Jan. 29, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. –
Florida State, which has won six ACC road games in the past two seasons, travels to play its second consecutive conference road game at Boston College at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Jan. 30, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. The Seminoles arrive to play the Eagles having won nine of the last 12 games since Dec. 6 and two of their last three ACC games with wins over Virginia Tech and No. 18/19 Georgia Tech. Florida State’s victory over Georgia Tech on Jan 24 in Tallahassee allowed the Seminoles to gain a regular season sweep over the Yellow Jackets after opening their conference schedule on Dec. 20 with a 66-59 overtime victory in Atlanta. Both of Florida State’s victories over Georgia Tech came as the Yellow Jackets were ranked in the nation’s top 20 allowing the Seminoles to earn their fifth and sixth wins over nationally ranked teams in the last two seasons.
The Seminoles have split their last two games against the Eagles with both teams winning on their home court. Florida State’s current two-game ACC road swing is tied for their longest of the season and they travel to play at Virginia (Feb. 16) and at North Carolina (Feb. 24) in consecutive games during the month of February. The Seminoles have won five games away from Tallahassee this season with two wins in true road games (at Mercer and at Georgia Tech) and three wins on a neutral court (against Iona, Alabama and Marquette) as they won the championship of the Old Spice Classic in November at the Milk House in Orlando, Fla. Following Saturday’s game against Boston College, the Seminoles return home for two consecutive ACC games against Maryland (Feb. 4, 9:00 p.m.) and Miami (Feb. 6, 8:00 p.m.)
ALL-ACC DEFENSIVE TEAM CANDIDATES ALABI AND SINGELTON
Sophomores Solomon Alabi and Chris Singleton – two of the top candidates for the ACC All-Defensive Team – are the top shot blocking (86 combined blocked shots) and second highest steals tandem (54 combined steals) in the ACC. Alabi is second in the ACC with 51 blocked shots and a 2.1 blocked shots per game average while Singleton is fourth with 35 blocked shots and a 1.8 blocked shots per game average. Singleton also leads the ACC in steals with 44 and a 2.2 steals per game average. SINGLETON IS THE ONLY PLAYER IN THE ACC RANKED IN THE TOP FOUR FOR BOTH STEALS AND BLOCKED SHOTS.
SINGLETON’S INCREDIBLE ATHLETIC ABILITY
Sophomore Chris Singleton enters Saturday’s game against Boston College with 98 career steals, 87 career assists and 82 career blocked shots. He needs only two steals, 13 assists and 18 blocked shots to become the first player in school history to reach the century mark for his career in all three categories DURING HIS SOPHOMORE SEASON.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Boston College and earn its first win at Conte Forum. The Seminoles have lost their first three games in the Eagles’ home arena since Boston College joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles did not play the Eagles prior to ACC competition;
…Defeat Boston College and win its second ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles won at Georgia Tech on Dec. 20 (66-59 in overtime) and won four ACC road games during the 2008-09 season (at NC State, at Virginia, at Clemson and at Virginia Tech). Florida State has won five ACC road games in the last two years;
…Defeat Boston College and win its fourth ACC game of the season in the month of January. The Seminoles won their fourth ACC game of the season a year ago on Feb. 5 against Georgia Tech and finished with a 10-6 record and a fourth place finish in the ACC standings.
SEMINOLES GO TO THE BOARDS AGAINST DUKE
Led by All-ACC Defensive Team candidate Solomon Alabi’s 10 rebounds, the Seminoles outrebounded Duke by a 40-30 margin (+10). It marked the Seminoles’ highest ACC rebounding margin of the season and the seventh time Florida State has outrebounded its opponent by at least 10 rebounds. The Seminoles outrebounded Stetson by a season-high 26 rebounds (Nov. 18) and topped Alabama A&M by 20 rebounds (Dec. 31) in victories over the Hatters and the Bulldogs. Florida State outrebounded Duke by 11 rebounds (43-34) on Jan. 10, 2009 in a 66-59 Blue Devil win in Tallahassee to open the Seminoles’ 2009 ACC schedule.
FLORIDA STATE DEFENSIVELY
Florida State leads the ACC in both field goal percentage defense and blocked shots and is the only team in the ACC to rank in the top four in the five most important defensive statistical categories tracked by the ACC. The Seminoles rank in the top four in field goal percentage defense (.358), blocked shots (7.0 bpg), scoring defense (60.7 ppg), steals (8.5 spg) and rebounding (40.0 rpg) as they have consistently performed as the toughest defense in the league this season. Florida State’s .358 field goal percentage defense is the stingiest in the ACC since the 1957-58 season when Maryland held its opponents to a .346 shooting mark from the field.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College ranked first in the ACC and first in the nation with a .358 field goal percentage defense mark. The Seminoles have held each of their last 56 opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field. The last team to shoot 50 percent or better from the field against Florida State was North Carolina in the 2008 ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The No. 1 ranked Tar Heels shot .526 from the field in an 82-70 victory at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on March 14, 2008.
SEMINOLES LEND A HELPING HAND AGAINST DUKE
With 13 assists coming from point guards Derwin Kitchen (career-high tying 10 assists) and Luke Loucks (three assists), the Seminoles totaled 18 assists (on 23 baskets) against Duke in Durham on Wednesday night. It marked the second consecutive game the Seminoles have racked up double digit assists as they totaled 10 (on 24 baskets) in their victory over No. 18/19 Georgia Tech on Sunday in Tallahassee. Florida State’s total of 18 assists marked the fifth time this season they totaled 18 or more assists with a season high 28 assists coming in its victory over UT Martin (Dec. 22). Loucks led the Seminoles with a career-high seven assists in the Seminoles’ 95-68 victory over the Skyhawks in Tallahassee.
SEMINOLES’ ASSISTS LEAD TO EASY BASKETS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College ranked sixth in the ACC in field goal percentage shooting of .468. The Seminoles have improved their standing in the category after ranking ninth in the ACC with a .435 shooting percentage. The Seminoles have shot better than 50 percent in five of their first 20 games and have shot better than 40 percent in 18 of their first 20 games of the 2009-10 season. The Seminoles are averaging more assists this season (14.7) than they did last season (12.1) when they finished 12th in the ACC in assists. Florida State is currently ranked eighth in the ACC in assists – an improvement of four ranking positions and nearly three assists per game.
FLORIDA STATE KEEPING THEIR OPPONENTS OFF THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense as it allows a scant 60.7 points per game. It is the lowest average amount of points allowed since the Seminoles allowed 57.1 points per game during the 1949-50 season.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S GAME AGAINST DUKE…
…Florida State limited Duke to 70 points – 12.2 points below its season average of 82.2 points per game. The Blue Devils had been averaging better than 90 points scored per game at home this season entering Wednesday’s game against the Seminoles;
…Florida State – the ACC’s leader in field goal percentage defense – limited the Blue Devils to a .431 shooting mark from the field. The Blue Devils entered the game ranked fifth in the ACC with a .468 shooting percentage from the field;
…Florida State held the Blue Devils to 30 rebounds – nearly 10 rebounds below their season average of 39.8 rebounds per game entering Wednesday’s game. The Blue Devils are ranked third in the ACC with a +6.3 rebound margin;
…Entering Wednesday’s game against Florida State, the Blue Devils were forced into 12 turnovers – they average slightly under that number for the entire season (11.8);
…Duke averages nearly five blocked shots per game and blocked only two shots against the Seminoles with one coming in each half.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (11.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 8 pts and 5 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 24, 2009)
F #42 Ryan Reid (7.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 6 pts and 7 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 24, 2009)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.7 ppg, 2.6 bpg; 16 pts and 7 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 24, 2009)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (10.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 24, 2009)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.0 ppg, 4.3 apg; 14 pts and 3 asts vs. Boston College, Feb. 24, 2009)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 23, 2008)
G #3 Luke Loucks (2.9 ppg, 2.9 apg; 0 pts and 1 ast vs. Boston College, Feb. 24, 2009)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 24, 2009)
G #21 Michael Snaer (8.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg; First career game vs. Boston College)
G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.8 ppg, 0.6 apg; First career game vs. Boston College)
F #15 Terrance Shannon (2.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game vs. Boston College)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BOSTON COLLEGE
F #11 Corey Raji (11.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg; 8 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 24, 2009)
F #12 Joe Tripani (14.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg; 19 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 24, 2009)
C #52 Josh Southern (6.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 11 pts and 10 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 23, 2008)
G #5 Biko Paris (6.3 ppg, 5.0 apg; 12 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 23, 2008)
G #15 Rakim Sanders (10.3 ppg, 2.3 apg; 16 pts and 9 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 24, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Boston College leads, 4-1
Last Game: Feb. 24, 2009; at Boston College 72, Florida State 62
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 23, 2008; at Florida State 66, Boston College 63
Last Boston College Win: Feb. 24, 2009; at Boston College 72, Florida State 62
Last Florida State Win in Chestnut Hill: None
Last Boston College Win in Chestnut Hill: Feb. 24, 2009; at Boston College 72, Florida State 62
Current Streak: Boston College has won 1
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE – THE LAST GAME
Tyrese Rice hit a key 3-pointer with 20.5 seconds to play and Joe Trapani scored 19 points to lead Boston College to a 72-67 upset of No. 23 Florida State on Feb. 24, 2009 at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. It was the Eagles’ third win of the season against one of the conference’s top teams. Rice, who finished with just 11 points, was scoreless in the first half, but hit his 3 as the Eagles were clinging to a one-point lead. Trapani hit three 3-pointers in the closing 13:32 and made two free throws that gave BC a 68-65 lead with 2:54 left. Rakim Sanders added 16 points and nine rebounds for Boston College, which went 7-for-11 on 3-pointers in the second half. Toney Douglas led the Seminoles with 19 points. Solomon Alabi had 16 points and seven rebounds. Florida State, which entered the game in a three-way tie for second place behind North Carolina, lost for just the second time in seven games.