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off with victories over Kansas State, Northeastern and No. 13/15 Michigan in the championship game of the tournament, entered the game allowing an average of 69.8 points in their first nine games of the season. The Seminoles exceeded that average by nearly 40 points.

THE LAST TIME
The last time Florida State scored 100 or more points in consecutive games was at Jacksonville (won 108-84) on December 14, 1996 and against Tennessee State in Tallahassee (won 100-62) on December 17, 1996.

FLORIDA STATE'S INCREASED SCORING AVERAGE
Florida State enters Saturday's game against No. 20/22 UMass ranked third in the ACC with a 79.7 points per game scoring average. The Seminoles have scored at least 100 points once (vs. Charlotte), at least 90 points twice (against Jacksonville and Charlotte) and at least 80 points six times (against Jacksonville, 91; at UCF, 80; versus UT Martin, 89; against VCU, 85; against Michigan, 80 and against Charlotte, 106). The Seminoles trail only Duke (86.0 points scored per game) and Notre Dame (81.2 points scored per game) in the team scoring offense category in the ACC statistics.

FLORIDA STATE'S SCORING THIS SEASON VS. LAST SEASON
Florida State enters Saturday's game against No. 20/22 UMass averaging 79.7 points scored per game and are averaging 12.7 points per game more this season than it did last season (67.0 ppg). The Seminoles have already scored at least 80 points more times in the first 10 games of the 2013-14 season (six times) than they did in 34 games during the 2012-13 season (four times). Florida State ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring during the 2013-14 season.

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