Nov. 29, 2004
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –
Florida State travels to play at Minnesota in the sixth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., Tuesday night. The game marks the third of four consecutive road contests for the Seminoles after playing two games at the Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller Times Challenge over the weekend before playing a scheduled road game at Ole Miss this weekend (Dec. 4, 2 p.m.). The road trip is the longest of the season for the Seminoles who play at home next on Dec. 12 against Florida International. Florida State’s game against Minnesota is its sixth in the last 12 days to open the 2004-05 season and is the longest road trip during the three-year tenure of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. Florida State is 21-7 (.750 winning percentage) during the months of November and December in the last three seasons under Hamilton.
FLORIDA STATE’S HISTORY IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota with a 3-2 record in five previous ACC/Big 10 Challenge events. The Seminoles have won two straight in the challenge series with victories over Iowa (80-67 in 2002) and Northwestern (71-53 in 2003). In facing Minnesota, the Seminoles are playing their second repeat opponent in the challenge. Florida State has a 2-1 record against Northwestern in the challenge history and played Minnesota in Tallahassee in the event in 2000. Florida State is 1-1 in road games during the event with a victory and a loss on the road against Northwestern. Florida State defeated Northwestern, 60-46, in the inaugural ACC/Big 10 Challenge and gained their largest margin of victory in the challenge against the Wildcats last season with a 71-53 (+18 point) victory at home.
Dec. 1, 1999 Nov. 29, 2000 Nov. 28, 2001
Florida State 60 at Florida State 71 Florida State 50
at Northwestern 46 Minnesota 76 at Northwestern 57
Dec. 2, 2002 Dec. 1, 2003 Nov. 30, 2004
at Florida State 80 at Florida State 71 Florida State
Iowa 67 Northwestern 53 at Minnesota
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Minnesota and help the ACC win the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the sixth consecutive season. Florida State’s victory over Northwestern in year one of the challenge clinched the overall victory for the ACC;
…Defeat Minnesota and snap a two-game losing streak;
…Play and win its first true road game of the season. The Seminoles’ game against the Gophers is their third road game of the season but first on an opponents’ home court.
SEMINOLES SHOOTING THE BALL WELL FROM THE FIELD
Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota shooting .481 from the field through the first five games of the season. The Seminoles have shot better than .423 (against Texas A&M Corpus Christi) in each of their five games and finished with a season-high of .593 shooting percentage from the field against Shawnee State. Florida State shot better than 50 percent in seven different game and shot .438 from the field during the 2003-04 season. Florida State has made 14 more field goals than its opponents while taking 16 fewer shots from the field. With eight players on the roster having played in all five games, there are six different Seminoles shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Junior Diego Romero leads Florida State with a .682 shooting percentage.
SEMINOLES BEGINNING TO FIND TOUCH FROM FREE THROW LINE
Florida State shot a season-high .760 from the free throw line against TCU and is beginning to find their individual touches from the free throw line. The Seminoles have made 23 of their last 33 (.696) free throws in the last two games. Entering Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota, three Seminoles in the regular rotation (Isaiah Swann, Ralph Mims and Jason Rich) are shooting 80 percent or better from the field.
SEMINOLES STEALS RATE REMAINS STEADY
Florida State, which finished fifth in the ACC in steals with an 8.82 steals per game average last season, once again ranks among the leaders in the conference with an 8.8 steals per game average this season. The Seminoles have recorded at least seven steals in each of their five games and were credited with a season-high 13 thefts in their victory over Shawnee State Nov. 24. The Seminoles’ point guard tandem of Isaiah Swann (eight steals) and Todd Galloway (eight steals) have proven to be Florida State’s chief thieves during the early part of the season.
Seminoles’ Stealing Under Hamilton
Season Steals Games SPG Notes
2004-05 44 5 8.8 Isaiah Swann and Todd Galloway lead team with 1.6 spg
2003-04 291 33 8.8 Tim Pickett led team with 2.5 spg
2003-03 273 29 9.4 Tim Pickett led team with 2.8 spg
Totals 608 67 9.1 Seminoles average 202.7 steals/season under Hamilton
ACCOMPLISHING MANY FACETS OF THE GAME BY COMMITTEE
Entering the 2004-05 season, Head Coach Leonard Hamilton said the Seminoles would be successful if they rely on each player in the rotation rather than one person to help the Seminoles on the court. Through the first five games of the season, Hamilton has proven prophetic. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against Minnesota with 11 of their 13 players averaging at least 15 minutes played per game – only seven players averaged 15 or more minutes played per game last season. In addition, nine players are average 6.0 points or more this season while only six players averaged 6.0 points or more per game last season.
All 13 Players On The Roster Getting Into The Act
Season PPG RPG FG% FGM/G SPG
2003-04 71.5 36.1 .438% 24.7 8.8
2004-05 71.0 34.6 .481% 26.0 8.8
Diff -0.5 -1.5 +0.43% +1.3 —
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #25 Diego Romero (9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg; First career ACC/Big 10 Challenge Game)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (6.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 5 pts, 5 rebs vs. N’West in `03 ACC/Big 10 Chall)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.6 ppg, 2.0 apg; 14 pts, 1 ast vs. Iowa in `02 ACC/Big 10 Chall)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (2.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 10 pts, 1 reb vs. Minnesota in `00 ACC/Big 10 Chall)
G #22 Von Wafer (8.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. N’West in `03 ACC/Big 10 Challenge)
AND TOP RESERVES
F #2 Antonio Griffin (3.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg; First career ACC/Big 10 Challenge Game)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (7.2 ppg, 3.5 apg; First career ACC/Big 10 Challenge Game)
G #10 Ralph Mims (7.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg; First career ACC/Big 10 Challenge Game)
F #12 Al Thornton (7.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 2 pts vs. Northwestern in 2003 ACC/Big 10 Challenge)
G #21 Jason Rich (6.0 ppg, 1.8 apg; First career ACC/Big 10 Challenge Game)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (7.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 6 pts, 3 rebs vs. Iowa in `02 ACC/Big 10 Chall)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (5.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 27 pts vs. N’West in `03 ACC/Big 10 Chall)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MINNESOTA
F #13 Dan Coleman (13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 8 pts and 5 rebs in last game vs. Okla., 11/27/04)
F #34 Brent Lawson (5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs in last game vs. Okla., 11/27/04)
C #42 Jeff Hagen (10.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 9 pts and 3 rebs in last game vs. Okla., 11/27/04)
G #15 Vincent Grier (19.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 18 pts and 2 rebs in last game vs. Okla., 11/27/04)
G #3 Aaron Robinson (9.3 ppg, 3.0 apg; 7 pts and 3 assists in last game vs. Okla., 11/27/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MINNESOTA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Minnesota leads the series, 3-2
Last Game: Nov. 29, 2000; Minnesota 76, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 20, 1979; Florida State 112, Minnesota 91
Last Minnesota Win: Nov. 29, 2000; Minnesota 76, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win at Minneapolis: None
Last Minnesota Win at Minneapolis: Dec. 2, 2980; Minnesota 79, Florida State 66
Florida State vs. Minnesota, Current Streak: Minnesota has won 2
Leonard Hamilton vs. Minnesota: 1-0
THE FLORIDA STATE/MINNESOTA SERIES
Minnesota leads the all-time series against Florida State by a 3-2 margin. The last meeting between the two teams game during the 2000-01 season when the Golden Gophers took a 76-71 win against the Seminoles in Tallahassee during the second annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Florida State’s biggest victory over Minnesota came during the 1972 NCAA Tournament when the Seminoles knocked off perennial powers Minnesota, Kentucky and North Carolina on their way to the NCAA Championship game against UCLA. Florida State, ranked 10th at the time of the game, defeated the 11th ranked Golden Gophers, 70-56, at Dayton, Ohio on March 16, 1972. The Seminoles fell to UCLA, 81-76, 10 days later in the national championship game. The Seminoles finished with a 27-6 record and were led by Ron King who averaged 17.9 points per game that season.
SEMINOLES AGAINST THE BIG 10
Florida State has a record of 11-14 against the 11 teams which currently make up the Big Ten.
SWANN ENJOYING STRONG START TO SEASON
Freshman Isaiah Swann enters Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota ranked fifth on the team in scoring with a 7.2 points per game average. He has scored at least eight points in three of the Seminoles’ five games this season and has totaled 19 points in the last two games (9.5 points per game). Swann scored his season-high of 10 points against Kent State (Nov. 27). He ranks first or tied for first in three different statistical categories (assists, free throw percentage and steals) and in the top five of three more statistical categories (free throws made, scoring and field goal percentage).
Swann On The Seminoles’ Statistics Sheet
Category Statistic Team Rank Notes
Assists 15/3.0 apg 1st 6 assists vs. Shawnee State and Kent State
FT Pct. 1.000 1st Has made all 12 FT attempts this season
Steals 8 T1st Career-high 4 steals vs. Kent State
FT Made 12 2nd 4 FTM vs. Tex. Southern and Shawnee State
Scoring 7.2 ppg 5th Averaging 9.5 ppg in last two games
Field Goal Pct. .524 5th Shooting .623 from field (7-11) in last 2 gms
Minutes 15.8 mpg T8th Played a season-high 24 minutes vs. Kent St.
SWANN LENDING A HELPING HAND
Freshman guard Isaiah Swann enters Tuesday’s game against Minnesota as the Seminoles leader in assists with a 3.0 assists per game average. He recorded six assists against both Shawnee State (Nov. 24) and Kent State (Nov. 27) and has been credited with at least one assist in all five games. Swann has an assist:turnover ratio of 1.4:1 which also leads Florida State’s point guards.
SWANN PLAYING WELL AND GROWING MORE COMFORTABLE ON COURT
Freshman Isaiah Swann has played well during the first five games of the season and has played especially well during the Seminoles’ last two games. He is averaging nearly 20 minutes played nearly 10 points scored in the last two games. Swann scored his career-high of 10 points against Kent State (Nov. 27) and pulled down his career-high of five rebounds against TCU (Nov. 28).
Breaking Down Zeke’s Season
Games MPG PPG FG% FT% SPG
Last 2 Games 19.0 9.5 .636 1.000 3.0
First 3 Games 13.6 5.7 .400 1.000 0.7
Improvement +5.4 +3.8 +.236 — +2.3
GALLOWAY IS THE SEMINOLES STARTING POINT GUARD
Junior Todd Galloway has started all five games of the season at the point guard position for the Seminoles this season. He has played 27 or more minutes in three of the Seminoles’ first five games and is enjoying one of the most productive stretches of his career. Galloway is playing 23.2 minutes per game and averaging 6.6 points per game.
Galloway’s Numbers As A Starter In 2004-05
Season MPG PPG APG FG% SPG
2004-05 (1 Year) 23.2 6.6 2.0 .565% 1.6
2003-04 (2 Years) 18.9 5.0 2.8 .395% 0.7
Improvement +4.3 +1.6 -0.8 +0.17% +0.9
GALLOWAY SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
Junior Todd Galloway enters Tuesday’s game against Minnesota shooting a career-high .565 from the field. He has shot better than 50 percent in four of Florida State’s five games this season and has made seven shots from the field in the last three games. Galloway entered the 2004-05 season shooting a combined .395 from the field during his first two seasons of his career and shot a career-best .424 from the field during his freshman season.
GALLOWAY TIED FOR TEAM LEAD IN STEALS
Junior Todd Galloway is tied for the team lead (along with freshman Isaiah Swann) with eight steals in the first five games of the season. He and Swann are averaging 1.6 steals per game and both have recorded at least four steals in a single game – Galloway against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Nov. 22) and Swann against Kent State (Nov. 27).
FRESHMAN MIMS ALSO STEALING
Freshman guard Ralph Mims is ranked third on the team in steals with six. He has at least one steal in all five games and totaled two against Shawnee State (Nov. 24).
NOTING FRESHMAN Ralph Mims FROM THE FREE THROW LINE…
…He is shooting .833 from the line (10-12) in the first five games of the season;
…He has made seven of his last eight free throw attempts (.875) in the last four games;
…He has made three consecutive free throws dating to Florida State’s victory over Shawnee State (Nov. 24).
MAKING A BIG DEAL OF THE SEMINOLE FRESHMEN
Florida State’s trio of freshmen – guards Ralph Mims, Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann – are making quite an impression during the early part of their inaugural collegiate seasons. All three are averaging more than 15 minutes per game and all three are averaging 6.0 points per game or more. When thinking of all three players together the trio is shooting .500 from the field (33-of-66) and .923 from the free throw line (24-26).
Charting The Three Freshman
Player MPG PPG RPG SPG FG% FT%
Ralph Mims 17.6 7.4 3.2 1.2 .480 .833
Jason Rich 17.0 6.0 0.8 0.5 .500 1.000
Isaiah Swann 15.8 7.2 2.4 1.6 .524 1.000
Totals 16.8 6.9 2.1 1.1 .500 .923
THORNTON PRESIDES OVER HIS VERY OWN BLOCK PARTY
Sophomore Al Thornton blocked a career-high three shots against TCU Sunday in Corpus Christi. His three blocked shots against the Horned Frogs doubled his output for the season and gave him six during the first five games of the season. Thornton enters Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota with six blocks after earning seven blocks during his entire freshman season (30 games). He has multiple blocked shots in two games this season (two against Texas Southern and three against TCU).
THORNTON SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
Sophomore Al Thornton was a perfect four-of-four from the field against TCU to bring his season field goal shooting percentage to .560. He is ranked third on the team in field goal shooting percentage on the Seminoles’ rotation after ranking second last season with a .517 mark. Thornton is shooting .530 (44-of-83) from the field during his 35 game career.
THORNTON NAMED TO CORPUS CHRISTI ALL-TOURNAEMNT TEAM
Sophomore Al Thornton, who averaged 7.8 points and shot .750 from the field in the four games of the Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge, was named to the All-Tournament team. It marked the first all-tournament honor of his career.
THE RICH GET RICHERM
Freshman Jason Rich scored 11 points and dished out four assists against Kent State (Nov. 27) and enters Tuesday night’s game averaging 6.0 points and 2.3 assists per game. He is two-of-five from the 3-point line in the last two games and a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line for the season. Rich has scored 22 points in the last three games after scoring only two against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Nov. 22) in his collegiate debut.
WAFER APPROACHING 50 CAREER 3-POINT SHOTS MADE
Sophomore Von Wafer has made a team-leading five 3-point shots through his first four games of the season. He has made 20 percent (five of 25) of the Florida State’s total of 3-point shots made. Wafer has made 48 career 3-point shots.
WAFER CONTINUES TO STEP UP DURING THE EARLY SEASON
Sophomore Von Wafer, who ranked third on the team in scoring as a freshman with a 7.9 points per game average, enters Tuesday’s game against Minnesota averaging 8.3 points per game. He has scored 10 points in two of the four games he has played this season. Wafer was a perfect four-of-four from the free throw line against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Nov. 22) and recorded a career-high three steals in Florida State’s victory over Shawnee State (Nov. 24)
Wafer’s Early Season Increased Numbers
Season MPG PPG Notes
2004-05 23.3 8.3 Florida State’s second leading scorer
2003-04 17.5 7.9 Florida State’s third leading scorer
Improvement +5.8 +0.4 Averages 7.9 points per game in 36 career games
JOHNSON CLOSING IN ON FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Sophomore Alexander Johnson scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds against TCU. It marked the second time in his last three games the 2004 All-ACC Rookie Team selection nearly corralled his first career double-double.
Johnson’s Near Misses
Opponent Pts Reb Notes
Shawnee State 14 9 Also added three assists in Seminole victory
TCU 9 8 Also added one steal against Horned Frogs
JOHNSON CONTINUES TO SHOOT THE BASKETBALL WELL
Sophomore Alexander Johnson enters Tuesday’s game against Minnesota ranked fourth on the team with a .556 shooting percentage from the field. He led the Seminoles with a .551 mark from the field as a freshman. Johnson made 11 of 13 shots in a three games span last week against Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Nov. 22), Shawnee State (Nov. 24) and Kent State (Nov. 27).
WALESKOWSKI SHOOTING THE BALL AT CAREER-HIGH PERCENTAGE
Senior Adam Waleskowski enters Tuesday’s game against Minnesota shooting a near career-high .464 from the field. He has made nine of his last 15 shots in the last three games and is shooting .600 from the field during that span. Waleskowski was a near perfect four-of-six (.667) against Shawnee State (Nov. 24) and four-of-five (.800) against Kent State. He shot his career-best of .469 from the field during his junior season.
RICHARDSON HITS FROM THE BONUSPHERE AGAIN
Senior Anthony Richardson made his 50th career 3-pooint shot in Florida State’s victory over Shawnee State (Nov. 24). He became only the 23rd player in school history to make 50 more or career 3-point shots. Richardson is tied for 23rd in school history with former Seminole point guard Kerry Thompson who played from 1997-98 and scored 562 career points. Richardson has scored 826 career points and needs only 174 points to become the 38th player in school history with 1,000 or more career points.