Florida State, which defeated Notre Dame to advance to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, plays host to the Fighting Irish on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles’ game against Notre Dame is only the second in school history between the two teams and the first since the Fighting Irish joined the ACC on July 1, 2013. The game is one of three ACC home games for the Seminoles during the month of January leaving the Seminoles with four conference home games in February and two in March. The Seminoles’ game against Notre Dame is their first of three against the newest members of the ACC; they play at Pittsburgh on February 23 and play host to Syracuse on March 9 in Tallahassee in the final game of the regular season for both teams. Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Notre Dame having won seven of its last nine games with only two losses since its 77-53 win over Jacksonville State on December 8. Following Tuesday night’s game against Notre Dame the Seminoles travel for two games on Tobacco Road – at Duke (January 25, 12 Noon) and at NC State (January 29, 9:00 p.m) before returning home to play host to Clemson in its next game at home (February 1, 3:00 p.m.).
FLORIDA STATE HISTORY AGAINST THE FIGHTING IRISH
Florida State will play host Notre Dame in the Donald L. Tucker Center on January 21, 2014. Florida State holds a 1-0 series record against Notre Dame. The game will mark the Seminoles’ first game against Notre Dame as members of the ACC and the second time the Seminoles and Irish will meet in the sport of men’s basketball. The Seminoles defeated then No. 4 Notre Dame, 71-57, on March 20, 2011 in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at the United Center in Chicago. The win sent the Seminoles into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in school history. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton has an 8-3 record against Notre Dame and is 1-0 against Notre Dame while coaching Florida State and against Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. Florida State is currently 6-10 against teams from the state of Indiana.
SEMINOLES AMONG NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Florida State, which has held 13 of its 17 opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field, enters Tuesday’s game against Notre Dame ranked sixth in the nation with a .370 field goal percentage defense mark. The Seminoles are holding their first five ACC opponents to a .363 shooting mark with only two of their first five ACC opponents shooting above 35 percent from the field (Miami, .356; Virginia [2nd game], .491). Florida State is ranked as one the nation’s top five teams for total defense as they are ranked among the nation’s top teams for field goal percentage defense (sixth), blocked shots (tied for ninth) and scoring defense (29). Florida State led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011 under Leonard Hamilton.
FLORIDA STATE DEFENSIVELY
Florida State is the only team in the ACC who has recorded 100 or more blocked shots (111 blocked shots / 6.5 bpg / tied for first in ACC) and 100 or more steals (117 steals / 6.9 spg, fifth in the ACC) and are the ONLY team in the ACC ranked in the top five in both the steals and blocked shots categories.
ALL THREE OF FLORIDA STATE’S ACC WINS HAVE COME BY DOUBLE FIGURES
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Notre Dame with a 3-2 record in ACC play. The Seminoles have won each of their three games by an average of 16.3 points and have won all three games by double figures — +15 at Clemson (56-41, January 9), +24 vs. Maryland (85-61, January 12) and +10 at Miami (63-53, January 15) with two of those wins coming on the road (at Clemson and at Miami).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Notre Dame and win its second consecutive game against the Fighting Irish. The Seminoles defeated Notre Dame, 71-57, at the United Center in Chicago on March 20, 2011. The victory sent Florida State to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament;
…Play and defeat one of the three newest members of the ACC (Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse) in their first seasons in the ACC.
FLORIDA STATE RECENTLY FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Notre Dame ranked in the upper half (sixth) of the ACC in the free throw shooting category. After making their final 11 free throws in their win over Miami (and shooting .824 for the game), the Seminoles made 18 of their 22 free throw attempts against Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday. Florida State made its final 11 free throws attempted against Miami and were 13 of 16 (.813 percent) in the second half against Virginia. Sophomore Aaron Thomas, who has made 13 consecutive free throws, was a perfect 12 of 12 from the free throw line against Miami (4-4) and Virginia (8-8).
FLORIDA STATE STAYS HOT FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Florida State made an ACC record 16 3-point field goals in its 85-61 win over Maryland on January 12 and has made nearly 53 percent of its 3-point shots in the last three games. The Seminoles entered their game against Maryland ranked 13th in the ACC with a .312 shooting mark from the 3-point line and after the last three games and entering Tuesday’s game against Notre Dame, the Seminoles are ranked fourth in the ACC with a .361 team mark from the bonusphere.
SEMINOLES AND THEIR FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Notre Dame ranked second in the ACC with a .370 field goal defense percentage mark. The Seminoles have held 16 of their 17 opponents under 47 percent shooting from the field and have held all 17 of their opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field. Florida State is one of only five teams in the ACC (also Clemson, North Carolina, NC State and Syracuse) who have held each of their opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field in each of its games this season.
SEMINOLES ON THE BLOCK
Florida State, which is tied for the ACC lead with a 6.5 blocked shots per game average, blocked nine shots against Virginia on Saturday and has blocked at least five shots in 13 of its first 17 games of the 2013-14 season.
SOURCE: Florida State Athletics