Previewing Florida State

NC State travels down to Tallahassee for an ACC matchup against Florida State. Pack Pride takes a closer look at today's opponent -- tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 on the ACC Network.


    G Derwin Kitchen (10.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg)
    G Michael Snaer (7.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
    F Chris Singleton (15.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
    F Terrence Shannon (4.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
    C Bernard James (7.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

    Chris Singleton -- Singleton might be the ACC'st most versatile player. A lockdown defender, Singleton is the league's returning Defensive Player of the Year. However, he's also a proficient scoring capable of converting in transition, in the paint, or from behind the 3-point line. He'll be a matchup problem for the Wolfpack at small forward.

    Florida State Game Notes

    Florida State, which defeated No. 1 ranked Duke on Wednesday night in Tallahassee, plays host to NC State on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 4:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles defeated the No. 1 ranked Blue Devils, 66-61, in front of a raucous sold out crowd and a national television audience marking the fourth time in school history they have defeated the nation's No. 1 ranked team. Florida State enters Saturday's game against NC State having won five of their last six ACC home games dating to a 62-47 win over Boston College on Feb. 14, 2010.

    Including two conference wins at home this season against Clemson (Dec. 12, 75-69) and Duke (Jan. 12, 66-61) the Seminoles have won 7 of their last 10 (.700 winning percentage) and 12 of their last 15 (.800 winning percentage) conference home games since the 2008-09 season. In addition, the Seminoles are 20-5 at home in the last two seasons (.800 winning percentage) and have won four consecutive home games since beating Hartford on Dec. 5. Florida State's game against NC State is its first this season on the ACC Network. Following Saturday's game against NC State, the Seminoles will travel to play at Miami on Jan. 19 at 9:00 p.m. before returning to the Tucker Center to play host to Boston College on Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m.

    Said famed ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale following Florida State's win over No. 1 Duke on Wednesday in Tallahassee: "Leonard Hamilton's team played hard, with a lot of emotion and together defensively as a unit. The Seminoles got to the loose balls and, in crunch time, they made key free throws. A team that came in shooting 66 percent from the line converted five in a row down the stretch to get to the winner's circle. They stepped up at the crucial time."

    Junior forward Chris Singleton, who has scored at least 17 points in each of the last five games and is averaging 21.0 points per game since Dec. 23, is an All-American candidate, a candidate for the Naismith Award as the nation's top player, the top candidate for the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation's top defender, an All-ACC candidate and the top candidate to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season.

    Florida State's victory over No. 1 ranked Duke on Wednesday night marked the fourth win over the nation's top ranked team - with three of those four wins coming under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles have defeated two top ranked Duke teams (March 1, 2006, 79-74 and Jan. 12, 2011, 66-61) and a top ranked North Carolina team (March 14, 2009, 73-70) during Hamilton's nine-year tenure in Tallahassee. Included in the list of three No. 1 ranked teams that the Seminoles have beaten under Hamilton, the Seminoles have defeated 19 ranked teams under the ninth year head coach.

    ...Defeat NC State and win its third ACC game of the season. The Seminoles won their third ACC game of the 2009-10 season with a win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 24, 2010; ...Defeat NC State and break a two game losing streak against the Wolfpack. NC State defeated Florida State during the regular season and in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 ACC Tournament; ...Defeat NC State and gain their fourth consecutive regular season ACC win over a team from the state of North Carolina. The Seminoles defeated Duke on Wednesday night and closed the 2009-10 regular season with wins at North Carolina and Wake Forest.

    Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last six years (since the start of the 2005-06 season) in total ACC regular season and ACC Tournament games. The Seminoles have won 49 games against ACC competition and are tied with Maryland as the third winningest ACC program during that span. Florida State played in the 2009 ACC Championship game and is one of only seven teams in the league (also Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State) to have played in at least one ACC Tournament championship game.

    Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC with 59 wins since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles averaged 23.5 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) in the last two seasons and have won 12 of their first 17 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Saturday's game against NC State having won 12 of 17 games this season (.706 winning percentage) and 17 of their last 26 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.

    ...Florida State defeated Duke, 66-61, on Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The win marked the fourth victory over a No. 1 ranked team in school history and stopped a 25 game winning streak by the Blue Devils; ...Florida State outscored the Blue Devils for the game, 66-61, and in both halves (28-24 in the first half and 38-37 in the second half). The Blue Devils scored a season-low 24 points in the first half); ...Florida State limited the Blue Devils to .311 percent shooting from the field and .314 shooting from the 3-point line. Both statistics were season lows for the Blue Devils; The Blue Devils had not shot under 40 percent in any of their first 15 games of the season. ...Florida State forced Duke into 15 turnovers and scored eight points off of turnovers. Duke finished Wednesday's game with nine assists and 15 turnovers for a negative assist:turnover ratio; ...Florida State shot more free throws than Duke, 18-16 and made as many free throws during the game as the Blue Devils did; ...The Blue Devils were whistled for more fouls, 17, than the Seminoles were, 16, and had one more player foul out of the game (Miles Plumlee) than Florida State did.

    Florida State, which is ranked second in the nation and first in the ACC with a .348 field goal shooting percentage defense, held No. 1 ranked Duke to a season-low .311 shooting percentage in their 66-61 win over the Blue Devils. Florida State has held 84 of its last 85 opponents under 50 percent shooting from the field including all 17 of its opponents this season. With two wins in four games against ranked teams this season, the Seminoles have played especially well defensively against those four teams in the top 25 of the national rankings.

    Led by Derwin Kitchen's season high 22 points, Florida State defeated No. 1 Duke 66-61 on Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 11-0 when they score at least 66 points and averaged 77.3 points per game in their wins. The Seminoles have scored an average of 55.6 points per game in their five losses.

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