Jan. 3, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won a season-high six consecutive games, plays host to Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in its final non conference game of the regular season.
The Seminoles enter Monday’s game having won six consecutive games – they have won each of their games since an 82-62 victory over of Florida International on Dec. 6. Florida State’s current winning streak of six games is its longest since winning seven consecutive games to open the 2008-09 season on its way to a 25-10 overall record, an NCAA Tournament berth and a place in the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history. The Seminoles bring a 12-2 record into their game against the Islanders and are looking for the 12th non-conference victory of the season. Florida State’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi marks the second consecutive season and sixth time in eight seasons that it has played a non-conference game to open a new calendar year. Following Monday’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, the Seminoles will travel to play at Maryland in its second conference game of the season on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Florida State opened conference play with a 66-59 overtime victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta. The Seminoles will then play three consecutive ACC home games against NC State (Jan. 12), Virginia Tech (Jan. 16) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 24) in their longest ACC homestand of the season.
FLORIDA STATE’S ALABI ALREADY FOURTH IN SCHOOL HISTORY IN BLOCKS
All-America candidate Solomon Alabi, a candidate for both the Wooden and Naismith Awards, as the nation’s top player, blocked five shots in Florida State’s victory over Alabama A&M to bring his season total to a team and ACC leading 41 through the first 14 games of the season. His 41 blocked shots is the 15th highest season total in school history. Alabi’s 125 career blocked shots places him fourth in school history (after only 59 games) and gives him a 2.1 blocked shots per game average for his career.
SINGLETON AMONG ACC LEADERS IN FOUR DIFFERENT CATEGORIES
Seminole sophomore Chris Singleton, one of the top defenders and most athletic players in the ACC, is ranked in the top 16 of four different statistical categories — 1st in steals (http://seminolesweb-8b76.kxcdn.com/32 steals-2.3 spg), 7th in blocked shots (http://seminolesweb-8b76.kxcdn.com/19 blocks-1.4 bpg), 9th in defensive rebounds (http://seminolesweb-8b76.kxcdn.com/76 dr-5.4 drpg) and tied 16th in rebounding (7.1 rpg).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Texas A&M Corpus Christi and win its seventh consecutive game. The Seminoles have won each of their games since an 82-62 victory over Florida International on Dec. 6;
…Defeat Texas A&M Corpus Christi and win its third game of the season as a ranked team. The Seminoles have wins over both Florida International and Alabama A&M as a ranked team this season and will play their fourth game as a ranked team against the Islanders;
…Defeat Texas A&M Corpus Christi and win its 12th non-conference game of the season. A win over the Islanders would eclipse its non conference win total from a season ago and come within one of their total of 13 during the 2008-09 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S NON CONFERENCE RECORDS UNDER Leonard Hamilton
Florida State, which plays its final regular season non conference game of the 2009-10 season on Monday against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, has won nearly 80 percent of its non-ACC regular season games during the eight-year tenure of head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles average nearly 11 non-ACC wins a season (10.8) and have won at least 10 out-of-conference games during the regular season in six of Hamilton’s eight seasons at Florida State. Hamilton led the Seminoles to 13 non-conference wins during the 2008-09 season – a record that included four wins and the championship of the Global Sports Classic.
NOTING THE NUMBERS IN FLORIDA STATE’S CURRENT SIX-GAME WINNING STREAK…
…Florida State has defeated its last six opponents by a total of 112 points – an average margin of victory of 18.7 points. The Seminoles have defeated three of their last six opponents by at least 20 points;
…Florida State has scored 462 points – an average of 77.0 points scored per game. The Seminoles are averaging 9.1 points scored more per game in their last six games than they did in their first eight games of the season (67.9 ppg);
…Florida State has shot better than 48 percent in five of its last six games and is shooting .486 as a team during its current winning streak.
FLORIDA STATE IN ITS LAST TWO GAMES…
…Has scored 176 points and averaged 88.0 points per game in its wins over UT Martin and Alabama A&M;
…Has outscored its opponents by a total of 74 points – an average of 37.0 points per game;
…Shot.528 from the field (67-of-127) and made an average of 33.5 field goals per game;
…Has pulled down a total of 95 rebounds – an average of 47.5 rebounds per game. The Seminoles outrebounded Alabama A&M by 20 – their second highest total of the season behind only their +26 margin in their victory over Stetson (Nov. 18);
…Has been credited with 48 assists – an average of 24.0 assists per game. The Seminoles averaged 13.8 assists in their first 12 games of the season and are averaging 10.2 more assists per game in their last two games than in their first 12 games of the season;
…Is averaging a near double-double in blocked shots (9.0 bpg) and steals (11.0 spg).
FLORIDA STATE AT THE HALF
Florida State has outscored its opponent in 22 of 28 halves of play through its first 14 games of the season. The Seminoles have outscored their opponents in four consecutive and 10 of the last 12 halves and have been outscored in both halves of a game only once this season (at Ohio State) and in the first half only twice this season — vs. Florida on Nov. 24 and against Marquette on Nov. 29. Florida State outscored the Golden Eagles in the second half of their game to earn a 57-56 win and the championship of the prestigious Old Spice Classic.
FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING STREAKS UNDER Leonard Hamilton
Florida State’s current six game winning streak is tied for the fifth longest winning streak under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles began the 2003-04 season with 10 consecutive wins and won eight consecutive during the month of December during the 2006-07 season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (9.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 7 pts and 8 rebs vs. Texas A&M CC, Jan. 3, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs vs. Texas A&M CC, Jan. 3, 2009) C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.3 ppg, 2.9 bpg; 6 pts and 5 blks vs. Texas A&M CC, Jan. 3, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 6 pts and 3 rebs vs. Texas A&M CC, Jan. 3, 2009) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.8 ppg, 4.2 apg; 13 pts and 6 rebs vs. Texas A&M CC, Jan. 3, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 5 rebs and 3 asts vs. Texas A&M CC, Jan. 3, 2009) G #3 Luke Loucks (2.9 ppg, 3.1 apg; 9 pts and 3 asts vs. Texas A&M CC, Jan, 3, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (7.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 5 pts and 5 rebs vs. Texas A&M CC, Jan, 3, 2009) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi) G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.3 ppg, 0.9 apg; First career games vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi) F #15 Terrance Shannon (2.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg; First career game vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI F #21 Demond Watt (10.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg; 10 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 3, 2009) F #23 Justin Reynolds (8.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg; 0 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 3, 2009) F #32 Horace Bond (6.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 2 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 3, 2009) G #5 Terence Jones (8.7 ppg, 3.0 apg; First career game vs. Florida State) G #15 Kevin Palmer (20.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 21 pts and 4 stls vs. Florida State , Jan. 3, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 2-1 Last Game: Jan. 3, 2009; at Florida State 69, TAMUCC 48 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 3, 2009; at Florida State 69, TAMUCC 48 Last Texas A&M Corpus Christi Win: Nov. 22, 2004; TAMUCC 70, at Florida State 67 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Jan. 3, 2009; at Florida State 69, TAMUCC 48 Last Texas A&M CC Win in Tallahassee: Nov. 22, 2004; TAMUCC 70, at Florida State 67 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Texas A&M CC: 2-1 (all at Florida State)
RIDA STATE VS. TAXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 17 points and Derwin Kitchen added 13 as Florida State beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 69-48 on Jan. 3, 2009 at the Donald L Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles closed the game by outscoring the Islanders 29-14 over the final 11 minutes. The game-clinching run came after the Islanders cut a 12-point halftime deficit to 40-34 on Kevin Palmer’s jumper with 11:15 remaining. Florida State opened the door for the comeback by missing 13 of its first 15 shots in the second, but the Seminoles were 12 of 18 from the floor in their decisive run. Palmer led all scorers with 21 points. Demond Watt added 10 points for the Islanders. The Islanders had 21 turnovers. The Seminoles converted those miscues into 21 points, including a 20-4 advantage in fast break points.