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Men's Basketball Game Notes: FSU vs. No. 3 Miami

  • Chris Nee

    FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (13-10, 5-5 ACC) VS. NO. 3/4 MIAMI HURRICANES (19-3, 10-0 ACC)
    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013; 7:00 P.M. AT THE DONALD L. TUCKER CENTER (12,100) IN TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
    TV: ESPN2
    RADIO: SEMINOLE IMG RADIO NETWORK

    SEMINOLES PLAY HOST TO NO. 3/4 MIAMI IN SEARCH OF VICTORY OVER RANKED TEAM

    Florida State, which has defeated six top five teams in the last three seasons, looks to increase that total as they play host to No. 3/4 Miami on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have defeated at least one top five ranked team in three of the last four years with wins over No. 3 North Carolina (90-57, January 12, 2012), No. 4 North Carolina (85-82, March 11, 2012 for the ACC Tournament title) and No. 4 Duke (76-73, January 21, 2012) last season as they defeated a league high six nationally ranked teams. Florida State comes into Wednesday's game against Miami having won six straight games (and 20 of the last 22) in Tallahassee including last season's 64-59 win over the Hurricanes on February 11, 2012. The Seminoles have defeated at least one nationally ranked team in each of the last 22 seasons - every year since 1990-91 season -- the year before they joined the ACC. Following Wednesday's game against Miami, the Seminoles will play host to Boston College (February 16, 12 Noon) before travelling to play at NC State (February 19, 7:00 p.m.).

    FLORIDA STATE HAS A LONG HISTORY OF TOPPING NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS

    Florida State has defeated 27 nationally ranked teams in the first 11 years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee - an average of nearly three wins in a season over teams ranked in the nation's Top 25 at the time of the game. Included in those wins are five 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 LEADS THE ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE

    Florida State, which has shot better than 70 percent in four of its last six games, enters Wednesday's game against Miami ranked as the ACC leaders in free throw shooting percentage with a .715 mark from the line for the season.

    SNAER LEADS SEMINOLES IN SCORING, ASSISTS AND STEALS

    All-American Michael Snaer enters Wednesday's game against Miami as the Seminoles' leader in scoring (13.9 ppg), assists (2.5 apg) and steals (1.0 spg). He is one of only two players in the ACC (also Erick Green) who leads his team in scoring, assists and steals.

    QUINTESSENTIAL MICHAEL SNAER

    All-American Michael Snaer made what is believed to be his college basketball record fifth game-winning buzzer-beating shot in the Seminoles' 56-54 win over Georgia Tech on February 5 at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Snaer ended the game with a lay-up at the buzzer (the play was quickly reviewed by the officials) to give the Seminoles the ACC road win. The game-winner at the buzzer was Snaer's third in 13 days and came on the heels of his buzzer-beating game-winners against both Clemson (January 24) and Maryland (January 30) in the last three weeks.

    LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO

    ...Defeat Miami and record its seventh consecutive home win against the Hurricanes. Miami has not won in Tallahassee since taking an 84-76 win in overtime on January 29, 2006; ...Defeat Miami and defeat a top five ranked team for the fourth time in the last two seasons. The Seminoles defeated No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke during the 2012 ACC season. Florida State's win over then No. 4 North Carolina on March 11, 2012 came in the championship game of the 2012 ACC Tournament and gave the Seminoles the first ACC Basketball Championship in school history; ...Defeat Miami and gain a win over a ranked team for the 28th time during the 11-year tenure of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton in Tallahassee. Hamilton also earned 19 wins over ranked teams as the head coach at Oklahoma State (1987-90) and the University of Miami (1991-00).

    FLORIDA STATE AND RANKED TEAMS

    The Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team in each season since they joined the ACC beginning with their first ever ACC game as they defeated then No. 15 North Carolina on December 15, 1991 in the Dean E. Smith Center.

    FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS

    Florida State enters Wednesday's game against Miami with 27 wins over nationally ranked teams during the first 11 years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. 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.

    FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE

    Florida State, which is leading the ACC in free throw percentage standings by All-American Michael Snaer's .802 mark, enters Wednesday's game against Miami as the ACC leader in the category.

    SEMINOLES LEAD ACC IN TOTAL NUMBER OF BLOCKED SHOTS

    Florida State enters Wednesday's game against Miami as the ACC leader in total number of blocked shots with 114 and a 5.0 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles are in a virtual tie with Miami (111 blocked shots / 5.05 bpg) and Clemson (110 blocks / 5.0 bpg). The Seminoles average 4.96 blocked shots per game as they attempt to lead the league in blocked shots for the fourth consecutive season. The only other team in league history to lead the ACC in blocked shots in four consecutive seasons was Maryland in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

    PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE

    F #10 Okaro White (12.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 11 pts and 3 rebs against Miami, March 9, 2012)
    C #11 Kiel Turpin (4.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs against Miami on January 27, 2013)
    G #21 Michael Snaer (13.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 20 pts and 4 rebs against Miami, March 9, 2012)
    G #5 Montay Brandon (4.3 ppg, 1.7 apg; 2 pts and 2 asts against Miami on January 27, 2013)
    G #31 Terry Whisnant (6.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 5 pts and 1 reb against Miami on January 27, 2013)

    TOP RESERVES

    G #30 Ian Miller (5.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 12 pts and 4 rebs against Miami on January 27, 2013)
    G #25 Aaron Thomas (6.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 6 pts and 3 rebs against Miami on January 27, 2013)
    G #1 Devon Bookert (5.1 ppg, 2.1 apg; 2 pts and 1 ast against Miami on January 27, 2013)
    F #14 Robert Gilchrist (2.0 ppg, 1.2 rpg;2 pts and 5 rebs against Miami on January 27, 2013)
    C #15 Boris Bojanovsky (2.9 ppg. 1.9 rpg; 5 pts and 1 reb against Miami on January 27, 2013)
    C #50 Michael Ojo (0.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 1 pt and 3 rebs against Miami on January 27, 2013)

    PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MIAMI

    F #35 Kenny Kadji (13.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg; 14 pts and 6 rebs against Florida State, February 11, 2012)
    F #45 Julian Gamble (6.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 7 pts and 6 rebs against Florida State, January 27, 2013)
    G #00 Shane Larkin (13.0 ppg, 4.3 apg; 16 pts and 5 rebs against Florida State, March 9, 2012)
    G #1 Durand Scott (14.0 ppg, 3.0 apg; 12 pts and 5 asts against Florida State, February 11, 2012)
    G #4 Trey McKinney Jones (9.5 ppg, 3.5 gpg; 15 pts and 2 asts against Florida State, January 27, 2013)

    Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.