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Florida State Travels To Play At Virginia Tech On Saturday At 8:00 P.M.

Feb. 20, 2009


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which is tied for second place in the ACC standings, travels to play at Virginia Tech at Cassell Coliseum on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. The Seminoles game against the Hokies is the first of two between the teams in the final three weeks of their regular season conference schedule. Florida State will play host to Virginia Tech in Tallahassee on March 8 – the final day of the 2008-09 regular season. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against the Hokies with a 20-6 overall record and a 7-4 mark in ACC play. The Seminoles’ 20 wins marks the first time since the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles have won at least 20 games during the regular season while their seven conference wins marks the school-record fourth consecutive season they have won at least seven ACC games. Florida State comes to Blacksburg fresh from an 80-67 victory over Miami on Wednesday and wins in three of its last four ACC road games. The Seminoles most recently won at Virginia (Jan. 24, 73-62) and at then No. 10/10 Clemson (Feb. 7, 65-61). Following Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech, the Seminoles will travel to play at Boston College (Feb. 24; 9:00 p.m.) before returning home to play host to No. 13/13 Clemson (Feb. 28, 2:00 p.m.). The Department of Athletics at Florida State will celebrate Ron King – the captain of the Seminoles 1972 NCAA national finalist team – at the Clemson game as his No. 33 will be honored and hung in the rafters of the Donald L. Tucker Center. King will also serve as the Seminoles’ legend at the 2009 ACC Tournament in Atlanta.

DOUGLAS STANDING OUT AS ONE OF THE ACC’S TOP PLAYERS
Senior All-ACC First-Team and National Defensive Player of the Year candidate and Bob Cousy Award finalist Toney Douglas has scored the most points (532) of any ACC player this season and ranks second in overall scoring average with a career-high 20.5 points per game average. He also ranks as the ACC’s leading scorer in ACC games only with a 23.3 points per game scoring average in conference games and has scored 20 points or more in nine of 11 ACC games. Douglas is also the leader of the Seminoles’ defensive effort which is ranked as one of the nation’s best. The Seminoles are ranked in the nation’s top 15 in the major defensive categories (blocked shots, 10th; field goal percentage defense, 13th and steals, 16th). Douglas is ranked third in the ACC with 52 steals and has 177 steals during his Florida State career and is ranked 18th in ACC history with a 1.97 steals per game average.

DOUGLAS IN THE LAST 14 GAMES
Senior All-ACC First-Team and National Defensive Player of the Year candidate and Bob Cousy Award finalist Toney Douglas has scored 320 points and is averaging 22.9 points in the Seminoles’ last 14 games. Only 25 players in the ACC this season have scored 320 points with Douglas being the ACC’s overall leader with 532 points. Amazingly, he has surpassed the season scoring total of 24 of the ACC’s top 25 scorers in the last 14 games.

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LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its 21st game of the season. It will mark the second time since the 2006-07 season (22-13) that the Seminoles will have won at least 21 games in a single season and the first time since the 1992-93 season when they won 22 regular season games;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its eighth ACC game of the season. It would mark the second time in the last four seasons (the Seminoles were 9-7 in ACC play during the 2005-06 season);
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its second game in the state of Virginia this season. The Seminoles also won at Virginia (Jan. 24, 73-62) earlier this season.
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its first game in Blacksburg since the Hokies became a member of the ACC for the 2004-05 season. The last time the Seminoles won in Blacksburg (Jan. 24, 2003), the Hokies were a member of the Big East Conference;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and guarantee itself of at least a .500 record in ACC play for the first time since the 2005-06 season (9-7 in ACC play) and for the fourth time in school history. Since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season, the Seminoles have finished 12-4 and in second place in the league standings during the 1992-93 season, 11-5 and in second place in the league standings in 1991-92 and 9-7 and in fifth place in the league standings during the 2005-06 season.
…Defeat Virginia Tech and earn its fifth ACC win in its last six games. It would mark the third consecutive season the Seminoles would have won five times in a six game span during a given conference schedule.

NOTING FLORIDA STATE IN ITS VICTORY OVER MIAMI ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT…
…Florida State earned its fourth double-digit ACC victory of the season with its 13-point victory over Miami. The Seminoles have also defeated NC State by 13 (Jan. 13) and Virginia twice by 11 points (Jan. 24 and Feb. 10);
…The Seminoles shot a season-high .886 from the free throw line to mark the fifth time this season they have shot 80 percent or better from the free throw line. The Seminoles also shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line against Stetson (.824), Coastal Carolina (.885), Western Illinois (.864) and Virginia in the first game between the two teams. The Seminoles are 5-0 this season when they shoot 80 percent or better from the free throw line;
…Florida State returned to the win column after falling at Wake Forest on Saturday. The Seminoles and North Carolina are the only two teams in the ACC who have not lost consecutive games in the non-conference or conference schedules this season;
…Florida State rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat Miami on Wednesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won an ACC leading five games when trailing at the half as compared to winning four games after trailing at halftime during the entire 2007-08 season;
…Florida State has more assists (11) than turnovers (nine) for the fourth time this season against Miami. They also had a positive assist:turnover ratio in victories over Charleston Southern (17 A/13 TO), Western Kentucky (19-9), Virginia (18/11) and against the Hurricanes. The Seminoles have won all four of their games when they have more assists than turnovers;
…Florida State made more free throws against Miami (31), than it did in its pervious two games (13 against Virginia and 15 against Wake Forest);
…Florida State made 31 free throws (the fourth most by the Seminoles in an ACC game), attempted (35 free throws (tied for the seventh most the Seminoles in an ACC game) and shot .886 from the free throw line (the 10th highest free throw percentage by the Seminoles in an ACC game). The Seminoles’ 31 free throws made were the most in a single game since making 32 in a 75-72 overtime victory over Miami on March 8, 2008;
…Florida State’s 50 points in the second half was their largest point total in a half this season. The Seminoles have outscored their opponent in six of their 11 ACC games.

FLORIDA STATE PUTTING PRESSURE ON OPPONENTS’ SHOOTERS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense (.385), second in scoring defense (63.8 points per game) and third in 3-point field goal percentage defense. The Seminoles have held 23 of their 26 opponents below 45 percent shooting from the (only Miami, Clemson and Wake Forest have shot better than 45 percent) and have limited 24 of their 25 opponents below 45 percent shooting from the 3-point line (only Coastal Carolina and Northwestern shot better than 45 percent).

SEMINOLES RANK SECOND IN THE ACC IN SCORING DEFENSE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked second in the ACC as they allow 63.8 points per game. The Seminoles have allowed only six points more than Duke (1,653-1,659) through the first 26 games of the season for both teams. The Seminoles have allowed 55 points or less four times (and are 4-0 when allowing 55 points or less), have allowed 60 points or less 11 times (and are 10-1 when allowing 60 points or less) and have allowed 65 points or less 15 times in 24 games (and are 14-1 when they allow 65 points or less).

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg; First career game against Virginia Tech)
F #41 Uche Echefu (8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 5 pts and 7 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 29, 2008)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (8.0 ppg, 2.0 bpg; First career game against Virginia Tech)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.3 ppg, 2.2 apg; First career game against Virginia Tech)
G #23 Toney Douglas (20.5 ppg, 2.0 spg; 22 pts and 2 steals vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 17, 2007)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 1 reb and 1 stls vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 29, 2008)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game against Virginia Tech)
G #3 Luke Loucks (3.7 ppg, 1.8 apg; First career game against Virginia Tech)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (4.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game against Virginia Tech)
F #42 Ryan Reid (5.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 11 pts and 6 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 29,. 2008)
G #21 Brian Hoff (0.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 29, 2008)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIA TECH
F #0 Jeff Allen (14.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg; 7 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 29, 2008)
F #40 A.D. Vassallo (18.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg; 22 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 29, 2008)
F #34 Cheick Diakte (4.0 ppg, 1.3 bpg; 2 pts and 0 blkd shots against Florida State, Jan. 29, 2008)
G #5 Dorenzo Hudson (3.8 ppg, 1.2 apg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 29, 2008)
G #23 Malcolm Delaney (18.3 ppg, 3.7 apg; 13 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 29, 2008)

FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA TECH- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads the series, 22-17
Last Game: Jan. 29, 2008; at Virginia Tech 89, Florida State 80
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 17, 2007; at Florida State 82, Virginia Tech 73
Last Virginia Tech Win: Jan. 29, 2008; at Virginia Tech 89, Florida State 80
Last Florida State Win In Blacksburg: Jan. 24, 2003; Florida State 76, at Virginia Tech 69
Last Virginia Tech win in Blacksburg: Jan. 29, 2008; at Virginia Tech 89, Florida State 80
Current Streak: Virginia Tech has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia Tech: 5-2 (4-2 at Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA TECH – THE LAST GAME
A.D. Vassallo scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half and Virginia Tech opened the game with an 18-4 run and didn’t let Florida State get within single digits until too late in an 89-80 victory on Jan. 29, 2008 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg. The Hokies led 42-24 at the half and by no fewer than 11 for most of the second half until Florida State closed to within five in the final minutes. The Hokies clinched it at the free throw line, going 22-for-31 in the second half.. The Seminoles made 8 of 11 from 3-point territory in the second half to make the game interesting. Virginia Tech was 33-for-45 from the line overall. Hank Thorns added 15 points, Deron Washington had 14 and 10 rebounds, Malcolm Delaney scored 13 and J.T. Thompson 11 for the Hokies. Jason Rich led Florida State with 22 points and Ralph Mims had 17.

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