Jan. 11, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won seven of its last eight games since Dec. 6, plays host to NC State in its ACC home opener on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010 at 7:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The Seminoles are looking to win their ninth consecutive home game this season and their 14th consecutive game at home. The Seminoles won each of their final five games of the 2008-09 season – all ACC games – with wins over Georgia Tech, Virginia, Miami, Clemson and Virginia Tech to close out the 2008-09 season. Florida State has won nine of its last 11 home ACC games and was 6-2 against ACC competition in the Tucker center last season. Florida State’s game against NC State marks the first of three consecutive ACC home games – its longest conference homestand of the 2009-10 season. Florida State’s game at Maryland is its’ second 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 Tuesday’s game against NC State, the Seminoles will play their second of three consecutive ACC home games as they play host to Virginia Tech on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE Solomon Alabi LEADS FLORIDA STATE
All-American candidate Solomon Alabi missed his second double-double of the season by one rebound against Maryland on Sunday night as he totaled a team-leading 17 points to go along with nine rebounds and two blocked shots in 25 minutes of play against Maryland. He enters Tuesday’s game as Florida State’s leader in scoring (career-high 12.4 ppg), blocked shots (career-high 2.8 bpg), field goal shooting percentage (career-high .587) while ranking second in rebounding (career-high 7.1 rpg) and free throw shooting percentage (.820). Alabi has now led the Seminoles in scoring a team-high five times.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State and win its ACC home opener for the fourth time in eight seasons under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles’ won their ACC home opener in each of the three consecutive years of 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06;
…Defeat NC State and earn its third consecutive victory over the Wolfpack. It would mark the Seminoles longest winning steak against the Wolfpack since the 1992 ACC Tournament and the two regular season games between the teams during the 1992-93 season;
…Defeat NC State and win its ninth consecutive home game. The Seminoles are undefeated at home this season with an 8-0 record;
…Defeat NC State and gain a victory over the Wolfpack for the second time in the last three home games;
…Defeat NC State and win its 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) when they were ranked No. 18/19. The Seminoles are 3-2 as a ranked team this season.
NOTES FROM FLORIDA STATE’S GAME AGAINST MARYLAND…
…Florida State held Maryland to a .468 field goal shooting percentage – the 52nd consecutive game the Seminoles have held their opponent below 50 percent shooting from the field;
…Sophomore Deividas Dulkys scored 15 points to mark the team-leading sixth time that he had scored in double figures;
…Sophomore Chris Singleton earned a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds – his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career;
…Sophomore Chris Singleton blocked a season-high tying three shots – he has now blocked 23 shots this season and 70 during his 51 game career;
…Florida State’s starting guards – Derwin Kitchen and Deividas Dulkys – were charged with one turnover in 54 total minutes;
…Florida State committed only 12 turnovers – tied for the second fewest this season. The Seminoles committed only three turnovers in the second half of the game;
SEMINOLES HOLDING ON TO THE BASKETBALL
Florida State was charged with a near season-low 12 turnovers in its game against Maryland on Sunday night. The Seminoles’ season-low for turnovers is 11 in their victories over both Stetson (Nov. 18) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Jan. 4).
FLORIDA STATE AT TOP OF ACC BLOCKED SHOTS LIST
Led by All-America candidate Solomon Alabi’s 45 blocked shots (2.8 bpg), the Seminoles enter Tuesday night’s game against NC State tied for the ACC lead (with North Carolina) in blocked shots with 112 (7.0 bpg.) The Seminoles have blocked at least one shot in each of their 16 games this season and have sent back at least five shots in 13 of their first 16 games of the season. Florida State ranked second in the ACC during the 2008-09 season in blocked shots as Alabi finished as the individual league leader and became only the seventh freshman in ACC history to lead the ACC in blocked shots.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS…
…Florida State is tied for first in the ACC in blocked shots with 112 and a 7.0 blocked shots per game average;
…Florida State is the only team in the ACC with two players ranked in the top five of the league’s individual statistics for blocked shots. All-American candidate Solomon Alabi is ranked second with 45 blocks/2.8 bpg and sophomore Chris Singleton is ranked fifth with 23 blocks/1.4 bpg;
…Florida State has blocked at least 10 shots in four different games and blocked a season high 13 shots in its victory at Mercer on Nov. 18.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LEAD NATION AND ACC IN FIELD GOAL DEFENSE
Florida State has held each of its first 16 opponents under 47 percent shooting from the field and is ranked first in the nation and first in the ACC in field goal percentage defense. The Seminoles have not allowed a team to shoot 50 percent or better since North Carolina shot .526 from the field in the quarterfinals of the 2008 ACC Tournament in an 82-70 victory over the Seminoles. Maryland shot .468 from the field in Sunday night’s game – the first time a team has shot better than .37 percent against Florida State since Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 2
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg; 4 pts and 3 stls vs. NC State, Jan. 13, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 3 pts and 7 rebs vs. NC State, Jan. 26, 2008) C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.4 ppg, 2.8 bpg; 12 pts and 2 blks vs. NC State, Jan. 13, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (10.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 9 pts and 4 rebs vs. NC State, Jan. 13, 2009) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.1 ppg, 3.9 apg; 9 pts and 3 asts vs. NC State, Jan. 13, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 2 pts and 3 rebs vs. NC State, Jan. 13, 2009) G #3 Luke Loucks (3.4 ppg, 3.3 apg; 2 pts and 1 ast vs. NC State, Jan, 13, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (6.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 2 pts and 1 stl vs. NC State, Jan. 13, 2009) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg; First career game against NC State) G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.2 ppg, 0.8 apg; First career game against NC State) F #15 Terrance Shannon (3.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game against NC State)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NC STATE F #15 Scott Wood (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) F #23 Tracy Smith (17.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg; 6 pts and 1 blk vs. Florida State, Jan. 13, 2009) F #31 Dennis Horner (13.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 6 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 13, 2009) G #10 Javier Gonzalez (10.9 ppg, 4.9 apg; 0 pts and 1 ast vs. Florida State, Jan. 13, 2009) G #21 C.J. Williams (5.1 ppg, 1.9 apg; 8 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 13, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: NC State leads, 25-18 Last Game: Jan. 13, 2009; Florida State 78, at NC State 65 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 13, 2009; Florida State 78, at NC State 65 Last NC State Win: Jan. 26, 2008; NC State 69, at Florida State 66 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 24, 2007; at Florida State 78, NC State 52 Last NC State Win in Tallahassee: Jan. 26, 2008; NC State 69, at Florida State 66 Current Streak: Florida State has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. NC State: 4-8
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 21 points and Florida State reeled off 12 straight points down the stretch of its 78-65 victory over NC State on Jan. 13, 2009 at the RBC Center in Raleigh. Uche Echefu and Solomon Alabi added 12 points apiece for the Seminoles. Florida State held the Wolfpack to one field goal over the final six minutes while outscoring them 19-2 during that span. N.C. State led 63-59 on Julius Mays’ jumper with 6:13 remaining, but went cold after that. Meanwhile, the Seminoles scored on four straight trips down court, with the second of Alabi’s jumpers in the lane putting Florida State ahead to stay with just under four minutes to play. Mays scored 13 points to lead N.C. State.