Jan. 22, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has a 9-1 record at home this season, plays host to Virginia in its second ACC home game of the season on Wednesday Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have played three conference games on the road and only one at home during the first 25 percent of their conference schedule. Florida State’s game against Virginia is its first game of a two-game home stand which concludes on Saturday against NC State. The Seminoles were undefeated for the second consecutive season during their non-conference schedule at home which concluded with an 81-76 victory over La Salle on Jan. 5 giving them a 9-0 record in non-conference home games this season. Florida State opened its home conference season against No. 5 Duke and will play seven of their final 12 ACC games of the season (including Wednesday’s game against Virginia) at home. Following Wednesday’s game against Virginia, the Seminoles will play host to NC State (Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m.) before traveling to play at Virginia Tech (Jan. 29, 9:00 p.m.) to close out their schedule for January.
HAMILTON GOES FOR VICTORY NO. 300
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia looking for the 300th victory of his career and the 100th victory of his career at Florida State.
SEMINOLES WITH THREE 1,000 POINT SCORERS IN STARTING LINEUP
A trio of Seminoles – Toney Douglas (1,166 career points), Jason Rich (1,053) and Isaiah Swann (1,001) – has all scored at least 1,000 career points and will all be in Wednesday’s starting line-up for Florida State. It marks the first time since that at least three Seminoles who have scored at least 1,000 career points have been on the same team since the 1993 season when Douglas Edwards (1,604 career points / 17.2 ppg), Sam Cassell (1,211 career points / 18.3 ppg), Rodney Dobard (1,058 career points / 8.7 ppg) and Bob Sura (1,055 points after two years / 16.2 ppg) each played on Florida State’s last NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and win its sixth consecutive home game against Virginia. The Seminoles have won each of its games against the Cavaliers in the Donald L. Tucker Center since Feb. 20, 2002;
…Defeat Virginia and gain a victory over Virginia for the fourth time in the last five meetings between the two teams. The Seminoles won the final meeting of the 2004-05 season and both meetings during the 2005-06 season before falling at Virginia in the only meeting between the two teams during the 2006-07 season;
…Defeat Virginia and wins its 10th game at home against the Cavaliers since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. A victory over the Cavaliers on Wednesday would give the Seminoles more victories at home against Virginia than any team in the ACC except for Clemson (12). Florida State and Virginia met for the first time when the Seminoles joined the ACC.
NOTES ON FLORIDA STATE’S RECENT PLAY AGAINST VIRGINIA…
…Florida State has won five consecutive home games against Virginia by an average of 11.8 points per game. The Seminoles defeated the Cavaliers by a 76-57 margin (+14 points) during the 2003-04 season;
…The Seminoles’ current five-game home winning streak is their longest of the series against the Cavaliers. The series began when Florida State joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Florida State played Virginia in its first ACC home game on Jan. 4, 1992;
…Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton has a 5-0 record at home against Virginia as the Seminoles’ head coach.
FLORIDA STATE RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia shooting .79356 from the free throw line and RANKS SECOND IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC in the free throw shooting percentage category. 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 15 of 18 games; 80 percent or better in five of 18 games and 90 percent or better in three of its 18 games.
Seminoles Lead The Nation In Free Throw Percentage (Through games of Jan. 22, 2008) Rank School FTM FTA FT Pct. Record 1. IUPUI 293 369 .79404 13-5 2. Florida State 296 373 .79356 12-7 3. UC Santa Barbara 248 315 .78730 14-4 4. Utah State 305 388 .78608 14-15 5. Wisconsin Green Bay 246 318 .77358 9-8
NOTING FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE…
…Florida State has shot 70 percent or better on four consecutive, seven of its last eight and nine of its last 12 games this season. The Seminoles have shot below 70 percent only three times in the first 19 games of the season;
…Florida State’s starting five (those who have started the majority of the games) are shooting a combined .824 from the free throw line. The Seminoles’ five starters (Toney Douglas, Isaiah Swann, Jason Rich, Uche Echefu and Ryan Reid) are a combined 216-262 from the line;
…Senior Uche Echefu is ranked seventh in the ACC in free throw shooting percentage with a career-high .839 mark – he is the only non-guard in the league ranked in the top-10 in the free throw shooting category;
…Florida State is chasing the all-time ACC free throw shooting record of .799 by the 2004 NC State Wolfpack. The Seminoles shot a school-record .758 from the free throw line during the 2006-07 season and are shooting .771 (794 of 1,030) from the line in the last two seasons.
SEMINOLES SHOOTING WELL FROM 3-POINT LINE
Florida State made 10 3-point field goals in its game against Wake Forest to mark the fourth time this season the Seminoles had made at least 10 shots from the bonusphere this season. The Seminoles are ranked third in the ACC in total 3-point field goals made in conference games only (28) and fourth in the league for the entire season with 137 long range shots made. The Seminoles’ 10 3-point field goals made were their most made in an ACC game this season and their most made since making 10 in their victory over NC State on Feb. 24, 2007. Florida State made 10 shots from beyond the arc against Virginia in last season’s meeting between the Seminoles and the Cavaliers.
SEMINOLES’ BLOCKING SHOTS
Led by two blocked shots each by junior Uche Echefu and freshman Julian Vaughn, the Seminoles blocked five shots against Wake Forest. It marked the second consecutive game the Seminoles had blocked five shots in an ACC game – they also blocked five against Duke on Jan. 16. Echefu leads the Seminoles with 20 blocked shots – the second season during which he has blocked at least 20 shots in a season. Echefu blocked 20 shots last season and has now blocked 43 shots during his career.
BALANCED SCORING ATTACK
The Seminoles are one of only two teams (also Clemson) in the ACC which has five players averaging in double figure scoring. Junior guard Toney Douglas leads the Seminoles with a 13.7 points per game scoring average. A total of five players have led the Seminoles in scoring while seven different players have scored at least 10 points in a single game. In addition, the Seminoles have had five players score in double figures three times and four players score in double figures seven other times.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #41 Uche Echefu (11.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg; 8 pts and 9 rebs vs. Virginia, Feb. 17, 2007) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Virginia, Feb. 17, 2007) G #3 Isaiah Swann (12.1 ppg, 3.1 apg; 17 pts and 3 ast vs. Virginia, Jan. 11, 2006) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.7 ppg, 3.0 apg; 22 pts and 6 rebs vs. Virginia, Dec. 3, 2004) G #25 Jason Rich (12.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 12 pts and 4 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 11, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (10.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 2 pts and 5 asts vs. Virginia, Feb. 17, 2007) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia) F #21 Julian Vaughn (3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia) F #33 Matt Zitani (2.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIA F #30 Arian Joseph (12.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 17 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Feb. 17, 2007) F #32 Mike Scott (5.9 pg, 5.7 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) G #4 Calvin Baker (9.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) G/F #24 Mamadi Diane (11.7 ppg, 4.4 apg; 3 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 17, 2007) G #44 Sean Singletary (18.9 ppg, 6.5 apg; 19 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 17, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Virginia leads, 17-14 Last Game: Feb. 17, 2007; Virginia 73, Florida State 70 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 18, 2006; Florida State 76, Virginia 62 Last Virginia Win: Feb. 17, 2007; Virginia 73, Florida State 70 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 18, 2006; Florida State 76, Virginia 62 Last Virginia Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 17, 2001; Virginia 69, Florida State 66 Current Streak: Virginia has 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia: 6-5
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – THE LAST MEETING
Adrian Joseph scored 17 points and hit two big second-half 3-pointers, leading Virginia to a 73-70 victory over Florida State on Feb. 17, 2007 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. Florida State lost despite 30 points and 16 rebounds by Al Thornton. Joseph was a big reason why, providing the third scoring option Virginia has sorely needed in many of its losses. He hit his fourth 3-pointer with 6:17 left, giving Virginia a 61-57 lead, then hit his fifth with 4:05 to play, making it 65-60. Each time, baskets by Thornton had cut Virginia’s lead to one. Joseph’s last 3-pointers sparked a 7-2 run that all but sealed it. Sean Singletary missed 15 of 21 shots, but had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for Virginia, and J.R. Reynolds scored 17 with eight rebounds and six assists. The Cavaliers seemed poised to pull away when Singletary scored eight quick points in the second half and Virginia took a 44-32 lead, but Florida State always rallied. Thornton’s dunk started a 13-2 run that pulled the Seminoles within 46-45, and when the Cavaliers went back ahead 57-51, he scored on a baby hook and a putback in a 6-2 spurt that again got them within 58-57 with 6:33 left, but Joseph answered twice. Isaiah Swann added 13 points for Florida State. Virginia never trailed after its first basket and led 34-28 at halftime after closing the half with an 8-2 run. Joseph and Singletary had 3-pointers in the burst. Joseph finished 5-for-7 on 3-pointers, and Virginia was 12-for-26 from the 3-point line.