Jan. 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won seven of its last nine games, plays host to Maryland in its third Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 12 Noon at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game fresh from a victory over NC State on Tuesday night in which they gained their first conference road win in their first conference road game of the season. The Seminoles come into their game against the Terps with a 1-1 record in ACC play with a loss to No. 2/2 Duke and a victory at NC State. Florida State has defeated Maryland three consecutive times at home with wins coming during the 2003-04 (Dec. 28, 2003; 96-79), 2005-06 (Feb. 21, 2006; 71-60) and 2006-07 seasons (Jan. 30, 2007; 96-79) seasons. Florida State won its 14th game of the season against NC State and enters Saturday’s game with a winning percentage of .824. The Seminoles’ victory over NC State gave them a victory over teams from the ACC (NC State), the Big East (Cincinnati), the Pac-10 (No. 22/23 California) and the SEC (then No. 21/23 Florida). Florida State’s victory over then No. 21/23 Florida marked the 19th consecutive season it has defeated at least one ranked team. Following Saturday’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles will play two consecutive road games at Miami (Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.) and at Virginia (Jan. 24, 4:00 p.m.).
DOUGLAS CONTINUES TO RANK AS AN ACC LEADER
Senior All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas, who scored 21 points in the Seminoles’ victory over NC State on Tuesday, leads the ACC in 20+point scoring games (nine), and total minutes played (601) while ranking second in total points (315), total steals (34) and tied for fourth in total 3-point field goals made (34). He enters Saturday’s game against Maryland ranked 22nd in school history with 1,219 points in 81 career games (15.04 career points per game) and is currently one of only 21 players in school history to average 15.0 or more points per game for his entire career. Douglas is averaging 19.5 points in his first two ACC games – nearly two points higher than his scoring average in 16 ACC games last season and more than one point more than her averaged during the Seminoles’ 15-game non conference schedule. He earned two steals in the Seminoles’ victory over NC State to push his career total to 202 and his Seminole total to 159. Douglas averages1.8 steals/game for his ENTIRE career and 1.96 steals/game for his FLORIDA STATE career.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Maryland and win its fourth consecutive home game against the Terps. It would mark the first time in the series that the Seminoles have won four straight home games against the Terps;
… Defeat Maryland and gain its 15th victory of the season. It would mark the earliest date in school history the Seminoles would have reached the 15-victory plateau;
…Defeat Maryland and up its ACC record to 2-1. It would mark the second time since the 2005-06 season and the second time under head coach Leonard Hamilton that the Seminoles have won at least two of their first three conference games;
…Defeat Maryland and give head coach Leonard Hamilton his 121st victory as the Seminoles’ head coach. Saturday’s game against Maryland’s Gary Williams marks the third of six games this season that matches Hamilton (the 23rd winningest coach in ACC history) against another of the top-25 winningest coaches in ACC history (Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Williams, Cliff Ellis at Coastal Carolina, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt.)
SEMINOLES GOING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State, which has outrebounded each of its last three opponents, has a +8t rebounding margin in its first two ACC games. The Seminoles outrebounded Duke by nine (43-34) and NC State by seven (35-28) in splitting their first two ACC games of the season. Florida State has now outrebounded 11 of its first 17 opponents.
FLORIDA STATE STEALING AND GOING THE OTHER WAY
Led by All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas’s 34 steals, Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Maryland ranked fifth in the ACC in steals with a 9.0 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned double figure steals in its first two ACC games, each of its last four games and in nine of its first 17 games of the 2008-09 season. Florida State’s 153 steals is ranked third in the ACC for total number of steals and its total is more than twice as many as NC State’s total of 69 through the Wolfpack’s first 14 games of the season. The Seminoles have earned 12 steals in both of their first two ACC games against Duke and NC State. Florida State’s steals leader has had at least three steals in 12 of its first 17 games of the season.
SEMINOLES FINDING THEIR MARK FROM THE FIELD
Florida State shot .527 from the field (their second highest percentage of the season) in its victory over NC State on Tuesday night. It marked the third time in the last four games the Seminoles have shot 45 percent or better from the field. The Seminoles .527 field goal shooting mark against NC State was the third time in the last two seasons that they have shot better than 50 percent from the field against an ACC team. The Seminoles shot .510 from the field against Georgia Tech (Dec. 30, 2007) and at Virginia Tech (Jan. 29, 2008) last season.
FLORIDA STATE HOLDING ON TO THE BASKETBALL
Florida State is averaging 13.0 turnovers in its last two games (both ACC contests) as compared to its average of 1.6 turnovers per game during its 15-game non conference schedule. The Seminoles were charged with fewer turnovers than both Duke (14-17) and NC State (12-16) in splitting its first two conference games of the season. The Seminoles had only five turnovers in the second half of their victory over the Wolfpack on Tuesday night.
FLORIDA STATE HEATING UP FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State, which is looking to lead the ACC in free throw percentage for the school-record third consecutive season, is shooting nearly 80 percent from the free throw line in its first two ACC games. The Seminoles have shot better that 80 percent in both of their first two ACC games. Florida State has shot at least 72 percent in four of its last five games and have made more free throws (282) than seven other ACC teams and has made as made free throws (282) as Virginia has attempted through its first 13 games of the 2008-09 season (282).
TO CLOSE OUT THE SEMINOLES WIN OVER NC STATE…
…In the final 6:13 of their win over NC State on Tuesday night, the Seminoles outscored the Wolfpack, 19-2, made nine of their final 11 free throw attempts and made five of their final six field goal attempts. The Seminoles made their final six free throw attempts of the game to close out the victory.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (9.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg; First career game vs. Maryland) F #41 Uche Echefu (8.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 7 pts and 10 rebs vs. Maryland, Feb. 21, 2007) C #32 Solomon Alabi (6.8 ppg, 2.0 bpg; First career game vs. Maryland) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg; First career game vs. Maryland) G #23 Toney Douglas (18.5 ppg, 2.0 spg; 17 pts and 4 stls vs. Maryland Feb. 16, 2008) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.1 ppg, 2.4 apg; First career game vs. Maryland) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Maryland, Feb. 16, 2008) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Maryland, Feb. 16, 2008) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game vs. Maryland) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game vs. Maryland) G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Maryland, Feb. 16, 2008)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MARYLAND F #1 Landon Milbourne (12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 18 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 16, 2008) F #35 Dave Neal (7.6 ppg. 4.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 16, 2008) C #5 Eric Hayes (10.0 ppg, 3.3 apg; 8 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 16, 2008) G #21 Greivis Vasquez (17.8 ppg, 4.9 apg; 20 pts and 8 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 16, 2008) G #22 Adrian Bowie (10.4 ppg, 2.6 apg; 4 pts and 1 ast vs. Florida State, Feb. 16, 2008)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Maryland leads, 26-9 Last Game: Feb. 16, 2008; at Maryland 82, Florida State 72 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 30, 2007; at Florida State 96, Maryland 79 Last Maryland Win: Feb. 16, 2008; at Maryland 82, Florida State 72 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 30, 2007; at Florida State 96, Maryland 79 Last Maryland Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 12, 2003; Maryland 74, at Florida State 72 Current Streak: Maryland has won 2 / Florida State has won 3 at home Leonard Hamilton vs. Maryland: 3-6
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND – THE LAST GAME
Greivis Vasquez had 20 points and eight assists, Landon Milbourne added 18 points and Maryland rallied in the second half to beat Florida State 82-72 on Feb. 16, 2008 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. James Gist scored 17 points and Bambale Osby 14 for the Terrapins. Ralph Mims scored a career-high 26 points for Florida State. Toney Douglas added 17 points for Florida State and Jason Rich had 12 points for the Seminoles. Maryland overcame an erratic first half to take control down the stretch, going 14-for-23 from the floor in the second half. Vasquez sparked an 11-2 run that opened the second half and turned around an eight-point halftime deficit. Vasquez knocked down three straight 3-pointers for a 43-42 Maryland lead with 17:55 left. Florida State kept it close before a 3-point play by Osby started a 10-2 Terrapin spree that wiped away the Seminoles’ 57-56 lead, their final one of the game.