Feb. 2, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two of its last ACC road games and two of its last three games overall, travels to play at Duke Saturday Feb. 4 at Noon. The game will be televised by Fox Sports South. The Seminoles arrive at Duke fresh from a 69-59 victory over Clemson (Feb. 1, 69-59) in Tallahassee. Florida State has won two of its last three ACC road games with victories at Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82 in overtime) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 24, 75-68) and have more conference wins on the road than they had in the last four years combined (one). Florida State has already won more games this season (13) than they did all of last season (12) and has as many ACC victories this season (four) as they did in 16 conference games during the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles’ 13 victories are more than they had during the 2000-01 season (9-21), the 2001-02 season (12-17) and the 2004-05 season (12-19). The Seminoles are 8-2 at home, 2-0 in games played at neutral sites and 3-3 in true road games this season. In addition to earning victories at Virginia and Wake Forest, the Seminoles opened the season with a victory at Jacksonville (Nov. 19, 78-48). Following Saturday’s game against Duke, the Seminoles return to Tallahassee to play host to Georgia Tech (Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m.) and UMass (Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.) as they play five of their eight games during the month of February at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center.
THORNTON GETS BACK ON TRACK AGAINST CLEMSON
Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton scored 15 points, pulled down four rebounds, blocked two shots and earned two steals in leading Florida State to its 69-59 victory over Clemson Wednesday night in Tallahassee. Thornton gave Florida State a 5-4 lead with a traditional 3-point play and the Seminoles never trailed again and finished as the Seminoles’ leading scorer for the ninth time in 18 games this season. Thornton has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games and is averaging 17.8 points per game since the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson on Dec. 20.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium and win their first game ever in Durham. The Seminoles are 0-14 all-time against Duke in true road games;
…Defeat Duke and earn a win against a top five ranked Duke team for the third time in the last five seasons. The Seminoles defeated then No. 1 ranked Duke on Jan. 6, 2002 in Tallahassee and No. 5 ranked Duke on Feb. 2, 2003 also in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Duke and earn a victory over a ranked team on the road for the first time since Feb. 14, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated No. 17 Maryland in Cole Field House in College Park;
…Defeat Duke and earn a victory over a ranked team for the 16th consecutive season. The Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team each season since 1990-91 season when they defeated No. 22 South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. on Jan. 19, 1991;
…Defeat Duke and win its third ACC road victory of the season. The Seminoles have won on the road at both Virginia (Jan. 11) and Wake Forest (Jan. 24) so far this season. The last time the Seminoles won three or more ACC road games in the same season was during the 1995-96 season.
A NOTE ON THE SEMINOLES’ ROAD WINS IN THE ACC
With victories on the road at both Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82 in overtime) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 24, 75-68), Florida State has won more ACC road games this season than they did last season (one). The Seminoles most recently won two conference games on the road during the 2000-01 season (at Maryland and at Clemson) and won three conference road games during the 1995-96 season.
SOME OF THE NUMBERS FROM WEDNESDAY’S VICTORY OVER CLEMSON…
…The Seminoles’ 29 free throws made against Clemson are tied for the second most in an ACC game in school history. The 29 free throws made is second behind only the 37 made against Clemson on Feb. 8, 1992 and are tied with the Seminoles’ 29 made free throws against Maryland on Feb. 10, 1996;
…The Seminoles’ 35 free throws attempted against Clemson are tied for the fifth most in an ACC game in school history. Florida State’s record for free throws attempted in an ACC game is 48 vs. Clemson on Feb. 8, 1992;
…The Seminoles 14 steals against Clemson are tied for the sixth best single game effort in school history. The school record for steals in an ACC game is 18 against NC State on Feb. 14, 1996;
…Florida State’s 69 points in its victory over Clemson were the fewest points the Seminoles have scored in a victory this season and only the third time the Seminoles have been held below 70 points in the first 18 games of the season;
…Florida State is averaging 79.7 points scored per game – the third highest scoring average in the ACC. The Seminoles have scored 70 or more points 15 times in the first 18 games of the season as compared to 15 times in 31 games during the 2004-05 season when they averaged 68.6 points scored per game.
SEMINOLES EARN 14 STEALS IN VICTORY OVER CLEMSON
Florida State earned its ACC season-high of 14 steals in its victory over Clemson Wednesday night. It was the highest number of steals in an ACC game since also earning 14 in a 75-70 victory over Maryland on Dec. 28, 2004. Florida State is ranked third in the ACC with a 9.72 steals per game average. After defeating Clemson — the ACC’s team leader in steals with an 11.14 steals per game average – the Seminoles face the ACC’s No. 2 ranked steals team in Duke. The Blue Devils average 10.20 steals per game entering Saturday’s game in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
SEMINOLES DRAW CLOSER TO 70 PCT. SHOOTING FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Duke shooting .693 from the free throw line. The Seminoles shot their ACC season-high of .829 in their victory over Clemson (29-35, .829) and have shot 80 percent or better in two ACC games this season (also 28-35, .800 against Virginia Tech). Florida State has shot 80 percent or better in two of eight ACC games this season as compared to two of eight ACC games during the 2004-05 season in shooting .665 from the free throw line for the season. The Seminoles have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted in each of their last two and in three of their last four games.
SEMINOLES ARE A STEALING TEAM UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Duke ranked third in the ACC in steals. The Seminoles earned 14 in their victory over Clemson (Feb. 1, 69-59) and earned 11 in their victory over Virginia Tech (Jan. 7, 74-68). The Seminoles have 10 or more steals in eight different games in 2005-06 as compared to only three times in 31 games during the 2004-05 season. Florida State has 955 total steals in the first 11-games of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee and is averaging 8.6 steals per game during that period.
SEMINOLES HELD WITHOUT A 3-POINT SHOT AGAINST CLEMSON
Florida State was held without a 3-point shot in its victory over Clemson – the first time since Jan. 10, 1998 ( a span of 254 games) that the Seminoles had failed to make a shot from the bonusphere. Since the 3-point shot was officially added to the NCAA record book for the 1986-87 season, there have been only three games when Florida State failed to make a 3-point shot. Including the 2006 Clemson and the 1998 Duke game, the Seminoles were also held without a 3-point shot made by Southern University on Dec. 6, 1991. On defense, the Seminoles have held their opponent without a 3-point shot 10 times – most recently against Tulane on Jan. 3, 1991.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (15.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Duke, 1/22/05) F #32 Alexander Johnson (11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Duke, 2/29/04) G #3 Isaiah Swann (9.2 ppg, 3.1 apg; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke. 1/22/05) G #4 Todd Galloway (7.6 ppg, 3.6 apg; 9 asts and 6 rebs vs. Duke3/6/03) G #21 Jason Rich (10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Duke, 1/22/05) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 11 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/01) F #25 Diego Romero (4.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, 1/22/05) G #10 Ralph Mims (3.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 2 pts and 1 stl vs. Duke, 1/22/05) G #11 Jerel Allen (4.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game against Duke) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg; First career game against Duke) F #41 Uche Echefu (2.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game against Duke)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR DUKE F #2 Josh McRoberts (7.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) F #23 Sheldon Williams (18.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg; 11 pts and 13 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/22/05) G #3 Greg Paulus (6.4 ppg, 5.1 apg; First career games vs. Florida State) G #4 J.J. Redick (27.8 ppg, 2.4 apg; 31 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, 1/22/05) G #15 Sean Dockery (8.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/22/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE-- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Duke leads, 24-4 Last Game: Jan. 22, 2005; Duke 88, Florida State 56 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 2, 2003; Florida State 75, Duke 70 Last Duke Win: Jan. 22, 2005; Duke 88, Florida State 56 Last Florida State Win In Durham: None Last Duke Win In Durham: Jan. 29, 2004; Duke 56, Florida State 49 Florida State vs. Duke, Current Streak: Duke has won 4 Leonard Hamilton vs. Duke: 1-4
FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE – THE LAST GAME
J.J. Redick scored a season-high 31 points and No. 4 Duke remained unbeaten with an 88-56 victory over Florida State on Jan. 22, 2005 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Blue Devils jumped to an 18-8 lead and steadily building it to as many as 33 late in the game. Redick was nine of 18 from the floor, including eight of 11 from 3-point distance and perfect in five tries at the line. Isaiah Swann came off the bench to lead Florida State with 13 points and Von Wafer added 10, eight in the second half. Daniel Ewing added 14 points, and Shelden Williams contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds to help Duke to a 37-28 advantage on the boards. Shavlik Randolph was five-for-five from the field and finished with 10 points. Florida State started cold, hitting just four of its first 20 field goal tries as Duke bolted to a 31-14 lead. Duke shot 55.4 percent for the game to Florida State’s 33.3 percent.