Nov. 28, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Purdue in the seventh annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge Nov. 29 at 7:30 in the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles enter the game against the Boilermakers having won two of their first three games with victories over Jacksonville (Nov. 19; 78-48) and Alcorn State (No. 21; 87-65). Florida State has a 4-2 record in six appearances in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and has won three straight games in the challenge series. The Seminoles have defeated Iowa in 2002 (Dec. 2, 2002; 80-67), Northwestern in 2003 (Dec. 1, 2003; 71-57) and Minnesota (Nov. 30, 2004, 70-69) in their last three challenge games and are undefeated (3-0) in the event under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State defeated Northwestern in 2000 (Dec. 1, 2000; 60-46) in the first year of the event.
NOTING THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
The Atlantic Coast Conference, which won the ACC/Big Ten Challenge by a 7-2 margin last season, has won the Commissioner’s Cup during each of the first six years of the event. With the expansion of the ACC in recent years, the event has increased to 11 games and 22 teams from nine games and 18 games during the first six years of the event. Boston College, which officially joined the ACC on July 1, 2005, is the only team in the two conferences that will not participate in the event.
SEMINOLES’ HISTORY IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Florida State has a 4-2 record in the six-year history of the Challenge with two victories over Northwestern and one win each against Minnesota and Iowa. The Seminoles enter the seventh season of the challenge having won three consecutive games in the event with consecutive victories over Iowa during the 2002-03 season, Northwestern during the 2003-04 season and at Minnesota last season.
HAMILTON IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton is perfect in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge with a 3-0 record. Hamilton, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (6-0) and Clemson’s Oliver Purnell (1-0) are the only undefeated coaches in the history of the challenge. Duke is the only undefeated team, 6-0, in the history of the challenge.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Purdue and win its fourth consecutive game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles have won consecutive challenge games against Iowa (Dec. 2, 2002; 80-67), Northwestern (Dec. 1, 2003; 71-53) and at Minnesota (Nov. 30, 2004; 70-69);
…Defeat Purdue and win its second consecutive home game. The Seminoles opened their 2005-06 home schedule with an 87-65 victory over Alcorn State on Nov. 21;
…Defeat Purdue and win its fourth consecutive game against a team from the Big Ten – each of its three previous wins has come in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge;
…Defeat Purdue and improve its record to 9-1 in the Donald L. Tucker Center during the month of November in the first four years of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State.
SEMINOLE HISTORY IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
With four wins in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Seminoles are tied for the third most wins of any team in the six-year history of the event. Duke is perfect at 6-0, Wake Forest is 5-1 and the Seminoles are 4-2. The Seminoles are tied with NC State and Clemson with four wins and 4-2 records each. Michigan State and Minnesota are the Big Ten leaders with three wins each.
LOOKING AT THE SEMINOLES ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE GAME HISTORY
Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Purdue with a 4-2 record in six previous ACC/Big Ten Challenge events. The Seminoles have won three straight in the challenge series with victories over Iowa (80-67 in 2002), Northwestern (71-53 in 2003) and Minnesota (70-69 in 2004). In facing Purdue, the Seminoles are playing their fourth different opponent in the challenge. Florida State has a 2-1 record against Northwestern, is 1-1 against Minnesota and is 1-0 against Iowa and played Minnesota in Tallahassee in the event in 2000. Florida State is 1-1 in road games during the event with a victory and a loss on the road against Northwestern. Florida State defeated Northwestern, 60-46, in the inaugural ACC/Big 10 Challenge and gained their largest margin of victory in the challenge against the Wildcats last season with a 71-53 (+18 points) victory at home.
LAST SEASON AGAINST MINNESOTA IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Von Wafer had 19 points and Florida State used a 16-0 run late in the second half to beat Minnesota 70-69 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Williams Arena on Nov. 30, 2004. The Seminoles trailed by 14 points with seven minutes to play. Todd Galloway’s 3-pointer from the corner with 2:05 to play put the Seminoles ahead, 65-63, their first lead since 2-0. Minnesota’s Jeff Hagen tied the score at 65 with 1:51 to play, but Wafer hit a 3-pointer 20 seconds later to put the Seminoles back on top. After a free throw by Vincent Grier, the Golden Gophers forced a turnover but Grier missed a long jump shot and Al Thornton hit a fastbreak lay-up to seal the win for Florida State. Grier scored 23 points to lead Minnesota while Dan Coleman added 14 and Aaron Robinson 11. Grier, a junior forward who entered the night leading the Big Ten in scoring at 19 points per game, scored in streaks from all over the court. The Gophers fed off his energy to take control early. He scored 13 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, hitting three 3-pointers and two shots inside the paint, as Minnesota built a double-digit lead. Grier helped the Gophers pull away in the second half, scoring seven points in 1:40 span to build a 59-47 lead with 11:30 to play. However, the Gophers went five minutes without scoring. Thornton scored 12 points for the Seminoles, while Galloway added 10.
SEMINOLES GETTING INTO THE PASSING LANES
Led by guard Isaiah Swann’s seven steals, Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Purdue averaging 10.6 steals in its first three games. The Seminoles were credited with a season-high 12 swipes in its season opening victory over Jacksonville and earned 11 against No. 14 Florida. A total of six Seminoles area averaging 1.0 steal or more through the first three games of the season. Florida State recorded 15 steals in its victory over Iowa in the 2003 ACC/Big Ten Challenge in defeating the Hawkeyes, 80-67, in Tallahassee.
DEFENSE – THE Leonard Hamilton WAY
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton will tell any one who asks that his favorite statistic is that of field goal percentage defense. Forcing its opponent into difficult shots is something the Seminoles spend a great deal of time on each practice. Practice seems to be making Florida State a good defensive team through the first three games of the season as it is holding its opponent to a .383 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles held Jacksonville to a .292 mark in their season-opening win over the Dolphins and none of the Seminoles first three opponents have shot above 45 percent from the field. Florida State is limiting its last three ACC/Big Ten Challenge opponents (Iowa, Northwestern and Minnesota) to a combined field goal shooting percentage of .452 (70-of-155). The Seminoles have won all three games.
SEMINOLES GOING TO THE BOARDS EARLY IN 2005-06
Led by forward Al Thornton’s 7.0 rebounds per game average through the first three games of the 2005-06 season, Florida State is averaging 37.3 rebounds per game and enjoying a plus seven rebound margin. One of the biggest improvements for the Seminoles early on is their tenacity on the offensive glass where they are averaging 11.3 rebounds per game. Florida State averaged 9.9 offensive rebounds per game during the 2004-05 season. Florida State outrebounded Iowa, 36-25, in its victory over the Hawkeyes during the 2003 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #12 Al Thornton (17.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 12 pts and 4 rebs vs. Minnesota in 04 ACC/Big Ten)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 5 pts and 5 rebs vs. N’Western in 03 ACC/Big Ten)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (6.3 ppg, 2.7 apg; 6 pts and 1 asts in 04 ACC/Big Ten)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.7 ppg, 4.3 apg; 14 pts and 1 ast vs. Iowa in 03 ACC/Big Ten)
G #21 Jason Rich (10.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs in 04 ACC/Big Ten)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #20 Andrew Wilson (5.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg; 8 pts and 2 rebs vs. Iowa in 03 ACC/Big Ten)
F #25 Diego Romero (7.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 6 pts and 6 rebs vs. Minnesota in 04 ACC/Big Ten)
G #10 Ralph Mims (4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Minnesota in 04 ACC/Big Ten)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; First career ACC/Big Ten Challenge)
F #41 Uche Echefu (4.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg; First career ACC/Big Ten Challenge game)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR PURDUE F #14 Carl Landry (20.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 35 pts and 9 rebs vs. S. Alabama, 11/22/05) F #33 Gary Ware (2.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Xavier, 11/26/05) G #5 Bryant Dillon (2.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 2 pts and 5 rebs vs. Xavier, 11/26/05) G #11 Korey Spates (11.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 16 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wofford, 11/19/05) G #31 Nate Minnoy (15.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 25 pts and 5 rebs vs. Wofford, 11/19/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. PURDUE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
Last Game: Dec. 26, 1974; Florida State 69, Purdue 66
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 26, 1974; Florida State 69, Purdue 66
Last Purdue Win: None
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: None
Last Purdue Win In Tallahassee: None
Florida State vs. Purdue, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Purdue: 0-1 (1999 NCAA Tournament while at Miami)
FLORIDA STATE VS. PURDUE – THE LAST MEETING
Greg Grady scored 15 points to lead five Seminoles in double figures to help Florida State to a 69-66 victory over Purdue on Dec. 26, 1974 at the Louisville Holiday Classic in Louisville, Ken. Grady led the Seminoles with 15 points on seven field goals made – he was followed by 11 points from Larry Warren and 10 points each by Zach Perkins, Wayne Smalls and Harry Davis. Though outscored from the field by a 56-52 margin, Florida State outscored the Boilermakers by a 17-10 mark from the free throw line. The Seminoles made 17 of 24 free throws (.708) while Purdue made 10 of 17 (.588) from the line for the game. Florida State outscored Purdue, 34-30, in the first half and were outscored, 36-35, in the second half. The Seminoles lost to Louisville, 79-61, in the tournament championship the next night. Florida State finished the 1974-75 season with an 18-8 overall record.
A BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Ralph Mims AND Casaan Breeden
Happy Birthday to sophomore Ralph Mims who celebrated his 20th birthday on Nov. 26 and Happy Birthday to freshman Casaan Breeden who celebrated his 19th birthday on Nov. 28.