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ATLANTA, Ga. –
Florida State, which defeated No. 1 North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament, will play No. 8/9 Duke in the championship game of the 56th Annual ACC Tournament on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 1:00 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The Seminoles are playing for a conference tournament championship for the first time since winning the Metro Conference Championship in 1991. Florida State left the Metro Conference following that tournament championship and became a member of the ACC. Florida State’s first appearance in the ACC Championship game marks its sixth conference tournament championship game – one in the ACC and five while a member of the metro Conference. The Seminoles appearance in the ACC championship game comes after only its second ever appearance in the ACC semifinals (also in 1992) and the third victory in school history over a No. 1 ranked team. Florida State’s victory over No. 1/1 North Carolina marked the first time the Seminoles have defeated a No. 1 team other than Duke and away from Tallahassee. The victory over No. 1/1 North Carolina was the third in his career by head coach Leonard Hamilton. He directed Oklahoma State to a victory over No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 4, 1989) and led Florida State past No. 1 Duke (March 1, 2006) for his first two wins over a No. 1 ranked team. Hamilton, the ACC Coach of the Year, has guided his first team to a conference championship game and is looking to win his first conference championship.

ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE Toney Douglas
All-American candidate Toney Douglas, who scored 27 points in the Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday, has scored at least 22 points in each of the last five games and is averaging a career-high 21.1 points per game this season. He is the leading overall scorer in the ACC with 697 points and is only 46 points from setting the all-time single-season scoring record in Florida State history. Jim Oler scored a school record 742 points during the 1955-56 season. Douglas enters the 2009 ACC Championship game against Duke only three points shy of becoming only the second player in school history to score 700 points in a single season. Douglas also enters Sunday’s game against Duke ranked second in the ACC in total steals with 62. He is looking to become the first player in ACC history to lead the league in scoring and steals in the same season. Douglas has scored 52 points in the first two games of the 2009 ACC Tournament and has already set the school record for scoring in one ACC Tournament.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 8/9 Duke and win its first ACC Championship in its first championship game appearance. It would mark the first ACC Championship in the sport of basketball in Florida State history;
…Defeat No. 8/9 Duke, win the ACC championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that comes along with the championship;
…Defeat No. 8/9 Duke and defeat top-10 ranked teams in consecutive games for the first time since the 2003-04 season when it defeated No. 7 North Carolina (90-81 in overtime; Jan. 22, 2004) and No. 7 Wake Forest (75-70, Jan. 25, 2004) in consecutive games during the 2003-04 season;
…Defeat No. 8/9 Duke and gain a victory over a ranked Duke team for the third time in the last four seasons. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 Duke (79-74) on March 1, 2006 in Tallahassee, beat No. 8 Duke (68-67) on Feb. 4, 2007 in Durham and will play the No. 8/9 Blue Devils in the 2009 ACC Championship game.

NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S 25 VICTORIES
Florida State’s victory of No. 1 ranked North Carolina upped its record to 25-8. The Seminoles’ 25 victories are the most by the Seminoles since the 1992-93 season when they also won 25 games in advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Led by 2009 ACC Tournament Legend Ron King (who will be in attendance at Sunday’s ACC Championship game), the Seminoles’ 1971-72 team won a school record 27 games in advancing to the NCAA Championship game where they fell to UCLA, 81-76, in the Bruins’ home court. The Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 North Carolina marked the 14th victory over a ranked team under head coach Leonard Hamilton (in seven seasons) and marked the fourth victory over a ranked team this season. It marks the second time under Hamilton (also in 2003-04) and the fifth time in school history the Seminoles have defeated at least four ranked teams in a single season.

FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
Florida State enters Sunday’s ACC Championship game with a 2-0 record n the tournament. It marks the first time since joining the ACC in the 1991-92 season and playing in the 1992 ACC Tournament for the first time that the Seminoles have won more than one game in any single ACC Tournament.

Toney Douglas IN THE LAST FIVE GAMES…
…Has scored 124 points and is averaging 24.8 points per game since scoring 23 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson on Feb. 28. Douglas has now scored 20 or more points an ACC leading 23 times;
…Is shooting .515 from the 3-point line (17 of 33) and is averaging three 33-point field goals made per game. He made five shots from the bonusphere and scored 27 points in the Seminoles’ game against Duke on March 3 in Durham;
…Has dished out 17 assists and been charged with only 10 assists for a 1.7:1 assist:turnover ratio. His four assists in the Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 North Carolina gave him a single-season career-high tying 98 for his senior season;
…Is shooting .482 from the field (42 of 87) and is averaging 8.4 field goals made per game since Feb. 28. He is shooting .618 percent (21 of 34) in the ACC Tournament and has made an average of 10.5field goals per game in the first two games of the tournament.

DOUGLAS AGAINST DUKE IN HIS CAREER
All-American candidate Toney Douglas averages 18.5 points per game in four career games against Duke. He scored 27 points against Duke in Durham on March 3, 2009 in the last meeting between the two teams – an 84-81 Blue Devil victory in Durham.

ALABI BLOCKS TWO MORE SHOTS AGAINST NO. 1 NORTH CAROLINA
Freshman All-ACC selection Solomon Alabi blocked two shots in the Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 North Carolina to raise his ACC leading total to 71 with a 2.2 blocked shots per game average. He has blocked at least one shot in 19 consecutive games – all 16 of the Seminoles’ games in ACC regular season play, two games in the ACC Tournament and the Seminoles’ game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 3. Alabi’s 71 blocked shots rank as the third highest single-season total in school history and the second highest total by a freshman in school history. He has 81 blocked shots in 43 career games for a 1.88 blocked shots per game average for his career.

ALABI IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING IN FLORIDA STATE’S ACC TOURNAMENT GAMES
Freshman All-ACC selection Solomon Alabi has scored in double figures in both of his first two career ACC Tournament games and is averaging 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the tournament entering Sunday’s championship game against Duke. He entered the ACC Tournament averaging 8.2 points per game and has scored in double figures in consecutive games for the fourth time this season and in 14 different games this season.

DULKYS CONTRIBUTES FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Freshman Deividas Dulkys tied his career-high with three 3-point field goals made in the Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 ranked North Carolina. It marked the second time in his career (also in the Seminoles’ victory over Virginia on Feb. 10 in Tallahassee). His nine points in the victory over Tar Heels tied his career-high for points in a single game which came in victories at NC State and at home against Virginia. Dulkys’ 27 3-pointg field goals ranks as the fourth highest single season total by a freshman in school history.

KITCHEN WITH SIX STEALS IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
Sophomore Derwin Kitchen has earned three steals in both of the Seminoles’ first two games of the 2009 ACC Tournament. He averages 3.0 steals per game in the ACC Tournament after earning 23 steals in the first 22 games of his career (1.1 spg). Kitchen earned his career-high of five steals in the Seminoles’ game against Duke on Jan. 10 – the first ACC game of his career and has five steals in two games this season against the Blue Devils.

FLORIDA STATE BASKETBALL BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State recovered from a three point (32-29) halftime deficit against No. 1 North Carolina to gain its ACC-leading sixth come from behind victory this season. The Seminoles came back from a 30-22 halftime deficit and were down by 19 points in recovering to defeat No. 10/10 Clemson 65-61 on Feb. 7 at Clemson;
…Florida State is 9-3 in its last 12 games with victories coming at No. 10/10 Clemson (65-61 on Feb. 7), against No. 12/13 Clemson (73-66 on Feb. 28) and against No. 1 North Carolina (73-70 on March 14);
…Florida State is undefeated, 24-0, when it outscores its opponent.
…Florida State has an ACC leading 12 victories in games decided by five points or less this season. The 12 wins by five points or less are rivaled only Boston College and Virginia Tech with seven wins each by five points or less. The Seminoles 12 wins by five points or less are as many as they have had in the last three years combined (5-4 in 2007-08, 2-5 in 2006-07 and 5-5 in 2005-06;
…Florida State has held both of its ACC Tournament opponents below 38 percent shooting from the field and has a field goal shooting percentage defense of .368 (43 of 117) entering Sunday’s ACC Championship game. The Seminoles rank first in the ACC with a .385 field goal percentage defense mark for the entire season;
…Florida State limited No. 1/1 North Carolina to 70 points in its 73-70 ACC Tournament semifinal victory over the Tar Heels. The 70 points were the second fewest amount of points scored in a game this season by the North Carolina;
…Florida State is 5-3 while playing as a ranked team this season with three consecutive wins against Virginia Tech (March 8, 63-53), Georgia Tech (March 13, 64-62) and No. 1/1 North Carolina (March 14, 73-70.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STAT
F #31 Chris Singleton (7.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 5 pts and 5 blks vs. Georgia Tech in 09 ACC Tourn)
F #41 Uche Echefu (8.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 9 pts and 8 rebs vs. North Carolina in 07 ACC Tourn)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (8.5 ppg, 2.1 bpg; 14 pts and 2 blcks vs. Georgia Tech in 09 ACC Tourn)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.5 ppg, 2.6 apg; 11 pts and 6 asts vs. North Carolina in 09 ACC Tourn)
G #23 Toney Douglas (21.1 ppg, 1.9 spg; 27 pts and 4 asts vs. North Carolina in 09 ACC Tourn)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 0 pts and 4 rebs vs. North Carolina on 08 ACC Tourn)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Georgia Tech in 09 ACC Tourn)
G #3 Luke Loucks (3.1 ppg, 2.2 apg; 4 asts and 1 stl vs. Georgia Tech in 09 ACC Tourn)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.8 ppg, 0.9 rpg; 9 pts and 2 asts vs. North Carolina in 09 ACC Tourn)
F #42 Ryan Reid (5.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 12 pts and 7 rebs vs. Wake Forest in 08 ACC Tourn)
G #21 Brian Hoff (0.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Wake Forest in 08 ACC Tourn)

FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Duke leads, 28-6
Last Game: March 3, 2009; at Duke 84, Florida State 81
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 4, 2007; Florida State 68, at Duke 67
Last Duke Win: March 3, 2009; at Duke 84, Florida State 81
Last Florida State Win In ACC Tourn: First Meeting in ACC Tournament
Last Duke win in ACC Tourn: First Meeting in ACC Tournament
Current Streak: Duke has won 3

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