March 2, 2012
Clemson vs. Florida State Game Notes
GAME SETUP Site: Donald L. Tucker Center (12,100) Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012 City: Tallahassee, FL Time: 12:00 PM Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity – play-by-play, Tim Bourret – color) TV: ESPN2 (Mike Patrick – play-by-play, Len Elmore – color) Web: ESPN3
SERIES NOTES Overall: Florida State leads 30-28 at Clemson: Clemson leads 18-8 at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 16-7 at Florida State: Florida State leads 17-6 at Neutral: Florida State leads 5-4 First Meeting: Clemson, 62-56, in 1951-52 Last Meeting: Clemson, 79-59, in 2011-12 Streak: Clemson has won the last two
QUICK FACTS Clemson and Florida State played on Jan. 7 in the conference opener for both teams, and the two will meet Sunday in the conference finale for both as well. The Tigers won the previous meeting this season, 79-59. The Seminoles hold a slight edge in the series, 30-28. Florida State has been good at home versus Clemson, holding a 17-6 advantage. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers last season in Tallahassee by a 75-69 score. Clemson enters Sunday’s tilt having won five of its last six games. The Tigers are a game above .500 in league play for the first time since defeating the Seminoles in the opener. Florida State broke a two-game skid Thursday with a dramatic 63-60 win at Virginia on a three by Ian Miller as time expired. Sunday’s game will feature two of the top defenses in the ACC. The Seminoles have a .378 field goal percentage defense, sixth-best in the country. The Tigers have held opponents to 59.7 points per game, second-best in the league and No. 21 nationally according to the NCAA. Clemson leads the ACC in turnover margin, while Florida State is eighth in the category. However, the Seminoles are second-best in the league in rebound margin while the Tigers are just eighth in that measure. Clemson won its eighth consecutive Senior Night game with a 58-56 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday. It was the sixth time the Tigers defeated the Hokies on a Senior Night since Tech joined the ACC in 2004-05. In the 29th game of the regular season, Clemson put together its first three-game winning streak in 2011-12. The Tigers have held opponents to just 57 points per game over their last six outings. Senior guards Andre Young and Tanner Smith are in quite a race to lead the ACC in steals per game. Young has 52 through 29 games, 1.8 per game. Smith has 50, or 1.7 per game. The two roommates rank 1-2 among ACC players in steals per game. Devin Booker has scored at least eight points in 11 straight games, while Smith has led the Tigers in assists in seven consecutive games. Catalin Baciu has 28 more field goals this season than he did his previous three years combined. The 7-foot-2 center leads the Tigers with a .589 field goal percentage.
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