Feb. 12, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won 13 of its 15 games played at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center this season, plays host to Georgia Tech on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in a game televised regionally by Lincoln Financial Sports. The Seminoles are 4-2 at home in their six home conference games with two remaining – Tuesday against Georgia Tech and next Saturday (Feb. 24) against NC State. Florida State has won three of its last five games overall and four of its last five games at home since defeating Virginia Tech at home (82-73) on Jan. 17. The Seminoles have played well at home this season with a 13-2 record (.867 winning percentage) – its two losses have come against Boston College and Clemson who have combined to win 37 games this season. The Seminoles also defeated then No. 23 Virginia Tech (Jan. 17, 82-73) at their home arena. With four wins in six conference games this season, the Seminoles have won nine of their last 11 (.818 winning percentage) ACC games played at home. Florida State won their final five conference games of the 2005-06 season – a streak that included an 80-79 victory over Georgia Tech (Feb. 9). Following Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles travel to play at Virginia (Feb. 17, 1:00 p.m.) and at Maryland (Feb. 21, 9:00 p.m.) before returning home for Senior Night ceremonies against NC State (Feb. 24; 1:00 p.m.).
THORNTON STEPS UP IN ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR BATTLE
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton leads the ACC in total points scored with 471 and ranks first in the ACC in conference scoring with a 22.3 points per game scoring average. He is the only starter in the league who has scored in double figures in each of his teams games (25) and has scored at least 20 points in seven of 11 ACC games. Thornton also leads the league in field goals made (161), field goals attempted (311) and ranks seventh in field goal percentage (.518). On the defensive end of the court, Thornton ranks 10th in the league in rebounding (6.7 rpg) and fourth in offensive rebounding (3.0 orpg).
SEMINOLES RANKED SECOND NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State, which is bidding to lead the ACC and the NCAA in free throw shooting percentage for the first time, enters Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked second nationally in free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent in 18 of their last 19 games and are the only ACC team ranked in the nation’s top 30 in the free throw shooting percentage category.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and wins its sixth ACC game of the season. It would mark the first time since the 1997 and 1998 seasons that the Seminoles had won at least six ACC games in consecutive seasons. Florida State earned a 9-7 ACC record and a fifth place finish in the ACC standings during the 2005-06 season;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its 18th game of the season. The Seminoles did not win their 18th game of the season a year ago until March 1, 2006 with a victory over then No. 1 ranked Duke in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win their 14th home game of the 2006-07 season. It would mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles had won 14 home games. The Seminoles were 14-3 at the Donald L. Tucker last season.
SEMINOLES WITH WINS OVER NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has numerous impressive wins on its 2006-07 resume entering Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech. The Seminoles have a victory over Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66) which enters the week of Feb. 12 ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team. Florida State is one of only two teams (also Kansas) which has earned a victory over the Gators this season. The Seminoles also have a victory on the road at Duke (Feb. 4, 68-67) and against Providence away from home (Dec. 29, 92-62 at the St. Pete Times Forum). The Friars (15-8 overall) also have scored a win over then No. 15 Marquette.
MORE ON THE SEMINOLES NATIONAL FREE THROW RANKING
Led by eight players who are all shooting .762 or better from the free throw line, the Seminoles are ranked first in the ACC and second in the nation in free throw shooing. Florida State has shot better than 70 percent in 22 of their 25 games this season and, if the team can keep up (or improve) their current free throw shooting statistics they would set a school record.
Seminoles Ranked Second Nationally Rank Team FTM FTA Pct. Notes 1. California 310 392 .791 Pac 10 Leader 2. Florida State 369 472 .782 ACC Leader 3. Villanova 415 534 .777 Big East Leader 4. Gonazga 440 570 .772 WCC Leader 5. Utah State 372 482 .772 WAC Leader
SEMINOLES IMPROVING ASSIST:TURNOVER RATIO
Florida State committed a season-low seven turnovers against Boston College Sunday and are averaging only 10.8 turnovers per game in its last seven games. The Seminoles are averaging nearly four fewer turnovers in their last five games (10.8) than they are for the entire season (14.5). The Seminoles have cut that season-long turnover statistic down, also, as they average under 13 turnovers per game in ACC play. The Seminoles have an even 1:1 assist:turnover ratio in their last 10 games (all ACC contests) and ranked sixth in league games only as compared to their 0.9:1 ratio and 1oth place league standing for the entire season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #12 Al Thornton (18.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 20 pts and 7 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 20, 2005) F #41 Uche Echefu (7.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 13 pts and 3 stls vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.8 ppg, 3.3 apg; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) G #10 Ralph Mims (5.0 ppg, 2.3 apg; 6 pts and 3 asts vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (11.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 12 pts and 4 asts vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #11 Jerel Allen (4.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.2 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 5 pts and 0 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) F #42 Ryan Reid (3.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 1 pt and 1 reb vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GEORGIA TECH F #11 Mouhammad Faye (4.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 4 pts and 2 stls vs. Florida State, Jan. 13, 2007) F #32 Jeremis Smith (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 6 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 9, 2006) F #33 Thaddeus Young (14.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 14 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 13, 2007) C #4 Ra'Sean Dickey (8.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 19 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 9, 2006) G #1 Javaris Crittenton (13.9 ppg, 5.6 apg; 23 pts and 5 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 13, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 29-26 Last Game: Jan. 13, 2007; at Georgia Tech 88, Florida State 80 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 9, 2006; at Florida State 80, Georgia Tech 79 Last Georgia Tech Win: Jan. 13, 2007; at Georgia Tech 88, Florida State 80 Last Florida State win in Tallahassee: Feb. 9, 2006; at Florida State 80, Georgia Tech 79 Last Georgia Tech win in Tallahassee: Feb. 20, 2005; Georgia Tech 76, at Florida State 75 Current Streak vs. Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 3-6
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST GAME
Freshman Javaris Crittenton scored 23 points, senior Mario West scored 18 and Georgia Tech overcame a slow start to defeat Florida State 88-80 on Jan. 13 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta. Florida State trailed by as many as 13 in the opening half before closing to 41-34 at the break. But the Seminoles got off a sloppy start in the second half, turning the ball over on six straight possessions at one point, and never got any closer than five points the rest of the way. Georgia natives Toney Douglas and Al Thornton led the Seminoles. Douglas scored 22 points, while Thornton had 20.