• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Florida State, who has a 5-2 aggregate record in three appearances at the ESPN Events Invitational, will play Stanford in the second round of the event on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 1:30 p.m ESPNews televised. The Seminoles’ game against Stanford is the first between the two teams and the first against a Pac 12 team since defeating Colorado (71-53) in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana It also marks the first time since defeating Loyola Marymount, 74-63, at the Garsten Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. that the Seminoles will play a California State team in the second round of Sunday’s ESPN Events Invitational at a date to be determined.

FLORDA STATE VS. STANFORD CONNECTIONS
Florida State meets Stanford in the second round of the ESPN Events Invitational at Disney on November 25, 2022 at State Farm Field House. It is the first meeting between the Seminoles and the cardinal. Stanford is one of two first-time opponents (also USC Upstate) on the Seminoles roster in the 2022-23 regular season. Stanford is coached by Jerod Haase, who is in his sixth season as the Cardinal’s head coach. Haase faced the Seminoles as an assistant coach in North Carolina from 2003 to 2012 (in the ACC). Rob Ehsan has played against Florida State as a graduate assistant and assistant coach at Maryland (2006-11), as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech (2012), and as a head coach at Alabama Birmingham (2017-20). The Seminoles defeated Ehsan and his Blazers on November 22, 2018 at the Old Spice Classic (ESPN Events Invitational) at Disney 81-63. Jack Frost, assistant to head coach Jerrod Haase, was a student and grad manager at North Carolina, while assistant director of operations Michael Reutt was a four-year student manager at Virginia Tech (2015-18) — both have played against the Seminoles before Acc.

HAMILTON IS THE FIFTH-WINNEST COACH IN ACC HISTORY
Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton is the fifth-best coach in ACC history with 396 career wins and ranks fifth in ACC history with 177 career ACC wins at Florida State.

HAMILTON NEARS ACC MILESTONE
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton enters the 2022 ESPN Events Invitational as the head coach of the Seminoles in the ACC with a career streak of 396 wins. He is just four wins away from becoming the fifth coach in ACC history with 400 or more wins as a coach in the nation’s premier basketball conference. Hamilton is looking to join a select group consisting of Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (1,129 wins), North Carolina’s Dean Smith (879 wins), North Carolina’s Roy Williams (485 wins) and Maryland’s Gary Williams (461 wins).

SEMINOLS EARN 11 STEALS AGAINST SIENA
Led by Cam’Ron Fletcher’s career-best five steals against Siena in Thursday’s first round of the ESPN Events Invitational, the Seminoles pulled off a season-high 11 steals against the Saints. It was the second time this season — they made 10 steals at UCF — that the Seminoles had double-digit steals in a single game. The Seminoles’ 11 steals against Siena was the most in a game since a total of 15 steals against Wake Forest on February 2, 2022. Florida State’s 11 steals were their second this season and their 13thth times in the last two seasons, the Seminoles have accumulated 10 or more steals in a game. Florida State ranked second in the ACC for the 2021-22 season with 264 steals and an average of 8.5 steals per game.

FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS ARE TOTAL THIS SEASON
With a season-high of 11 steals against Siena and 10 steals against UCF, Florida State goes into Friday’s game against Stanford with 38 steals and an average of 6.3 steals per game. The Seminoles have 302 steals in their last two seasons (37 games) and average 8.2 steals per game. Florida State has at least six steals in each of its last four games (26 steals, 6.5 SPG) compared to 12 steals in the first two games of the season (6.0 SPG).

FLORIDA STATE REACHES THE FREE THROW LINE
With two starters (Caleb Mills and Darin Green, Jr.) shooting over 80 percent from the free-throw line in the first six games of the season, Florida State is becoming what head coach Leonard Hamilton was feeling all along — a good one Free throw shooting team. As a team, the Seminoles have shot nearly 78 percent from the free throw line in their last four games, compared to just over 47 percent from the free throw line in their first two games of the season.

STATE OF FLORIDA TURNS ADVERSARY TURNOVER INTO A WEAPON
Florida State posted a season-high 19 points from 19 Siena turnovers and a 17-9 scoring advantage on points from turnovers against Siena against Siena Thursday. Florida State forced Siena to 19 turnovers and earned a 17-9 advantage in fast break points against the Saints. In its first six games of the season, Florida State is forcing 12.8 turnovers per game, earning 13.5 points from turnovers and holding the fast-break scoring average over four of its six opponents.

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