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Seminoles Face Gators On The Basketball Court On Friday At 8:00

Nov. 21, 2007

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Florida State, which has won two of the last three games against Florida, travels to Gainesville to play the Gators in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Friday, November 23 at 8:00 p.m. The Seminoles defeated Florida, 70-66, in Tallahassee in 2006 and beat the Gators, 82-69, also in Tallahassee in 2005. Florida State arrives at Florida on the heels on a 78-48 victory over Georgia State on Tuesday night. The Seminoles’ game against Florida is their first true road game of the season and seventh of 13 consecutive games that have been or will be played in the state of Florida. The Seminoles have played three homes games in Tallahassee, three in Daytona Beach and will play Friday night in Gainesville. Following its game at Florida, the Seminoles will play six consecutive home games before traveling to Indianapolis to face Butler in the Wooden Tradition on Dec. 15. Florida State’s next game came in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge against Minnesota on Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Tallahassee.

Florida State junior point guard Toney Douglas enters Friday’s night’s game against Florida having scored 982 career points. He needs only 18 points to reach the 1,000 point mark for his career. Douglas scored 525 points in 31 games (16.9 ppg) as a freshman at Auburn during the 2004-05 season, 380 (12.7 ppg) as a sophomore at Florida State during the 2006-07 season and has scored 77 points (12.8 ppg) this season. Douglas averages 20.0 points in two games against Florida (one at Auburn and one at Florida State).

Douglas Against Florida During His Career
Date            Pts.   R    A     S    3FG-A   Result
Jan. 12, 2005   32     4    3     3    3-9     L, 78-84
Dec. 3, 2006    8      1    2     2    0-1     W, 70-66
Totals          40     5    5     3    3-10    1-1
Avgs.           20.0   2.5  2.5   1.5  .300    Starter in both games

…Defeat Florida and defeat the Gators in Gainesville for the firs time since Jan. 27, 1992 – a span of six games played at Florida;
…Defeat Florida and gain a victory over a ranked Gator team for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated the No. 4 ranked Gators, 70-66, in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Florida and gain a win over a ranked team for the 18th consecutive season. The Seminoles have beaten at least one nationally ranked team each season since 1988-89 season;
…Defeat Florida and gain a win over a ranked Gator team on the road for the first time in school history. The Seminoles are looking for their first win in five games against a ranked Gator team when the game is played in Gainesville.

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell has announced on November 8 contract of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Leonard Hamilton has been extended by two years taking his contract with the university through the 2011-2012 season. “Coach Hamilton advocates winning not only on the basketball court but also in the classroom and in the game of life,” said Wetherell. “Coach Hamilton is responsible for developing an exciting basketball program that is headed in the right direction. He builds winning basketball teams and young men of character.”

Florida State enters Friday night’s game against Florida with 10 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first five years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those nine wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006), No. 3 ranked Wake Forest (91-83 in overtime, Jan. 18, 2005), No. 4 ranked Florida (70-66, Dec. 3, 2006) and a victory over the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils during the 2002-03 season (75-70, Feb. 2, 2003).

Seminoles' Victories Over Nationally Ranked Teams Under Leonard Hamilton
Date             Opponent       Ranking   Final Score
Feb. 2, 2003     Duke           No. 5     Florida State 75, Duke 70
Dec. 28, 2003    Maryland       No. 24    Florida State 79, Maryland 75
Jan. 22, 2004    North Carolina No. 7     Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 (OT)
Jan. 25, 2004    Wake Forest    No. 7     Florida State 75, Wake Forest 70
Feb. 3, 2004     Georgia Tech   No. 15    Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65
Jan. 18, 2005    Wake Forest    No. 3     Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT)
March 1, 2006    Duke           No. 1     Florida State 79, Duke 74
Dec. 3, 2006     Florida        No. 4     Florida State 70, Florida 66
Jan. 17, 2007    Virginia Tech  No. 23    Florida State 82, Virginia Tech 73
Feb. 4, 2007     Duke           No. 8     Florida State 68, Duke 67


Florida State is shooting an ACC-leading.844 from the free throw line through its first six games of the season. The Seminoles have shot at least 90 percent from the line twice in their first six games of the season (.914 against Georgia Southern and .935 against Cleveland State) and have made 31 more free throws (12) than their opponents have attempted (91). Senior guard Isaiah Swann has made 23 consecutive free throws this season and is shooting an ACC-leading and percent 1.000 percentage from the free throw line.

Seminoles In The Last Two Years From The Free Throw Line
Season    FTM   FTA   Pct.   Notes
2006-07   498   657   .758   Lead the ACC and ranked ninth nationally
2007-08   103   122   .844   Seminoles lead ACC in team FT shooting Pct.
Totals    601   779   .771   Avg. 14.6 FTM in last two seasons (41 games)

Breaking Down The Seminoles From The Free Throw Line
Situation        FTM-A     Pct.   Notes
Season           103-122   .844   Seminoles have missed only 19 free throw in first six games
Wilkes Classic   79-87     .908   Season-high .935 vs. Cleveland State
First Half       41-49     .837   Season-high 14-of-15 in first half against Georgia Southern
Second Half      58-69     .841   Season-high 14-of-15 in second half against Cleveland State
Overtime         4-4       1.000  Played one overtime period against Cleveland State

After making 23 3-point shots and shooting .311 (23-of-74) from the 3-point line in its first four games of the season, Florida State has made 16 of its last 38 shots (.421) from lone range. The Seminoles shot well from the bonusphere against both USF (nine-of-20/.450 percent) and Georgia State (seven-of-18/.389 percent). The Seminoles are averaging 6.5 made 3-point field goals per game this season.

Florida State From The Bonusphere
Games    3FGM   3FGA   Pct.   Notes
Last 2   16     38     .421   Seminoles averaging 8 3FGM
First 4  23     74     .311   Seminoles averaged 5.8 3FGM
Improv.                +0.11  +2.5 3FGM / Game


With 18 steals in its season opener against Nicholls State and 15 in its victory over Georgia State, the Seminoles have a total of 56 steals for a 9.3 steals per game average in their first six games of the season. Florida State totaled 276 steals and averaged 7.9 steals per game during the 2006-07 season.

F	#42	Ryan Reid (5.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 0 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida on Dec. 3, 2006)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (10.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg; 5 pts and 1 stl vs. Florida, Nov. 25, 2005)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (18.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 11 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida on Dec. 3, 2006)
G	#23	Toney Douglas (12.8 ppg, 3.0 apg; 32 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida on Jan. 12, 2005)
G	#25	Jason Rich (9.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 8 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida, Dec. 3, 2007)
F	#21	Julian Vaughn (6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg; First career game vs. Florida)
G	#10	Ralph Mims (7.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg; 5pts and 1 ast vs. Florida, Dec. 3, 2006)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (4.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida, Nov. 25, 2005)

F	#21	Dan Werner (6.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Dec. 3, 2006)
F	#33	Nick Calathes (15.4 ppg, 5.6 apg; First career game against Florida State)
C	#34	Marreese Speights (16.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 3, 2006)
G	#5	Jai Lucas (10.6 ppg, 2.6 apg; First career game vs. Florida State)
G	#15	Walter Hodge (11.6 ppg, 2.4 apg; 17 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 3, 2006)

The Series: Florida leads the series, 38-20
Last Game: Dec. 3, 2006; Florida State 70, Florida 66
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 3, 2006; Florida State 70, Florida 66
Last Florida Win: Nov. 25, 2005; Florida 74, Florida State 66
Last Florida State Win In Gainesville: Jan. 27, 1991; Florida State 68, Florida 67
Last Florida Win In Gainesville: Nov. 25, 2005; Florida 74, Florida State 66
Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Florida State: 2-4 (2-3 at Florida State)

Dec. 3, 2006          Nov. 25, 2005     Jan. 2, 2005          Jan. 3, 2004
at Florida State 70   at Florida 74     at Florida State 82   at Florida 87
Florida 66            Florida State 66  Florida 69            Florida State 73

Florida State All-American Al Thornton scored 28 points, including two free throws with 4 seconds left, and Florida State upset No. 4 Florida 70-66 on Dec. 3, 2006 in Tallahassee. Thornton scored 18 in the second half, missing just once from the floor. He finished 10-for-16 for the game and also had nine rebounds. The Seminoles led 36-31 at the half and built the lead to 55-41 before Walter Hodge’s 3-pointer with 3:02 left got the Gators to 62-59. Hodge’s shot capped an 18-7 Florida run. Hodge hit another from long range to cut it to 68-66 with 53.2 seconds left, but Florida State’s Toney Douglas blocked a 3-point attempt by Taurean Green with 4 seconds left and Thornton was fouled as he picked up the loose ball. Green scored 21 and Hodge added 17 for Florida. Joakim Noah finished with 11 after scoring just two points in the first half. Isaiah Swann added 11 points for Florida State, which shot 46.6 percent and committed just 10 turnovers, compared to Florida’s 19. A pair of Douglas baskets just 19 seconds apart ignited a 14-3 spurt that gave Florida State an 18-10 lead in the first half. The Seminoles’ biggest lead in the half, 36-27, came on a Thornton dunk following an offensive rebound.

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