M. Basketball Plays Host To Virginia Tech Saturday At 3:00 – Seminoles.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Following two consecutive games on the road in ACC play at Miami and at Georgia Tech, the Florida State Seminoles return to the Donald L. Tucker Center to play host to Virginia Tech on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.  The Seminoles game against the Hokes marks the first between the two teams since February 2, 2020 as the only game scheduled between the Seminoles and the Hokies during the 2020-21 season was cancelled.  Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech having won eight of its last 10 games including five of the last six ACC games.  The Seminoles are 8-1 at home this season and have won 84 of their last 89 games played in the Tucker Center.  Following Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles travel to play at Clemson on Wednesday, February 2, at 7:00 p.m.
SEMINOLES TO HONOR GEORGE MCCLOUD WITH JERSERY CELEBRATION
George McCloud, the first NBA Draft Lottery selection in school history in 1989, will become the seventh player in school history to have his jersey (No. 21) honored and hung prominently displayed in the Donald L. Tucker Center on February 5 during the Seminoles’ game against Wake Forest.  McCloud was twice named to the All-Metro Conference First Team and was named the Metro Conference Most Valuable Player in 1989.  He averaged 13.5 points during his career as a Seminole (1986-89) and was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award which recognizes the nation’s top player.  McCloud enjoyed a productive 12-year career in the NBA.
ANNUAL ALUMNI WEEKEND SEVEN FOR FEBRUARY 4-6, 2022
Florida State will honor its illustrious history and past players as it welcomes back former coaches, players, managers and administrators to its bi-annual Men’s Basketball Reunion February 4-6, 2022.  Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, his staff and the FSU Varsity Club welcomes back approximately 70 former Seminoles for a weekend of friendship and remembrance.  For more reservation information contact the FSU Varsity Club at (850) 644-1123.
FLORIDA STATE AT THE DONALD L. TUCKER CENTER IN THE LAST FIVE SEASONS
Florida State is 84-5 at home in the last five (plus) seasons (.9443 winning percentage).  The Seminoles have won 84 of their last 89 home games since February 27, 2015.  The Seminoles won their final three home games of the 2015-16 season (Notre Dame, Syracuse, Davidson) and have won 80 of 85 home games (.941 winning percentage) in the last five seasons.  The Seminoles have lost just one ACC home game since a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019.  Florida State has won 28 of its last 29 ACC home games since defeating the Tigers and won 25 consecutive ACC home games from January 22, 2019 through March 3, 2021 – the second longest conference winning streak in ACC history.  Only Duke, who won 26 straight ACC home games from 1997-2002, has a longer streak than then Seminoles in the history of the greatest conference in college basketball history.
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE TUCKER CENTER
Florida State has won 28 of its last 29 ACC home games since defeating Clemson on January 22, 2019.  Since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, the Seminoles have won 45 of their last 49 ACC home games (.918 winning percentage) including 21 of their last 22 (.954 winning percentage) since the start of their 2019-20 conference schedule.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its 13th consecutive home game against the Hokies.  The Seminoles last lost to Virginia Tech in Tallahassee on February 24, 1990 when both teams were members of the Metro Conference.
SEMINOLES LOOKING TO HAVE ONE OF THE BEST MONTHS EVER
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech with a 7-2 record in the month of January. The Seminoles are looking to close out the month with an eighth victory. It would mark the first time since 1988-89 season that Florida State had won eight games in the month of January. The Seminoles were 8-0 in January during the 1988-89 season with its eighth victory of the month coming at Virginia Tech on January 28, 1989. The Seminoles are 7-1 in the month of January in 2022 with six ACC victories (over NC State, Louisville, Miami, at Syracuse, at Duke, and at Miami) and one non-conference win (over UNF).
FLORIDA STATE ENTERS SATURDAY’S GAME AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH WITH A 3-1 RECORD AT HOME IN ACC PLAY
With a 3-1 record this season, the Seminoles are 45-4 at home in ACC play (.918 winning percentage) since the start of the 2016-17 season. The Seminoles finished three of those seasons with undefeated records at home in league play – 2016-17, 2019-20, and 2020-21.
SEMINOLES MAKE SEVEN 3’S; SHOOT BETTER THAN 40 PERCENT FROM LONG RANGE AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
Led by redshirt senior Anthony Polite’s perfect three of three night from 3-point range against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles shot .412 from the bonusphere against Georgia Tech. It marked the eighth time this season the Seminoles shot 80 percent or better from the 3-point line in a single game. Florida State shot a season-high .600 from the 3-point line as it made its ACC season-high of 12 3-point shots in its 76-71 win at Syracuse on January 15.
FLORIDA STATE REMAINS ON TOP OF THE LEAGUE STATISTICS FOR STEALS
Florida State has earned at least five steals in each of its 19 games this season and enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked No. 1 in the ACC with 177 steals and a 9.3 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned double figure steals in seven games including 16 against Wake Forest – the second highest total for steals in an ACC game by an ACC team this season. Florida State’s 16 steals against Wake Forest is the second highest single game total in the ACC this season. Florida State has led the ACC in steals two times – 2012 (ACC Tournament Champions) and 2020 (ACC Champions) and have won the conference championship in both of those years.

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