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Florida State Earns No. 4 Seed In 56th Annual ACC Basketball Tournament Will Play Georgia Tech In The Quarterfinals

March 11, 2009


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — –
Florida State, which enters the 56th Annual Atlantic Coast Conference with a 23-8 overall record, earned a fourth place finish in the league standings and a bye to the quarterfinal round where it will meet the winner of an opening round quarterfinal round match-up between No. 5 seed Clemson and No. 12 seed Georgia Tech on Friday, March 13, 2009 at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. In finishing in fourth place in the conference standings, the Seminoles have earned their first ever bye in the ACC Tournament and the third highest finish in the league standings following a second place finish (11-5 record) in 1991-92 and a second place finish (12-4 record) in 1993 during Florida State’s first two years in the league. The Seminoles’ 23 regular season victories are the most wins for the Seminoles in a single season since winning 25 during the 1992-93 season. The Seminoles finished the 1992-93 season with a 25-10 record and only one win from advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history. In addition, the Seminoles won 23 games in the regular season for the first time since the 1969-70 season when they won 23 games in the regular season and finished with a 23-3 record. The Dave Cowens-led Seminoles did not participate in post-season play that year.

FLORIDA STATE AGAINST CLEMSON AND GEORGIA TECH

Florida State is 2-0 against Clemson and 1-0 against Georgia Tech this season. The Seminoles defeated the No. 10/10 Tigers in Clemson (Feb. 7, 65-61) as they rallied from a 19-point second half deficit to claim their second win over a ranked team this season. The Seminoles led by as many as 17 points in the second half in defeating the No. 12/13 Tigers in Tallahassee (Feb. 28, 76-63). Florida State defeated Georgia Tech in the only game played between the two teams (Feb. 5, 62-58) during which it took the lead with five minutes remaining in the second half and held on to earn the victory.

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SEMINOLES TAKE HOME BOUNTY OF ACC HONORS
Florida State reaped the benefits of its outstanding season when the ACC handed out its post season awards prior to the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles earned the ACC Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards while placing one player on the All-ACC First Team, one player on the All-ACC Freshman team and two players on the All-ACC Defensive Team. Additionally, All-American candidate Toney Douglas finished as the ACC Player of the Year runner-up – the second time in the last three seasons that a Seminole player (Al Thornton in 2007) had finished second in the voting as the ACC’s top player.

Award                                Recipient
ACC Coach of the Year                Leonard Hamilton
All-ACC First Team                   Toney Douglas
ACC Player of the Year Runner-Up     Toney Douglas
ACC Defensive Player of the Year     Toney Douglas
All-ACC Defensive Team               Toney Douglas, Solomon Alabi
All-ACC Freshman Team                Solomon Alabi, Chris Singleton (HM)

DOUGLAS NAMED DEFENSIVE ALL-AMERICAN BY FOX SPORTS
All-American candidate Toney Douglas has been named to the five man Defensive All-American team by Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports. He is joined by Antonio Anderson of Memphis, Alfred Aboya of UCLA, Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut and Travis Watson of Michigan State.

HAMILTON NAMED ACC COACH OF THE YEAR
National Coach of the Year candidate Leonard Hamilton was named the ACC Coach of the Year – the third time in his career that he has earned coach of the year honors in a major conference. He was the Big East Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 1999. Hamilton is the first coach to earn coach of the year honors in two of the nation’s top conferences – the ACC and the Big East. He was the Big East Coach of the Year during his 10-year tenure at the University of Miami. Hamilton is tied for third as the winningest coach in Florida State history (tied with Joe Williams, 129 wins) and is the second winningest coach in the history of the Hurricane program. Hamilton is the 20th all-time winningest coach in ACC history with 129 victories.

DOUGLAS EARNS ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM HONORS
All-American candidate Toney Douglas earned All-ACC First Team and All-ACC Defensive team honors in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Douglas is the fourth Seminole in school history to earn All-ACC First Team honors. He joins Seminole greats Bob Sura (1993-94), Tim Pickett (2003-04) and Al Thornton (2006-07) as All-ACC First Team selections during their careers. Douglas, Pickett and Thornton have all been recruited and coached by Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton.

DOUGLAS NAMED THE ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
All-American candidate Toney Douglas was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It marks the first time a Florida State player has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Said one ACC assistant coach: “The guy (Toney Douglas) guards the toughest guards in the league, pretty much shuts them down, and scores 20 points, too.”

DOUGLAS AND ALABI NAMED TO ALL-ACC DEFENSIVE TEAM
All-American candidate Toney Douglas and freshman center Solomon Alabi were both named to the ACC All-Defensive team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Douglas leads the ACC in steals with 60 (giving him 150 in the last two seasons) while Alabi leads the ACC in blocked shots with 67 and a 2.2 blocked shots per game average. Douglas is looking to lead the ACC in steals for the second consecutive season while Alabi is looking to become only the sixth freshman in ACC history to lead the ACC in blocked shots. Douglas is looking to become only the seventh player to lead the ACC in steals in consecutive seasons and enters the 2009 ACC ranked 21st in ACC tournament history with a 1.947 steals per game average. He has 185 steals in 95 career games as a Seminole.

ALABI NAMED TO ACC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Solomon Alabi, who leads the ACC in blocked shots, was named to the All-ACC Freshman team. He has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week twice this season and is looking to become the first ACC freshman to lead the league in blocked shots since Chris Bosh of Georgia Tech in 2003. Only six freshmen have led the ACC in blocked shots since the NCAA began keeping blocked shots as a statistic in 1977. Alabi is ranked fourth among all freshmen in the ACC in scoring with an 8.2 points per game average, fourth with a 5.7 rebounds per game average and tied for third with two double-doubles. He has at least one blocked shot in 17 consecutive games and in all 16 of Florida State’s ACC games this season. His 67 blocked shots are only eight away from establishing a Seminole freshmen record for blocked shots.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; First career ACC Tournament)
F #41 Uche Echefu (8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 9 pts and 8 rebs vs. North Carolina in 07 ACC Tourn)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (8.2 ppg, 2.2 bpg; First career ACC Tournament)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.2 ppg, 2.3 apg; First career ACC Tournament)
G #23 Toney Douglas (20.8 ppg, 1.9 spg; 18 pts and 3 stls vs. North Carolina in 08 ACC Tourn)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 0 pts and 4 rebs vs. North Carolina on 08 ACC Tourn)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career ACC Tournament)
G #3 Luke Loucks (3.3 ppg, 2.2 apg; First career ACC Tournament)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg; First career ACC Tournament)
F #42 Ryan Reid (5.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 12 pts and 7 rebs vs. Wake Forest in 08 ACC Tourn)
G #21 Brian Hoff (0.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Wake Forest in 08 ACC Tourn)

FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 29-24
Last Game: Feb. 28, 2009; at Florida State 73, Clemson 66
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 28, 2009; at Florida State 73, Clemson 66
Last Clemson Win: Jan. 12, 2008; at Clemson 97, Florida State 85 (2 OT)
Last Florida State Win In ACC Tourn: March 8, 2007; Florida State 67, Clemson 66
Last Clemson win in ACC Tourn: March 12, 1993; Clemson 87, Clemson 75
Current Streak: Florida State has won 3
Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 7-9 all at Florida State

FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 31-27
Last Game: Feb. 5, 2009; at Florida State 62, Georgia Tech 58
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 5, 2009; at Florida State 62, Georgia Tech 58
Last Georgia Tech Win: Feb. 13, 2007; Georgia Tech 63, at Florida State 57
Last Florida State Win In ACC Tourn: March 9, 2000; Florida State 63, Georgia Tech 62
Last Georgia Tech win in ACC Tourn: None
Current Streak: Florida State has won 2
Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 5-7

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