Dec. 1, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which won the championship of the 2009 Old Spice Classic with victories over Iona, Alabama and Marquette, travels to play at No. 15 Ohio State in the 11th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 9:30 at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Seminoles are 6-4 in the 10-year history of the challenge including a 5-2 mark under eighth-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State won its first four challenge games under Hamilton and has helped the ACC earn a perfect 10-0 record in the history of the event. Florida State is playing in its third consecutive major conference challenge game in as many games – the Seminoles defeated Alabama of the SEC and Marquette of the Big East to win the Old Spice Classic last weekend. In traveling to play at Ohio State the Seminoles are completing a stretch of six games in 12 days – all away from Tallahassee. Florida State is 4-1 on their current road swing that ends with Wednesday’s game against the Buckeyes. Following its’ game against Ohio State, Florida State plays host to Florida International University and its first-year head coach Isiah Thomas on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1:00 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE BACK IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked 21st in this week’s Associated Press poll marking its first appearance in the national polls this season. The Seminoles were ranked No. 16 in the final Associated Press poll and 22nd in the final ESPN/USA Today of the 2009-10 season. The Seminoles are playing as a ranked team against Ohio State for the first time since their NCAA Tournament game against Wisconsin on March 20, 2009 and were ranked in four regular season and the final AP Poll of the 2008-09 season. Florida State played six games last season as a ranked team.
FLORIDA STATE’S SINGLETON NAMED MVP OF OLD SPICE CLASSIC
Florida State’s Chris Singleton, who was named the tournament Most Valuable Player in leading the Seminoles to the Old Spice Classic Championship, averaged 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.3 blocked shots in four games last week. He scored in double figures in all four games, was Florida State’s leading scorer in two games, its leading rebounder in two games, scored his first double-double of the season in the Old Spice Classic championship game against Marquette and made an average of 2.3 3-point field goals in each of his four games last week.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Ohio State and win its seventh game in the 11th year of the ACC/Big ten Challenge. The Seminoles have earned victory over Northwestern (twice), Minnesota (twice), Iowa (once) and Purdue (once) in 10 previous ACC/Big Ten Challenge games;
…Defeat Ohio State and gain a win over a team from the Big Ten for the first time since defeating Minnesota in the ACC Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27, 2007;
…Defeat Ohio State and improve its record to 7-1. It would mark the third time in the last four seasons that the Seminoles had won seven of their first eight games;
…Defeat Ohio State and defeat the Buckeyes for the first time in five meetings. The Seminoles have won the first four meetings in the series between the two teams.
ALABI A CANDIDATE FOR NAISMITH AND WOODEN AWARDS
All-America candidate Solomon Alabi, a candidate for the Naismith and Wooden Awards as the nation’s top collegiate player, scored the game-winning basket in the Seminoles’ victory over Marquette on a turn around jumper with 11.9 seconds remaining in the games. His basket gave Florida State its 57-56 victory. Alabi put the Seminoles ahead twice in the last minute of play with jump shots – first at the 0:56 mark to give the Seminoles a 55-54 lead and then at the 0:11.9 mark to give the Seminoles the victory. He scored eight points, pulled down seven rebounds, blocked two shots and earned two steals in the Seminoles’ come from way behind victory over Marquette.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
The Florida State men’s basketball team, which finished in fourth place in the ACC standings and ranked 16th in the final Associated Press poll of the 2008-09 season, will travel to play at Ohio State on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the 2009 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It marks the first time the Seminoles and the Buckeyes will play in the 11-year history of the challenge. The Seminoles have a 6-4 record and have helped the ACC win each of the first 10 challenges. The Seminoles’ game against the Buckeyes will mark the fourth between the two teams with the last coming in the second round of the 2000 Great Alaska Shootout. The Buckeyes won that game, 90-65, and have a 4-0 record against Florida State in a series that dates back to the 1961-62 season.
FLORIDA STATE UNDER Leonard Hamilton IN THE CHALLENGE
The Seminoles are 5-2 under head coach Leonard Hamilton in seven challenge appearances since the 2002-03 season. Hamilton has guided the Seminoles to wins over Iowa (in 2002), Northwestern (in 2003), Minnesota (in 2004 and 2007) and Purdue (in 2005) since his arrival in Tallahassee. Hamilton guided Florida State to four consecutive victories in his first four seasons in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge before the Seminoles fell at Wisconsin during the 2006 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles lost at Northwestern in the 2008 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters it game against No. 15/15 Ohio State in the 2009 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Duke with 15 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first eight years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 15 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006) and No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 19, 2009).
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State ranks first in the ACC in field goal percentage defense as it has held its first seven opponents to a .332 shooting mark from the field. The Seminoles have held each of their seven opponents under 47 percent shooting from the field, five of seven below 40 percent, two of seven below 30 percent shooting and one of seven (Mercer) below 20 percent shooting.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (12.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg; 5 pts and 6 rebs vs. N'Western in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Chal.) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 7 pts and 6 rebs vs. Minn. in 2007 ACC/Big Ten Challenge) C #32 Solomon Alabi (9.9 ppg, 2.7 bpg; 6 pts and 4 blks vs. N'Western in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Chal.) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. N'Western in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Chal.) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (10.9 ppg, 3.0 apg; First career appearance in ACC/Big Ten Challenge) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 4 pts and 3 asts vs. N'Western in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Chal.) G #3 Luke Loucks (1.4 ppg, 2.9 apg; 2 pts and 3 asts vs. N'Western in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Challenge) F #1 Xavier Gibson (7.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. N'Western in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Challenge) G #21 Michael Snaer (5.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg; First career appearance in ACC/Big Ten Challenge) G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.0 ppg, 1.3 apg; First career appearance in ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR OHIO STATE F #52 Dallas Lauderdale (7.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 6 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Chal.) G #21 Evan Turner (19.8 ppg, 12.8 rpg; 19 pts and 6 rebs vs. Miami in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Chal.) G #23 David Lighty (12.3 ppg, 2.8 apg; 10 pts and 9 rebs vs. N. Carolina in 2007 ACC/Big Ten Chal.) G #33 Jon Diebler (15.7 ppg. 2.7 rpg; 20 pts and 2 stls vs. Miami in 2008 ACC/Big Ten Chal.) G #44 William Buford (11.3 ppg, 3.3 apg; 0 pt and 1 reb vs. Miami in 2008 ACC/Big Tem Chal.)
FLORIDA STATE VS. OHIO STATE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Ohio State leads, 4-0 Last Game: Nov. 23, 2000; Ohio State 90, Florida State 65* Last Florida State Win: None Last Ohio State Win: Nov. 23, 2000; Ohio State 90, Florida State 65* Last Florida State Win in Columbus: None Last Ohio State Win in Columbus: Dec. 4, 1967; at Ohio State 76, Florida State 69 Current Streak: Ohio State has won 4 * Game played at Anchorage, Alaska
FLORIDA STATE VS. OHIO STATE – THE LAST GAME
Perfect shooting and 23 points by Brian Brown led Ohio State to a 90-65 victory over Florida State Nov. 23, 200 in a first-round game of the Great Alaska Shootout. Brown hit all nine of his shots, including five from 3-point range. His 16 points in the first half paced the Buckeyes to a nine-point lead. Brent Darby added 18 as the Buckeyes. Like Brown, most of Darby’s points came in a variety of jump shots away from the basket. Ohio State shot 70 percent in the first half and 60 percent for the game. Ken Johnson, blocked five shots, pulled down six rebounds and scored 16 points for Ohio State. Florida State played well with help from its bench. Reserve Mike Mathews led all Seminoles with 16 points, 11 of them in the first half.