Jan. 15, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which is ranked 25th in both of the nation’s major college basketball polls this week, plays host to Virginia Tech on Saturday January 16 at 6:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
The game is Florida State’s third of 15 consecutive ACC contests to close out the 2009-10 regular season – the Seminoles had a 12-2 record in their non-conference games with its final non-ACC game of the season coming as a 95-54 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 4 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles enter their game against the Hokies having won seven of their last nine games and have an 8-1 record at home this season. Additionally, the Seminoles have won nine of their last 12 ACC games at home and finished their ACC schedule last season with a 6-2 record at home – a mark that included wins in their final five ACC games of the season. One of those wins was a 63-53 victory over Virginia Tech at home in the Tucker Center – a win that allowed Florida State to finish with a 10-6 record in conference play and a fourth place finish in the ACC standings. The Seminoles’ game against the Hokies on Saturday night is the only meeting between the two teams during the regular season. Following tonight’s game against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles will play host to No. 18/20 Georgia Tech on Jan. 24 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated the Yellow Jackets, 66-59 in overtime, to open their ACC schedule with a road win on Dec. 20 in Atlanta.
SEMINOLES RANK AS ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Florida State, who has held 12 of its 17 opponents to 62 points or less, is one of the nation’s top defensive teams as it ranks first in the nation and first in the ACC with a field goal percentage defense mark of .351, ninth in the nation and second in the ACC with a 7.2 blocked shots per game average and is ranked 12th in the nation and second in the ACC with a 59.9 scoring defense mark. Florida State has yet to allow a team to shoot better than 47 percent from the field, have blocked at least 10 shots in five different games and have held five opponents to 51 points or fewer. Florida State is the only team in the nation to rank among the nation’s top 12 teams in each of the three defensive categories of field goal percentage defense (first), blocked shots (ninth) and scoring defense (12th).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia Tech and wins its third consecutive game against the Hokies. The Seminoles won the two-game regular season series between the teams last season with victories in both Tallahassee and Blacksburg;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its sixth consecutive home game against Virginia Tech. The Seminoles have not lost to Virginia Tech at home since the Hokies joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season and have a 4-0 record as members of the ACC;
…Defeat Virginia Tech even its ACC record as 2-2. The Seminoles were also 2-2 after four conference games last season and finished in fourth place in the league standings with a 10-6 record;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its fifth consecutive game against a team from the state of Virginia. The Seminoles won two games against Virginia Tech and Virginia during the 2008-09 season.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING THE BALL WELL; SCORING UP
Florida State is shooting .508 from the field and averaging 83.8 points scored in its last five games. The Seminoles have shot better than 50 percent from the field in three of their five games since Dec. 22 against UT Martin and have scored 80 or more points in four of five games since defeating the Skyhawks at home just prior to breaking for the holiday season. The Seminoles shot a season-high .576 from the field in their 94-54 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 4 and scored their season-high of 95 points in their 95-68 victory over UT Martin.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FIELD AND THE LINE IN THEIR LAST THREE GAMES
Florida State has shot the ball well from both the field and the free throw line in its last three games – the final non-conference game of the regular season against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and its two most recent ACC games. The Seminoles have shot at least .450 from the field in all three games and at least .700 from the line in two of their last three games.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE AGAINST NC STATE
Florida State was 25 of 34 from the free throw line in its game against NC State on Tuesday night. Its 25 free throws were the most the Seminoles had made in a game this season and are tied for ninth for free throws made by the Seminoles in ACC play since joining the league for the 1991-92 season.
SEMINOLES HOLDING ONTO THE BASKETBALL IN RECENT GAMES
Florida State has recorded at least 20 turnovers in three of its last five games while committing 16 or fewer turnovers in four of their last five games. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech averaging a quickly increasing 15.1 assists per game and a quickly decreasing 17.1 turnovers per game. Because of their improved ball handling, the Seminoles have increased their overall assist:turnover ratio.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS…
…Florida State is ranked ninth nationally and second in the ACC with a 7.2 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have blocked more than three times as many shots as their opponents (122-39) through the first 17 games of the season;
…Florida State blocked 10 shots in its game against NC State – the third highest single game blocked shots total for the Seminoles since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season;
…Florida State has blocked at least one shot in each of its 17 games this season with at least four blocked shots coming in 16 of its 17 games.
FLORIDA STATE’S SCORING DEFENSE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense – a mere five-tenths of a points behind Miami (59.9-59.4). The Seminoles led the ACC in scoring defense during the 2008-09 season (64.9 points allowed per game and are looking to become the ACC’s first repeat scoring defense leaders since the Duke Blue Devils in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, March 8, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, March 21, 2009) C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.5 ppg, 2.7 bpg; 8 pts and 2 blks vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (10.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 0 pts and 1 ast vs. Virginia Tech, March 21, 2009) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.5 ppg, 3.7 apg; 19 pts and 3 asts vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 2 pts and 1 ast vs. Virginia Tech, March 8, 2009) G #3 Luke Loucks (3.2 ppg, 3.2 apg; 3 pts and 1 ast vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (6.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Virginia Tech, March 8, 2009) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg; First career game against Virginia Tech) G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.0 ppg, 0.4 apg; First career game against Virginia Tech) F #15 Terrance Shannon (2.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game against Virginia Tech)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIA TECH F #1 Terrell Bell (5.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 0 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 21, 2009) F #0 Jeff Allen (12.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg; 12 pts and 11 rebs vs Florida State, Feb. 21, 2009) C #14 Victor Davila (7.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, March 8, 2009) G #23 Malcolm Delaney (20.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 25 pts and 4 asts vs. Florida State, March 8, 2009) G #5 Dorenzo Hudson (12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 5 pts and 1 ast vs. Florida State, Feb. 21, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA TECH - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 24-17 Last Game: March 8, 2009; at Florida State 63, Virginia Tech 53 Last Florida State Win: March 8, 2009; at Florida State 63, Virginia Tech 53 Last Virginia Tech Win: Jan. 29, 2008; at Virginia Tech 89, Florida State 80 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: March 8, 2009; at Florida State 63, Virginia Tech 53 Last Virginia Tech Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 24, 1990; Virginia Tech 84, Florida State 74 Current Streak: Florida State has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia Tech: 7-2 (6-2 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA TECH – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, leading No. 24 Florida State to a 63-53 win over Virginia Tech and giving the Seminoles their first opening-round bye in the ACC tournament. The game was played in March 8, 2009 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Douglas scored a dozen points in just over four minutes after the Hokies pulled within 45-42. That gave the Seminoles a 59-49 lead, and they cruised from there. Florida State led 32-25 after a ragged first half in which the two teams combined for 23 turnovers and the Hokies shot just 24 percent. A.D. Vassallo scored 14 points to lead Virginia Tech. Vassallo, Virginia Tech’s leading scorer, didn’t get his first field goal until 2:09 was gone in the second half. He only managed a pair of free throws before the break. Malcolm Delaney finished with 13 for the Hokies, who shot just 30.8 percent.