Mr. Basketball faces Stanford in Round 2 of ESPN Events Invitational

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Florida State, which has a 5-2 overall record in three appearances in the ESPN Events Invitational, will play Stanford in the second round of the event on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. airs on ESPNews. The Seminoles’ game against Stanford is the first between the two teams, and their first against a Pac 12 team since they defeated Colorado 71-53 in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Ind. It also marks the first time the Seminoles have played a team from the state of California since winning at Loyola Marymount, 74-63, at the Garsten Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. Following their game against Stanford, the Seminoles will play in the third round of the ESPN Events Invitational on Sunday at a time to be determined.

STATE OF FLORDA USA STANFORD — CONNECTIONS
Florida State will face Stanford in the second round of the ESPN Events Invitational at Disney on November 25, 2022 at the 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 schedule during the 2022-2023 regular season. Stanford is coached by Jerod Haase, who is in his sixth season as Head Coach of the Cardinal. Haase faced the Seminoles from 2003-12 (in the ACC) as an assistant coach with North Carolina. Rob Ehsan faced Florida State as a graduate assistant and assistant coach at Maryland (2006-11), an assistant coach at Virginia Tech (2012), and head coach at Alabama Birmingham (2017-20). The Seminoles defeated Ehsan and his Blazers, 81-63, on November 22, 2018, in the Old Spice Classic (ESPN Events Invitational) at Disney. Jack Frost, an assistant to head coach Jerrod Haase, was a student and graduate manager at North Carolina, while assistant director of operations Michael Reutt was a four-year student manager at Virginia Tech (2015-18) – both have the Seminoles as members of the ACC.

HAMILTON IS THE FIFTH WINNING COACH IN ACC HISTORY
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton is the fifth winningest coach in ACC history with 396 career wins and fifth in ACC history with 177 ACC wins in the state of Florida.

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

SEMINOLES EARN 11 STEALS AGAINST SIENA
Led by Cam’Ron Fletcher’s career-high five-steal tie against Siena on Thursday in the first round of the ESPN Events Invitational, the Seminoles totaled a season-high 11 steals against the Saints. It was the second time this season—earning 10 steals at UCF—that the Seminoles had earned double-digit steals in a single game. The Seminoles’ 11 steals against Siena were the most in a game since the total of 15 steals against Wake Forest on February 2, 2022. Florida State’s 11 steals were second this season and the 13e times in the past two seasons, the Seminoles have totaled 10 or more steals in a game. Florida State ranked second in the ACC in steals with 264 and in 8.5 steals per game on average during the 2021-22 season.

THE STATE OF FLORIDA TOTALLY STEALS THIS SEASON
With 11 steals on the season 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).

STATE OF FLORIDA COMES TO THE FREE WOOF LINE
With two starters (Caleb Mills and Darin Green, Jr.) shooting more than 80 percent from the free-throw line in the first six games of the season, Florida State is becoming what head coach Leonard Hamilton thought he was all along: a good free throw. shooting team. As a team, the Seminoles shoot 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.

THE STATE OF FLORIDA TURNS OPPOSITION TURNS INTO WEAPONS
Florida State earned a season-high 19 points on 19 Siena turnovers and earned a 17-9 scoring advantage on points on turnovers against Siena on Thursday. Florida State forced Siena to 19 turnovers to take a 17-9 lead in quick break points against the Saints. Through the first six games of the season, Florida State forces 12.8 turnovers per game, earns 13.5 points in turnovers and has held the fast break scoring average over four of its six opponents.

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