February 7, 2020 – byChuck Walsh
Basketball Plays Host To Miami Saturday At 12 Noon
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) — Florida State, which is ranked in the nation’s top 10 for the school-record fourth consecutive week, plays host to Miami at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 3, 2020 at 12 noon. The game between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes is the second meeting of the two teams this season with Florida State winning the first in overtime by an 83-79 margin at the Watsco Center in Coral Cables, Fla. Florida State enters Saturday’s game having won 18 consecutive home games – a streak that began with a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2008. The Seminoles winning streak includes 12 consecutive ACC wins (in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons) and six non-conference wins to begin the 2019-20 season. Florida State enters its game against Miami having won four consecutive games against the Hurricanes. Following Saturday’s game against the Hurricanes, the Seminoles travel to play Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday, February 10 at 7:00. Florida State returns to the Tucker Center for a two-game homestand against Syracuse (February 15) and Pittsburgh (February 18).
VASSELL NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE JULIUS ERVING AWARD
Florida State sophomore Devin Vassell, the leading scorer for the No. 8 ranked Florida State Men’s Basketball team, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for this year’s Julius Erving Award presented by the Naismith Ball Hall of Fame. This honor recognizes the top small forward in men’s college basketball. With each game Vassell takes advantage the opportunity to make a difference in the Florida State program. He leads the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), rebounds (5.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.1 bpg) and is one of three players in the ACC who leads his team in all three categories. Vassell enters Saturday’s game against Miami ranked fourth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.502) and ranked in the top 15 in the ACC in blocked shots (1.1 bpg) and steals (1.5 spg). Against Virginia Tech, he led his team to victory scoring a career-high 27 points and tying an ACC mark by shooting seven for seven from 3-point range.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON 95 PERCENT OF ITS HOME GAMES SINCE FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Florida State is 60-3 (.952 winning percentage) in its last 63 home games since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles earned a 15-1 record at home during the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against North Carolina having won .952 percent of their games (60-3) and .912 percent of their ACC games (31-3) at home since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. Florida State’s streak began with a 77-56 win over No. 23 Notre Dame on February 27, 2015. The Seminoles were 18-0 at home (including 9-0 in the ACC) during the 2016-17, 15-1 at home during the 2018-10 season and are 11-0 at home this season.
FLORIDA STATE IS THE ACC’S ONLY UNDEFEATED TEAM AT HOME THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami as the only undefeated team at home in the ACC this season with an 11-0 record. The Seminoles are 5-0 at home in ACC play with wins over Clemson (72-53, December 8), Georgia Tech (70-58, December 31), Virginia (54-50, January 15), Notre Dame (85-84, January 25) and North Carolina (65-59, February 3).
FLORIDA STATE IN ACC PLAY
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami looking to improve its record in ACC play to 10-2 for just the second time in school history. The Seminoles began the 2011-12 ACC season with a 10-2 record as they gained a 76-62 win over NC State on February 18, 2012 in Raleigh.
FLORIDA STATE RECENTLY IN THE ACC
Florida State is 21-3 in regular season ACC games (.875 winning percentage) since defeating Clemson (77-68) on January 22, 2019 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles won 12 of their final 13 regular season ACC games of the 2018-19 season and have won nine of their first 11 ACC games of the 2019-20 season. During that stretch of games, Florida State is 11-0 at home and 9-3 on the road in ACC play.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and win its 20th game of the season. It would mark the school-record fifth consecutive season the Seminoles have won 20 or more games. Including this season, the Seminoles have won 117 games and are averaging 23.4 wins per season since the 2015-16 season;
…Defeat Miami and win its 10th ACC game of the season for the second consecutive season and the ninth time the Seminoles would have earned double figures in conference wins in a single season;
…Defeat Miami and win its 25th consecutive game that has been played in the state of Florida – each game since a 77-68 win at home over Clemson on January 22, 2019.