Jan. 31, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Clemson in its fourth ACC home game of the 2005-06 season Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. With two ACC road wins already on their record, the Seminoles enter their game against Clemson looking to even their record at 2-2 at home. Florida State has won seven of their nine home games this season including a victory over Virginia Tech (Jan. 7, 74-68) in its conference opener. The Seminoles are 7-2 at home, 2-0 in games played at neutral sites and 3-3 in true road games this season. Dating back to the final home game of the 2004-05 season, the Seminoles are 8-2 (.800 winning percentage) at home. During the month of February, Florida State will play five of their eight games at home – four conference games (Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Maryland) and one non-conference game (Massachusetts) and only three on the road (at Duke, at NC State and at Virginia Tech). Florida State is 13-5 all-time at home against Clemson and has won six of the last eight meetings played in Tallahassee against the Tigers since the 1998-99 season. Florida State travels to play at No. 2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday February 4 at Noon. That game will be televised by Fox Sports – Florida.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES 12-5 START TO THE 2005-06 SEASON…
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson with 12 victories. It the most victories by the end of the month of January since the Seminoles earned 12 wins by Dec. 30 during the 2003-04 season. The Seminoles finished that season with a 19-14 record and advanced to the second round of the NIT;
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game with a 3-4 record in ACC play. The last time the Seminoles had three wins in conference play by the end of the month of January was during the 2003-04 season when the Seminoles were 3-5 at the end of the first half of their ACC schedule;
The last time the Seminoles had four or more ACC wins before the end of January was during the 1998-99 season when they 5-3 at the mid-point of their ACC schedule;
…Florida State won a season-high seven consecutive games from Nov. 29 against Purdue (W, 97-57) through Dec. 31 against Nebraska (W, 74-60). It was the Seminoles’ longest winning streak since winning 10 consecutive to open the 2003-04 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and win its 13th game of the season. A 13th win for the Seminoles would be more than they had last season (12) and more than they earned in during the 1999-00 (12-17), 2000-01 (nine) and 2001-02 (12) seasons;
…Defeat Clemson and win its fourth ACC game of the season. A fourth conference win for the Seminoles would be as many conference wins as the Seminoles earned during the 2004-05 season (four);
…Defeat Clemson and win for the third time in the last six games against the Tigers. The Seminoles most recently defeated the Tigers at home on Feb. 14, 2004 and at the ACC Tournament on March 13, 2003;
…Defeat Clemson and finish the first half of their ACC schedule with a 4-4 record. The last time the Seminoles had a .500 or better record at the mid-way point of the conference race was during the 2003-04 season when they had a 4-4 record after eight of 16 ACC games.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO SHOOT WELL FROM THE FIELD
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson ranked second in the ACC with a .504 team field goal shooting percentage for the season. The Seminoles have hovered around the 50 percent mark for the entire season and have shot better than 50 percent in five of the last six games. Florida State shot a season-high .603 from the field in its victory over Purdue (Nov. 29, 97-47) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and shot an ACC season high of .600 from the field in its overtime victory over Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82). Florida State is shooting better from this field and the 3-point line this season as compared to last season.
INCREASED SHOOTING PERCENTAGE EQUALS MORE MADE FIELD GOALS
With its increased field goal shooting percentage, Florida State is making more field goals per game this season and averaging more points scored per game this season as compared to last season. The Seminoles enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson averaging 80.3 points scored per game – good for the third best scoring average in the league. Florida State has upped their shooting percentage and is making nearly four field goals more per game this season as compared to last season.
FLORIDA STATE BLISTERING THE BASKET FROM LONG RANGE
Led by five players who are shooting 40 percent or better from the 3-point line, Florida State enters Wednesday’s game shooting .399 from the bonusphere. The Seminoles are ranked third in the ACC in 3-point field goal shooting percentage. In the last five games, the Seminoles are shooting an amazing .506 from the bonusphere to raise their season long percentage to nearly .400 percent. Florida State shot better than 50 percent from the 3-point line only once in the first 12 games and have shot better than 50 percent four times in its last five games.
SEMINOLES’ HISTORY FROM THE 3-POINT RANGE
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson shooting nearly .400 from the 3-point line for the season. The Seminoles have shot .400 percent or better from the field only twice in school history but have not finished at 40 percent or better from long range since the 1987-88 season.
FLORIDA STATE HOLDING ONTO THE BASKETBALL AND ASSISTING ON BASKETS
Florida State has enjoyed a positive assist:turnover ratio in its last two and three of its last five games. The last five games have been very prosperous for the Seminoles as they have earned a 1.2:1 ratio with 81 assists (16.2apg) and only 68 turnovers (13.6 tog). The Seminoles are also positing a positive ration in their seven ACC games with 98 assists and only 96 turnovers.
SEMINOLES AVERAGING 80.3 POINTS PER GAME
Florida State is ranked third in the ACC with an 80.3 points per game scoring average and has scored 80 or more points eight times this season. The Seminoles are 6-2 this season when they scored 80 points or more in a single game. Florida State scored 80 points or more six times in 31 games during the entire 2004-05 season and was 5-1 when scoring 80 points or more in a game. The Seminoles are 11-3 in the last two years when scoring 80 or more points in a game.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (15.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 15 pts and 4 rebs vs. Clemson, 2/27/05) F #32 Alexander Johnson (11.8 ppg, 5.8 ppg; 20 pts and 3 rebs vs. Clemson, 1/12/05) G #3 Isaiah Swann (9.3 ppg, 3.2 apg; 8 pts and 3 asts vs. Clemson, 2/27/05) G #4 Todd Galloway (7.8 ppg, 3.7 apg; 11 pts and 2 asts vs. Clemson, 2/22/03) G #21 Jason Rich (10.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 8 pts and 1 reb vs. Clemson, 2/27/05) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 7 pts and 2 asts vs. Clemson, 1/31/01) F #25 Diego Romero (5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 4 pts and 5 rebs vs. Clemson, 2/27/05) G #10 Ralph Mims (3.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Clemson, 1/12/05) G #11 Jerel Allen (4.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg; 5 pts and 4 rebs vs. Clemson, 1/4/06) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.9 ppg, 21.8 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, 1/4/06) F #41 Uche Echefu (2.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Clemson, 1/4/06)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON F #32 Sam Perry (6.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 3 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/4/06) F #42 Julius Powell (4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 6 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/4/06) C #33 Akin Akingbala (10.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 5 pts and 8 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/4/06) G #3 Vernon Hamilton (13.2 ppg, 3.4 apg; 12 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/27/05) G #25 Cliff Hammonds (9.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 10 pts and 4 asts vs. Florida State, 2/27/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON-- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 24-21 Last Game: Jan. 4, 2006; Clemson 61, Florida State 55 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 14, 2004; Florida State 65, Clemson 52 Last Clemson Win: Jan. 4, 2006; Clemson 61, Florida State 55 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 14, 2004; Florida State 65, Clemson 52 Last Clemson Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 12, 2005; Clemson 56, Florida State 54 Florida State vs. Clemson, Current Streak: Clemson has won 3 Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 3-5 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST GAME
Clemson made 10 of 16 free throw attempts in the final seven and a half minutes to hang on to beat Florida State 61-55 in the conference opener for both teams on Jan. 4 in Clemson. The Tigers scored just five field goals in the second half, one in the final 13:30 and shot just 22 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game at 36 percent. Shawn Robinson led Clemson with 12 points and five rebounds. Troy Mathis and Vernon Hamilton added 10 points apiece for the Tigers. Florida State was led by Al Thornton with 12 points and Alexander Johnson with 11. The Tigers opened the second half by increasing their six-point halftime lead to double digits at 41-30 with 18:45 left. A bank shot by Jerel Allen at the 12:55 mark cut the Clemson lead to 46-42. The Seminoles got within three, 47-44, with 9:26 to play. But the Tigers put together five straight points on two free throws and a 3-point basket by Cliff Hammonds for a 52-44 lead at the 7:22 mark. An inside basket by Thornton got Florida State to within two 53-51 with 2:55 left, but the Seminoles would get no closer.
JOHNSON EARNS FIRST ACC DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior Alexander Johnson scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against Miami on Sunday to earn the first ACC double-double of his career. It marked the second double-double of Johnson’s career who was named to the ACC All-Freshmen team during the 2003-04 season when he averaged 9.5 points and 4.2 rebound per game.
IN Alexander Johnson’s LAST THREE GAMES…
…He has scored 48 points and is averaging 16.0 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all three games and scored 17 points each against North Carolina (Jan. 22) and Miami (Jan. 29);
…Has pulled down 23 rebounds and is averaging 7.6 rebounds per game. He pulled down 10 rebounds against Miami (Jan. 29);
…He is shooting .516 from the field and has made half of his shots or more in each of the last three games. He is shooting .543 for the season and is one of six Florida State player who is shooting 50 percent or better from the field.