Dec. 17, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won 18 consecutive non-conference home games, plays host to the College of Charleston on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles have won six of their last seven games since defeating Georgia State on Nov. 20 (78-48) and are perfect at home this season with a 7-0 record inside the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State was 11-0 in non-conference home games last season and has not lost at home to a since the end of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles’ game against the Cougars is their final home game of the month of December – they will return home next as they play host to La Salle on Jan. 5. Following Tuesday’s game against Charleston, the Seminoles will travel to play at Providence of the Big East in a game now scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The Seminoles will then begin ACC play at Georgia Tech in a nationally televised game on Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m.
SEMINOLES LEAD ACC; RANKED SECOND NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PCT.
Florida State, which has shot at least 80 percent from the free throw line in five of its first 12 games of the season, IS RANKED FIRST IN THE ACC AND SECOND IN THE NATION with a .791 team free throw shooting percentage entering Tuesday’s game against Charleston. The Seminoles’ .791 free throw shooting percentage is six percentage points higher than North Carolina – the second ranked free throw shooting team in the ACC. The Seminoles are shooting .791 from the line while the Tar Heels are ranked second with a .731 mark. The Seminoles are one of only six teams in the ACC that is shooting 70 percent or better from the free throw line. Florida State led the ACC in free throw shooting percentage with a school-record .758 mark during the 2006-07 season.
SWANN, DOUGLAS AT THE HEAD OF THE ACC CLASS
Senior guard Isaiah Swann leads the ACC in 3-point field goals made with 33 while junior guard Toney Douglas leads the ACC with 33 steals and a 2.75 steals per game average. Swann is shooting .471 from the bonusphere and is the only player in the league with more than 23 3-point field goals made so far this season. Douglas is the only player in the ACC with 30 or more steals.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Charleston and run its non-conference home winning streak to 19 games. The Seminoles are undefeated at home in non-conference games in the last two seasons and last fell at home to a non-ACC opponent against South Carolina in the second round of the NIT on March 21, 2006;
…Defeat Charleston and win its 26th consecutive non-conference regular season game at home. The Seminoles have not lost to a non-ACC opponent at home during the regular season since Dec. 12, 2004.
SEMINOLES WELCOME BOBBY CREMINS BACK TO TUCKER CENTER
Florida State will play host to the College of Charleston and its second-year Head Coach Bobby Cremins on Dec. 18. Cremins guided Georgia Tech to the Final Four in 1996. The silver-haired Cremins is no stranger to the Donald L. Tucker Center having broadcast numerous games for the Lincoln Financial / Jefferson Pilot ACC Television package within the last six seasons. The Seminoles were 11-8 against Cremins when he was the head coach at Georgia Tech from 1982-2000. The Seminoles and Yellow Jackets met annually when Florida State joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Florida State was 5-4 at home in the Tucker Center against Cremins and his Yellow Jackets.
SEMINOLES WELCOME FORMER SEMINOLE Andrew Wilson HOME
In playing host to the College of Charleston, the Seminoles will welcome back one of their favorite sons – Andrew Wilson – to the gymnasium where he played for six years during his career as a Seminole. Wilson, who was recruited by Bobby Cremins to play at Georgia Tech, opted to play for Florida State, where he completed his career during following the 2005-06 season. He averaged a career-high 6.3 points while helping the Seminoles to the second round of the NIT in 2006. Wilson played in a school-record 129 games at FSU, and earned a master’s degree in sports administration. He was named to the ACC Academic team three times, named to the ACC Honor Roll four times and named to the Dean’s List three times.
FLORIDA STATE HOUNDING THEIR OPPONENTS
Florida State’s defense has forced their opponents into a total of 203 turnovers in the first 12 games (16.9 forced turnovers per game) of the 2007-08 season. The Seminoles are forcing nearly one full turnover more this season than they did in finishing fourth in the ACC in the turnovers forced category last season. The Seminoles have forced 15 or more turnovers in eight of their first 12 games including forcing Nicholls State into 27 and Georgia State into 26 turnovers in defeating the Colonels and Panthers, respectively.
STANDOUT SEMINOLE TURNOVER NOTE
Florida State forced Butler into 15 turnovers as the Seminoles traveled to Indianapolis to face the Bulldogs in the Wooden Tradition on Dec. 15. The Bulldogs entered the games ranked second in the nation in fewest turnovers committed, 10.1, and were forced into a season-high 15 miscues by the Seminoles’ defense. The previous high number of turnovers committed by the Bulldogs was 13 in a loss to Detroit.
SEMINOLES EARNING STEALS
Florida State has earned a total of 114 steals in the first 12 games (9.5 steals per game) of the 2007-08 season. The have earned double figure steals in five different games (18 against Nicholls State, 15 against Georgia State, 11 against Minnesota, 14 against Samford and 11 against Butler). The Seminoles’ 11 steals against Butler came against a team who was ranked second in the nation as they were averaging just over 10 turnovers per game entering their game against the Seminoles. The Seminoles ranked fifth in the ACC last season as they averaged 7.9 steals per game.
STANDOUT SEMINOLE STEALS NOTE
Florida State, which is ranked fourth in the ACC in steals with a 9.5 steals per game average, is the only team in the league with two players ranked in the top five of the individual steals rankings. Junior guard Toney Douglas leads the ACC with a career-high 2.75 steals per game average while senior guard Ralph Mims is ranked fourth in the league with a 2.17 steals per game average.
FLORIDA STATE LIMITING OPPONENTS SCORING
Florida State is ranked fourth in the ACC with a 60.8 points per game scoring defense average. The Seminoles have limited six of their first 12 opponents to less that 60 points scored including three of their last four and five of their last seven opponents. Florida State limited Samford to a season-low 45 points in its 61-45 victory over the Bulldogs and held then No. 24 ranked Florida to a season-low 51 points as the Seminoles’ defeated the Gators, 65-51, in Gainesville (Nov. 23).
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #41 Uche Echefu (10.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 10.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (3.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 3.5 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (14.2 ppg, 3.8 apg; 14.7 ppg and 4.3 apg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
G #23 Toney Douglas (12.7 ppg, 3.0 apg; 13.0 ppg and 3.1 apg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
G #25 Jason Rich (10.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 9.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
…AND TOP RESERVES
F #21 Julian Vaughn (4.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 5.7 ppg and 2.1 rpg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
G #10 Ralph Mims (9.5 ppg, 0.8 apg; 9.4 ppg and 4.4 apg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 2.0 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 5.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 7 games at home in 07-08)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON F #11 Dustin Scott (8.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 10 pts and 6 rebs vs. Houston, 11/18/07) F #44 Antwaine Wiggins (9.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 10 pts and 6 rebs vs. Chattanooga, 12/15/07) C #5 Jermaine Johnson (13.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg; Career-high 26 pts and 10 rebs vs. Char. South, 11/28/07) G #31 Marcus Hammond (4.3 ppg, 2.1 apg; 6 pts and 3 asts vs. Chattanooga, 12/15/07) G #32 Tony White, Jr. (13.0 ppg, 2.8 apg; Career-high 19 pts with 5 3FG made vs. Houston, 11/18/07)FLORIDA STATE VS. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 2-0 Last Game: Dec. 9, 1950; Florida State 74, Charleston 54 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 9, 1950; Florida State 74, Charleston 54 Last Charleston Win: None Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 16, 1949; Florida State 72, Charleston 37 Last Charleston Win In Tallahassee: None Current Streak: Florida State has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. Charleston: First Meeting
FLORIDA STATE VS. CHARLESTON – THE LAST MEETING
Bob Hartman scored 19 points to lead Florida State to a 74-54 victory over Charleston on Dec. 9, 1950 in Charleston, S.C. the last time the Seminoles and the Cougars met in the sport of basketball. Hartman scored seven field goals and five free throws in the win. He was followed in the scoring column by Bob Whitmer with 11 points and Bud Scott with 10 points. The Seminoles jumped out to a 39-21 halftime lead and won the game going away. Tom McLaughlin, who currently ranks as the 36th highest scorer in school history with 1,021 points, scored eight points in the victory. Florida State finished the season with an 18-9 record and a 7-0 record in the Dixie Conference. The Seminoles’ 7-0 conference record allowed them to finish in first place in the regular season conference standings. Following the regular season, the Seminoles advanced to the NAIB National Tournament where they earned victories over South Dakota State and Pepperdine before falling to Millikan College to end their season.