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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (14-11, 6-6 ACC) AT NC STATE WOLFPACK (18-7, 7-5ACC)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013; 7:00 P.M. AT PNC ARENA (19,577) IN RALEIGH, N.C.
RADIO: SEMINOLE IMG RADIO NETWORK
SEMINOLES TRAVEL TO RALEIGH TO FACE NC STATE IN TUESDAY NIGHT GAME
Florida State, which has won three consecutive games against NC State for the first time since the 1992 and 1993 seasons, travels to play the Wolfpack at the PNC Arena in Raleigh on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:00. The Seminoles' game against the Wolfpack marks the first of two meetings this season between the two teams who were both selected to finish in the top four of the league standings. Florida State and NC State will close out the regular season in Tallahassee on March 9, 2013 before both teams head to the ACC Tournament March 14-17 in Greensboro, N.C. The Seminoles arrive in Raleigh following a 69-66 win over Boston College on Saturday in Tallahassee and will play their third ACC road game of the month of February against NC State. The Seminoles are the third winningest road team in the ACC in the last five years with a 21-17 record away from Tallahassee since the start of the 2012-13 season. Following Tuesday's game against NC State, the Seminoles will travel to play at Virginia Tech on Sunday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. Florida State's next home game comes as the Seminoles play host to Wake Forest on February 26 in a 9:00 start at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
SEMINOLES AMONG TOP ROAD TEAMS IN ACC PLAY
Florida State is the third winningest road team in ACC play since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles are 3-3 on the road in ACC play with wins at Clemson (January 5, 2013; 60-57), at Maryland (January 9, 2013; 65-62) and at Georgia Tech (February 5, 2013, 56-54) and are one of only three ACC teams this season - also Miami and Duke, who have won at least three conference road games so far this season. Including last season's 5-3 record on the road in conference play (with wins at Duke, NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest), the Seminoles have a record of 21-17 on the road in the ACC play in the last five years.
FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC'S WINNINGEST TEAMS
With 170 overall wins and 71 ACC wins, Florida State is the third winningest team in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles average 22.3 overall wins and 9.4 ACC wins per season under 11th year head coach Leonard Hamilton since the start of the 2005-06 season.
ALL-AMERICAN SNAER SURPASSES 1,400 CAREER POINTS; SETS SIGHTS ON 1,500
All-American Michael Snaer scored 21 points in Florida State's win over Boston College on Saturday and became just the 16th player in school history to score at least 1,400 career points. He enters Tuesday's game against NC State ranked 14th in school history with 1,406 points and needs just 94 points to become only the 10th player in school history with 1,500 or more career points.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LEAD THE ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
Florida State, which shot .857 from the free throw line (including .833 in the second half) in its victory over Boston College on Saturday in Tallahassee, enters Tuesday's game against NC State as the ACC leader in free throw shooting percentage with a .721 mark. The Seminoles have shot better than .800 percent from the line in five different games and are 4-1 in those games. They shot a season-high .900 percent (18 of 20) in its 60-57 win over Clemson on January 24.
A FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
Florida State shot .510 from the field (including .667 in the second half), shot .538 from the 3-point line (including .800 in the second half) and shot .857 from the free throw line (including .833 in the second half) in its win over Boston College on Saturday. Including a positive assist:turnover ratio of 1.4:1, the Seminoles' played extremely efficient in topping the Eagles for their sixth ACC victory of the season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat NC State and win its fourth consecutive game against the Wolfpack. A win would mark the Seminoles' longest winning streak against the Wolfpack since a five-game winning streak during the 1992 and 1993 seasons - the first five games the two teams played against each other after Florida State joined the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season; ...Defeat NC State and win its fifth consecutive game in Raleigh. The Seminoles have won in Raleigh in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 - the most consecutive road wins in the series for Florida State; ...Defeat NC State and win its second game of the season in the state of North Carolina - the Seminoles topped Charlotte while playing in the city of Charlotte on December 22.
FLORIDA STATE IN PROFESSIONAL ARENAS
With its victories over Tulsa in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BB&T Center (home of the NHL's Florida Panthers) in Sunrise, Fla., on December 29, 2012 and its win over Charlotte at the Time Warner Cable Arena (home of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats) on December 22, Florida State has won 11 of its last 12 games in arenas that house NBA or NHL teams. Florida State defeated NC State at PNC Bank Arena in Raleigh (home of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes) on February 8, 2012 (76-62), swept through the 2012 ACC Tournament at Philips Arena in Atlanta (home of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks) with wins over Miami (82-71), No. 6 Duke (65-62) and No. 4 North Carolina (85-82), topped Saint Bonaventure in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville (home of the NHL's Nashville Predators) and topped BYU (88-70) and Saint Joseph's (73-66) at the Barclays Center (home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets) in November to win the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament. The Seminoles were also 2-0 in the United Center in Chicago (home of the NBA's Chicago Bulls) during the 2011 NCAA Tournament with wins over Texas A&M and Notre Dame to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
FLORIDA STATE IS...
...9-1 when it leads at halftime this season with ACC victories coming against both Clemson (January 24) and Boston College (February 16) when they lead after the first 20 minutes of play; ...2-0 when it leads at halftime of an ACC game with wins over Clemson and Boston College; ...7-1 in games that have been decided by five points or less with four consecutive wins coming against Clemson (60-57 on January 24); Maryland (73-71 on January 30), Georgia Tech (56-54 on February 5) and Boston College (69-66 on February 16); ...Accustomed to winning close games as each of its last six wins have come by six points or less - each of its ACC wins this season; ...5-1 in games when it has a positive assist:turnover ratio. Most recently, the Seminoles had 14 assists as compared to only 10 turnovers in its win over Boston College on Saturday and 18 assists on 20 field goals made in its win over Georgia Tech on February 5; ...13-2 in games that he has blocked at least five shots. The Seminoles have blocked at least five shots in each of its six ACC wins; ...5-0 in games when it shoots 50 percent or better from the field. The Seminoles shot .510 from the field in its win over Boston College on Saturday, .500 in its win at Georgia Tech on February 5 and a season-high .596 in its win over Buffalo in its second games of the season (November 12, 2012).
SEMINOLES' HALFTIME COMEBACKS
Florida State outscored Georgia Tech, 30-27, in the second half of its 56-54 win on February 5 after trailing the game, 27-26 at halftime. It marked the Seminoles' fourth halftime comeback of the season with three coming in ACC play. The Seminoles trailed at the half at Maryland (36-27 on January 9) and rallied to win the game as junior Okaro White scored 15 consecutive second half points, 65-62; trailed Clemson at home at the intermission (29-21 on January 24) before winning the game on a game-winning, buzzer-beating shot by Snaer and defeated the Tigers by a 60-57 margin and topped Georgia Tech on a game-winning, buzzer-beating lay-up by Snaer after trailing 27-26 after the first 20 minutes. The Seminoles were tied, 34-34, at halftime against Maryland before surging ahead of the Terps to win 60-57 on a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-point shot by All-American Michael Snaer.
Florida State is the third winningest road team in ACC play since the start of the 2008-09 season. Including its wins this season at Clemson, at Maryland and at Georgia Tech and last season's 5-3 record on the road in conference play the Seminoles have won 21 games on the road in ACC in the last six seasons.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #10 Okaro White (12.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 10 pts and 2 rebs against NC State, February 12, 2012)
C #50 Michael Ojo (0.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg; First career game against NC State)
G #1 Devon Bookert (5.4 ppg, 2.3 apg; First career game against NC State)
G #21 Michael Snaer (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 13 pts and 3 asts against NC State, January 15, 2011)
G #25 Aaron Thomas (6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; First career game against NC State)
G #30 Ian Miller (5.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 17 pts and 2 rebs against NC State, February 12, 2012)
G #5 Montay Brandon (4.2 ppg, 1.9 apg; First career game against NC State)
C #11 Kiel Turpin (5.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg; First career game against NC State)
G #31 Terry Whisnant (6.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs against NC State, February 12, 2012)
F #14 Robert Gilchrist (1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game against NC State)
C #15 Boris Bojanovsky (2.9 ppg. 1.8 rpg; First career game against NC State)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NC STATE
F #1 Richard Howell (13.2 ppg, 11.0 rpg; 5 pts and 11 rebs against Florida State, February 12, 2012)
F #15 Scott Wood (11.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 8 pts and 3 rebs against Florida State, February 12, 2012)
C #5 C.J. Leslie (15.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 21 pts and 9 rebs against Florida State, February 12, 2012)
G #0 Rodney Purvis (9.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
G #2 Lorenzo Brown (12.9 ppg, 6.7 apg; 2 pts and 1 reb against Florida State, January 15, 2011)
Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.
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