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Men's Basketball Game Notes: Florida State vs. Buffalo

  • Chris Nee

    FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (0-1, 0-0 ACC) VS. BUFFALO BULLS (0-1, 0-0 MAC)
    COACHES VS. CANCER TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND
    MONDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2012; 7:00 P.M. AT DONALD L. TUCKER CENTER (12,100) IN TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
    TV: ESPN3
    RADIO: IMG RADIO

    Florida State plays host to Buffalo in its second game of the season and in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament on Monday, November 12 at 7:00 in the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It marks the Seminoles' first ever game against the Bulls and the second consecutive season they will play on Veterans Day in salute of the honorable men and women who have protected, and continue to protect, the freedoms of all Americans. Florida State's game against Buffalo marks the second time in its last four games that the Seminoles will play a team from the state of New York - they also defeated Saint Bonaventure in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament - before travelling to New York to play in the semifinal and championship rounds of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 16 and 17). The Seminoles will face Brigham Young in the semifinals of the event on Friday at 7:00 before facing either Saint Joseph's or Notre Dame in the final round of the event.

    FLORIDA STATE VS. BUFFALO

    Florida State will play host to Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classis in the second game of the season. The Seminoles will meet the Bulls for the first time in school history. The Bulls are members of the Mid-American conference which was represented by Ohio in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to North Carolina in the regional semifinals. Ohio won its first two games of the NCAA Tournament over Michigan and South Florida in Nashville - the same site the Seminoles played in their school record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2012. Florida State most recently played a team from the MAC - Akron - in the 2008 NIT.

    SEMINOLES CONTINUE TRADITION OF JUNKYARD DEFENSE IN SEASON OPENER

    Florida State, which is looking to lead the ACC in the field goal defense category for a conference record fifth consecutive season, limited South Alabama to a .420 field goal shooting percentage and totaled eight steals in its season opener on Friday night. The Seminoles have held 18 consecutive and 35 of their last 36 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field since the start of the 2011-12 season. Only Maryland (.500 percent in an 84-70 Seminole win on Jan. 17, 2012) has shot 50 percent or better from the field in the last 36 games. The Seminoles ranked fifth nationally and led the ACC with a .381 field goal percentage defense mark. The Seminoles also led the ACC with a 7.6 steals per game average during the 2011-12 season.

    SNAER REACHES DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING MARK AGAINST SOUTH ALABAMA

    Senior All-American Michael Snaer scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the Seminoles' season opener against South Alabama. It marked the 10th time in the last 11 games, the third time in four career season openers and the 28th time in the last 36 games since the start of the 2011-12 season that Snaer has scored at least 10 points game. Saner enters Monday's game against Buffalo having scored 1,081 career points and needs 28 points to move into 31st all-time in scoring at Florida State.

    SEMINOLES' FIRST TIME STARTERS IN SEASON OPENER

    Three Seminoles - Kiel Turpin, Ian Miller and Terry Whisnant - made their first career starts in Florida State's season opener against South Alabama on Friday night. All three played well with Turpin tying for the team (and game-high) with two steals, Miller leading the team (and tying for a game-high) with four assists and Whisnant finishing with a team and career-high three 3-point shots made.

    FIVE SEMINOLES MAKE CAREER DEBUTS AGAINST SOUTH ALABAMA

    Led by freshmen Montay Brandon (team high tying 11 points in 19 minutes played) and Aaron Thomas (six points in 10 minutes played), a total of five players made their Seminole debuts on Friday against South Alabama. Brandon and Thomas were joined by guard Devon Bookert and centers Boris Bojanovsky and Michael Ojo in the Seminoles' rotation to begin the 2012-13 season.

    SEMINOLES BRING ACC CHAMPIONSHIP TO TALLAHASSEE

    Florida State's ACC Championship in 2012 marked the first time since 2004 and only the second time since 1993 that a team outside of the state of North Carolina won the league championship. The Seminoles became the first team not named Duke or North Carolina to win the championship since Maryland in 2004. Prior to Maryland winning its third league championship in 2004, Georgia Tech was the last non-North Carolina team to win the championship in 1993.

    SNAER NAMED TO LUTE OLSON PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAM

    Senior guard Michael Snaer has been named to the Lute Olson Award Preseason All-American Team sponsored by Collegeinsider.com. The Seminole star is one of three players from the ACC named to the team along with C.J. Leslie of NC State and James Michael McAdoo of North Carolina. Collegeinsider.com pays tribute to Olson, the former Arizona and Iowa head coach, as it names an All-American team and awards the Lute Olson National Player of the Year award at the conclusion of the season. The Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible. 2013 will mark the fourth time the award will be presented with Sherrone Collins of Kansas winning in 2010, Kemba Walker of UConn winning in 2011 and Doug McDermott of Creighton winning in 2012.

    SNAER NAMED TO WOODEN AWARD PRESEASON TOP 50 LIST

    Florida State senior Michael Snaer, the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament, has been named as one of 50 college basketball players to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list by the Los Angeles Club. Snaer is one of six players from the ACC named to the initial list for the 2012-13 season chosen in a poll of national college basketball writers and broadcasters. The list is comprised of student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for one of college basketball's most prestigious honors. Other ACC players nominated are Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie of NC State, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee of Duke and James Michael McAdoo of North Carolina.

    WHITE ON SEMINOLES ALL-TIME TOP 10 FREE THROW SHOOTING LIST

    Junior Okaro White enters the 2012-13 season ranked 10th in school history with a .7872 career free throw shooting percentage. He is looking to become one of only 13 players in school history to shoot better than 78 percent from the line and one of only six players in school history to shoot 80 percent or better from the free throw line for his career. The school record for career free throw shooting percentage is .824 (75 of 91) by Ken Leakey (1964-66).

    SHANNON BACK IN LINE-UP

    Junior Terrance Shannon, who missed all but the first seven games of the 2011-12 season because of a dislocated left shoulder which he suffered against UConn in the final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, will return to the Seminoles line-up in 2013. After he was injured against UConn, underwent surgery on January 4, 2012 and was granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA and the ACC in June of 2012. Shannon has two years of eligibility remaining at the start of the 2012-13 with an incredible amount of potential waiting to be tapped during the remainder of his Seminole career.

    MILLER TIME

    Sophomore guard Ian Miller, who started his first career game against South Alabama on Friday night, is one of the top scorers in the ACC after averaging a career-high 10.3 points per game as a sophomore. He played just one game more as a sophomore (24) than he did as a freshman (23) but worked to significantly increase his statistics. Miller averaged nearly 10 minutes more played per game, nearly five points more scored per game and nearly one steal more per game in helping the Seminoles to the 2012 ACC Championship and into the NCAA Tournament for the second time in his two years as a Seminole. Miller is Florida State's second leading returning scorer (10.3 points per game) and one of two returning Seminoles who scored in double figures last season (also Michael Snaer who averaged a team leading 14.0 points per game).

    PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE

    F #10 Okaro White (17.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg in two exhibition games; 9 pts and 5 rebs in season opener vs. S. Alabama)
    C #11 Kiel Turpin (5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 4 pts and 1 stl in season opener vs. S. Alabama)
    G #21 Michael Snaer (11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 10 pts and 7 rebs in season opener vs. S. Alabama)
    G #30 Ian Miller (5.5 ppg, 5.0 apg in two exhibition games; 8 pts and 4 asts in season opener vs. South Alabama)
    G #31 Terry Whisnant (7.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 11 pts and 4 rebs in season opener vs. S. Alabama)

    TOP RESERVES

    F #2 Terrance Shannon (5.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 10 pts and 9 rebs in opener vs. S. Alabama)
    G #5 Montay Brandon (9.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg in two exhibition games; 11 points in 19 mins in opener vs. S. Alabama)
    G #25 Aaron Thomas (9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg in two exhibition games; 6 pts and 2 rebs in season opener vs. S. Alabama)
    F #14 Robert Gilchrist (1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg in two exhibition games; Did not play in season opener vs. South Alabama)
    C #15 Boris Bojanovsky (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg in two exhibition games; 2 pts and 1 reb in season opener vs. S. Alabama)
    C #50 Michael Ojo (1.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 1 minute played in season opener vs. South Alabama)

    PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BUFFALO

    F #2 Will Regan (1.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg as a freshman at Virginia in 10-11; 0 pts and 0 rbs vs. FSU, Feb. 12, 2011)
    F #12 Javon McCrea (14.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 11-12; 22 pts and 7 rebs vs. Princeton in season opener)
    G/F #22 Auraurn Nuiriankh (3.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg in 11-12; 2 pts and 2 asts vs. Princeton in season opener)
    G #3 Jarod Oldham (4.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg in 11-12; 7 pts and 6 rebs vs. Princeton in season opener)
    G #5 Corey Raley-Ross (2.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg in 11-12; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Princeton in season opener)

    OFFICIALS

    Referee is Gary Maxwell and the umpires are William Humes and Jerry Heater.

    Complete Notes

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