Feb. 1, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won 10 of its 12 games at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center this season, plays host to No. 4/4 North Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports as part of its’ ACC Sunday Night Hoops package. The Seminoles enter their game against the Tar Heels looking for their second victory of the season over a nationally ranked team. Florida State won on the road at No. 24 Florida (65-51, Nov. 23) in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the Gator’s campus. The Seminoles won each of their 10 non-conference home games and won their first ACC home game of the season with a victory over Virginia (69-67, Jan. 23) and play the Tar heels in their fourth conference home game of year. For the Seminoles each of their next three games (including Sunday’s Super Bowl Sunday match-up against North Carolina) will be played in the Sunshine State. Following Sunday’s game against North Carolina, the Seminoles will travel to play at Miami (Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.) before returning home to play host to Wake Forest (Feb. 14, 9:00 p.m.).
DOUGLAS ENTERS GAME AGAINST TAR HEELS AS ACC STEALS LEADER
Junior guard Toney Douglas, the ACC’s best perimeter defender, earned three steals against Virginia Tech on Wednesday and enters Sunday’s game against North Carolina as the ACC’s Chief Thief. He has a single-season career-high 60 steals (15 more than second placed Jeff Teague of Wake Forest) and averages a single-season career-high 2.73 steals per game (0.36 steals per game more than Tegaue). Douglas is also the leader in ACC games only with 22 steals (eight more than his next competitors) and is the only league player averaging more than 3.00 steals per game in conference games only. He is bidding to become the fourth Seminole player (Charlie Ward, 1992; Sam Cassell in 1993; and Tim Pickett in 2003) in school history to lead the ACC in steals since Florida State joined the conference for the 1991-92 season. Douglas has 19 steals in six ACC games this season after earning 14 steals in 11 ACC games last season.
DOUGLAS LEADS FLORIDA STATE IN FOUR STATISTICAL CATEGORIES
Junior guard Toney Douglas is the Seminoles leader in four categories: scoring (14.3 ppg), steals (60, 2.7 spg), assists (70, 3.2 apg) and minutes played (34.9 mpg). He ranks in the ACC’s top 15 in all four categories and is one of only two players in the ACC (also Virginia’s Sean Singletary) to rank among the league’s top 15 I scoring, steals, assists and minutes played per game.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina 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.
…Defeat North Carolina and earn its fifth victory over a top-5 ranked team during the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State – all five wins have come at home in the Tucker Center.
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 RANKS FIRST NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Virginia Tech shooting .791 from the free throw line and RANKS FIRST IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC in the free throw shooting percentage Category. Florida State shot its ACC season-high of .850 from the line against NC State and has shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in five of this first six conference games of the 2007-08 season. The Seminoles shot a season-high .938 from the free throw line (30-of-32) in defeating La Salle, 81-76, in Tallahassee on Jan. 5. It marked the third time this season the Seminoles shot better than 90 percent from the free throw line (also .935 vs. Cleveland State and .914 vs. Georgia State). Florida State has now shot 70 percent or better in 18 of 21 games; 80 percent or better in six of 21 games and 90 percent or better in three of its 21 games.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against No. 4/4 North Carolina 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 FORCING TURNOVERS
Florida State is third in the ACC in total number of turnovers forced – 356 – during the first half of the conference schedule. The Seminoles 356 turnovers forced ranked behind only North Carolina’s XXX turnovers forced and Wake Forest’s 360 turnovers forced heading into this weekend’s action. The Seminoles have forced four of their seven opponents into more turnovers than their current season average including forcing Duke into six more turnovers than their season average.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #41 Uche Echefu (11.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 9 pts and 8 rebs vs. North Carolina, March 9, 2007) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 2 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 7, 2007) G #3 Isaiah Swann (12.0 ppg, 2.9 apg; 11 pts and 3 stls vs. North Carolina, March 3, 2005) G #23 Toney Douglas (14.3 ppg, 2.7 spg; 10 pts and 5 asts vs. North Carolina, March 7, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 7, 2007) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 7, 2007) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg; First career game against North Carolina) F #21 Julian Vaughn (3.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg; First career game against North Carolina) F #33 Matt Zitani (1.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg; First career game against North Carolina)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NORTH CAROLINA F #21 Deon Thompson (9.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 4 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 7, 2007) F #50 Tyler Hansbrough (21.8 ppg, 9.9 rpg; 25 pts and 13 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 7, 2007) G #1 Marcus Ginyard (7.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 7 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 7, 2007) G #5 Ty Lawson (14.1 ppg, 5.7 apg; 14 pts and 8 asts vs. Florida State, March 7, 2007) G #22 Wayne Ellington (16.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 18 pts and 2 stls vs. Florida State, March 7, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: North Carolina leads, 36-8 Last Game: March 9, 2007; North Carolina 73, Florida State 58 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 22, 2004; Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 Last North Carolina Win: March 9, 2007; North Carolina 73, Florida State 58 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Jan. 22, 2004; Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 Last North Carolina Win in Tallahassee: Jan. 22, 2006; North Carolina 91, Florida State 80 Current Streak: North Carolina has won 6 Leonard Hamilton vs. North Carolina: 1-9
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE LAST MEETING
Wayne Ellington scored 18 points and Ty Lawson had 14, and the Tar Heels’ depth and balanced attack were simply too much for the Seminoles’ one-man show, Al Thornton, as North Carolina took a 73-58 victory over Florida State in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on March 9, 2007 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Tar Heels pulled away for good during an 18-2 run that built their lead to 48-28 early in the second half. The closest Florida State got was 12. Brandan Wright scored 11 points and Reyshwan Terry had 10 for North Carolina. Tyler Hansbrough, whose nose was broken when he was elbowed during the closing seconds of North Carolina’s victory over Duke in the final game of the regular season, wore a protective mask and scored six points on 3-for-7 shooting before fouling out for the first time this season. Thornton didn’t score easily against the Tar Heels, finishing 4-of-13 from the field. Florida State cut an 11-point deficit to four in the closing minutes of the opening half. Jerel Allen and Toney Douglas joined Thornton in double figures with 10 each.