Feb. 15, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two ACC road games this season, travels to play at Maryland on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. The Seminoles opened their 2007-08 ACC schedule with a victory at Georgia Tech (Dec. 30, 66-64) and were victorious at Miami (Feb. 6, 62-55). The Seminoles’ game against Maryland is their only game against the Terps during the regular season and marks the third year in the last four that Florida State will face Maryland only once because of the ACC’s unbalanced schedule. The Seminoles are playing the Terps on the road for the second consecutive meeting between the two teams. The two teams have split each of the last six meetings with each other with each team winning three times on their court. Following Florida State’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles will return home to play host to Clemson (Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m.) and Boston College (Feb. 23, Noon). The Seminoles next road game is at NC State (Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m.).
DOUGLAS IS THE ACC’S CHIEF THIEF
All-ACC Candidate Toney Douglas – the ACC’s Chief Thief – earned two steals against Wake Forest and enters Saturday’s game against Maryland with a single-season career-high 70 steals and a career-high 2.8 steals per game. The best perimeter defender in the ACC has earned at least two steals in each of the last six games and in 19 of 25 games this season for Florida State. Douglas has 70 steals – 19 more than Clemson’s Cliff Hammonds who ranks second in the ACC in steals with 51. Douglas is ranked fifth in the nation with 70 steals and sixth in the nation with his career-high 2.8 steals per game average. In 10 ACC games, Douglas has 32 steals and a 3.2 steals per game average – he is the only player in league competition that has more than 24 steals. Douglas earned 35 steals in 30 games and 14 steals in 11 ACC games as a sophomore. He has 148 career steals in 86 career games for a 1.1 steals per game average for his entire career.
RICH PLAYING THE BEST BASKETBALL OF HIS CAREER
All-ACC Candidate Jason Rich, who is playing the best basketball of his career entering Saturday’s game against Maryland, has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games and is averaging 20.1 and shooting .542 from the field (32-of-59) since scoring 22 points at Virginia Tech on Jan. 29. He scored 22 points in consecutive games against Virginia Tech and North Carolina (Feb. 3) to mark the first time in his career that he had scored at least 20 points in consecutive games. He has now scored at least 20 points in six different ACC games during his career. Rich has scored 336 points this season and is averaging 13.4 points per game through the Seminoles’ first 25 games of the season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Maryland and gain its third ACC road victory of the season. The Seminoles most recently won three ACC road games in a year when they won at Virginia (87-82 in overtime), at Wake Forest (75-68) and at Miami (67-64) in their way to a 20-10 overall record and a 9-7 record in conference play during the 2005-06 season;
…Defeat Maryland and win its first game in the Comcast Center which opened for the 2002-03 season. Florida State was the last team to defeat Maryland in Cole Field House when the Seminoles took a 74-71 victory over the Terps on Feb. 14, 2001.
MRI TEST REVEALS TORN ACL FOR FLORIDA STATE’S SWANN
An MRI test done Feb. 7 at the Tallahassee Diagnostic Imaging Center on Florida State men’s basketball player Isaiah Swann has revealed a torn ACL in his left knee. He did not play in the Seminoles’ game against Wake Forest on Thursday night. Swann suffered the injury during the first half of the Seminoles’ victory over Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on Wednesday. The senior will be lost to the team indefinitely. “We feel badly for Isaiah because he is a valuable member of our team and a great teammate,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “Our team physician and our athletic trainer will monitor Isaiah daily and work with him regarding his treatment and rehabilitation process.”
SEMINOLES REMAIN AMONG NATION’S TOP THREE FREE THROW SHOOTING TEAMS
Florida State, which has shot better than 70 percent from the line in nine of its last 10 games, is RANKED THIRD NATIONALLY AND FIRST IN THE ACC in team free throw shooting percentage following its game against Wake Forest on Thursday night. The Seminoles began the week as the nation’s top ranked free throw shooting team and enters Saturday’s game against Maryland ranked third. Until dipping into third place on Feb. 15, the Seminoles had led the nation in free throw shooting percentage for six consecutive weeks. The Seminoles have shot at least 70 percent from the free throw line nine of their last 10 games since Jan. 5 when a .938 performance (30-of-32) from the line in a victory over La Salle put the Seminoles in first place in the nation.
SEMINOLES CUTTING DOWN ON TURNOVER TOTAL
Florida State committed 13 turnovers against Wake Forest as it continued a trend of handling the ball well in its most recent three games. The Seminoles are averaging 2.5 turnovers less per game in their last three games as compared to their turnover total for their first 25 games of the season. The Seminoles are handling the ball especially well in the second half as they are averaging 4.3 turnovers per game in the second half of their last three games. Florida State has outscored each of their last three opponents in the second half by an average of 4.0 points per half.
SEMINOLES AMONG ACC’S TOP TEAMS IN STEALS CATEGORY
Florida State earned 10 steals against Wake Forest on Thursday night and moved into second place in the ACC with 227 steals and a 9.08 steals per game average. The Seminoles have now earned double figure steals in five of their 10 ACC games and have earned 67 steals more than their opponents through their first 25 games of the season. Florida State’s 227 steals mark the sixth consecutive season it has earned at least 200 steals under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Junior All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas is ranked first in the ACC with a single-season career-high 70 steals and a 2.8 steals per game average while senior guard Ralph Mims is ranked eighth in the ACC with single-season career-high 45 steals and a 1.8 steals per game average.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #41 Uche Echefu (10.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 7 pts and 10 rebs vs. Maryland, Feb. 21, 2007) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 2 pts and 3 rebs vs. Maryland, Jan. 30, 2007) G #10 Ralph Mims (10.3 ppg, 1.5 apg; 9 pts and 3 asts vs. Maryland, Feb. 21, 2007) G #23 Toney Douglas (15.3 ppg, 2.8 spg; 16 pts and 3 asts vs. Maryland, Jan. 30, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (13.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 24 pts and 3 rebs vs. Maryland, Jan. 30, 2007) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Isaiah Swann (11.8 ppg, 2.9 apg; 15 pts and 4 rebs vs. Maryland, Jan. 30. 2007) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg; First career game vs. Maryland) F #21 Julian Vaughn (3.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg; First career game vs. Maryland) F #33 Matt Zitani (1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg; First career game vs. Maryland)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MARYLAND F #1 Landon Milbourne (8.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 1 pt and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Jan. 30, 2007) F #15 James Gist (16.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg; 23 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 30, 2007) C #50 Bamable Osbe (11.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Jan. 30, 2007) G #5 Eric Hayes (10.5 ppg, 5.2 apg; 8 pts and 1 stl vs. Florida State, Jan. 30, 2007) G #21 Greivis Vasquez (17.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 13 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 30, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Maryland leads, 25-9 Last Game: Feb. 21, 2007; Maryland 73, Florida State 55 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 30, 2007; Florida State 96, Maryland 79 Last Maryland Win: Feb. 21, 2007; Maryland 73, Florida State 55 Last Florida State Win in College Park: Feb. 14, 2001; Florida State 74, Maryland 71 Last Maryland Win in College Park: Feb. 21, 2007; Maryland 73, Florida State 55 Current Streak: Maryland has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Maryland: 3-5
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND – THE LAST MEETING
D.J. Strawberry opened the second half with three straight baskets, sparking a 16-2 run that carried Maryland to its fourth straight victory, 73-55 over Florida State on Feb. 21, 2007 at the Comcast Center in College Park. Bambale Osby scored 15 points, Mike Jones had 14 and James Gist 13 for the Terrapins. Strawberry, who failed to score in the first half, finished with 10. Al Thornton had 23 points and 15 rebounds for Florida State. After picking up two fouls and playing only eight minutes in the first half, Strawberry returned from the break to make two layups and a dunk to put Maryland up 37-31. Osby and Jones added layups and Ekene Ibekwe capped the 12-point run with a dunk off a pass from freshman Greivis Vasquez. Florida State, meanwhile, opened the half by missing its first 11 field goal tries. After Isaiah Swann sank two foul shots to bring the Seminoles to 43-33, Ibekwe made a layup and Strawberry added a short jumper for a 14-point cushion. Florida State cut the gap to nine points with 9:23 left, but could get no closer. The Terrapins missed 12 straight field-goal tries and were held scoreless for more than eight minutes while Florida State turned a 29-21 deficit into a 31-29 lead. Thornton scored eight points in the 10-0 run.