January 27, 2009 - by
Florida State Plays Host To No. 5/6 North Carolina On Wedneday At 9 P.M.

Jan. 27, 2009


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won three of its last four ACC games with two of those coming on the road (at NC State and at Virginia), returns home to play host to No. 5/6 North Carolina on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 9:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles play host to the nationally ranked Tar Heels as they welcome their fourth ranked opponent into the Tucker Center this season. Florida State has defeated No. 21/23 Florida (Dec. 7, 57-55) and played a pair of No. 1 ranked teams – Pittsburgh (Dec. 21, 56-48) and Duke (Jan. 10, 66-58) – to eight point decisions. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game as the only team in the nation that has played (or is scheduled to play) each of the four teams that have held the nation’s No. 1 ranking this season. The Seminoles play host to North Carolina on Wednesday and travel to play at Wake Forest (Feb. 14) after having played both Pittsburgh and Duke earlier this season. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game fresh off a 73-62 victory over Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville. The Seminoles scored the first basket of the game against the Cavaliers and led wire-to-wire in gaining the conference road win. Florida State is 1-1 at home in ACC play this season with a victory over Maryland (Jan. 17, 76-73 OT) and a loss to Duke (Jan. 10, 66-58) and are 3-2 in conference play after five games for the first time since the 1998-99 season when they were 3-2 after five games on their way to a 5-2 start in conference play. The Seminoles have won 12 games against ranked teams under head coach Leonard Hamilton with a victory over No. 7/7 North Carolina (Jan. 22, 2004, 90-81 OT) included on that list of victories. Following Wednesday’s game against North Carolina, the Seminoles will play host to Georgia Tech (Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.) and travel to Clemson (Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m.) to close out the first half of their ACC schedule.

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ALL-ACC CANDIDATE DOUGLAS CONTINUES TO SCORE AT CAREER-HIGH PACE
Senior All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas scored 30 points at Miami and 21 points at Virginia as he averaged 25.5 points in two ACC road games last week. Douglas shot .548 from the field (17 of 31), .500 from the 3-point line (8 of 16) and .692 from the free throw line as he led the Seminoles to a split of two ACC road games (a win at Virginia and a five point loss at Miami) last week. Douglas led the Seminoles in scoring in both games, averaged 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 35.0 minutes played per game as Florida State improved to 16-4 overall and 3-2 in the ACC – it’s best ACC start since the 1998-99 season when it won five of its first seven ACC games. He enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina averaging a career high 19.6 points per game, as the ACC leader in total points scored (391), as the ACC leader in 20+ points scored games (11), as the ACC leader in 30+ points scored games (Two, tied with Jeff Teague of Wake Forest) and is ranked second in the ACC in steals with 41.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and win its second game over a ranked team this season. The Seminoles defeated No. 21/23 Florida (Dec. 7, 57-55) earlier this season in the Donald L. Tucker Center;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a victory over a ranked Tar Heel team for the first time since Jan. 22, 2004 (90-81 in overtime in Tallahassee);
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a win over a second ranked team in the same season for the second time in the last three seasons and for the third time under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles defeated four ranked teams during the 2003-04 season and earned wins over three ranked teams during the 2006-07 season;
…Defeat North Carolina and win its fourth ACC game of the season. The Seminoles did not win their fourth ACC game of the 2007-08 season until Feb. 19 with a win over Clemson.

IN ITS FIVE ACC GAMES THIS SEASON…
…Florida State has outrebounded four of its five ACC opponents. The Seminoles outrebounded Duke (43-34; Duke is ranked fourth in the ACC with a +7.5 rebounding margin), NC State (35-28), Miami (38-33; Miami is ranked first in the ACC with a +8.3 rebounding margin) and Virginia (31-25);
…Florida State has shot better from the field than three of its five ACC opponents. The Seminoles shot .527 against NC State, .500 against Miami and .426 against Maryland – the Seminoles have shot better from the field than their opponents in all three of their ACC victories;
…The Seminoles have earned more steals than three of its five ACC opponents. The Seminoles are averaging 10.0 steals per game in their three ACC wins and 9.0 steals per game in their two ACC losses;
…Florida State has outscored three of its first five ACC opponents and enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina with a 3-2 record in ACC play.

FLORIDA STATE’S ACC VICTORIES
Florida State has won two of its three ACC games by double figures (78-65, +13 over NC State and 73-62, +11 over Virginia) and one in overtime (76-73 over Maryland). Both of the Seminoles’ double digit ACC victories have come on the road at Raleigh (NC State) and at Charlottesville (Virginia).

NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S 16-4 RECORD
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against No. 5/6 North Carolina with a 16-4 record and an 80 percent winning percentage. The Seminoles’ 16 victories (which came on Jan. 24 against Virginia) marks the earliest date since 1988-89 season that the Seminoles have achieved 16 wins while their four losses marks the latest date since the 2005-06 season that the Seminoles have as few as four losses. The Seminoles began the 1988-89 season with a 16-1 record and gained their 16th win on Jan. 28 with a victory over Virginia. During the 2005-06 season the Seminoles did not suffer their fifth loss until Jan. 29, 2006 when they fell to Miami in overtime.

FLORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS
Florida State has earned at least two blocked shots and at least three steals in each of its 20 games this season. The Seminoles blocked a season-high 12 shots in their victory over Charleston Southern (Dec. 18) and earned a season-high 15 steals in their victory over Coastal Carolina (Nov. 22). The Seminoles have also achieved double-digit steals in each of their last three games with a season-high tying 16 assists coming in their victory over Virginia.

FLORIDA STATE’S RECENT REBOUNDING EFFORTS
It has long been said that rebounding is all about effort. That being said, the Seminoles are giving great effort going to the boards in recent games and have outrebounded four of their last five opponents and have nearly doubled their rebounding margin in ACC games as compared to non-conference games. The Seminoles have increased their overall rebounding margin since ACC play began in early January. Since the new year (2009) began, the Seminoles have outrebounded five of their six opponents and have been outrebounded only three times since winning the board battle in its victory over Florida on Dec. 7.

FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina ranked third in the ACC with a .380 field goal percentage defense mark. The Seminoles have allowed only one team (Miami, .490) this season to shoot better than 44 percent from the field in their first 20 games of the season.

FLORIDA STATE BLOCKING SHOTS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina ranked third in the ACC with a 6.2 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles’ 123 blocked shots is the second highest total in the ACC this season and are only seven blocked shots behind their season total for the ENTIRE 2008-09 season. Florida State blocked 130 shots in 34 games for a 3.8 blocked shots per game average last year. The Seminoles have blocked only seven fewer shots in 14 fewer games this season as compared to last season and are currently on school record pace for blocked shots per game in a single season.

SEMINOLES INCREASED SCORING IN ACC PLAY
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina averaging 70.8 points scored in ACC games. The Seminoles have increased their scoring average in their five ACC games (70.8 ppg) as compared to their first 15 non-conference games of the season (67.1 ppg) by nearly four points per game.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (9.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
F #41 Uche Echefu (7.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 14 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, March 4, 2008)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.4 ppg, 2.0 bpg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
G #23 Toney Douglas (19.6 ppg, 2.1 spg; 18 pts and 3 stls vs. North Carolina, March 14, 2008)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Luke Loucks (4.4 ppg, 2.4 apg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, March 4, 2008)
F #42 Ryan Reid (6.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, March 4, 2008)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. North Carolina, March 14, 2008)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NORTH CAROLINA
F #14 Danny Green (12.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 19 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 3, 2008)
F #21 Deon Thompson (12.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg; 11 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 3, 2008)
F #50 Tyler Hansbrough (22.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg; 22 pts and 21 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 23, 2008)
G #5 Ty Lawson (14.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 14 pts and 8 asts vs. Florida State, March 9, 2007)
G #22 Wayne Ellington (14.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 19 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, March 14, 2008)

FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: North Carolina leads, 39-8
Last Game: March 14, 2008; North Carolina 82, Florida State 70
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 22, 2004; at Florida State 90, North Carolina 81
Last North Carolina Win: March 14, 2008; North Carolina 82, Florida State 70
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 22, 2004; at Florida State 90, North Carolina 81
Last N. Carolina win in Tallahassee: March 4, 2008; North Carolina 90, at Florida State 77
Current Streak: North Carolina has won 9

FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE LAST GAME
Tyler Hansbrough scored 22 points to help North Carolina beat Florida State 82-70 in the ACC quarterfinals on March 14, 2008 at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Wayne Ellington added 19 points for the top-seeded Tar Heels who shot 53 percent from the field for the game, including 59 percent after halftime. The Seminoles kept pace almost the entire way, shooting 49 percent and hitting 10 of 21 shots from behind the arc. North Carolina and Florida State also finished in a 30-30 tie on the boards. Hansbrough finished 7-for-15 from the field with six rebounds in 33 minutes. Jason Rich scored 23 points for the Seminoles.

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