Meet the Seminoles

White v. Jefferson

Previewing the Florida State Seminoles who will invade Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

ROSTER
SCHEDULE
STATS
?SCOUT SITE

?PROJECTED STARTERS
?F- 14 Robert Gilchrist (4.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
?C- 15 Boris Bojanovsky (6.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
G- 01 Devon Bookert (8.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
G- 25 Aaron Thomas (13.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
?G- 32 Montay Brandon (8.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
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STAR WATCH
?Super sub Ian Miller is the team's leading scorer and assist man, but has yet to start a game this year. The 6-foot-3 senior guard is averaging 13.3 points per game along with 3.6 assists, but he's also been extremely turnover prone (2.94 per game). Miller has been the team's top scorer a team best seven times in 18 games. He ranks in the top 15 all-time in three pointers made by a Seminole player with 324 makes. Despite the high number of makes, Miller is just a 33 percent shooter from long range.


STORYLINES

  • Duke owns a 33-9 series advantage between the two teams including a 30-8 record under Coach Mike Krzyzewski after last season's 79-60 blowout in Tallahassee that saw Duke race to a 20 point halftime lead before cruising to the easy victory. Returning rotational players Amile Jefferson (11 points and four rebounds), Quinn Cook (18 points, six assists, and five rebounds), and Rasheed Sulaimon (14 points) led the way for the Blue Devils.

  • Floria State gets a lot of production from the reserves in the form of Miller and sophomore Aaron Thomas. The Seminoles' bench is scoring 44 percent of the team's points through 18 games. The starters have scored 733 of 1,320 points this year with the bench adding the additional 587 points.

  • Much like Duke's last opponent, Miami, the Seminoles will look to set the tone early with defensive intensity. It's easy to see why as FSU is the only team in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 100 or more blocks and 100 or more steals. The Noles are the only team in the ACC to rank in the top five in both categories.

  • Prior to holding on for a two point victory over Notre Dame, the Seminoles had won each of their three prior conference games by double figures, and by an average of 16.3 points per contest. Florida State beat Clemson by 15, Maryland by 24, and Miami by 10. Duke, meanwhile, has won its last two ACC games by an average of 28.0 points per game.

  • While everyone knows about FSU's prowess on the football field, the Seminoles can also play on the hard court as well. In the last six seasons (through January 17, 2014), Florida State is 55-31 (.640 winning percentage) and has finished in third place in the league standings three times in regular season ACC play. The Seminoles average 10.4 ACC regular season wins per season and have finished in the top four of the ACC standings four times in the last five seasons. Florida State is third in the ACC in conference wins with 55, third in winning percentage at .640 and tied for second (with North Carolina) with four top-four league standing finishes in the last five seasons.

  • Though Miller may shoot only 33 percent from the field, sophomore Devon Bookert has been lights out of late. The sharpshooting second year guard has knocked down 11 of his last 14 three point attempts. Through 1.5 years in school he's already the program's all-time leader in three point shooting percentage at better than 46 percent having hit 53 of 114.

  • Senior Okaro White enters Tuesday's game against Notre Dame with 87 career blocked shots and 86 career steals. He needs only 13 blocked shots and 14 steals to become the fourth player in school history with at least 100 career blocked shots and at least 100 career steals.

  • Joining White in defending the rim is sophomore center Boris Bojanovsky who has swatted 37 shots on the year, good enough for fourth in the ACC. He also has nine steals in 18 games.


    Florida State athletics contributed to this report.

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