December 28, 2005 - by
Seminoles Face Nebraska In Orange Bowl Classic Saturday At 1:30 p.m.

Game Notes

Dec. 28, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won a season-high six consecutive games, plays Nebraska in the Metro PCS Orange Bowl Classic at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Dec. 31, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against the Cornhuskers is the first game of a double-header which matches Louisville and Miami in the second game of the afternoon. The event is a one-game classic for each team – none of the four teams will play a second game in the event. Florida State has won six consecutive games entering the Orange Bowl Classic and has not fallen since a 74-66 decision at Florida (Nov. 25). The Seminoles’ current six-game winning streak is their longest since a 10- game winning streak to open the 2003-04 season. Florida State has now earned winning streaks of at least six games eight times since the beginning of the 1988 season. The Seminoles are 1-0 on a neutral court this season with a victory over Bowling Green (Dec. 17, 71-60) in the Coors Classic which was played in Mobile, Ala., in conjunction with the GMAC Bowl. Following Saturday’s game against Nebraska, Florida State begins ACC play as it travels to Clemson to play the Tigers Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles will play 10 consecutive conference games beginning with their game at Clemson and will play their final regular season non-conference home game of the season against Massachusetts Feb. 12 in Tallahassee.

SEMINOLES PLAY NEBRASKA LOOKING FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT VICTORY
Florida State plays Nebraska in the Metro PCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic looking for its seventh consecutive victory. The Seminoles have won each of their six games since defeating Purdue (Nov. 29, 97-57) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles have earned winning streaks of seven games or more six times since the beginning of the 1988-89 season with its most recent winning streak of six or more games coming to open the 2003-04 season when the Seminoles won 10 straight games.

Recent Seminole Winning Streaks
Dates                         Consecutive Wins     Notes
Nov. 21-Dec. 20, 2003         10                   All 10 wins to open 2003-04 season
Jan. 31-Feb. 20, 1993         8                    6-0 in ACC games; win over UConn
Feb. 21-March 14, 1991        8                    Won Metro Conference Championship
Nov. 25-Dec. 28, 1988         8                    All 8 wins to open 1988-89 season
Jan. 4-Jan. 26, 1989          8                    FSU wins 16 of first 17 games of season
Nov. 29-Dec. 22, 2005         6                    FSU runs out to season opening 8-1 mark
Dec. 14, 1996-Jan. 4, 1997    6                    Victories over Florida and NC State
Jan. 11-Jan. 27, 1992         6                    4 ACC wins and victory over Florida

MIMS SETS SCHOOL RECORD
Sophomore Ralph Mims established a school record for consecutive free throws made in a career during the Seminoles’ victory over Campbell Dec. 22. He made his first two free throws of the game to run his consecutive free throws made streak to 33 before missing in the second half. Mims broke Jim Oler’s school record of 31 which had stood since the 1953-54 season.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Nebraska and win its season-high seventh consecutive game. The Seminoles have won each of their games since defeating Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 29; 97-57) in a game played in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Nebraska and improve its record to 9-1. It will mark the second best 10-game start in school history and second-best of the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles opened the 2003-04 season (Hamilton’s second in Tallahassee) with a 10-0 record on their way to the second round of the NIT;
…Defeat Nebraska and finish the month of December with an undefeated record (6-0) for the first time in school history;
…Win its final game of the calendar year for the 16 time in the last 17 seasons. The Seminoles have lost only once since the 1989-90 season when they play their last game of the month of December;

A CLOSER LOOK INTO THE SEMINOLES STAT SHEET…
…Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Nebraska ranked second in the ACC with a .509 field goal shooting percentage and has shot 50 percent or better in four different games this season. The last time the Seminoles shot 50 percent or better from the field for a full season was during the 1988-89 season when they finished with a .505 mark (999-1980);
…Florida State’s starting five (Al Thornton, Alexander Johnson, Jason Rich, Todd Galloway and Isaiah Swan) have earned a combined 69 steals while the Seminoles’ nine opponents have a total of 53 steals;
…Florida State has outscored its first nine opponents by nearly 200 points entering Saturday’s game against Nebraska. The Seminoles have scored 755 points (83.9 points per game) and allowed only 557 points (61.9 points per game);
…Florida State has outscored its first nine opponents in 16 of 18 halves of basketball. The only half during which the Seminoles have been outscored was the second half by Florida (Nov. 25). Florida State was also tied by Alcorn State in the second half of the Seminoles’ victory over the Braves;
…Florida State holds an average lead of nearly 16 points at halftime of its first nine games of the season. The Seminoles are scoring an average of 44.3 points and allowing an average of 28.4 points in the first half of it first nine games of the season. Florida State’s largest halftime lead of 35 points came against Purdue and its smallest lead of eight points came against Florida;
…Florida State has won four games by 30 or more points so far this season. The Seminoles’ largest margin of victory is 40 points in its 97-57 victory over Purdue (Nov. 29) in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge;
…Florida State was led by six different players in double figure scoring in its victories over both Texas Southern (Dec. 7) and Campbell (Dec. 22);

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Nebraska with four more wins, averaging more than 13 points scored per game more, allowing more than three points fewer points per game and outrebounding its opponents by more than seven rebounds more than it did last year after nine games. The Seminoles are quickly approaching their victory total of 12 from a season ago and didn’t win their ninth game of the season last season until Jan. 18 when Leonard Hamilton led them to a victory over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest in Tallahassee.

A Marked Difference from Last Year To This Year
Season Record PPG Oppt PPG FG% Reb Margin Win Streak

2005-06 9-1 83.9 61.9 .509 +8.3 6
2004-05 5-4 70.8 65.2 .486 +0.7 1
Improv. +4 wins +13.1 ppg -3.3 ppg +.023% +7.6 rpg +5

SEMINOLES FROM THE FIELD IN THE LAST TWO GAMES
Florida State is averaging 91.5 points and shooting .573 from the field in its last two victories. The Seminoles scored a season-high 108 points in its victory over Campbell (Dec. 22) and have shot better than 56 percent in each of their last two games. Florida State’s 108 points against Campbell were them most the Seminoles’ had scored in a single game since also scoring 108 in a 108-84 victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 14, 1996.

Seminoles' Staggering Numbers In Last Two Games
Opponent          FGM-A   FG Pct.   Points Scored   Margin of Victory
Stetson           29-51  .569       75              +18
Campbell          41-71  .577       108             +35
Totals/Averages   70-122 .573       183/91.5        53/26.5

FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC STATISTICS…
…Florida State leads the ACC in scoring margin with a +22.0 points per game margin;
…Florida State ranks second in the ACC in scoring offense with an 83.9 points per game average despite only one Seminole ranking in the top 15 in the ACC in scoring (Al Thornton is ranked 15th);
…Florida State ranks second in the ACC in steals with an 11.0 steals per game average despite only one Seminole ranking in the top 10 in the ACC in steals (Todd Galloway is ranked third).

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE...
F	#12	Al Thornton (14.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg; 13.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg curing current 6-game win streak)
F	#32	Alexander Johnson (11.8 ppg, 6.1 ppg; 12.8 ppg and 6.7 rpg in current 6-game win streak)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (7.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 7.7 pg and 1.7 rpg in current 6-game win streak)
G	#4	Todd Galloway (8.7 ppg, 3.6 apg; 9.7 ppg and 3.2 apg in current 6-game win streak)
G	#21	Jason Rich (10.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 10.5 ppg and 4.2 rpg in current 6-game win streak)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G	#20	Andrew Wilson (6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 6.3 ppg and 3.0 rpg in current 6-game win streak)
F	#25	Diego Romero (6.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 5.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg in current 6-game win streak)
G	#10	Ralph Mims (5.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 4.2 ppg and 0.8 rpg in current 6-game win streak)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (5.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 5.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg in current 6-game win streak)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (3.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 3.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg in current 6-game win streak)
G	#11	Jerel Allen (5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 5.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg in current 6-game win streak)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NEBRASKA
F	#00	B.J. Walker (7.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 15 pts and 8 rebs vs. Marquette, 11/30/05)
F	#11	Wes Wilkinson (14.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg; 20 pts and 7 rebs vs. Chicago State, 12/17/05)
G	#1	Jason Dourisseau (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 12 pts and 9 rebs vs. South Dakota State, 12/08/05)
G	#2	Joe McCray (10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 14 pts and 10 rbs vs. Alabama A&M, 12/21/05)
G	#10	Marcus Walker (8.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 20 pts and 3 rebs vs. Alabama A&M, 12/21/05)


FLORIDA STATE VS. NEBRASKA --  A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Nebraska Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win On Neutral Court: First Meeting
Last Nebraska Win On Neutral Court: First Meeting
Florida State vs. Nebraska, Current Streak: First Meeting
Leonard Hamilton vs. Nebraska: 5-3 (all at Oklahoma State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. THE BIG 12
Florida State plays Nebraska for the first time in the Metro PCS Orange Bowl Classic Dec. 31 in Sunrise, Fla. It marks the first time the Seminoles will play the Cornhuskers in basketball. Florida State has a 9-10 record all-time against teams from the Big 12 and has played nine of the teams that call the conference home. The Seminoles have played Baylor (2-0), Iowa State (1-1), Kansas (0-2), Kansas State (0-2), Missouri (2-1), Oklahoma (0-2), Oklahoma State (0-1), Texas (2-0) and Texas A&M (2-1) but have never played Colorado, Nebraska or Texas Tech. Florida State most recently faced a member of the Big 12 as they played Iowa State in the second round of the NIT in 2004. The Cyclones took a 62-59 decision to end the Seminoles’ season with a 19-14 record. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton spent four years in the Big 12 rebuilding the program at Oklahoma State (1987-90). He led the Cowboys to consecutive appearances in the NIT, the first back-to-back postseason appearances for OSU since the 1953 and 1954 seasons.

SEMINOLES IN THE ORANGE BOWL CLASSIC
Florida State is playing in the Orange Bowl Classic for the third time as it faces Nebraska on Saturday. The Seminoles last played in the Orange Bowl Classic when they faced Massachusetts during the 1999-00 season. Florida State also played in the event during the 1955-56 season when it finished with a 16-9 record under head coach Joe Kennedy.

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