DURHAM, N.C. (seminoles.com) — No. 24/25 Florida State, that has won 11 of a initial 12 games of a year for a second uninterrupted season, opens a 27th deteriorate of ACC Basketball as it travels to play No. 3/4 Duke during Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. The diversion will be televised nationally by CBS. The Seminoles’ diversion opposite a Blue Devils outlines a fourth time in their ACC story that they have non-stop their discussion report opposite a nationally ranked Duke group (also 1996-97, 2000-01 and 2008-09). Florida State enters Saturday’s diversion ranked 24th nationally in a Associated Press check and 25th nationally in a USA Today Coaches poll. It outlines a third uninterrupted week and 18th week in a final dual seasons a Seminoles have been nationally ranked. Florida State has won any of a final dual games (over Charleston Southern and Southern Miss) after opening a deteriorate with 9 uninterrupted wins – a second longest winning strain in a final dual seasons after winning a school-record 12 uninterrupted games and vaulting to a nation’s No. 6 ranking during a months of Dec of Jan final season. Following Saturday’s diversion opposite Duke, a Seminoles play horde to No. 13/14 North Carolina (Jan. 3 in Tallahassee) and transport to play during No. 15/16 Miami (Jan. 7 in Coral Gables).
SEMINOLES OPEN ACC PLAY WITH A STRING OF THREE CONSECUTIVE RANKED TEAMS
No. 24/25 Florida State opens ACC play with games during No. 3/4 Duke (Dec. 30), a home diversion opposite No. 13/14 North Carolina (Jan. 3), during No. 15/16 Miami (Jan. 7) and with uninterrupted home games opposite Louisville (Jan. 10) and Syracuse (Jan. 13). The Seminoles’ opening widen of games brings to mind a gauntlet a Seminoles ran by to open a 2016-17 deteriorate with games during No. 11 Virginia (Won, 60-58) opposite No. 21 Virginia Tech (Won, 93-78), No. 7 Duke (Won, 88-72), during No. 11 North Carolina (Lost, 96-83), opposite No. 15 Notre Dame (Won, 83-80) and No. 12 Louisville (Won, 73-68) in what is a many successful strain of success opposite 6 uninterrupted ranked teams in ACC history. Florida State’s 5-1 record in those 6 uninterrupted games helped them to a 26-9 altogether record, a 12-6 record in ACC play, a second place finish in a ACC standings and a No. 3 seed in a NCAA Tournament.
SEMINOLES OFF TO BEST START SINCE … LAST YEAR
At 11-1, Florida State is off to a best 12-game start given a commencement of a 2016-17 deteriorate (last year) when a Seminoles also won 11 of their initial 12 games. The Seminoles softened to 15-1 in 2016-17 before pang their second detriment of a season. Florida State starts play in a 13th diversion of a deteriorate with an 11-1 record for a fifth time in propagandize history. The Seminoles have been 11-1 5 times in propagandize story – many recently during a 2016-17 season.
SEMINOLES AND HAMILTON AGAINST RANKED DUKE TEAMS
Florida State enters Saturday’s diversion opposite No. 3/4 Duke with 39 wins over ranked teams during a 16-year reign of Leonard Hamilton during Florida State. Included in those 39 wins over ranked teams are 7 wins over nationally ranked Duke teams including a win over a No. 6 ranked Blue Devils (March 10, 2012, 62-59) in a semifinals of a ACC Tournament during Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Seminoles degraded No. 4 North Carolina one day after to win a initial ACC Championship in propagandize history.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 3/4 Duke and benefit a second win of a deteriorate over a nationally ranked team. The Seminoles degraded No. 5 ranked Florida (in Gainesville), by an 83-66 domain – their largest domain of feat (+17) over a top-five ranked AP group given fasten a ACC for a 1991-92 season;
…Defeat No. 3/4 Duke and benefit a loyal highway win on a home justice of a top-10 ranked for a second uninterrupted season. The Seminoles won during Florida in Gainesville (Dec. 4, 2017) progressing this season;
…Defeat No. 3/4 Duke and win a ACC opener for a second uninterrupted season. Combined with a feat over Wake Forest to start ACC play a deteriorate ago, it would symbol a initial time (and second time in propagandize history) that a Seminoles had won their ACC opener in uninterrupted seasons (1998-99 during Virginia and 1999-00 during Wake Forest);
…Defeat No. 3/4 Duke and benefit their eighth win over Duke in a 16-year reign of Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles degraded Duke 3 times before Hamilton became Florida State’s conduct manager to start a 2002-03 season.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST THE TOP FIVE IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
Since Florida State assimilated a ACC for a 1991-92 season, a Seminoles are 3-2 opposite Top 5 ranked teams in games played in a month of December. The Seminoles won their initial ever ACC diversion opposite No. 5 ranked North Carolina in a famous “wine and cheese” diversion during a Smith Center in Chapel, Hill, N.C. on Dec. 15, 1991.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORIES
Florida State has warranted 10 of a 11 victories by double total with and enjoys a +20.3 points per diversion scoring margin. The Seminoles’ 53-point feat over Southern Miss in their final games (98-54) is tied for a ninth-most unilateral win in propagandize history. Florida State has gained 10 of a 11 victories by double total with 5 of a wins entrance by during slightest 20 points.
FLORIDA STATE BY HALF
Florida State has outscored a initial 12 opponents in 23 of 24 halves of basketball this deteriorate (.958). The Seminoles have been outscored by usually one group (Oklahoma State) in one half of basketball (second half, 32-37) entering Saturday’s diversion opposite Duke.