FLORIDA STATE RECENTLY
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia having won seven of their last eight games and have won all but one of its games since defeating Jacksonville State on December 8. The Seminoles have won four games at home in Tallahassee (against Jacksonville State. Charlotte, Charleston Southern and Maryland), two on the road (at Clemson and at Miami) and one at a neutral site (against No. 15/16 UMass) at Sunrise, Fla., in the Orange Bowl Classic.
SEMINOLES AMONG NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Florida State, which has held each of its last seven opponents to a .360 or lower field goal shooting mark, enters Saturday’s game against Virginia ranked third in the nation with a .363 field goal percentage defense mark. The Seminoles are holding their first four ACC opponents to a .330 shooting mark with only one of their first four ACC opponents shooting above 35 percent from the field (Miami, .356).
FLORIDA STATE’S BEST ACC STARTS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Virginia with a 3-1 record I ACC play with double digit wins in each of its last thee ACC games — +15 at Clemson (56-41), +24 vs. Maryland (85-61) and +10 at Miami (63-53). The Seminoles are looking to improve to 4-1 in ACC play for the third time since the 2010-11 season and for the third time in school history after joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Florida State is the third winningest program in ACC play in the last nine seasons since the start of the 2005-06 season.
FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD IN ACC PLAY
Florida State arrives in Charlottesville for Saturday’s with victories in its first two ACC road games of the season at Clemson (January 9, 66-41) and at Miami (January 15, 63-53). The Seminoles have 16 ACC road wins in the last five seasons including two at Virginia (February 17, 2010) and March 1, 2012) during that five-year period. Florida State has won at least one game on the home court of each ACC schools (the Seminoles have not played at Notre Dame, Pittsburgh or Syracuse) since the beginning of conference play for the 2009-10 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and even the regular season series between the two teams a one game each. The Cavaliers defeated the Seminoles, 62-52, in Tallahassee on January 4; …Defeat Virginia and improve its record to 4-1 in ACC play. It would mark the second time in the last three seasons (the Seminoles began ACC play with a school-best 7-1 record during the 2011-12 season and for the third time in the last four seasons (the Seminoles opened ACC play with a 5-1 record to begin their 2010-11 season; …Defeat Virginia and win its 13th game of the 2013-14 season. The Seminoles did not gain their 13th win of the 2012-13 season until topping Georgia Tech on February 5, 2013.
FLORIDA STATE UTILIZES LATE RUN TO PULL AWAY FROM MIAMI
Florida State scored 13 consecutive points and outscored Miami, 13-2 in the final 3:48 of their victory over the Hurricanes on Wednesday night in Coral Gables. The Seminoles fell behind for the final time (there were 14 lead changes in the game) in a 3-point shot by Rion Brown at the 4:07 mark which put Miami up, 51-50. From there, the Seminoles made eight of eight free throws, received a 3-point shot from Ian Miller (at the 2:17 mark to put Florida State up 57-51) and a lay-up from Boris Bojanovsky (at the 1:24 mark to put the Seminoles up 59-51 to close out the game and gain the victory. Florida State scored 13 consecutive points to take a 63-51 lead – Brown scored the final basket of the game with 25 seconds left on the clock to close out the scoring.
SEMINOLES MAKE FINAL 11 FREE THROWS AGAINST MIAMI
Florida State made each of its final 11 free throws in its victory over Miami including all 10 of its attempts in the second half to gain its 63-52 win over the Hurricanes. Senior Okaro White made the Seminole’ final attempt of the first half and they did not miss form the line in the second half. Sophomore Boris Bojanovsky made two of two attempts at the 13:54 mark of the second half to put Florida State up one at 35-34. Florida State then made eight consecutive free throws inside of the four minute mark to win the game: White was two for two at the 3:48 mark to put Florida State up 52-51 (his second free throw counted as the game-winning basket); Aaron Thomas was a perfect two of two at the 3:03 mark to put the Seminoles up 54-51; Montay Brandon increased the Seminoles lead to 61-51 at the 0:52 mark and Ian Miller closed out Florida State’s scoring at the 0:36 mark to put the game away at 63-51.
INTERESTING NUMBERS FROM FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER MIAMI…
…There were zero fastbreak points from either team in the game; …There were total of 13 turnovers in the game (combined) – only four in the first half (one by Miami and three by Florida State) and only nine in the second half (three by Miami and six by Florida State); …Florida State had a foul to give at the end of both the first and second halves — The Seminoles were called for five fouls in the first half and five fouls in the second half; …Miami shot only four free throws in the second half and none after James Kelly made the second shot of a two shot foul with 12:26 left in the game;
SEMINOLES WITH SECOND CONSECUTIVE POSITIVE ASSIST:TURNOVER RATIO
Florida State has earned a positive assist:turnover ratio in each of its last two games with a 17 assist/14 turnover performance in its win over Maryland and a 10 assist/9 turnover performance in its victory at Miami. The Seminoles have earned a positive A:TO ratio four times this season and win three of those games.