Nov. 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
“The Seminoles have so many answers it’s hard to know where the rotation begins and where it ends. Seven returning players averaged at least 13 minutes. With two upperclassmen and a McDonald’s All-American entering the program, the Seminoles could be in the stages of a long, strong run.”
Florida State opens its 63rd year of basketball as it plays host to Jacksonville on Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It marks the second consecutive season and third time during the Leonard Hamilton era that Florida State plays the Dolphins in its season opening game. The Seminoles defeated Jacksonville, 59-57, to open the 2008-09 season and beat the Dolphins, 78-48, to open the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles are undefeated, 7-0, in the first seven openers on Hamilton’s tenure at Florida State. Florida State enters the 2009-10 season having played in four consecutive postseason tournaments for the first time in school history and have defeated at least one ranked team in 19 consecutive seasons.
A QUICK REVIEW OF THE 2008-09 SEASON
Florida State finished the 2008-09 season with a 25-10 record, was a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, finished in fourth place in the ACC standings with a 10-6 record, played in the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history and had an All-ACC First Team pick (Toney Douglas) for the second time in three seasons. The Seminoles’ 25 wins was tied for second most in school history while their 10 conference wins was the third highest in school history. It marked the first time since the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles had won at least 10 ACC games in a single season. The Seminoles were ranked 16th in the final Associated Press poll and 22nd in the final ESPN/USA Today poll of the season.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE ALABI ON NAISMITH AND WOODEN LISTS
All-America candidate Solomon Alabi, who led the ACC in blocked shots during the 2008-09, has been named to both the Wooden and Naismith Awards preseason watch lists. He is one of only 11 sophomores and one of only 10 players from the ACC on the Wooden Award list and is one of only 12 sophomores and one of only nine players from the ACC named to the Naismith List. Alabi is the first Seminole to be on the preseason Wooden Award List since forward Al Thornton earned the honor prior to the 2007-08 season and is the first Seminole to be on the Naismith List since Corey Louis was on the preseason Naismith list at the beginning of the 1997-98 season.
FLORIDA STATE VS. JACKSONVILLE IN SEASON OPENERS
Florida State opens the 2009-10 regular season Monday with an in-state game against Jacksonville. It marks the third time in the last five seasons that the Seminoles begin the season against the Dolphins. Florida State defeated Jacksonville, 78-48, on Nov. 19, 2005 to open the 2005-06 season and topped Jacksonville, 59-57, on Nov. 15, 2008. The Seminoles are 3-0 against Jacksonville in season-opening games. Florida State’s 44 all-time wins against Jacksonville are the most against any team the Seminoles have played since the beginning of the sport of men’s basketball at the school for the 1947-48 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Jacksonville and win its eighth consecutive season opener. The Seminoles are undefeated in season opening games under Leonard Hamilton;
…Defeat Jacksonville and win its 16th consecutive game against the Dolphins. The Seminoles’ current winning streak against the Dolphins began on Jan. 6, 1988 and includes eight consecutive wins in the Tallahassee.