Feb. 22, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which defeated Clemson at home on Tuesday night, plays host to Boston College on Saturday Feb. 23 at 12 noon at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee in the only regular season meeting between the Seminoles and the Eagles. The game is the second of a two-game home stand for the Seminoles who will have one home game remaining on their schedule (March 8 vs. Miami on Senior Day) following their game against Boston College. Florida State and Boston College have met three times since the Eagles joined the ACC for the 2005-06 season. The three games have been decided by a total of seven points – 90-87, 85-82 and 68-67. The two teams did not meet in basketball prior to the Eagles joining the ACC. The Seminoles are 11-4 at home this season after finishing their non-conference schedule undefeated (9-0) for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles have won two of their last four games with victories over Miami (highest national ranking of 19th this season) and Clemson (highest national ranking of 15th this season) and enters Saturday’s game tied for the sixth highest number of league wins among conference teams (four). Following Saturday’s game against Boston College the Seminoles will travel to play twice on Tobacco Road – at NC State (Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.) and at North Carolina (March 4, 8:00 p.m.) before returning to honor graduate student Matt Zitani and seniors Ralph Mims, Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann on Senior Day against Miami (March 8 at Noon).
DOUGLAS’ STEALS TOTAL CONTINUES TO RISE
All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas, the top perimeter defender in the ACC, earned three steals in Florida State’s victory over Clemson and enters Saturday’s game against Boston College as the ACC’s Chief Thief. He leads the league with a single-season career-high 77 steals and a single-season career-high 2.85 steals per game average. Douglas is the only ACC player with more than 52 steals and the only player in the league averaging more than 2.2 steals per game. He is ranked fifth in the nation with his 77 steals and tied for fourth with his 2.85 steals per game average.
ALL-ACC CANDIDATE RICH ON THE BEST ROLL OF HIS CAREER
All-ACC candidate Jason Rich is averaging 19.5 points and .523 percent (46-of-88) from the field in the last six games as he continues to play the best basketball of his Seminole career. He has scored at least 22 points in four of the last six games and totaled his ACC career-high of 25 points against Wake Forest on Feb. 14.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Boston College and gain a victory over the Eagles for the first time in school history. The Seminoles and the Eagles have met three times – with all three games coming since the Eagles joined the ACC;
…Defeat Boston College and win its second consecutive ACC game for the first time this season. Each of the Seminoles’ first four conference wins of the season against Georgia Tech (Dec. 30), Virginia (Jan. 23), Miami (Feb. 6) and Clemson (Feb. 19) have come as single wins on their schedule;
…Defeat Boston College and gain its second win of the season against a team from the New England area. The Seminoles defeated Maine (Dec. 8, 95-55) earlier this season.
SEMINOLES’ DEFENSE IN THEIR LAST TWO ACC WINS…
…Florida State’s defense has limited its opponents to 55 points in both of their last two ACC victories. The Seminoles defeated Miami (Feb. 6), 62-55, and beat Clemson (Feb. 19), 64-55;
…Florida State’s defense has limited its opponents to a combined .308 shooting percentage (37-of-120) in its wins over Miami (Feb. 6) and Clemson (Feb. 19). The Seminoles held Miami to .309 shooting from the field (17-of-55) and held Clemson to .308 shooting from the field (20-of-65);
…Florida State’s defense limited Miami (Feb. 6) and Clemson (Feb. 19) to a .213 combined shooting percentage from the 3-point line in its last two ACC wins. The Seminoles limited Miami to seven made shots from the bonusphere (seven-of-20, .350) and held Clemson to three made long range shots (three-of-27, .111). Clemson entered the game as the ACC’s leading 3-point shooting team.
IN FLORIDA STATE’S ACC WINS…
…The Seminoles are limiting their opponents to .375 shooting from the field (84-of-24) and a .295 shooting percentage from 3-point range (28-of-95).
IN FLORIDA STATE’S ACC LOSSES…
…The Seminoles are holding their opponents to a .441 shooting percentage from the field (204-of-462) and a .441shooting percentage from the bonusphere (64-of-145).
FLORIDA STATE GETS ITS SHOTS TO THE BASKET
Florida State attempted 42 shots in its victory over Clemson on Tuesday night and had zero shots blocked for the third time this season. Clemson is ranked third in the ACC as it averages better than five blocked shots per game. The Seminoles offense did not have a shot blocked in their victories over Virginia (Jan. 23) and at home against Maine (Dec. 8).
FLOIRIDA STATE MAKING SHOTS FROM LONG RANGE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Boston College ranked fourth in the ACC with 190 3-point field goals made this season. The Seminoles are averaging more than seven made shots from the bonusphere in each of their 27 games this season. Florida State is on its way to reaching the 200 3-point field goals made in a single-season plateau for the fifth time in school history.
SEMINOLES STEALING AT A VERY HIGH RATE
Florida State has earned double figure steals in 11 different games this season and enters Saturday’s game against Boston College averaging 9.0 steals per game. The 2007-08 Seminoles are looking to become only the fourth team in school history to average 9.0 steals or more per game. Florida State is ranked third in the ACC in overall steals with 243 and third in the league statistics with a 9.0 steals per game average. Florida State has averaged 9.0 steals per game in three seasons prior to this season.
SEMINOLES REMAIN IN NATION’S TOP FIVE FOR FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
The Seminoles RANKED FOURTH IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC in team free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles are on a school record free throw shooting percentage pace (.778) and are looking to lead the ACC in free throw shooting percentage for the second consecutive season for the first time in school history. Florida State led the ACC in free throw shooting percentage with a school record .756 mark during the 2006-07 season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #41 Uche Echefu (10.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2007) F #42 Ryan Reid (4.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 5 pts and 5 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 11, 2007) G #10 Ralph Mims (10.9 ppg, 1.5 apg; 9 pts and 2 asts vs. Boston College, Feb. 11, 2007) G #23 Toney Douglas (15.6 ppg, 2.9 spg; 10 pts and 2 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 16 pts and 3 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 11, 2007) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Isaiah Swann (11.8 ppg, 2.9 apg; 13 pts and 7 asts vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2007) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg; First career game against Boston College) F #21 Julian Vaughn (2.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg; First Career game against Boston College) F #33 Matt Zitani (1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game vs. Boston College)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BOSTON COLLEGE F #21 Tyler Roche (4.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 0 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 11, 2007) F #32 John Oates (4.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Jan, 23, 2007) C #44 Tyrelle Blair (6.0 ppg, 3.7 bpg; 4 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 11, 2007) G #4 Tyrese Rice (20.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 26 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 23, 2007) G #15 Rakim Sanders (12.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Boston College leads, 3-0 Last Game: Feb. 11, 2007; Boston College 68, Florida State 67 Last Florida State Win: None Last Boston College Win: Feb. 11, 2007; Boston College 68, Florida State 67 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: None Last Boston College Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 11, 2007; Boston College 68, Florida State 67 Current Streak: Boston College has won 3
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE – THE LAST MEETING
Tyrelle Blair’s 15-foot jumper with 3.3 seconds left gave Boston College a 68-67 victory at Florida State on Feb. 11, 2007 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It was the only field goal of the game for the 6-11 Blair, who also contributed six blocked shots, a half dozen rebounds and two crucial free throws down the stretch as BC rallied from a 13-point first half deficit. Al Thornton’s 3-point jumper with 1:50 gave Florida State a 67-64 lead before Samari Spears’ two free throws with 1:12 left set up Blair’s game-winner. Boston College took its first lead at 52-50 with 11:24 remaining on Tyrese Rice’s driving left-handed layup and upped it to 54-50 on a Spears layup for its largest lead. Rice and Jared Dudley each scored 23 points for the Eagles. It was the second time in 19 days Boston College defeated the Seminoles on a last-second basket. Boston College won the season’s earlier meeting, 85-82 on Jan. 23, on Sean Marshall’s 3-point shot at the buzzer on the Eagles’ home court. Florida State led 37-33 at the half after building an early 13-point advantage. Ralph Mims, starting at point guard in place of the injured Toney Douglas, scored nine points in the opening seven minutes to spark a 22-9 Florida State getaway. Thornton finished with 19 points and nine rebounds and Jason Rich added 16 for the Seminoles.