Feb. 28, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two of its last four home games against Duke, plays host to the Blue Devils in its final home game of the regular season on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked Duke, 77-76, on Jan. 6, 2003 and beat the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils, 75-70, on Feb. 2, 2003 at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Duke with 17 overall wins and seven ACC wins. The 17 overall wins is five more than the Seminoles earned during the 2004-05 season (12) and the seven conference wins is three more than they earned in conference play last season (four). The Seminoles’ seven conference wins ranks as the third highest ACC victory total and the most since winning 12 during the 1992-93 season. The Seminoles enter their game against Duke with a 12-2 record (.857 winning percentage) at home which includes five consecutive wins dating back to its victory over Clemson on Feb. 1. Florida State’s five consecutive victories in the Tucker Center include four straight ACC wins over Clemson (Feb. 1), Georgia Tech (Feb. 9), Virginia (Feb. 18) and Maryland (Feb. 22) and a non-conference victory over UMass (Feb. 12). It marks the 16th time in school history the Seminoles have won at least 12 home games in a single season – and second time in the four-year tenure of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton – that Florida State has won at least 12 home games in a single season. Following Wednesday night’s game against Duke the Seminoles will close out the regular season as they travel to play at Miami Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
ALL ACC CANDIDATE Al Thornton EARNS ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 First-Team. Thornton, who has developed into one of the nation’s top players, enters Wednesday’s game averaging a career-high 16.4 points and a career-high 6.7 rebounds per game. He is joined on the All-District Team by Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite of Miami, Jermareo Davidson of Alabama and Taureen Green of Florida. Thornton is one of eight ACC players who earned All-District First Team honors. He his joined by J.J. Redick and Sheldon Williams of Duke (District 5), Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina (District 5), Sean Singletary of Virginia (District 5) and Justin Gray of Wake Forest (District 5).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Duke and win its 18th game of the season – that total would be six more wins than it earned last season and the most since the Tim Pickett-led Seminoles won 19 games in advancing to the second round of the NIT during the 2003-04 season;
…Defeat Duke and earn its eighth ACC victory of the season thus ensuring the Seminoles at least a .500 record in ACC play. The Seminoles have finished .500 or better in the ACC only twice since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season (11-5 in 1991-92 and 12-4 in 1992-93);
…Defeat Duke and gain the second victory over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in school history. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 Duke, 77-76, on Jan. 6, 2003 here in the Donald L. Tucker Center;
…Defeat Duke and earn a win on senior night for the third time in the last four seasons. The current Seminole seniors (Todd Galloway, Diego Romero and Andrew Wilson) are 2-1 in the final home games of a season during their careers.
GALLOWAY, ROMERO AND WILSON HONORED ON SENIOR NIGHT VS. DUKE
Seniors Todd Galloway (Baltimore, Md.), Andrew Wilson (Kennesaw, Ga.) and Diego Romero (Comodoro, Rivadavia, Argentina) will be honored prior to Wednesday night’s game against Duke for their dedication and loyalty to the program. Galloway has played in 118 consecutive games (56 consecutive starting assignments) and is tied for eighth in school history for total number of games played; Romero has played in every game in the last two seasons (56) after transferring from Lon Morris Junior College and Wilson recently set the ongoing school record for games played in a career. He will play in his 125th game as a Seminole Wednesday night against Duke.
FLORIDA STATE HAS…
…Won 17 games this season and enters Wednesday’s game against Duke looking to win its 18th game of the season. The Seminoles have won more than 17 games only once in the last seven seasons (19-14 during the 2003-04 season);
…Averaged 15.9 wins per season in 59 years of basketball at the varsity level at Florida State. The Seminoles have a 925-694 record (15.7 wins per season) and have already surpassed their average wins per season mark with 17 victories.
Florida State enters Wednesday’s night victory with eight wins over nationally ranked teams at home in Tallahassee in the last five years. Included in those eight victories is the first victory in school history over a No. 1 ranked team as the Seminoles beat Duke during the 2001-02 season (Jan. 6, 2002; 77-76) and a victory over the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils during the 2002-03 season (Feb. 2, 2003; 75-70).
MORE ON BEATING RANKED OPPONENTS IN TALLAHASSEE
In addition to defeating eight ranked ACC teams in the last four years at home in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team in 15 consecutive seasons. The Seminoles defeated No. 22 South Carolina on their way to the Metro Conference tournament championship in their final year in the Metro to begin their 15-year streak. Florida State then continued its streak in their its ever ACC game with a win over No. 5 ranked North Carolina (Dec. 15, 1991, 86-74) in its first trip to the Dean Smith Center as an ACC member. Florida State has defeated 34 ranked teams since becoming a member of the ACC for the 1991-92 season.
…Has more wins this season (17) in 25 games than they had all of last season (12) in 31 games;
…Has earned more steals this season (238) in 25 games then they had all of last season (216) in 31 games;
…Has made more free throws in fewer attempts (418 of 595) in 25 games this season then they did all of last season (416 of 626) in 31 games;
…Has been credited with nearly as many assists (352/14.1 apg) in 25 games this season then they were all of last season (394/12.7 apg).
…Is 6-1 after a loss this season and has not lost more than two games in a row all season long.
…Was 5-3 during the month of February this season after finishing the month of February with an 0-8 record during the 2004-05 season.
AGAINST DUKE ON FEBRUARY 4TH IN CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM…
…Florida State scored its ACC season high of 96 points;
…Florida State scored 96 points as they made a season-high 42 field goals. The Seminoles made only two 3-point field goals and added 10 free throws – meaning they made 40 2-point field goals;
…Florida State shot a season-high .909 from the free throw line and made their final six shots from the line during the game. The Seminoles were a perfect five-of-five from the line in the second half and made their only attempt in the overtime period.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (16.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 37 pts and 15 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/06) F #32 Alexander Johnson (12.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 13 pts and 11 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/06) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.4 ppg, 3.0 apg; pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke. 1/22/05) G #4 Todd Galloway (7.6 ppg, 3.3 apg; 9 asts and 6 rebs vs. Duke, 3/6/03) G #21 Jason Rich (10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 20 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/06) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 11 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/01) F #25 Diego Romero (4.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 7 pts and 4 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/06) G #10 Ralph Mims (4.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 9 pts and 4 asts vs. Duke, 2/4/06) G #11 Jerel Allen (3.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 2 pts and 2 stls vs. Duke, 2/4/06) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/06) F #41 Uche Echefu (2.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/06)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR DUKE F #2 Josh McRoberts (8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 7 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, 2/4/06) F #23 Shelden Williams (18.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg; 27 pts and 13 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/4/06) C #3 Greg Paulus (6.4 ppg, 5.9 apg; 3 pts and 7 asts vs. Florida State, 2/4/06) G #4 J.J. Redick (28.0 ppg, 2.7 apg; 36 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, 2/4/06) G #15 Sean Dockery (8.9 ppg, 2.9 apg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/22/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Duke leads, 25-4 Last Game: Feb. 4, 2006; Duke 97, Florida State 96 (OT) Last Florida State Win: Feb. 2, 2003; Florida State 75, Duke 70 Last Duke Win: Feb. 4, 2006; Duke 97, Florida State 96 (OT) Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 2, 2003; Florida State 75, Duke 70 Last Duke Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 22, 2005; Duke 88, Florida State 56 Florida State vs. Duke, Current Streak: Duke has won 5 Leonard Hamilton vs. Duke: 1-4
FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE – THE LAST GAME
J.J. Redick had a go-ahead 3-pointer and scored eight of his 36 points in overtime, helping No. 2 Duke hold off Florida State 97-96 on Feb. 4, 2006 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Shelden Williams added 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils. Todd Galloway made a running 3-pointer just before the final buzzer for the Seminoles. Florida State led 91-89 with about two minutes remaining in overtime following a jumper by Al Thornton, for two of his 37 points that tied a career high. Redick scored in the lane to tie it, and after Isaiah Swann missed on the other end, Duke gave the ball to Redick. His effort from beyond the arc in the corner swished through to make it 94-91, and he later made one of two free throws to increase the margin to four. Galloway drove to make it a two-point game, and Williams clanged two free throws off the rim to give Florida State a chance. But Galloway’s drive to the basket was thwarted by Williams, and despite replays that clearly showed the ball going out of bounds off Williams, the Blue Devils were given possession. This time, Williams made both at the line when he was fouled, and the victory was finally secure. Jason Rich had 20 points for the Seminoles.