March 11, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, which has won 10 ACC games in each of the last two seasons, finished in third place in the 2009-10 ACC standings and has earned the No. 3 seed in the 57th Annual ACC Tournament March 11-14, 2010 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.
The Seminoles earned a bye through the first round of the tournament for the second consecutive season and will play the No. 11 seeded NC State at approximately 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 12. The winner of Friday night’s game with the Seminoles and NC State game will meet the winner of Maryland’s game against Georgia Tech at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday. The championship game is set for 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday. Florida State is now one of only two teams in the ACC (also Duke) who has finished in the top four in the ACC standings in both of the last two seasons. Following the Seminoles’ participation in the ACC Tournament, Florida State will look forward to participating in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
FLORIDA STATE EARNS SECOND CONSECUTIVE FIRST ROUND BYE
Florida State and Duke are the only two teams to earn first round bys in the ACC Tournament in both of the last two years. The Seminoles have finished with identical 10-6 records in both of the last two season and have finished in third (2010) and fourth (2009) in the league standings. The Seminoles utilized their first round bye last season and advanced to the championship game of the 2009 ACC Tournament in Atlanta for the first time in school history.
SINGLETON EARNS ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS
Seminole sophomore forward Chris Singleton has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Singleton is the defensive leader of the Seminoles who are considered to be one of the top defensive teams in the nation. Singleton enters the ACC tournament ranked first in the ACC in steals (2.3 spg), fifth in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and 11th in rebounding (7.2 rpg). Singleton enters the postseason looking to become only the fifth player to ACC history to finish in the top five in both steals and blocks in the same season. Singleton is the second consecutive Florida State player to be named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year – Seminole All-American Toney Douglas earned the award in 2009. Douglas was a first round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and is currently playing for the New York Knicks.
2009-10 FLORIDA STATE MEN'S BASKETBALL HONORS Solomon Alabi All-ACC Third Team ACC All-Defensive Team (ACSMA) ACC All-Defensive team (Coaches / ACC Handbook) Chris Singleton ACC Defensive Player of the Year All-ACC Third Team ACC All-Defensive Team (Coaches / ACC Handbook) MVP Old Spice Classic (Florida State won team championship) Michael Snaer ACC All-Rookie Team ACC Rookie of the Week (Feb. 15)
ALABI, SINGLETON AND SNAER EARN ALL-ACC HONORS
Seminole sophomores Solomon Alabi and Chris Singleton were named to the All-ACC Third Team and the ACC All-Defensive team and freshman Michael Snaer was named to the ACC All-Rookie team in balloting conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. The trio of starters led the Seminoles to a th
ird place finish in the ACC standings and to a No. 3 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament. It marks the fifth consecutive and seventh season in eight years that at least one Seminole has earned All-ACC honors under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Under Hamilton, the Seminoles have had three players earn All-ACC First Team honors, two players earn All-ACC Second Team honors and now three players earn All-ACC Third Team honors. Prior to Hamilton’s arrival at Florida State, only one Seminole (Bob Sura in 1994) had earned All-ACC First Team honors. With two selections on the All-ACC First, Second or Third teams the Seminoles were one of four teams in the 12 team ACC with multiple all-conference selections. Duke led the league with three selections; they were followed by Florida State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest with two selections each.
SEMINOLES PICKED SEVENTH IN THE ACC AND FINISH THIRD
Florida State was picked to finish seventh in the ACC standings in October by the Atlantic Coast Media Association and finished in third place in the league standings this season. It marked the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Seminoles have finished higher in the league standings then they were expected to at Operation Basketball. Florida State continued to solidify its place among the ACC’s upper echelon as it enjoyed the highest jump of any team in the ACC in the pre-season predictions (+4, 7th to 3rd).
Seminoles' Better Than Expected Season Pre-Season Pick Actual Finish ACC Record 2009-10 7 3 10-6 2008-09 10 4 10-6 2007-08 T7 9 7-9 2006-07 T8 5 7-9 2005-06 11 5 9-7
FLORIDA STATE’S RECENT IMPROVEMENT IN ACC PLAY
With its 10-6 record in ACC play during the 2009-10 season, Florida State has won more games in the last four seasons in ACC play (34) than it did in the first four years of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State (23). Under Hamilton, the Seminoles have won at least seven ACC games in a school record five consecutive seasons including a 9-7 record and fifth place finish during the 2005-06 season and a 10-6 record and a fourth place finish during the 2008-09 season. Florida State was 23-41 (.359 winning percentage in ACC play) in the first four years of ACC play under Leonard Hamilton and is 34-30 (.531 winning percentage in the ACC) in the last four seasons under Hamilton.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC / LAST 5 YEARS
Florida State is the fourth winningest team in the ACC (in ACC regular season and ACC tournament games) since the beginning of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles have won at least seven ACC games in each of the last five seasons, at least nine games three times and 10 games in both of the last two seasons.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg; Averaged 9.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg in 2009 ACC Tourn) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg; Averaged 4.0 pts and 2.7 rpg in the 2009 ACC Tourn) C #32 Solomon Alabi (11.6 ppg, 2.3 bpg; Averaged 11.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 2009 ACC Tourn) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career ACC Tournament) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.3 ppg, 3.9 apg; Averaged 6.3 ppg and 6.0 rpg in the 2009 ACC Tourn) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.1 ppg, 2.8 apg; Averaged 2.0 ppg and 1.7 apg in 2009 ACC Tourn.) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg; Averaged 4.7 ppg and 1.7 apg in 2009 ACC Tourn) F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg; Averaged 1.7 pts and 1.3 rpg in 2009 ACC Tourn) G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.4 ppg, 0.8 apg; First career ACC Tournament) F #15 Terrance Shannon (1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career ACC Tournament)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NC STATE F #15 Scott Wood (7.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 31 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2010) F #23 Tracy Smith (17.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg; 7 pts and 8 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2010) F #31 Dennis Horner (11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 8 pts and 1 ast vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2010) G #10 Javier Gonzalez (10.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 5 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2010) G #12 Farnold Degand (5.7 ppg, 2.5 apg; 13 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2010)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: NC State leads, 26-18 Last Game: Jan. 12, 2010; NC State, at Florida State 81 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 13, 2009; Florida State 78, at NC State 65 Last NC State Win: Jan. 12, 2010; NC State, at Florida State 81 Last Florida State Win in ACC Tournament: None Last NC State Win in ACC Tournament: March 10, 2005; N C State 70, Florida State 54 Leonard Hamilton vs. NC State: 4-9