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Florida State Travels To Play At Miami On Wednesday At 7:30 P.M.

Jan. 20, 2009


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won consecutive ACC games with a win at NC State and a victory at home against Maryland, travels to Coral Gables, Fla., to face the Miami Hurricanes at the BankUnited Center on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game against Miami looking to up its record to 3-1 in ACC for only the second time since joining the nation’s top basketball conference for the 1991-92 season. Florida State began the 1992-93 season with five wins in its first six ACC games on its way to a second place finish in the league standings with a program-best 12-4 record in ACC play. The Seminoles are 2-1 in ACC play for the second time under head coach Leonard Hamilton as they began the 2005-06 conference schedule with two wins in their first three games on their way to a 9-7 record and a fifth place finish in the league standings. Florida State has 15 victories in its first 18 games (.833 winning percentage) marking the earliest date in school history the Seminoles have hit the 15-win plateau and the second latest date in school history that they have suffered three losses or less. The Seminoles 1988-89 team won its 15th game on January 26 (the previous earliest date for 15 wins) and didn’t drop its third game of the season until February 1 on its way to a 22-8 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State’s game against Miami is its first of two consecutive road games – it travels to Virginia for its second game of the week on Saturday. The two-game road trip for the Seminoles marks its first of a pair of two game road trips as they will also travel to play at Virginia Tech and Boston College in consecutive road games during the month of February.

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ALL-ACC CANDIDATE DOUGLAS CONTINUES TO RANK AMONG ACC’S BEST
All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas, who is averaging 21.3 points and 2.5 steals in each of his last six games, has played as one of the ACC’s top players throughout the Seminoles’ first 18 games of the 2008-08 season. He enters Wednesday’s game against Miami as the ACC’s third leading scorer with a career-high 18.9 points per game average, is the ACC leader with 10 games of 20+ point scoring, is ranked second in the ACC in overall steals with 38, is tied for fifth with 36 3-point field goals made and leads the ACC in overall minutes played with 642. Douglas has taken his game up to another level in the Seminoles’ first three ACC games with a 21.3 points per game scoring average, a .824 free throw shooting percentage, a 2.7 steals per game average and a 38.0 minutes played per game average.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and win its sixth consecutive game against the Hurricanes. The Seminoles last won six consecutive games against the Hurricanes from the 1968 season through the 1971 season when the teams were playing twice each season;
…Defeat Miami and win its fourth consecutive game in Coral Gables. The Seminoles have won every game played between the two teams on the Hurricanes home court since March 5, 2006;
…Defeat Miami and raise its record against the Hurricanes to 6-3 since both teams became members of the ACC. The Hurricanes joined the league for the 2004-05 season;
…Defeat Miami and up its record in games played in the state of Florida this season to 11-2. The Seminoles have played 12 of their first 18 games at home entering Wednesday’s game against Miami.

FLORIDA STATE IN OVERTIME
Florida State’s victory in overtime against Maryland on Saturday was its second consecutive overtime victory in an ACC game. The Seminoles defeated Miami in an extra session, 75-72, on March 8, 2008 in Tallahassee.

FLORIDA STATE ON THE BLOCK
Led by freshman center Solomon Alabi’s 37 blocked shots this season, Florida State has blocked 115 shots through the first 18 games of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles have already blocked nearly as many shots as they did during the 2006-07 (116) and 2007-08 (130) seasons and more than they did during the 2004-05 (100) and 2005-06 (72) seasons. Florida State has blocked more than 2.5 times more shots (115) than their opponents (44) entering its game against Miami on Wednesday.

SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State outscored Maryland, 18-13, from the free throw in its overtime victory over the Terps on Saturday to mark the 14th time in 18 games this season that the Seminoles have outscored their opponent from the free throw line. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game against Miami having made 75 free throws more than their opponents (300-225) while attempting 73 more shots than their opponents (424-351).

SEMINOLES RANK AMONG ACC’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE LEADERS
Florida State, which ranks second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense, held Maryland to a .386 shooting mark from their field in its victory over the Terps on Saturday. It marked the 12th time in 18 games this season that the Seminoles have held their opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field. The Seminoles have held each of their 18 opponents below .440 percent shooting from the field with NC State shooting an opponent season-high .434 in Florida State’s 78-65 win on the road in Raleigh (Jan. 13). Florida State ranked among the top two teams in the ACC in field goal percentage defense (head coach Leonard Hamilton’s favorite statistic) in both 2002-03 and 2003-04 (Hamilton’s first two seasons at Florida State) and led the ACC in scoring defense as they held their opponents to a .391 shooting mark and an ACC-best 66.6 points per game during his first season in Tallahassee.

FLORIDA STATE HAS…
…Outrebounded three of its last four opponents entering Wednesday’s game against Miami. The Seminoles outrebounded Duke 43-34 (+9) in their game against the Blue Devils on Jan. 10. The Blue Devils ranked second in the ACC with a +8.0 rebounding advantage;
…Earned more assists than its opponents in each of their last five games (4-1 record). The Seminoles are averaging 13.0 assists in their last five games as compared to 11.4 assists in the first 13 games of the season;
…Florida State has at least nine steals in seven of the last eight games and is averaging 10.6 steals per game since Dec. 16. The Seminoles have recorded less than 10 steals in a game only twice during that span and enter Wednesday’s game against Miami ranked third in the ACC in total steals with 162.

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State shot .720 from the free throw line in its victory over Maryland on Saturday to mark the third consecutive game the Seminoles have shot 72 percent or better from the free throw line. The Seminoles are looking to lead the ACC in free throw shooting percentage for the school record third consecutive season.

SEMINOLES ON THE ROAD
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Miami with seven victories away from home this season. The Seminoles have earned victories at Jacksonville (Nov. 15, 59-57), at La Salle (Nov. 18, 65-61) at Georgia State (Dec. 13, 62-57) and at NC State (Jan. 13, 78-65) and have won neutral site games against Cincinnati (Nov. 28, 58-47 at La Vegas), California (Nov. 29, 80-77 at Las Vegas) and Western Kentucky (Dec. 28, 82-69 at Sunrise, Fla., in the Orange Bowl Classic). The seven wins are the most since the 1997-98 Seminoles won nine games away from Tallahassee and went to the NCAA Tournament.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (9.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg; First career game vs. Miami)
F #41 Uche Echefu (8.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 20, 2007)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.1 ppg, 2.1 bpg; First career game vs. Miami)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg; First career game vs. Miami)
G #23 Toney Douglas (18.9 ppg, 2.1 spg; 28 pts and 3 stls vs. Miami, Feb. 6, 2008)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Luke Loucks (4.4 ppg, 2.3 apg; First career game vs. Miami)
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Miami, March 8, 2008)
F #42 Ryan Reid (6.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 11 pts and 4 rebs vs. Miami, March 8, 2008)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game vs. Miami)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.6 ppg, 1.5 rpg; First career game vs. Miami)
G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Miami, Feb. 6, 2008)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MIAMI
F #20 Cyrus McGowan (6.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
F #21 Dwayne Collins (11.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 4 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 6, 2008)
F #32 Brian Asbury (6.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, March 8, 2008)
G #1 Lance Hurdle (7.1 ppg, 2.6 apg; 11 pts and 5 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 6, 2008)
G #33 Jack McLinton (17.2 ppg, 2.9 apg; 22 pts and 1 ast vs. Florida State, March 8, 2008)

FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 33-27
Last Game: March 8, 2008; at Florida State 75, Miami 72 (OT)
Last Florida State Win: March 8, 2008; at Florida State 75, Miami 72 (OT)
Last Miami Win: Jan. 29, 2006; Miami 78, at Florida State 74 (OT)
Last Florida State Win In Coral Gables: Feb. 6, 2008; Florida State 62, at Miami 55
Last Miami Win In Coral Gables: Jan. 15, 2005; at Miami 64, Florida State 63
Current Streak: Florida State has won 5
Leonard Hamilton vs. Miami: 7-3 (all at Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI – THE LAST GAME
Ralph Mims scored 25 points, including the decisive basket of the game, to lead Florida State to a 75-72 win Saturday over Miami – the Seminoles fifth straight victory over their downstate rival – on March 8, 2008 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Mims slashed down the lane for a layup with 1:49 left that gave the Seminoles a 75-70 lead and Miami’s Lance Hurdle hit two free throws 11 seconds later as both teams went scoreless the final 1:38. The game went into overtime tied at 66 after Miami’s Jack McClinton watched his 3-point jumper rim out at the buzzer. Florida State’s Ryan Reid had tied the game with two free throws with 33 seconds left. Florida State overcame an early 19-11 deficit to lead 32-30 at halftime in a contest that featured 17 ties and 13 lead changes. Miami was whistled for 31 fouls and Florida State 22 in a wild game that saw the teams combine to shoot 66 free throws. Jason Rich and Toney Douglas each added 16 points. McClinton led the Hurricanes with 22 points and Brian Asbury added 12.

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