March 7, 2009
Seminoles.com Gameday Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
No. 24/24 Florida State, which has won six of its last nine games, plays host to Virginia Tech on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in its final regular season game of the 2008-09 season. Florida State can earn a fourth place finish in the ACC standings with a victory on Sunday – a finish that would mark the third highest in school history and highest since finishing in second place during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. The Seminoles will celebrate the careers of three seniors prior to Sunday’s game – ACC Player of the Year candidate Toney Douglas, Uche Echefu and Brian Hoff. The Seminoles are looking for a two-game regular season sweep of the Hokies for the first time as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and for the first time since the 1990-91 season when the teams were members of the Metro Conference. The Seminoles are 4-2 against the Hokies since both teams have become members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (the Seminoles for the 1991-92 season and the Hokies for the 2004-05 season). Florida State defeated Virginia Tech earlier this season (67-65) on Feb. 21 at Cassell Coliseum and has won five consecutive games in Tallahassee against the Hokies. Following Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech the Seminoles will travel to compete in the 56th Annual ACC Tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., March 12-15, 2009.
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE Toney Douglas
ACC Player of the Year Candidate Toney Douglas, who is coming off of one of his most impressive performances of the season – he scored 27 points and dished out a career-high 7 assists against Duke on Tuesday night – is one of the top candidates for player of the year honors in the nation’s top league as well as the top contender for defensive player of the year, All-ACC First-Team and ACC All-Defensive team honors. Douglas is the ACC leader in overall points scored (623), the second leading scorer in overall points per game average (a career-high 20.8 point per game) and is the leading scorer in ACC games (23.1 points per game). He has led a team comprised of eight freshmen and sophomores and only four juniors and seniors to the verge of a top-four finish in the ACC standings. He has scored at least 20 points in 12 of 15 ACC games, has led Florida State to 10 victories away from home and has guided the Seminoles to within five wins of tying the school-record for wins in a season with 27. Douglas surpassed the 2,000 career point plateau (he has scored 2,052 career points) against Boston College on Feb. 24 and is ranked seventh in school history with 1,527 career points in only three years as a Seminole.
DOUGLAS EARNS NABC ALL-DISTRICT 2 FIRST TEAM HONORS
ACC Player of the Year candidate Toney Douglas has been named to the NABC Division I All-District 2 First Team by the member coaches of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Douglas is joined on the All-ACC First-Team by Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson of North Carolina, Jeff Teague of Wake Forest and Jack McClinton of Miami. Douglas is now eligible for the Coaches’ Division I All-America teams which will be announced on April 4.
ALABI NAMED ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman All-ACC and ACC All Defensive Team candidate Solomon Alabi, who averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in two games last week including a victory over No. 12 Clemson, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball Rookie of the Week it was announced by the league office on March 2. Alabi has now earned the honor twice this season and is only the fourth Seminole to be named ACC Rookie of the Week multiple times during his freshman season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its 23rd game of the season. It would mark the most wins for the Seminoles in a single season since winning 25 during the 1992-93 season. The Seminoles finished the 1992-93 season with a 25-10 record and only one win from advancing to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its 23rd game of the regular season. It would mark the first time the Seminoles have won at least 23 games in the regular season since the 1969-79 season when they won 23 games in the regular season and finished with a 23-3 record. The Dave Cowens-led Seminoles did not participate in post-season play that year;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its 10th ACC game of the year. It would be the most wins for the Seminoles since winning 12 ACC games during the 1992-93 season and 11 during the 1991-92 season;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and win its final regular season home game of the year (senior day) for the fifth consecutive season.
SEMINOLES UNDEFEATED FOLLOWING A LOSS
Florida State has an incredible knack of rebounding from losses under head coach Leonard Hamilton and the 2008-09 season is no exception. The Seminoles have not lost consecutive games and are 7-0 following a loss this season. Florida State is one of only two teams in the ACC (also North Carolina) that has not lost consecutive games during the entire 2008-09 season. The Seminoles own a +9.0 points per game margin of victory in their seven games following a loss this season.
FLORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS…
…Led by Solomon Alabi’s ACC leading 65 blocked shots, the Seminoles have blocked more than twice as many shots as their opponents this season (176-87);
…Florida State outrebounded Duke by three (39-36) on Tuesday night in Durham. It marked the second time in two games that the Seminoles had outrebounded the Blue Devils;
…Florida State recorded 16 assists and was charged with only 14 turnovers in its game against Duke on Tuesday night – the third time in the last four games they had recorded more assists than turnovers;
…Florida State made a season-high tying 30 field goals against Duke on Tuesday. It marked the second time this season the Seminoles made at least 30 field goals. They also made 30 field goals in their 69-48 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Jan. 3.
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech looking to win the two-game regular season series against the Hokies. The Seminoles have already won the regular season series against both Virginia and Clemson and are looking to win their third series of the season against Virginia Tech. The Seminoles recorded two regular season sweeps in the first six years of the Leonard Hamilton era.
SEMINOLES PUTTING POINTS UP ON THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State scored a near-season high of 81 points against Duke on Tuesday night to mark the fourth time it had scored at least 80 points in a game this season. The Seminoles are averaging 72.0 points per game in their last four games and have scored at least 73 points in both of their last two games against Clemson (73) and Duke (81)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) F #41 Uche Echefu (8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) C #32 Solomon Alabi (8.2 ppg, 2.2 bpg; 6 pts and 6 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Feb, 21, 2009) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.3 ppg, 2.4 apg; 19 pts and 3 asts vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) G #23 Toney Douglas (20.8 ppg, 1.9 spg; 22 pts and 4 asts vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 1 reb and 1 stl vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 29, 2008) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) G #3 Luke Loucks (3.3 ppg, 2.2 apg; 3 pts and 1 ast vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 21, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 11 pts and 6 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 29, 2008) G #21 Brian Hoff (0.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Virginia Tech, Jan. 29, 2008)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIA TECH F #40 A.D. Vassallo (18.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 15 pts and 3 blks vs. Florida State, Feb. 21, 2009) F #0 Jeff Allen (14.0 ppg, 8.7 rpg; 12 pts and 11 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 21, 2009) C #34 Cheick Diakite (3.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 3 pts and 8 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 21, 2009) G #23 Malcolm Delaney (18.4 ppg, 3.9 spg; 25 pts and 4 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 21, 2009) G #10 Hank Thorns (3.0 ppg, 2.7 apg; 5 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 21, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA TECH - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 23-17 Last Game: Feb. 21, 2009; Florida State 67, at Virginia Tech 65 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 21, 2009; Florida State 67, at Virginia Tech 65 Last Virginia Tech Win: Jan. 29, 2008; at Virginia Tech 89, Florida State 80 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 17, 2007; at Florida State 82, Virginia Tech 73 Last Virginia Tech Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 24, 1990; Virginia Tech 84, Florida State 74 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia Tech: 6-2 (5-2 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA TECH – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 22 points, including a tie-breaking runner with 6 seconds remaining, and Florida State beat Virginia Tech 67-65 on Feb. 21, 2009 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Derwin Kitchen added a career-high 19 points and Uche Echefu had 12 for the Seminoles, who won for the fifth time in six games. They also moved out of a four-way tie and into sole possession of second place in the conference. The Hokies got 25 points from Malcolm Delaney and 15 from A.D. Vassallo, but Vassallo missed an open 3-pointer from the top of the key just as the buzzer sounded. Virginia Tech lost for the fifth time in seven games.