FSU to Face ACC Rival Maryland Saturday

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

Florida State, which set an ACC record for 3-point shots made versus an ACC team with 16 against Maryland on January 12, travels to play the Terps at the Comcast Center on Saturday, February 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.  The game will be televised nationally in ESPN2.  The Seminoles defeated the Terps, 85-61, the last time the two teams met and have won a series-high four consecutive games against Maryland.  The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game looking for their first five-game winning streak in the series (which began in 1992 – the same season Florida State joined the ACC and looking to win consecutive games on the road at Maryland for  the second time in the 43-game series history.  Florida State’s trip to play at Maryland marks the last regular season meeting between the two teams as members of the ACC as the Terps leave to join the Big Ten beginning in the 2014-15 season.  Following Saturday’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles will return home and play host to Miami on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.  The Seminoles are in the midst of their 18-consecutive ACC game schedule which began vs. Virginia on January 4 and ends at home against No. 1 ranked Syracuse on March 9.

SEMINOLES MOVE BACK INTO ACC DEFENSIVE LEAD

Florida State limited Virginia Tech to a .344 shooting percentage from the field in its 70-50 win over the Hokies on Wednesday night in Tallahassee and enter Saturday’s game against Maryland as the No. 1 ranked field goal percentage defense team in the ACC with a .377 mark.  The Seminoles are also ranked second in the ACC in blocked shots (6.0 bpg) and sixth in both scoring defense (63.5 ppg allowed) and in steals (6.3 spg).  Florida State is the ONLY team in the ACC ranked in the league’s top six for field goal percentage defense (First, .377), blocked shots (Second, 6.0 bpg), scoring defense (Sixth, 63.5 papg), steals (Sixth, 6.3 spg) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (Sixth, .314)  Florida State led the nation in field goal percentage defense in both 2010 and 2011 under Leonard Hamilton.

SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO FIND SUCCESS FROM THE BONUSPHERE

Florida State, which made an ACC record 16 3-point shots in its 85-61 victory over Maryland on January 12 in Tallahassee, is ranked second in ACC play with a .421 3-point field goal percentage through its 10 ACC games.  With nine made 3-point field goals in its win over Virginia Tech on Wednesday night in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have now made more 3-point field goals in their 10 ACC games (61) than they did in their 12 game non-conference schedule (53).  Additionally, with their .563 3-point field goal shooting percentage against the Hokies, the Seminoles are shooting .421 from long range in ACC play (61 of 145) as compared to .329 from the bonusphere (53 of 161) in their non-conference schedule.  The Seminoles are making an average of nearly two 3-point field goals more per game (6.1-4.4) and shooting nearly 10 percentage points higher in ACC play than in pre-conference play.

MILLER AND THOMAS SHOOT THEMSELVES INTO SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK

Senior Ian Miller’s six 3-point shots made in the Seminoles’ victory over Maryland on January 12 and Aaron Thomas’s six 3-point field goals made against Virginia Tech on February 5 are both tied for the sixth highest total in a single ACC game in Florida State history.  The six 3-point shots by Miller against Maryland and Thomas against Virginia Tech are the most since Deividas Dulkys made a school record eight (for an ACC game) against North Carolina in scoring his career-high of 32 points in the Seminoles’ 90-57 win over the Tar Heels in Tallahassee.

SEMINOLES’ HAMILTON RANKED 11TH IN OVERALL WINS IN ACC HISTORY

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton, who led the Seminoles to the 2012 ACC Championship, enters Saturday’s game ranked 11th in ACC history in overall wins at Florida State.  He is one of three current coaches (also Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams) to be ranked in the top 11 for all-time wins as ACC coaches.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

…Defeat Maryland and gain a regular season series sweep of the Terps for the second consecutive season and for the third time in the history of the series.  The Seminoles swept the season series in both 1993 and 2013;

…Defeat Maryland and win in College Park for the second consecutive time for the second time in school history.  The Seminoles topped the Terps, 65-62, on January 9, 2013.  The Seminoles won at Maryland in 1992 and 1993 – the first two seasons the Seminoles played as members of the ACC;

…Defeat Maryland and gain its seventh consecutive victory over the Terps’ head coach Mark Turgeon.  The Seminoles have defeated seven Turgeon coached-teams at three different schools and have an unblemished 7-0 record against the Terps’ court boss.

FLORIDA STATE AGAINST MARK TURGEON

Florida State has defeated Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon in six consecutive games at three different schools entering Saturday’s afternoon’s game against the Terps. The Seminoles topped Turgeon and Wichita State in the 2004 NIT, beat Turgeon and Texas A&M in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and have defeated Turgeon and Maryland in the first four games between the two teams at Turgeon’s current school.

FLORIDA STATE ESTABLISHES SCHOOL RECORD FOR 3-POINT SHOTS MADE IN AN ACC GAME

Led by Ian Miller’s career-best six 3-point field goals made, the Seminoles made a school record for ACC games 16 3-point shots in its 85-61 win over Maryland on January 12, 2014 in Tallahassee.  The Seminoles were 10 of 15 (.667 percent) from long range in the first half and six of nine in the second half (.667 percent).  Miller made a career-high six 3-point shots.  The Seminoles’ 16 3-point shots made against Maryland ranks as the third highest single game total in school history and are the most made in a game by an ACC team this season.

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