Jan. 15, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two consecutive games against Duke, plays host to the nationally ranked Blue Devils on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game having won nine of their last 12 games including a win at No. 24 Florida (65-51; Nov. 23; the Gators are now 15-2) and a victory at Georgia Tech (66-64, Dec. 30) in their first ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles’ game against Duke is their first ACC home game of the season – the Seminoles are 11-5 at home in ACC games and are 16-16 in ACC games in the last two seasons. Florida State is 9-0 at home this season (they finished undefeated in non-conference games for the second consecutive season) and is 25-3 (.893 winning percentage) at home in the last two seasons. Following Wednesday’s game against Duke, the Seminoles will play their third ACC road game of the season when they travel to play at Wake Forest (Jan. 20, 1:00 p.m.) before returning home for two games against Virginia (Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.) and NC State (Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m.).
FLORIDA STATE RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Duke RANKED SECOND IN THE NATION AND AS THE ACC LEADER with a current school record of .797 team free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles made 31 consecutive free throws during the first and second halves of their victory over La Salle and the first half of their game against Clemson and shot .856 (49 of 57) from the free throw line in their last two games.
HAMILTON GOES FOR VICTORY NO. 300
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton enters Wednesday’s game against Duke looking for the 300th victory of his career and the 100th victory of his career at Florida State.
SWANN TO BECOME FLORIDA STATE’S NEXT 1,000 POINT SCORER
Senior Isaiah Swann enters Wednesday’s game against Duke with 986 career points – he needs 14 points to become the 40th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Duke and win its third consecutive game against the Blue Devils. The Seminoles have won consecutive games against the Blue Devils (March 1, 2006 and Feb. 4, 2007) for the first time in school history entering Wednesday’s game against the Blue Devils;
…Defeat Duke and gain a win over a ranked ACC team for the second consecutive season and for the 10th time in school history. The Seminoles defeated No. 8 Duke in Durham last season (68-67, Feb. 8, 2007) for the first win in school history in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
HAMILTON EARNS EXTENSION FROM FLORIDA STATE PRESIDENT
Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell announced on Nov. 8 that the contract of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Leonard Hamilton has been extended by two years taking his contract with the University through the 2011-2012 season. “Coach Hamilton advocates winning not only on the basketball court but also in the classroom and in the game of life,” said Wetherell. “Coach Hamilton is responsible for developing an exciting basketball program that is headed in the right direction. He builds winning basketball teams and young men of character.”
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against No. 5/7 Duke with 11 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first six years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 11 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006), No. 3 ranked Wake Forest (91-83 in overtime, Jan. 18, 2005), No. 4 ranked Florida (70-66, Dec. 3, 2006) and a victory over the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils during the 2002-03 season (75-70, Feb. 2, 2003).
Seminoles' Victories Over Nationally Ranked Teams Under Leonard Hamilton Date Opponent Ranking Final Score Feb. 2, 2003 Duke No. 5 Florida State 75, Duke 70 Dec. 28, 2003 Maryland No. 24 Florida State 79, Maryland 75 Jan. 22, 2004 North Carolina No. 7 Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 (OT) Jan. 25, 2004 Wake Forest No. 7 Florida State 75, Wake Forest 70 Feb. 3, 2004 Georgia Tech No. 15 Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65 Jan. 18, 2005 Wake Forest No. 3 Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT) March 1, 2006 Duke No. 1 Florida State 79, Duke 74 Dec. 3, 2006 Florida No. 4 Florida State 70, Florida 66 Jan. 17, 2007 Virginia Tech No. 23 Florida State 82, Virginia Tech 73 Feb. 4, 2007 Duke No. 8 Florida State 68, Duke 67 Nov. 23, 2007 Florida No. 24 Florida State 65, Florida 51
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is 39-6 (.867 winning percentage) at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center in the last three seasons.
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State has won all nine of its home games this season, has won 24 of its last 27 home games (.889) and 32 of its last 38 (.842 winning percentage) games at home since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006.
SEMINOLES REWRITING FREE THROW SHOOTING RECORD BOOK
Florida State’s team free throw shooting performance of .938 (32-of-32) in its victory over La Salle on Jan. 5 was the seventh best single game team performance from the line in school history. Through the first 17 games of the 2007-08 season, the Seminoles have earned three of the top 12 single-game free throw shooting marks: .938 vs. La Salle (seventh best), .935 vs. Cleveland State (eighth best) and .914 vs. Georgia Southern (12th best). In the last two seasons, the Seminoles have earned five of the top 14 single game marks in school history as they led the ACC in free throw shooting with a .758 mark and lead the ACC with a .797 mark this season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #33 Matt Zitani (2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game against Duke) F #41 Uche Echefu (12.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs vs. Duke, Feb. 4, 2007) G #3 Isaiah Swann (12.6 ppg, 3.4 apg; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, Jan. 22, 2005) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.9 ppg, 3.1 apg; 15 pts and 4 asts vs. Duke, Feb. 4, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 20 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, Feb. 4, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (10.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg; pts and 4 asts vs. Duke, Feb. 4, 2006) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game against Duke) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs vs. Duke, Feb. 4, 2007)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR DUKE F #12 Kyle Singler (13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg; First career game against Florida State) F #21 DeMarcus Nelson (14.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg; 14 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 4, 2007) F #14 David McClure (1.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 0 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 4, 2007) G #3 Greg Paulus (9.9 ppg, 3.7 apg; 23 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 4, 2007) G #15 Gerald Henderson (13.0 ppg, 1.9 apg; 6 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 4, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Duke leads, 25-6 Last Game: Feb. 4, 2007; Florida State 68, Duke 67 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 4, 2007; Florida State 68, Duke 67 Last Duke Win: Feb. 4, 2006; Duke 97, Florida State 96 (OT) Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: March 1, 2006; Florida State 79, Duke 76 Last Duke Win in Tallahassee: Jan. 22, 2005; Duke 88, Florida State 56 Current Streak: Florida State has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. Duke: 3-4
FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE – THE LAST MEETING
Al Thornton scored 21 points and Florida State stopped Duke cold in the final minute to seal a 68-67 victory over the eighth-ranked Blue Devils. Toney Douglas added 15 points and Uche Echefu had 12 for the Seminoles, who overcame a 17-point deficit to win their third straight. Duke had two late chances after David McClure rebounded Douglas’ miss with about 30 seconds left. The Blue Devils brought it downcourt and called timeout with 7.7 seconds left to set up their final play. DeMarcus Nelson inbounded the ball to Greg Paulus, and he missed a layup. A jump ball was called on the rebound, and the possession arrow pointed toward Duke. Josh McRoberts took the inbounds pass in the lane with about two seconds left, and his floater rimmed out. Nelson’s putback attempt bounced off the rim as time expired. Paulus finished with a career-high 23 points for Duke. Nelson scored 14 points and McRoberts added 12 for Duke, which held Florida State scoreless over the final 3:18 but couldn’t hit the big shot in the final moments. The Seminoles opened up a six-point lead with about 3 minutes remaining when Ryan Reid’s layup made it 68-62 before Duke rallied. The way the Blue Devils shot early, it appeared the Seminoles were headed for their 16th consecutive loss in Durham. Duke burst out to a 27-10 lead midway through the first half behind 12 points from Paulus. But the Seminoles countered with a 23-8 run and held the Blue Devils to one field goal in 7 1/2 minutes and closed to 35-33 on Echefu’s 3-pointer from the key with 1:23 before halftime. They took their first lead on Thornton’s layup 65 seconds into the second half.