Jan. 10, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which won its ACC opener at Georgia Tech on Dec. 30, plays its second consecutive conference road game as it travels to play Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles have won nine of their last 11 games including their last two to up their record to 12-4. Florida State travels to play at Clemson in the Seminoles fourth true road game of the season. The Seminoles are 2-1 in true road games with victories at then No. 24 Florida (Nov. 23, 65-51) and at Georgia Tech (Dec. 30, 66-64). In Clemson, the Seminoles are facing a ranked ACC opponent on the road for the first time since winning at then No. 8 ranked Duke during the 2006-07 season (Feb. 4, 2007, 68-67). Following Saturday’s game at Clemson, Florida State plays host to No. 6/6 Duke on Jan. 16 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
FLORIDA STATE LEADS NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson as the NATIONAL AND ACC LEADER with a current school record .800 team free throw shooting percentage.
HAMILTON GOES FOR VICTORY NO. 300
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton enters Saturday’s game against Clemson looking for the 300th victory of his career and the 100th victory of his career at Florida State.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and improve its record to 2-0 in the ACC. It would mark only the second time since joining the ACC that the Seminoles had won their first two conference games of the season;
…Defeat Clemson and gain a victory at Clemson for the first time since March 31, 2001. The Seminoles are looking to gain their first victory at Clemson in seven tries;
…Defeat Clemson and win its second consecutive ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles opened their conference schedule with a 66-64 victory at Georgia Tech (Dec. 30). It would mark the first time since the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles had won consecutive ACC road games in the same season.
…Defeat Clemson and win its third consecutive ACC road game. The Seminoles won their final ACC road game of the 2006-07 season at Miami and won their first ACC road game of the 2007-08 season at Georgia Tech;
…Defeat Clemson and gain a win over a ranked ACC team on the road for the second consecutive season and for the 10th time in school history. The Seminoles defeated No. 8 Duke in Durham (68-67, Feb. 8, 2007) for the first win in school history in Cameron Indoor Stadium;
…Defeat Clemson and gain a victory over a ranked Clemson team on the road for the first time since Feb. 23, 1997 when the Seminoles defeated the No. 8 ranked Tigers in Littlejohn Coliseum (67-65, Feb. 23, 1997).
FLORIDA STATE LEADS THE ACC AND THE NATION IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson shooting .800 from the free throw line and RANK FIRST IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC in the free throw shooting percentage category. The Seminoles shot a season-high .938 from the free throw line (30-of-32) in defeating La Salle, 81-76, in Tallahassee on Jan. 5. It marked the third time this season the Seminoles shot better than 90 percent from the free throw line (also .935 vs. Cleveland State and .914 vs. Georgia State). Florida State has now shot 70 percent or better in 12 of 16 games; 80 percent or better in five of 16 games and 90 percent or better in three of its 16 games.
Seminoles Lead The Nation In Free Throw Percentage Rank School FTM FTA FT Pct. Record 1. Florida State 260 325 .800 12-4 2. IUPUI 238 299 .796 11-3 3. Utah State 253 320 .791 11-5 4. Butler 209 265 .789 13-1 5. Wisconsin Green Bay 213 271 .786 9-5
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State made twice as many free throws (30) as La Salle (15) in its victory over the Explorers on Jan. 15. It marked the seventh time this season that the Seminoles hade made at least twice as many free throws as their opponent;
…Florida State has made more free throws (260) than their opponents have attempted (256) in the first 16 games of the season;
…Florida State has made nearly 100 free throws more than its opponents heading into Saturday’s game against Clemson. The Seminoles have made 260 free throws (16.3 ftmp/g) while its opponents have made 167 free throws (10.9 ftmp/g);
…Florida State is looking to become the first team in ACC history to shoot .800 percent or better from the free throw line for AN ENTIRE SEASON. The ACC record for the best free throw shooting percentage is .799 by NC State during the 2004 season.
FIVE SEMINOLES IN DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with five players averaging in double figure scoring – Toney Douglas (13.8), Isaiah Swann (12.4), Jason Rich (12.0), Uche Echefu (11.4) and Ralph Mims (10.5). The last time the Seminoles have five players average in double figure scoring for an entire season was during the 1993-94 season when Bob Sura led the team in scoring with a 21.2 points per game scoring average.
SEMINOLES SCORING BY COMMITTEE
Going into the 2007-08 season, Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton knew that Florida State’s scoring was not going to come fro one specific person but rather by a committee of players. A look at the Seminoles’ scoring column through the first 16 games of the season proves Hamilton correct. With five players in double figure scoring heading into Saturday’s game against Clemson, a total of five players have either led, or been tied for the lead in scoring, in the first 16 games of the season.
Seminoles' Spreading The Scoring Wealth Player Gms Led/Score Games Uche Echefu 4 Cleve. St., Ga. St., Charleston, La Salle Toney Douglas 4 Cleve. St., Stetson, Samford, Georgia Tech Jason Rich 4 Nicholls St., Florida, Butler, Providence, Isaiah Swann 4 Ga. South., UAB, Minnesota, Maine Ralph Mims 3 USF, Stetson, La Salle
FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORIES OVER RANKED TEAMS ON THE ROAD
Florida State has defeated two nationally ranked teams on the road during the last two seasons. The Seminoles won at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time in school history on Feb. 4, 2007 (68-67) and defeated Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at the University of Florida in their seventh game of the 2007-08 season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #33 Matt Zitani (2.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson) F #41 Uche Echefu (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 9 pts and 8 rebs vs. Clemson, March 8, 2007) G #3 Isaiah Swann (12.4 ppg, 3.3 apg; 13 pts and 5 asts vs. Clemson, Jan. 3, 2007) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.8 ppg, 3.0 apg; 10 pts and 5 asts vs. Clemson, March 8, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 13 pts and 6 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 1, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (10.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 7, 2007) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg; First career game against Clemson) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 6 pts and 7 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 7, 2007)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON F #1 K.C. Rivers (16.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 9 pts and 10 rebs vs. Florida State, March 8, 2007) F #40 James Mays (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 14 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 3, 2007) C #35 Trevor Booker (8.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg; 18 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, March 8, 2007) G #2 Demontez Stitt (8.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) G #25 Cliff Hammonds (10.6 ppg, 4.3 apg; 16 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 7, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Clemson leads, 26-23 Last Game: March 8, 2007; Florida State 67, Clemson 66 Last Florida State Win: March 8, 2007; Florida State 67, Clemson 66 Last Clemson Win: Feb. 7, 2007; Clemson 71, Florida State 57 Last Florida State Win in Clemson: March 3, 2001; Florida State 75, Clemson 63 Last Clemson Win in Clemson: Feb. 7, 2007; Clemson 71, Florida State 57 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 4-8 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST MEETING
All-American Al Thornton’s free throw with 1.5 seconds remaining capped a 25-point, 11-rebound performance and gave Florida State a 67-66 victory over Clemson in the opening game of the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on March 8, 2007 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. The ACC’s leading scorer and runner-up for conference player of the year was fouled trying to get off an off-balanced shot in the lane. Admittedly nervous, he missed the first free throw before making the game-winner. Thornton delivered the defensive play of the game, too. The 6-foot-8 senior blocked Vernon Hamilton’s layup to deny Clemson what looked like a sure basket in the closing minutes, then drove the baseline on the other end for a dunk that tied the game for the last time. Jason Rich scored 12 points for Florida State, which rallied from a 66-61 deficit with a 3-pointer from Toney Douglas and Thornton’s dunk. Clemson’s Cliff Hammonds turned the ball over with 8.3 seconds left, and the Tigers’ K.C. Rivers fouled Thornton to give the Florida State star a chance to win it from the foul line.