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Florida State Plays Host To Southeastern Louisiana Sunday At 2 P.M.

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Dec. 9, 2006

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won three consecutive games, plays host to Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles begin a four-game home-stand over the next 13 days as they play host to Southeastern Louisiana, High Point (Dec. 18, 7 p.m.), Coastal Carolina (Dec. 21, 7 p.m.) and St. Peter’s (Dec. 23, 12 Noon) prior to breaking for the holidays. The Seminoles’ current three-game winning streak is their second longest of the season after opening the season with four consecutive victories against McNeese State, Illinois State, Southern Methodist and New Orleans. Entering Sunday’s game the Seminoles are 5-0 at home this season with a win over then No. 4/4 Florida and 2-2 on the road with victories at Stetson and Georgia State. Following Sunday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana, the Seminole players will not play a game until they play host to High Point before break to complete their semester exams during the week of Dec. 11-15.

DONATE A HOLIDAY GIFT TO THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
Bring a donated holiday gift item for children affected by Hurricane Katrina and receive a free ticket to Sunday’s game at the Donald L. Tucker Center. All items will be donated to the Greater New Orleans United Way. For more information, visit Seminoles.com

THORNTON ON THE CUSP OF 1,000 CAREER POINTS
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton enters Sunday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana with 979 career points and needs only 21 more points to become the 38th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points. After 98 career games, Thornton averages 10.1 points per game. He scored 20 points in the Seminoles’ victory at Georgia State and has now scored in double figures in each of Florida State’s nine games this season.

SEMINOLES TOUGH TO BEAT AT HOME UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against having won 19 of their last 22 home games (.864 winning percentage) in the last two seasons under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles are 5-0 this season and were 14-3 last season. During the first five seasons of the Hamilton era at Florida State, the Seminoles are 54-18 overall (.750 winning percentage) and 35-5 (.875 winning percentage) in non-conference home games at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Southeastern Louisiana and win its season-high tying fourth consecutive game of the season. The Seminoles won a season-high seven consecutive games (Nov. 29 through Dec. 31) during the 2005-06 season;
…Defeat Southeastern Louisiana and win its 16th consecutive non-conference regular season home game. The Seminoles’ winning streak began with a victory over South Alabama (83-52) on Dec. 16, 2004 and includes two victories over the Florida Gators;
…Defeat Southeastern Louisiana and win its second game of the season against a Southland Conference team. The Seminoles defeated McNeese State (85-65) in their 2006-07 season-opener on Nov. 12;
…Defeat Southeastern Louisiana and win its sixth consecutive home game against a team from the state of Louisiana. The Seminoles have never lost a home game to a team from the state of Louisiana.

SEMINOLES LEAD ACC IN TEAM FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
Buoyed by its season-high .824 free throw shooting percentage in its victory over Georgia State (14-of-17), the Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana shooting an ACC-leading .743 from the free throw line. The Seminoles have shot better than 73 percent from the line in each of their last three games and in six of their nine games this season. Florida State shot .704 from the free throw line a season ago and has improved its percentage by nearly four percentage points.

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE – ANOTHER NOTE
Florida State has made more free throws than its opponents have attempted in their last three games (FSU has made 48 and their opponents have attempted 42). The Seminoles are making an average of 16 free throws as compared to its opponents’ six made free throws in the last three games.

SEMINOLES LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD IN RECENT GAMES
Florida State is averaging 79.7 points and shooting .494 (86-of-174) from the field during their current three-game winning streak. The Seminoles scored 70 points in their victory over Florida, 82 in their win over Stetson and a season-high 87 in the win at Georgia State. The Seminoles are averaging 10 more points scored per game and an 18.3 points per game margin of victory. In addition, the Seminoles have reached the 50-point mark by halftime in each of their last two games (50 at Stetson and a season-high 51 at Georgia State) and have held their opponents to a more Leonard Hamilton-like .413 shooting from the field (69-of-167). Florida State limited Georgia State to a .343 mark (23-of-67) from the field.

DURING FLORIDA STATE’S CURRENT 3-GAME WINNING STEAK…
…The Seminoles have led all three games at halftime by an average margin of 17.0 points. The Seminoles trailed at halftime in three of their first six games and led only one of its first six opponents (New Orleans, 42-14) by more than 17 points;
…The Seminoles have shot better than 45 percent in all three games and are shooting a combined .494 from the field;
…The Seminoles have outrebounded two of their three opponents (Stetson and Georgia State) and have a rebound margin of +4 in winning their last three games. The Seminoles were outrebounded by three of their first six opponents and had a rebound margin of +2 in the first six games;
…The Seminoles have a positive assist:turnover ratio of 1.02:1 with 41 assists and 40 turnovers during their three game winning streak. The Seminoles had an assist:turnover ratio of 0.6:1 with 63 assists and 107 turnovers in their first six games;
…The Seminoles have an assist:basket ratio of nearly 0.5 (41 assists on 86 baskets). The Seminoles had an assist:basket ratio of just under 0.4 (63 assists in 158 baskets) in their first six games of the season.

FLORIDA STATE AT HOME THIS SEASON
Florida State has won five games this season and has an average margin of victory of 12.8 points and has earned two of its five wins by at least 19 points. The Seminoles largest margin of victory at home this season came in a 20-point victory over McNeese State on Nov. 12.

FLORIDA STATE PLAYING TEAMS FROM THE TOP RATED CONFERENCES
Florida State is ranked 17th and slotted as the fourth highest ranking team in the ACC in the latest RPI national ranking by Jeff Sagarin. The ACC is ranked as the highest rated league in the nation and the Seminoles have played teams from four of the top six highest rated conferences in the nation including the SEC (No. 2, Florida), the Big East (No. 4, Pittsburgh), the Big Ten (No. 5, Wisconsin) and the Missouri Valley (No. 6, Illinois State). Florida State will play 16 games against teams from the nation’s highest ranked conference – the ACC – when conference play begins in January.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F	#12	Al Thornton (16.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 18.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg in 5 home games in 06-07)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (7.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 5.6 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 5 home games in 06-07)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (7.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 8.2 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 5 home games in 06-07)
G	#23	Toney Douglas (15.4 ppg, 2.9 apg; 10.2 ppg and 3.6 apg in 5 home games in 06-07)
G	#25	Jason Rich (9.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg;
...AND TOP RESERVES
G	#10	Ralph Mims (5.1 ppg, 2.1 apg; 6.0 ppg and 2.2 rpg in 5 home game in 2006-07)
G	#11	Jerel Allen (6.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg; 7.6 ppg and .500 (7-14) 3-Pt FG Pct in 5 home games in 06-07)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (1.9 ppg, 0.8 rpg; 2.2 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 5 home games in 06-70)
F	#42	Ryan Reid (3.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 3.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 5 home games in 06-07)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
F	#21	Joseph Polite (6.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 13 pts and 7 rebs vs. Jackson State, 11-28-06)
F	#23	Quennell Green (16.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Portland, 11-12-06)
G	#2	Daryl Cohen (19.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 25 pts and 6 rebs vs. Troy, 11-25-06)
G	#3	Kevyn Green (9.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 12 pts and 3 rebs vs. Portland, 11-12-06)
G	#10	Terry Bryant (8.4 ppg, 5.6 apg; 9 pts and 8 assts vs. Troy, 11-25-06)

FLORIDA STATE VS. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last SE Louisiana Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win at Tallahassee: First Meeting
Last SE Louisiana Win at Tallahassee: First Meeting
Current Streak vs. SE Louisiana: First Meeting
Leonard Hamilton vs. SE Louisiana: First Meeting

SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA IS A FIRST-TIME SEMINOLE OPPONENT

Florida State has five first-time opponents on its schedule – Southeastern Louisiana, High Point, Coastal Carolina, St. Peter’s and Providence – all in successive games during the month of December. The string of games begins Sunday against the Lions.

LIONS’ COACH IS A SEMINOLE GRADUATE
Florida State will play host to Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 10 in Tallahassee. The Lions of the Southland Conference are coached by Jim Yarbrough – a 1987 graduate of Florida State. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State before earning his Master’s in education from The Citadel in 2000.

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