Nov. 27, 2009
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. –
Florida State, which defeated Iona 54-49 on Thursday night, faces Alabama in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic on Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Milk House in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In Alabama, the Seminoles are facing their second SEC opponent in four days after playing Florida in Gainesville on Tuesday night. Florida State’s victory over Iona upped its record to 4-1 and marked the fifth time it had won at least four of its first five games under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles held Iona to 49 points in their victory overt the Gaels – the third time this season they have held their opponent to 50 points or less. Florida State continued to block shots at an incredible rate during its victory over Iona as the Seminoles blocked 12 shots to bring their season total to 48 in five games (9.6 bpg) with double figure blocked shots coming in four of their first five games. Following Friday night’s game against Alabama, the Seminoles will face either Michigan (of the Big Ten) or Marquette (of the Big East) in the final round of the Old Spice Classic. The Seminoles will travel to play at Ohio State in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Wednesday (Dec. 2) at 9:30 p.m.
ALABI CONTINUES TO BLOCK SHOTS AT AN ALARMING RATE
All-America candidate Solomon Alabi, a candidate for both the Wooden and Naismith awards as the nation’s top collegiate player, blocked three shots against Iona to bring his season total to 13 (2.6 bpg) and his career total to 97 in his 49 career games (2.0 bpg). Alabi enters Friday’s game against Alabama having blocked at least one shot in 26 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 3, 2009. He needs only three blocked shots to become only the ninth player in school history with 100 or more career blocked shots.
LOOKING AT THE FLORIDA STATE/IONA BOXSCORE…
…Florida State made seven of its final eight free throws (.875 percent) in the final four minutes of its win over the Gaels after making 12 of its first 19 free throws (.632 percent) in the first 36 minutes of the game;
…Florida State outscored Iona and limited the Gaels to one made field goal in the final 2:38 of the game. The game was tied at 47 at the 2:38 mark and the Seminoles scored seven of the next nine overall points;
…Florida State made more free throws than Iona attempted (19-17) and outscored the Gaels, 19-13 from the free throw line including 16-7 in the second half;
…Florida State blocked 12 shots in its victory over Iona – bringing their season total to 48 – nearly seven times their first five opponents’ total of just seven blocked shots.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Alabama and advance to the championship game of the Old Spice Classic. It would mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles would have advanced to the championship of an in-season tournament. The Seminoles won the championship of the Global Sports Classic with victories over Coastal Carolina, Western Illinois, Cincinnati and Cal;
…Defeat Alabama and earn a victory over an SEC team for the fourth consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated Florida during the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons;
…Defeat Alabama and gain its second consecutive victory over the Crimson Tide. The Seminoles defeated the Tide, 72-71, on Dec. 6, 1986 in the last meeting between the two contiguous states.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg; 9 pts and 14 rebs vs. Mercer, Nov, 21, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (8.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 11 pts and 8 rebs vs. Stetson, Nov., 18, 2009) C #32 Solomon Alabi (10.2 ppg, 2.6 bpg; 17 pts and 8 rebs. vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 16, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (9.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 14 pts and 2 blks vs. Mercer, Nov. 231, 2009) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (10.8 ppg, 2.8 apg; 16 pts and 2 asts vs. Iona, Nov. 26, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (5.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 12 pts and 2 asts vs. Mercer, Nov. 21, 2009) G #3 Luke Loucks (1.6 ppg, 2.6 apg; 4 pts and 3 asts vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 16, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 11 pts and 6 blks vs. Stetson, Nov. 18, 2009) G #21 Michael Snaer (6.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 14 pts and 2 blks vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 16, 2009) G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.7 ppg, 1.3 apg; 6 pts and 1 sat vs. Mercer, Nov. 21, 2009)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR ALABAMA F #32 JaMychal Green (16.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg; 22 pts and 6 rebs vs. Baylor, Nov. 26, 2009) F #40 Justin Knox (4.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 13 pts and 10 rebs vs. Providence, Nov. 20, 2009) G #2 Makhail Torrance (18.8 ppg, 7.0 apg; 20 pts and 6 asts vs. Baylor, Nov. 26, 2009) G #21 Senario Hillman (8.3 ppg, 3.8 apg; 9 pts and 3 stls vs., Providence, Nov. 20, 2009) G #25 Andrew Steele (4.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 7 pts and 1 ast vs. Jackson State, Nov. 17, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. ALABAMA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Alabama leads, 8-7 Last Game Dec. 6, 1986; at Florida State 72, Alabama 71 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 6, 1986; at Florida State 72, Alabama 71 Last Alabama Win: Dec. 16, 1985; at Alabama 100, Florida State 89 Last Florida State Win at a Neutral Site: Dec. 28, 1962; Florida State 49, Alabama 48* Last Alabama Win on a Neutral Site: Dec. 20, 1975; Alabama 76, Florida State 72** Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Alabama: First Meeting * Game played at Savannah, Ga.; ** Game played at St. Petersburg, Fla.