Dec. 28, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won seven of its last nine games, begins Atlantic Coast Conference play as it travels to play Georgia Tech at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Net as part of the ACC’s Sunday Night Hoops television package. Florida State’s game against Georgia Tech marks the first time in school history the Seminoles will begin their ACC schedule against the Yellow Jackets. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against the Yellow Jackets with a 1-1 record in true road games this season with their one win coming at then 24th ranked Florida (Nov. 23, 65-51) – a win which snapped a 24-game home winning streak for the Gators. Florida State has found success against teams from the Peach State this season with a 2-0 record against Georgia Southern (Nov. 12, 92-67) and Georgia State (Nov. 20, 78-48). Following Sunday’s game at Georgia Tech, the Seminoles’ will play host to La Salle (Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m.) in their final regular season non-conference game of the season before continuing their conference schedule in earnest as they travel to play against No. 20/21 Clemson (Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m.) before opening the home portion of their ACC schedule against No. 10/10 Duke (Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m.).
SEMINOLES RANKED THIRD NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Florida State, which led the ACC in free throw shooting percentage with a .758 mark during the 2006-07 season, enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked FIRST IN THE ACC AND THIRD IN THE NATION with a .791 team mark from the free throw line. The Seminoles have shot better than 90 percent twice during their first 14 games, better than 80 percent five times and better than 75 percent eight times as conference play is set to begin. Florida State is looking to become the first repeat conference free throw champion since NC State led the league in three consecutive seasons – 2002, 2003 and 2004.
RICH ONLY 12 POINTS FROM 1,000 CAREER POINT PLATEAU
Senior Jason Rich, who is scored his career-high of 27 points against Providence and who is averaging 18.0 points in the last four games, enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech with 988 career points. He needs only 12 points to become the 39th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points. Rich has played in 109 games and has a 9.1 career scoring average.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its ACC season opener for the first time since the 2003-04 season (a home victory over Maryland) and for the sixth time in school history. The Seminoles won their first ever ACC game with an 86-74 victory over North Carolina on Dec. 15, 1991;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and gain its first victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta since Jan. 9, 1999 – and break a seven-game losing steak in Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
HAMILTON ONLY THREE WINS FROM 300 FOR HIS CAREER
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech with 297 career wins and needs only three to reach the 300 wins plateau for his career. With a 97-75 record at Florida State, he is also only three victories from 100 during his career at Florida State.
SEMINOLES IMPROVEMENT OVER THE YEARS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked FIRST IN THE ACC AND THIRD IN THE NATION with a .791 team free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles’ conference leading .791 free throw shooting mark not only leads the league but it marks only the third time since they joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season that they have shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line. Florida State has shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line in each of the last three seasons after not having shot 70 percent or better in 15 consecutive seasons. Prior to the 2005-06 season when the Seminoles shot .704 from the free throw line they had not shot at least 70 percent since the 1989-90 season when they shot .707 from the line. In addition, prior to finishing first in the league statistics last season, the Seminoles had never finished higher than fourth in any given season since joining the ACC.
SEMINOLES GOING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked sixth in the ACC with a +4.2 rebounding margin through its first 14 games of the season. The Seminoles have outrebounded each of their last five opponents and have outrebounded 10 of its 14 opponents so far this season. Florida State ranked 10th in the ACC in rebounding margin with a -0.1 margin during the 2006-07 season. Entering their ACC schedule a year ago (also through 14 games) the Seminoles were averaging 31.7 rebounds per game and held a +0.1 rebound margin. Entering their ACC schedule this season (through 14 games) the Seminoles are averaging 35.4 rebounds per game and hold a +4.2 rebound margin.
SEMINOLES LEAD THE LEAGUE IN TOTAL STEALS
Florida State, the only ACC team with two players who have more than 20 steals on their roster entering ACC play, came out of the Christmas holiday with a conference leading 124 steals. Junior guard Toney Douglas leads the ACC with 36 steals and a 2.6 steals per game average and is followed by senior guard Ralph Mims who is ranked second in the ACC with 26 total steals and who ranked sixth in the league standings with a 1.9 steals per game average. Florida State has earned double digits steals in five of its 14 games (18 vs. Nicholls State, 15 vs. Georgia State, 14 vs. Stetson, 11 vs. Minnesota and 11 vs. Butler). The 18 steals by the Seminoles in their season opening victory over Nicholls State is tied for the fifth highest single-game total in school history.
SEMINOLES AMONG ACC 3-POINT FIELD GOAL SHOOTING LEADERS
Florida State ranks third in the ACC with 104 total 3-point field goals made, fifth in the ACC with an average of 7.4 3-point field goals made per game and sixth in the ACC with a .381 3-point field goal shooting percentage. Under sixth-year Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles have set three of the top five single season school records for 3-point field goals made (including the school record of 296 during the 2003-04 season) and three of the top five single-season school records for 3-point field percentage.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #21 Julian Vaughn (4.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg; First career game against Georgia Tech) F #41 Uche Echefu (10.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 13 pts and 3 stls vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007) G #3 Isaiah Swann (13.1 ppg, 3.6 apg; 23 pts and 2 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 13, 2007) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.4 ppg, 3.2 apg; 22 pts and 7 asts vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (11.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 12 pts and 4 asts vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (9.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 6 pts and 3 asts vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007) C #32 Solomon Alabi (3.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg; First career game against Georgia Tech) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg; First career game against Georgia Tech) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 1 pt and 1 reb vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GEORGIA TECH F #23 Anthony Morrow (14.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 17 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 9, 2006) F #31 Gani Lawal (7.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg; First career game against Florida State) F #32 Jeremis Smith (9.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg; 10 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 13, 2007) G #00 Lewis Clinch (14.2 ppg, 2.0 apg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 9, 2006 G #0 Matt Causey (5.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads the series, 29-27 Last Game: Feb. 13, 2007; Georgia Tech 63, Florida State 57 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 9, 2006; Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 80 Last Georgia Tech Win: Feb. 13, 2007; Georgia Tech 63, Florida State 57 Last Florida State Win In Atlanta: Jan. 9, 1999; Florida State 75, Georgia Tech 56 Last Georgia Tech Win In Atlanta: Jan. 13, 2007; Georgia Tech 88, Florida State 80 Current Streak: Georgia Tech has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 3-7
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST MEETING
Javaris Crittenton scored a career high 29 points, including 11 straight during a decisive run in the second half, as Georgia Tech defeated Florida State 63-57 on Feb. 13, 2007 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Georgia Tech had had not won on an opponent’s home floor since a 76-72 win at Miami on Feb. 26, 2005. Crittenton’s 11 straight points sparked a 13-2 run as Tech built a 48-40 lead and he added five free throws in the final 78 seconds to preserve the win. Isaiah Swann scored a career high 23 points for Florida State and Al Thornton added 16 points and six rebounds for the Seminoles. Jeremis Smith was the only other Tech player in double figures with 10 points. Thornton picked up his fourth foul with 17:07 left with Florida State up 38-33 and the Seminoles managed just two points while he was on the bench. The Seminoles shot just 26.1 percent in the second half, going 10 minutes with just a single Swann field goal while Crittenton took the game over. Florida State scored just nine points in the first 16:23 of the second half. Swann had 14 points in the first half to help Florida State to a 35-30 lead at the break.