March 3, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which defeated No. 1 ranked Duke Wednesday night in Tallahassee, closes out its regular season as it travels to play at Miami on Sunday March 5 at 1:00 p.m. The Seminoles enter their game against the Hurricanes with and 18-8 record and an 8-7 record in ACC play. Florida State has six more overall wins this season than they did last season (12-19) and four ACC wins more than they had last season (4-12). The Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 ranked Duke was the second win in school history over the nation’s top ranked team (also against No. 1 ranked Duke on Jan. 6, 2003) and marked the 16th consecutive season Florida State has defeated at least one ranked team. Florida State’s game against Miami closes out one of the most successful ACC regular seasons in school history with the third most conference wins in a single season. The Seminoles won 11 ACC games during the 1991-92 season and 12 games during the 1992-93 season. Florida State enters its game against Miami having won three of its last four ACC games with victories over Virginia (Feb. 18, 76-62), Maryland (Feb. 22, 71-60) and Duke (March 1, 79-74). Following Sunday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles will play in the first round of the 53rd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on Thursday. The Seminoles’ first round opponent will be determined after their game against Miami.
ALL-ACC CANDIDATE Al Thornton SOCRES 26 IN WIN OVER NO. 1 DUKE
Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton scored 26 points, pulled down six rebounds, was credited with one assist, blocked one shot and earned one steal in the Seminoles victory over No. 1 ranked Duke on Wednesday night. Thornton was a near perfect 15-of -16 (.938) from the free throw line including 11of-12 (.917) in the second half. In two games against Duke during the regular season, Thornton averaged a double-double of 31.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting.
DYNAMIC DUO OF JOHNSON AND THORNTON SCORCH NO. 1 DUKE
Florida State’s powerful duo of All-ACC candidates Alexander Johnson (22 points and 13 rebounds) and Al Thornton (26 points and six rebounds) combined for 48 points and 19 rebounds in the Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 Duke. In the first meeting between the two teams, Johnson (13 points and 11 rebounds) and Thornton (37 points and 15 rebounds) combined for 50 points and 26 rebounds.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and win its 19th game of the season The Seminoles most recently won 19 games during the 2003-04 season when they advanced to the second round of the NIT;
…Defeat Miami and win its ninth ACC game of the season and finish its conference record with a 9-7 record. The School record for wins in an ACC season is 12 during the 1992-93 season. The Seminoles team record for ACC came with 12 during the 1992 season (12-4 record). The Seminoles won 11 games (11-5) in their first season in the league (1991-92) and have won more than six games in the ACC only three time (1991-92, 1992-93 and this season);
…Defeat Miami and gain its third ACC road victory of the season. The Seminoles have won on the road at both Virginia (Jan. 11) and Wake Forest (Jan. 24) so far this season. The last time the Seminoles won three or more ACC road games in the same season was during the 1992-93 season when they won at Clemson, at Wake Forest, at NC State and at Georgia Tech.
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SEMINOLES’ STATISTIC SHEET AGAINST DUKE…
…Florida State made its season high of 32 free throws and attempted its second highest number of free throws (40 in its victory over No. 1 Duke on Wednesday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles made 31 free throws and attempted 41 in their season opening victory over Jacksonville on Nov. 19;
…The Seminoles’ 32 free throws made against Duke on Wednesday rank second in school history for free throws made in a single game while their 40 free throws are tied for second in an ACC game. The school record for free throws in an ACC game is 37 vs. Clemson on Feb. 8, 1992 while the record for free throws attempted in an ACC game is 48 vs. Clemson in that same game;
…Florida State outrebounded Duke by a +3 margin (42-39) in is victory on Wednesday and outrebounded the Blue Devils by 13 on Feb. 4 (49-36) for a margin of +16 rebounds in the two games during the regular season;
…Florida State outscored Duke in three of four halves of action in two games during the regular season;
…Florida State shot a season-low .350 from the field, still scored 79 points and defeated No. 1 ranked Duke. 79-74;
…Florida State committed 11 turnovers (six in the first half and five in the second half in its victory over Duke on Wednesday;
…Florida State made more free throws and shot a higher percentage from the free throw line (42-of-51, .829 percent) against the Blue Devils (41-of-60, .683 percent) in the two-game regular season series.
…Has more wins this season (18) in 26 games than they had all of last season (12) in 31 games;
…Has earned more steals this season (244) in 26 games then they had all of last season (216) in 31 games;
…Has made more free throws (450 of 635) in 26 games this season then they did all of last season (416 of 626) in 31 games;
…Has been credited with nearly as many assists (359/13.8 apg) in 26 games this season then they were all of last season (394/12.7 apg).
…Is 7-1 after a loss this season and has not lost more than two games in a row all season long.
…Was 5-3 during the month of February this season after finishing the month of February with an 0-8 record during the 2004-05 season;
…Has defeated at least one ranked team in each of the last 16 seasons. The Seminoles victory over No. 1 ranked Duke was its first against a ranked team this season. The Seminoles streak dates back to the 19990-91 season – the year before they joined the ACC.
A NOTE ON THE SEMINOLES’ ROAD WINS IN THE ACC
With victories on the road at both Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82 in overtime) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 24, 75-68), Florida State has won more ACC road games this season than they did last season (one). The Seminoles most recently won two conference games on the road during the 2000-01 season (at Maryland and at Clemson) and won three conference road games during the 1995-96 season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS…
…Won 18 games this season and enters Sunday’s game against Miami looking to win its 19th game of the season. The Seminoles have won more than 18 games only once in the last seven seasons (19-14 during the 2003-04 season);
…Averaged 15.9 wins per season in 59 years of basketball at the varsity level at Florida State. The Seminoles have a 926-694 record (15.7 wins per season) and have already surpassed their average wins per season mark with 18 victories.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE STEALS COLUMN
Florida State has earned more steals through the first 26 games of the 2005-06 season (244, 9.40 spg) than they earned during the entire 2004-05 season (216, 6.96 spg). Leading the way in the steals column is the Seminoles’ starting five (Thornton, Johnson, Swann, Galloway and Rich) which have combined for more steals (179) than Florida State’s 26 opponents (173 steals).
FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS AGAINST DUKE
Florida State recorded six steals in its victory over No. 1 ranked Duke Wednesday night. The more amazing number of steals was on the Duke side of the statistic sheet. The Blue Devils, who are ranked second in the ACC with a 9.72 steals per game average, were credited with three steals for the entire game including only one in the second half.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State has made 450 free throws and is shooting .709 from the free throw line through the first 26 games of the season. The Seminoles have made more free throws (450/117.31 FTM/Game) this season as they did during the entire 2004-05 season (416/13.4 FTM/Game) in only 26 more attempts. Florida State has attempted 635 free throws (24.4 FTA/Game) this season as compared to 626 free throw attempts last season (20.19 FTA/Game). The Seminoles ranked ninth in the ACC with a .665 free throw shooting percentage.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (16.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 12 pts and 8 rebs vs. Miami, 2/22/05) F #32 Alexander Johnson (12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 17 pts and 10 rebs vs. Miami, 1/29/06) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.2 ppg, 2.9 apg; 9 pts and 4 asts vs. Miami, 1/29/06) G #4 Todd Galloway (7.8 ppg, 3.2 apg; 17 pts and 3 asts vs. Miami, 1/29/06) G #21 Jason Rich (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 20 pts and 2 rebs vs. Miami, 1/29/06) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Miami, 2/22/05) F #25 Diego Romero (4.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 7 pts and 4 rebs vs. Miami, 1/29/06) G #10 Ralph Mims (4.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Miami, 1/15/05) G #11 Jerel Allen (3.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 5 pts and 0 rebs vs. Miami, 1/29/06) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game against Miami) F #41 Uche Echefu (2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Miami, 1/29/06)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR DUKE F #50 Anthony King (8.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg; pts and 6 blks vs. Florida State, 1/15/05) C #2 Gary Hamilton (3.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/29/06) G #12 Anthony Harris (11.0 ppg. 3.4 apg; 13 pts and 6 rebs Vs. Florida State, 1/29/06) G #13 Guillermo Diaz (17.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 24 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/29/06) G #22 Robert Hite (16.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 31 pts and 8 rebs vs. Miami, 1/29/06)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 28-27 Last Game: Jan. 29, 2006; Miami 84, Florida State 78 (OT) Last Florida State Win: Dec. 14, 2003; Florida State 67, Miami 58 Last Miami Win: Jan. 29, 2006; Miami 84, Florida State 78 (OT) Last Florida State Win In Coral Gables: Dec. 14, 2003; Florida State 67, Miami 58 Last Miami Win In Coral Gables: Jan. 15, 2005; Miami 64, Florida State 63 Florida State vs. Miami, Current Streak: Miami has won 3 Leonard Hamilton vs. Miami: 2-3 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI – THE LAST GAME
Robert Hite scored eight of his season-high 31 points in overtime to lead Miami to an 84-78 victory over Florida State on Jan. 29 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Hite gave Miami the lead for good at 75-72 on a three point play with less than three minutes left in overtime. Florida State narrowed the gap to 79-78, but a three point goal by Guillermo Diaz, with only a second left on the shot clock, sealed the victory with 18 seconds remaining. Hite then added a pair of free throws to close out the scoring. Diaz added 24 points and Anthony Harris 13 for Miami. Jason Rich led Florida State with 20 points while Alexander Johnson and Todd Galloway had 17 points each. The teams traded the lead nine times and there were 10 ties. The Hurricanes took a 69-67 lead with 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation when reserve forward Raymond Hicks put back a missed shot by Diaz. Florida State forced the overtime when Rich lobbed an inbound pass to Johnson who put in lay-up with 0.1 second left. Florida State made 15 of 23 free throws. The Seminoles hit 51.9 percent of their shots from the field and the Hurricanes 50.8 percent.