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Florida State Opens ACC Road Slate At NC State Tuesday At 7:00 P.M.

Jan. 12, 2009




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TALLAHASSEE. Fla. –
Florida State, which has already won six games away from home this season (three road wins and three neutral site wins), travels to play at NC State in its first of eight ACC road games on Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the RBC Center in Raleigh. The Seminoles have earned victories at Jacksonville (Nov. 15, 59-57), at La Salle (Nov. 18, 65-61) and at Georgia State (Dec. 13, 62-57) and have won neutral site games against Cincinnati (Nov. 28, 58-47 at La Vegas), California (Nov. 29, 80-77 at Las Vegas) and Western Kentucky (Dec. 28, 82-69 at Sunrise, Fla., in the Orange Bowl Classic). The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against NC State looking to even their ACC record at 1-1 after dropping their conference opener to No. 2/2 Duke (66-58, Jan. 10). Florida State is one of only two teams (also Duquesne) in the nation who has played the current No. 1 (Pittsburgh) and No. 2 (Duke) ranked teams in the nation and is the only team in the nation who will play the current top four ranked teams (Pittsburgh, Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest) in the nation. The Seminoles are scheduled (or have already played) six of the teams ranked in the nation’s top-25 including two of the remaining unbeatens (Pittsburgh and Clemson) in all of college basketball. Following Tuesday’s game at NC State, the Seminoles will play host to Maryland (Jan. 17, 12 Noon) before travelling to play at Miami (Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.).

DOUGLAS CONTINUES TO ENJOY OUTSTANDING SENIOR SEASON
Senior All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas, who has earned Most Valuable Player honors at Global Sports and Orange Bowl Classics and ACC Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 29, scored a team-high 18 points and earned two steals against Duke, is enjoying one of the best seasons of any player in the ACC. He has scored an ACC-leading 294 points and is the only player to rank in the top five in scoring (fifth, 18.4 ppg), steals (second, 32 steals) and 3-point field goals made (fourth, 2.1 3FGM/Game) while leading the ACC in 20+ point scoring games with eight. Douglas earned the 200th steal of his career against Duke and averages 1.80 steals per game for his ENTIRE career (200 steals in 111 career games). Douglas has led Florida State in scoring in four consecutive games, 12 of 16 games this season and in 22 of the Seminoles’ last 50 games in the last two seasons.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State and win its second game consecutive game against the Wolfpack. The last time the Seminoles won two straight games against the Wolfpack was when they won the two-game regular season series between the two teams during the 1998 season;
…Defeat NC State and win its second consecutive game at the RBC Center in Raleigh. It would mark the first time since the 1992 and 1993 seasons that Florida State won two games played on NC State’s home court;
…Defeat NC State and win its ACC road opener for the first time since the 1999-00 season. The Seminoles began the road portion of their ACC schedule with a 66-64 victory over Wake Forest on Jan. 4, 2000;
…Defeat NC State and win its ACC road opener against the Wolfpack for the second time. The Seminoles opened their ACC road schedule with a 68-55 victory over the Wolfpack on Jan. 3, 1998.

FLORIDA STATE GETS DEFENSIVE
Florida State is considered to be one of the top defensive teams in the ACC and the nation. The Seminoles are the only team in the ACC to rank in the top five in the statistical categories of field goal percentage defense (.371, third), blocked shots (6.4 bpg, second), scoring defense (60.9 papg, second) and steals (8.8 spg, fifth). The Seminoles have held nine of their first 16 opponents under 60 points scored and all 16 of their opponents under 44 percent shooting from the field. Stetson (in a 79-77 Florida State victory) is the only team to shoot above 43 percent from the field (.431) against the Seminoles defense this season. Florida State ranked seventh in the ACC as it allowed a .433 field goal shooting percentage by its opponents during the 2007-08 season.

FLORIDA STATE’S STINGY FIELD GOAL SHOOTING DEFENSE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against NC State ranked third in the ACC with a .371 field goal percentage defense mark. Florida State has held each of its 16 opponents under 44 percent shooting from the field with only four opponents shooting better than 40 percent (Stetson, .431; Coastal Carolina, .418, Northwestern, .411 and Duke, .429).

FLORIDA STATE GOES TO THE BOARDS AGAINST DUKE
Florida State outrebounded Duke, 43-34 (including 23-9 on the offensive glass) in Saturday’s game to mark the second consecutive and sixth time in the last eight games that the Seminoles have outrebounded their opponent. Florida State has outrebounded six of its last eight opponents (+3.6 rebound margin) after outrebounding four of its first eight opponents (+1.6 rebound margin).

IN ITS GAME AGAINST NO. 2/2 DUKE…
…Florida State had more assists (seven-six), fewer turnovers (14-17), more steals (12-six), more rebounds (43-34), made more field goals (22-18) and held the Blue Devils to their fourth lowest field goal shooting percentage of the season (.429) while holding them to a season-low 66 points scored.

FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES TO GET INTO THE PASSING LANES
Florida State, which ranks fourth in the ACC in total steals with 141 and fifth with an 8.8 steals per game average, has earned double figure steals in each of its last three games and in seven of its 16 games this season. The Seminoles have totaled 36 steals in their last three games (12.0 steals per game). Florida State is averaging more steals per game this season (8.8) than it did in 34 games last season (8.5) when it finished third in the league statistics.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (9.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg; Averages 8.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg in 4 true road games in 08-09) F #42 Ryan Reid (7.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Averages 6.3 rpg and 4.0 rpg in 4 true road games in 08-09) C #32 Solomon Alabi (6.8 ppg, 2.0 bpg; Averages 5.0 rpg and 2.8 bpg in 4 true road games in 08-09) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg; Averages 8.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg in 4 true road games in 08-09) G #23 Toney Douglas (18.4 ppg, 2.0 spg; Averages 19.5 ppg and 2.3 spg in 4 true road games in 08-09) ...AND TOP RESERVES
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg; Averages 2.0 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 1 true road game in 08-09) G #3 Luke Loucks (4.1 ppg, 2.4 apg; Averages 2.8 and 2.3 apg in 4 true road games in 08-09) F #41 Uche Echefu (7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Averages 7.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 3 true road games in 08-09) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg; Averages 1.8 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 4 true road games in 08-09) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg; Averages 3.0 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 3 true road games in 08-09) G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg; Averages 1.0 ppg and 0.3 rpg in 3 true road games in 08-09)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NC STATE
F #31 Dennis Horner (5.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 8 pts and 2 blks vs. Florida State, Jan. 26, 2008)
F #33 Brandon Costner (14.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg; 14 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 24, 2007)
C #34 Ben McCauley (13.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg; 7 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 26, 2008)
G #4 Courtney Fells (10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 16 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Jan. 26, 2008)
G #12 Farnold Degand (4.8 ppg, 1.4 apg; First career game against Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: NC State leads, 25-17
Last Game: Feb. 27, 2008; Florida State 72, at NC State 62
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 27, 2008; Florida State 72, at NC State 62
Last NC State Win: Jan. 26, 2008; NC State 69, at Florida State 66
Last Florida State Win In Raleigh: Feb. 27, 2008; Florida State 72, at NC State 62
Last NC State Win In Raleigh: Feb. 15, 2006; at NC State 86, Florida State 64
Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 / 2 of last 3
Leonard Hamilton vs. NC State: 3-8

FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE – THE LAST GAME
Jason Rich scored 21 points to help Florida State beat North Carolina State 72-62 on Feb. 27, 2008 at the RBC Center in Raleigh. Toney Douglas added 20 points despite playing through a tough shooting start for the Seminoles, who won their third straight league game. Ralph Mims added 12 points, including a 3-pointer that capped a 10-0 run that gave Florida State some needed breathing room in the final 5 minutes. Trevor Ferguson had 17 points to lead the Wolfpack. Florida State looked ready to extend its modest league winning streak, scoring the first 12 points en route to a 25-6 lead with about 7 1/2 minutes left before halftime. The Seminoles would never relinquish that lead, though the Wolfpack managed to pull to within two points in the second half. The Seminoles’ backcourt of Rich and Douglas kept Florida State in control. Rich finished 7-for-16 from the field. Meanwhile, Douglas missed 11 of his first 13 shots before running off 11 points over a 5-minute span–including a pair of 3-pointers–that gave the Seminoles a 52-44 lead with 9:39 left that kept Wolfpack playing to catch-up. When N.C. State managed to pull to within three, the Seminoles ended it with the 10-point spurt that began with Ryan Reid’s three-point play.

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