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Florida State To Face Boston College On Saturday

Jan. 13, 2006

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Florida State, which has won two straight and nine of its last 10
games, travels to play at Boston College Saturday Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. It
marks the first meeting between the two teams in the sport of
basketball. Boston College joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in
July of 2005. The Seminoles enter Saturdays game having won eight of
nine games since they defeated Purdue (Nov. 29, 97-57) in the ACC/Big
Ten Challenge with their only setback coming at Clemson (Jan. 4, 55-61)
in their ACC opener.

The Seminoles have won two straight games with a
victory at home against Virginia Tech (Jan. 7, 74-68) and a win at
Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82 in overtime) and are 2-1 in the ACC for the
first time since the 1999-2000 season. Florida State has a 7-0 record
at home, are 2-2 on the road and 2-0 in games played at neutral sites.
The Seminoles won three road games during both the 2003-04 and 2004-05
seasons and will tie those road victory totals with their next road win
this season. Following Saturdays game against Boston College, the
Seminoles will take a week off before hosting nationally ranked North
Carolina at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Jan. 22.

THORNTON CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES IN SCORING COLUMN
Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton scored 22 points and pulled down
nine rebounds in the Seminoles overtime victory over Virginia. It
marked the career-high sixth consecutive game in which he has scored in
double figures and saw him finish only one rebound shy of earning his
career-high sixth double-double of the season. Thornton enters
Saturdays game against Boston College averaging 15.3 points and 7.9
rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures in each of the
Seminoles three ACC games so far this season. Thornton has scored in
double figures in 11 of Seminoles 13 games this season after having
scored in double figures in 13 of his first 59 games during the first
two years of his career. Thorntons five double-doubles this season
are the most by a Seminole since Corey Louis had six during the 1997-98
season.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO
Defeat Boston College and win its third consecutive ACC game for the
first time since the 1994-95 season when the Seminoles defeated NC
State (Jan. 15, 1995, 107-79), Clemson (Jan. 18, 67-66) and Duke (Jan.
21, 78-75) in three consecutive games; Defeat Boston College and
improve its ACC record to 3-1 for the first time since the 1992-93
season and only the second time in school history. The Seminoles won
three of their first four ACC games, finished with a 12-4 record and
finished in second place in conference play that season.

The Seminoles
advanced to within one win of the second NCAA Final Four in school
history; Defeat Boston College and win back-to-back ACC road games for
the fourth time in school history. The last time the Seminoles won
consecutive games on the road in the ACC was during the 1992-93 season
as they defeated Maryland (Feb. 13, 87-84) and NC State (Feb. 17,
72-71) in a span of four days; Defeat Boston College and win its 12th
game of the season. A 12th victory for the Seminoles would match their
victory total from the entire 2004-05 season (12-19); Defeat Boston
College and defeat a gain a victory over a ranked team on the road for
the first time since Feb. 14, 2001 when the Seminoles won at No. 17
Maryland, 74-71.

MIMS RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY; ACC LEADER
Sophomore Ralph Mims, who has made 10 consecutive free throws entering
Saturdays game against Boston College, is ranked second in the nation
and leads the ACC with a career-high .943 free throw shooting
percentage mark. Mims trailed only Derek Raivio of Gonzaga who entered
the week shooting .956 (43-of-45) from the free throw line. He has
missed only two free throws this season and only seven during his
42-game career. Mims is the Seminoles all-time leader with 33
consecutive free throw made from Dec. 21, 2004 through Dec. 22, 2005.
He broke Florida States all-time record of 31 by Jim Oler which had
stood since the 1953-54 season.

FLORIDA STATE RECEIVES VOTES IN THIS
WEEKS ESPN/USA TODAY POLL

Florida State received two votes in this weeks ESPN/USA Today mens
basketball national coaches poll. The Seminoles are ranked as the
nations 45th best team and are among seven ACC teams included in the
poll. It marks the second consecutive week the Seminoles have earned
votes in the coaches poll last week the Seminoles earned four votes.

Florida State most recently earned a national ranking of No. 25
during the week of Dec. 29, 2003. The Seminoles highest national
ranking of No. 2 came in the Associated Press poll for three weeks at
the beginning of the 1972-73 season.

NOTING THE SEMINOLES VICTORY
OVER VIRGINIA

Florida States overtime ACC victory on the road marked the first time
since Jan. 18, 1992 against Maryland that the Seminoles won a
conference road game in overtime; Florida States starting five was
seven-of-14 (.500) from the 3-point line with four of the five players
making at least one shot from the bonusphere. Sophomore Isaiah Swann
led the way with a career-high four 3-point field goals made; Florida
State outrebounded Virginia to mark the second consecutive ACC opponent
the Seminoles have outrebounded in the last week.

The Seminoles
outrebounded Virginia Tech by a 32-21 (+11 margin); Florida State shot
60 percent from the field in its victory over Virginia. It marks the
second time this season (also against Purdue on Nov. 29) the Seminoles
have shot 60 percent or better in a game; Florida States starting
five all played 35 minutes or more for the first time this season
against Virginia. Senior Todd Galloway, who leads the team in minutes
played with 364 and a 28.9 minutes played per game average played a
team-high 39 minutes.

SEMINOLES HOT FROM THE FIELD AGAINST VIRGINIA
Florida State shot its ACC season high of .600 percent (30-of-50) from
the field in its victory over Virginia. It marked the third time in
the last two years (and first time in the last two years against an ACC
opponent) that the Seminoles have shot 60 percent from the field in a
game. Florida State is shooting .547 from the field in the last five
games and is ranked second in the ACC in field goal shooting
percentage. The Seminoles are shooting .547 from the field since its
victory over Campbell.

SEMINOLES TIE SEASON-HIGH WITH 20 ASSISTS AGAINST VIRGINIA
Led by Todd Galloways six assists, Florida State tied its season with
20 assists (on 30 baskets) in its overtime victory over Virginia. It
marked the second time in the last five games the Seminoles recorded 20
assists in a game (also in their victory over Campbell) and marked the
third time (also against Purdue and Campbell) that FSU earned more
assists than it committed turnovers.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA
STATE

F #12 Al Thornton (15.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg; Team-high 31 points vs. Alcorn
State on Nov. 21, 2005)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (11.2 ppg, 5.6 ppg; Team-high 8 FTM vs. Stetson
on Dec. 20, 2005)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg; Team-high 4 3FGM vs. Virginia on
Jan. 11, 2006)
G #4 Todd Galloway (7.5 ppg, 3.7 apg; Team-high 8 assists vs. Alcorn
State on Nov. 21, 2005)
G #21 Jason Rich (10.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg; Perfect from the FT line (4-4)
against Tex. South Dec. 7, 2005)

AND TOP RESERVES
G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg; Team-leading .531 3FG percentage
in first 13 games)
F #25 Diego Romero (5.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; Team-leading .733 field goal
percentage in first 13 games)
G #10 Ralph Mims (4.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg; Team-leading .943 free throw
percentage in first 13 games)
G #11 Jerel Allen (4.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg; Team-leading four 3FGM vs. Texas
Southern, Dec. 7, 2005)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg; Team-high 3 BS vs. Texas
Southern, Dec. 7, 2005)
F #41 Uche Echefu (2.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg; Career-high 8 pts in victory over
Purdue, Nov. 29, 2005)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BOSTON COLLEGE
F #1 Craig Smith (16.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 26 pts and 7 rebs vs. Georgia
Tech, 1/8/05)
F #2 Jared Dudley (16.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg; 16 pts and 9 rebs vs. NC State, 1/10/05)
C #32 John Oates (3.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs vs. Maryland, 12/11/05)
G #11 Louis Hinnant (6.5 ppg, 4.3 apg; 6 pts and 2 rebs vs. Maryland,
12/11/05)
G #23 Sean Marshall (13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 15 ppg and 6.0 rpg vs.
Maryland, 12/11//05)

FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE — A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Boston College Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win In Chestnut Hill: First Meeting
Last Boston College Win In Chestnut Hill: First Meeting
Florida State vs. Boston College, Current Streak: First Meeting

SEMINOLES LOOKING FOR SOME MASSACHUSETTS MAGIC
Florida State enters Saturdays game looking to win its first game
played in the state of Massachusetts. The Seminoles most recent game
in the Commonwealth state was Feb. 15, 2004 at UMass.

LOOKING INTO THE SEMINOLES STATISTIC SHEET
Florida State has scored over 200 points more this season (1,045) than
its opponents have (828) through the first 13 games of the season. The
Seminoles are ranked second in the ACC in scoring margin with a +16.7
advantage; Florida States starting five (Al Thornton, Alexander
Johnson, Jason Rich, Todd Galloway and Isaiah Swann) has combined for
more steals (101) than its 12 opponents combined (82).

NOTING THE SEMINOLES SCORING OFFENSE
Florida State has scored 217 points more than their 13 opponents
(1,045-828) and holds a +16.6 scoring advantage in its first 13 games
of the season. A year ago, the Seminoles were outscored by 48 total
points and were at a -1.4 points per game scoring disadvantage in
finishing 12-19.

SEMINOLES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has won at least one game against a ranked team in each
of the last 15 seasons. The Seminoles streak began with a victory over
No. 22 South Carolina on Jan. 19, 1991. The streak began during the
1990-91 season and has continued through the 2004-05 season.

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