Jan. 8, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
No. 18/19 Florida State, which won its first ACC road game of the year at Georgia Tech on Dec. 20, travels to play at Maryland on Sunday Jan. 10, 2010 at 5:30 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md.
The Seminoles enter Sunday’s nationally televised game looking to win their first two ACC games for the first time since the 1999-00 season and for the second time in school history. Florida State opened its 1999-00 conference schedule with wins at Wake Forest and at home against Clemson. Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Maryland having won a season-high seven consecutive games – it has won each of their games since defeating Florida International on Feb. 6 at home (82-62). The Seminoles’ seven game winning streak is their longest of the season and longest since winning their first seven games of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles are 8-0 at home this season and 5-2 away from home with victories coming in true road games at Mercer and at Georgia Tech. Florida State’s game at Maryland is its first of 15 consecutive ACC games with no non-conference games remaining to be played during the regular season. The Seminoles finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 12-2 record. Following Sunday’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles will play host to NC State on Tuesday at 7:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE ALABI LEADS SEMINOLES
All-American candidate Solomon Alabi enters Sunday’s game against Maryland ranked first in the ACC and 18th in the nation with a career-high 2.9 blocked shots per game. He is also the Seminoles’ leader in scoring with a 12.1 points per game scoring average and a .578 field goal shooting percentage. With 127 blocked shots in the first 60 games of his career, Alabi is already ranked fourth in Florida State’s all-time blocked shots list and is the only player in school history to average more than two blocks per game for his entire career (2.12 bpg).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Maryland and open its ACC season with two consecutive wins for the second time in school history. It would mark the first time since the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles will have won their first two ACC games of the season. Florida State finished in second place with a 12-4 conference record that season;
…Defeat Maryland and win its first game at Comcast Center. The Seminoles are 0-4 in the building since it opened for the 2002-03 season;
…Defeat Maryland and win its second consecutive game against the Terps. The Seminoles won the last meeting between the two teams (73-70 in overtime in Tallahassee) on Jan. 17, 2009;
…Defeat Maryland and win its second consecutive and fourth game of the season as a ranked team. The Seminoles defeated Florida International (Dec. 6) when they were ranked No. 21 in the AP poll, defeated Alabama A&M (Dec. 31) when they were ranked 22nd by the Associated Press and 25th in the ESPN/USA Today Poll and bested Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Jan. 14) in Monday night in Tallahassee when they were ranked No. 18/19. The Seminoles are 3-1 as a ranked team this season;
…Defeat Maryland and win its eighth consecutive game. A win would mark the Seminoles’ eighth consecutive victory – their longest winning streak since they won eight straight games during the month of December 2006.
FLORIDA STATE UNDER HAMILTON IN THE ACC
Under head coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles are the fourth winningest program in the ACC with a 79-40 record and a .664 winning percentage. Florida State has opened its 2009-10 season with a 13-2 record after finishing the 2008-09 season with a 25-10 record and a 10-6 mark in ACC play. Additionally, the Seminoles advanced to the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history last season and played in the NCAA Tournament last season.
SEMINOLES RANKED AS THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
Florida State is ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams in field goal percentage defense (first, .337), scoring defense (sixth, 56.9 ppg), blocked shots (tenth, 7.1 bpg) and steals (28th, 9.1 spg). The Seminoles are ranked first in the ACC in the field goal percentage defense, scoring defense and blocked shots categories while ranking second in the steals per game category. Hamilton’s teams are no strangers to playing high pressure, suffocating defense – his 1997-98 team ranked first in the nation in field goal percentage defense.
FLORIDA STATE LEADS THE ACC IN FIELD GOAL SHOOTING PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State, which has held each of its first 15 opponents of the 2009-10 season under 47 percent shooting from the field, enters Sunday’s game against Maryland as the national and ACC leader in field goal percentage defense. Florida State held Mercer to a season-low .197 shooting from the field in the Seminoles’ 89-50 victory over the Bears on Nov. 21. Only then No. 15 Florida, in a 68-52 victory by the Gators, has shot better than 46 percent from the field against the Seminoles this season.
THE LAST TEAM TO SHOOT BETTER THAN 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD…
…Against Florida State was North Carolina in the quarterfinals of the 2008 ACC Tournament – 52 games ago meaning the Seminoles have held 51 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field entering Sunday’s game against Maryland.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING STREAKS UNDER Leonard Hamilton
Florida State’s current seven game winning streak is tied for the third longest winning streak under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles began the 2003-04 season with 10 consecutive wins and won eight consecutive during the month of December during the 2006-07 season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 9 pts and 6 rebs vs. Maryland, Jan. 17, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Maryland, Feb. 16, 2008) C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.1 ppg, 2.9 bpg; 8 pts and 3 blks vs. Maryland, Jan. 17, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (10.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 2 pts and 1 asts vs. Maryland, Jan. 17, 2009) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.4 ppg, 4.2 apg; 6 pts and 4 asts vs. Maryland, Jan. 17, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 3 pts and 7 rebs vs. Maryland , Jan. 17, 2009) G #3 Luke Loucks (3.4 ppg, 3.3 apg; 10 pts and 2 asts vs. Maryland, Jan. 17, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (7.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg; First career game against Maryland) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game against Maryland) G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.2 ppg, 0.8 apg; First career game against Maryland) F #15 Terrance Shannon (3.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game against Maryland)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MARYLAND F #1 Landon Milbourne (14.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 17 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 17, 2009) F #20 Jordan Williams (8.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg; First career game against Florida State) F #5 Eric Hayes (11.3 ppg, 3.3 apg; 8 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 16, 2008) G # 14 Sean Mosley (13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 13 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 17, 2009) G #21 Greivis Vasquez (17.3 ppg, 6.2 apg; 0 pts and 8 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 16, 2008)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Maryland leads, 26-10 Last Game: Jan. 17, 2009; at Florida State 73, Maryland 70 (OT) Last Florida State Win: Jan. 17, 2009; at Florida State 73, Maryland 70 (OT) Last Maryland Win: Feb. 16, 2008; at Maryland 82, Florida State 72 Last Florida State Win in College Park: Feb. 14, 2001; Florida State 74, at Maryland 71 Last Maryland Win in College Park: Feb. 16, 2008; at Maryland 82, Florida State 72 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Maryland: 4-6
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored eight of his 25 points in overtime to lead Florida State to a 76-73 win over Maryland on Jan. 24, 2009 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Douglas, who had just five points at halftime, scored the Seminoles’ first seven points of the overtime. Freshman Luke Loucks was the only other Seminole in double figures, finishing with 10 points. Derwin Kitchen’s only field goal gave Florida State a 66-64 lead with a minute left in regulation, but Maryland’s Landon Milbourne’s putback with 22 seconds left sent the game to overtime. Florida State led 52-41 with 12:07 left, but Maryland tied the score at 64-64 on Dave Neal’s 3-point basket with 2:20 left. Maryland was led by Milbourne’s 17 points.