M. Basketball faces Stanford in the second round of the ESPN Invitational

M. Basketball faces Stanford in the second round of the ESPN Invitational

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — Florida State, which has an overall record of 5-2 in three games 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. It will be broadcast via ESPNews. 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 Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is also the first time the Seminoles have played a team from the state of California since defeating Loyola Marymount, 74-63, at the Garsten Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. After the game against Stanford, the Seminoles will play Game 3. ESPN Invitational Round Sunday events at a time to be determined.

Florida State VS. Stanford – Communications
Florida State faces 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 Cardinals. Stanford is one of two first-time opponents (also USC Upstate) on the Seminoles’ schedule during the 2022-23 regular season. Stanford is coached by Jerrod Haas who is in his sixth season as the Cardinals head coach. Haas faced the Seminoles as an assistant coach at North Carolina from 2003-12 (in the ACC). Rob Ehsan faced Florida State as a graduate assistant and as an assistant coach at Maryland (2006-11), as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech (2012) and as the head coach at Alabama-Birmingham (2017-20). The Seminoles defeated Ehsan Walstrath, 81-63, on November 22, 2018 at the Old Space Classic (ESPN Events Invitational) in Disney. Jack Frost, assistant coach Jerrod Haas, was a student and alumni manager at North Carolina, while Michael Riott was a four-year assistant director of operations at Virginia Tech (2015-18)—both faced the Seminoles as members of the ACC.

Hamilton is the fifth best coach in ACC history
Seminole coach Leonard Hamilton is the fifth winningest coach in AFC club history with 396 career wins and ranks fifth in AFC club history with 177 career wins at Florida State.

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton entered the 2022 ESPN Events Invitational with 396 career wins as the head coach of the ACC Seminoles. He is just four wins away from becoming the fifth coach in NBA history with 400 or more wins as a coach in the nation’s top basketball conference. Hamilton is looking 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).

The Seminoles earned 11 steals against Siena
Led by Cam’Ron Fletcher, who hit a career-high five steals against Siena on Thursday in the first round of the ESPN Events Invitational, the Seminoles notched a season-high 11 steals against the Saints. It was the second time this season—they had 10 steals at UCF—the Seminoles had double-digit steals in a single game. The Seminoles’ 11 steals against Siena recorded the most steals in a single game since totaling 15 steals against Wake Forest on February 2, 2022. Florida State’s 11 steals were second this season, and 13The tenth Time in the last 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 at 8.5 steals per game on average through the 2021-22 season.

Florida steals the total this season
With a season-high 11 steals against Siena and 10 steals against UCF, Florida State goes into Friday’s game against Stanford with 38 steals and a 6.3 steals average per game. The Seminoles have 302 steals in the 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 access to the free throw line
With two starters (Caleb Mills and Darin Green, Jr.) shooting more than 80 percent from the free-throw line over the first six games of the season, Florida State has become what coach Leonard Hamilton has felt 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 shooting just over 47 percent from the free throw line in the first two games of the season.

Florida turns opponents’ transitions into a weapon
Florida State took a season-high 19 points from 19 games in Siena and held a 17-9 scoring advantage on points from turnovers against Siena on Thursday. Florida State forced Siena to 19 turnovers and held a 17-9 advantage in fast-break points against the Saints. Through its first six games of the season, Florida State forced 12.8 turnovers per game, earning 13.5 points from turnover and maintaining a fast-breaking average of more than four of its six opponents.

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