Feb. 6, 2009
|Seminoles.com Gameday Information|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two of its first three ACC road games of the season, travels to Clemson to play the No. 10/10 Tigers on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. The Seminoles have already earned conference road victories at NC State (Jan. 13, 78-65) and at Virginia (Jan. 24, 73-62) and go to Clemson looking to match their ACC road victory from the 2007-08 season when they won at Georgia Tech, Miami and NC State. The Seminoles face the Tigers after defeating Georgia Tech at home on Thursday (Feb, 5, 62-58) which upped their ACC record to 4-3. The Seminoles have four wins in the first half of their ACC schedule for the first time since the 2006-07 season when they had a 4-4 record at the half-way point of the ACC. In Clemson, the Seminoles are playing their seventh opponent of the season that was either ranked at the time of the game or ranked at some point during the 2008-09 season. Following Saturday’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles will return home and play host to Virginia (Feb. 10, 7:00 p.m.) before travelling to play at Wake Forest (Feb. 14, 4:00 p.m.) as they face their fourth No. 1 ranked team this season. The Seminoles have already played Pittsburgh, Duke and North Carolina.
DOUGLAS NAMED FINALIST FOR COUSY AWARD AS TOP POINT GUARD
Senior All-ACC and National Defensive Payer of the Year candidate Toney Douglas, who is averaging a career-high 20.2 points per game, has been named as one of 13 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award which is annually presented to the top point guard in college basketball. Douglas was named a finalist for the award by a blue-ribbon panel of college basketball journalists from across the nation. The Cousy Award is presented by The Hartford and is awarded to the top collegiate male basketball point guard annually spanning across all divisions within the game by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The selection criterion emphasizes leadership, team work, success, and fundamentals as being critical parts for the game of basketball as a point guard. Douglas leads Florida State’s offense with a career-high 20.2 points per game average and is the head of the snake on its defensive effort with a 2.0 steals per game average and outstanding on-ball and man defense throughout the season on some of the nation’s top players. Douglas, who scored his Florida State career-high of 32 points against No. 5/6 North Carolina (Jan. 28) and added 30 on the road at Miami (Jan. 21), leads the ACC in total points scored (444), ranks third in the league in average points per game (20.2 ppg) and is looking to lead the ACC in steals (49 / 2.2 spg) for the second consecutive season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and earn a victory at Littlejohn Coliseum for the first time since March 3, 2001 – and break a string of seven losses to Clemson at Clemson;
…Defeat Clemson at Clemson and give Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton his first victory at Littlejohn Coliseum.
…Defeat Clemson and earn a victory over a top-10 ranked team on the road for the second time in three seasons. The Seminoles won at No. 8/8 Duke, 68-67, on Feb. 4, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium;
…Defeat Clemson and gain its second victory over a ranked team this season. The Seminoles defeated No. 21/23 Florida, 57-55, at the Donald L. Tucker Center
NOTES FROM FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER GEORGIA TECH…
…Florida State rallied from a 31-25 halftime deficit to claim its second comeback victory of the season. The Seminoles also trailed at La Salle (Nov. 18) at the half and rallied to win 65-61;
…Florida State’s victory over the Yellow Jackets allowed it to continue a trend of not having lost consecutive games at any point during the 2008-09 season;
…Florida State committed only two second half turnovers and zero in the final 8:38 of the game. The Seminoles forced the Yellow Jackets into 10 second half turnovers;
…Florida State earned 12 steals in its victory over Georgia Tech – the second consecutive game it has earned 12 steals. The Seminoles lead the ACC in conference game only statistics with a 10.3 steals per game average.
…Florida State’s 58 points allowed in its victory over Georgia Tech marked its fewest points allowed in an ACC game this season. It was the fewest points allowed in an ACC win since holding Clemson to 55 in a 64-55 Seminole victory over the Tigers on Feb. 19, 2008 in Tallahassee;
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE RECENTLY
Florida State limited Georgia Tech to a .344 field goal shooting percentage in limiting the Yellow Jackets to 58 points in Thursday night’s victory. Since allowing Miami (.490 percent) to become the first (and only) team to shoot above 44 percent against the it this season in its loss to the Hurricanes (Jan. 21, 75-69), the Seminoles have held three consecutive ACC teams below 40 percent shooting from the field. Florida State is ranked second in the ACC and 12th in the nation in field goal percentage defense.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES TO BLOCK SHOTS
Florida State, which ranks third in the ACC in blocked shots per game (6.0 bpg), enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with more than twice as many blocked shots as its opponents (132-61). The Seminoles have blocked at least two shots in each of their 22 games this season and at least three shots in each of their last six games. Florida State blocked it’s ACC season-high of nine shots in its victory over Virginia (Jan. 21). Florida State already has more blocked shots this season (132) than they did last season (130) in 12 fewer games. The Seminoles averaged 3.8 blocked shots per game last season and are averaging 6.0 blocked shots per game this season.
FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKS ALREADY RANKED SEVENTH FOR A SINGLE SEASON
Led by freshman center Solomon Alabi’s 43 blocked shots Florida State has blocked 132 shots in its first 22 games of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles’ 132 blocked shots rank as the seventh highest single-season team total in school history while their 6.0 blocked shots per game average ranking as the second highest average in school history.
SEMINOLES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters its game against No. 10/10 Clemson looking for its second win of the season against a nationally ranked team. The Seminoles defeated No. 21/23 Florida (Dec. 7, 57-55) earlier this season to mark the 19th consecutive season they have defeated at least one ranked team. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with 12 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first seven years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 12 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006), No. 3 ranked Wake Forest (91-83 in overtime, Jan. 18, 2005), No. 4 ranked Florida (70-66, Dec. 3, 2006) and a victory over the No. 7 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2003-04 season (Jan. 22, 2004, 90-81 in overtime). Florida State’s most recent victory over a ranked Clemson team came in a 70-64 victory over the No. 25 ranked Tigers on Jan. 12, 1999. Florida State also defeated a ranked Clemson team – No. 19 ranked Clemson – 75-62 on Jan. 17, 1996 in a game also played in Tallahassee.
Florida State has been credited with 12 steals in each of its last two games (against North Carolina and Georgia Tech) and enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with 201 steals and a 9.1 steals per game average. The Seminoles are ranked second in the ACC in steals per game.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (8.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson) F #41 Uche Echefu (8.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 24 pts and 12 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008) C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.4 ppg, 2.0 bpg; First career game vs. Clemson) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson) G #23 Toney Douglas (20.2 ppg, 2.1 spg; 23 pts and 2 stls vs. Clemson, Feb. 19, 2008) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.2 ppg, 2.6 apg; First career game vs. Clemson) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Clemson, Feb. 19, 2008) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 6 pts and 7 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 19, 2008) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (4.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson) G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Clemson, Feb. 19, 2008)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON F #1 K.C. Rivers (14.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2008) F #35 Trevor Booker (15.0 ppg, 2.5 bpg; 29 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2008) C #12 Raymond Sykes (8.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 1 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 19, 2008) G #2 Demontez Stitt (7.8 ppg, 3.6 apg; 3 pts and 1 stl vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2008) G #22 Terrence Oglesby (13.4 ppg, 1.5 apg; 19 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2008)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads the series, 27-24 Last Game: Feb. 19, 2008; at Florida State 64, Clemson 55 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 19, 2008; at Florida State 64, Clemson 55 Last Clemson Win: Jan. 12, 2008; at Clemson 97, Florida State 85 (2 OT) Last Florida State Win In Clemson: March 3, 2001; Florida State 75, at Clemson 63 Last Clemson win in Clemson: Jan. 12, 2008; at Clemson 97, Florida State 85 (2 OT) Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 5-9 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 23 points and Jason Rich 22 to lead Florida State to a 64-55 win over Clemson, on Feb. 19, 2008 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State made six of its first eight shots to take an early 17-6 lead that it built to 35-17 at halftime, shooting 61.9 percent in the half. Clemson, meanwhile, was equally cold — connecting on just 3 of its first 16 attempts. Clemson came into the game leading the ACC with a 39.9 team shooting percentage from 3-point distance, but went 3 for 27 from long range, missing 18 of its first 19. They still managed to almost catch up, pulling to within 47-43 with 4:39 left on Demontez Stitt’s 3-point shot, but Rich and Douglas countered with six unanswered points to get Florida State’s lead back to 10 points with 3:02 left.
The Tigers shot just 30 percent from the field and were not much better from the free throw line, making 12 of 23. Cliff Hammonds led Clemson with 13 points, Trevor Booker added 12 and K.C. Rivers 10.