Feb. 10, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won four consecutive ACC games at home, plays host to Boston College in the third meeting and first ever game between the Seminoles and the Eagles at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Seminoles have won five of their last seven conference games and enter Sunday’s game with a 5-5 record in conference play after losing their first three ACC games of the season. Florida State has a 13-1 overall record at home (.929 winning percentage) and a 4-1 conference record at home (.800 winning percentage) this season. The Seminoles’ 13-1 record at home is tied for the second best home ACC record of the 12 conference teams this season; only North Carolina’s undefeated (13-0) record tops the Seminoles who are matched by Georgia Tech (13-1) who has an identical conference record as the Seminoles in home games this season. Florida State is also one of only five ACC teams with at least four conference wins at home to this point in the season. The Seminoles’ game against Boston College is the first of a two-game homestand which also sees them play host to Georgia Tech (Feb. 13, 8:00 p.m.) and is one of three remaining home games for the Seminoles this season. Following Sunday’s game against Boston College, the Seminoles play host to Georgia Tech before traveling to play at ACC co-leader Virginia (Feb. 17, 1:00 p.m.)
THORNTON PLAYING WITH ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR ASPIRATIONS
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton enters Sunday’s game against Boston College as one of the top candidates for numerous national honors. He has distinguished himself as one of the top player in the nation’s top conference – the ACC. In 10 conference games so far this season Thornton is averaging a league leading 22.6 points scored and 8.1 rebounds while shooting .507 from the field and .867 from the free throw line. In conference games only, Thornton is the ONLY player ranked the top-10 in scoring (first, 22.6 ppg), rebounding (sixth, 8.1 rpg), free throw percentage (fifth, .867) and field goal shooting percentage (ninth, .507).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Boston College and gain its’ first ever victory over the Eagles. The Seminoles and the Eagles have met twice previously with both games coming on the Eagles’ home court in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
…Defeat Boston College and win their 14th home game of the 2006-07 season. It would mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles had won 14 home games. The Seminoles were 14-3 at the Donald L. Tucker last season;
…Defeat Boston College and win its sixth ACC game of the season. It would mark the first time since the 1997 and 1998 seasons that the Seminoles had won at least six ACC games in consecutive seasons. Florida State earned a 9-7 ACC record and a fifth place finish in the ACC standings during the 2005-06 season.
…Defeat Boston College and win its 18th game of the season. The Seminoles did not with their 18th game of the season a year ago until March 1, 2006 with a victory over then No. 1 ranked Duke in Tallahassee.
SEMINOLES WITH WINS OVER NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
Florida State, which defeated the nation’s No. 1 ranked team – Florida – on Dec. 3, is one of only two teams in the nation that has played the nation’s top three ranked teams in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Polls. The Seminoles defeated the Gators, 70-66, at the Donald L. Tucker Center and have a 1-2 record against No. 1 Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66), No. 2 Wisconsin (Nov. 28) and No. 3 North Carolina (Jan. 7). The Seminoles also have victories over No. 23 Virginia Tech (Jan. 17, 82-73), which has defeated both No. 3 North Carolina and No. 10 Duke) and Providence of the Big East (Dec. 29, 92-62) which has earned victories over then No. 23 ranked Boston College, then No. 15 ranked Marquette and Connecticut.
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE LAST TWO SEASONS
Florida State is 27-4 (.871) winning percentage at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center in the last two seasons.
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State has won 13 of its first 14 home games of the 2006-07 season and has won 21 of its last 25 (.840 winning percentage) since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006. The Seminoles won seven of their final eight homes games of the 2005-06 season with their only loss coming to South Carolina in the second round of the NIT. Included in that string of victories were wins over five ACC teams (including No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2006), Massachusetts (Feb. 12, 2006) and Butler (March 17 in the first round of the 2006 NIT).
FLORIDA STATE RANKS SECOND NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Buoyed by its 80 percent performance (16-of-20) from the free throw line against Clemson Wednesday, the Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Boston College ranked first in the ACC and second in the nation in free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles have led the ACC throughout the season and have been ranked in the top three nationally for the past five weeks.
SEMINOLES SHOOTING THE BALL WELL FROM LONG RANGE IN ACC PLAY
Florida State is ranked first in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage shooting in conference games only with a .405 mark. In 10 conference games only Virginia has made more 3-pouint field goals (83 / 8.3 3FGMG) than the Seminoles (68 / 6.8 3FGMG). In addition to ranking first in the conference in ACC games only, the Seminoles are ranked sixth overall in the ACC with a season-long .366 mark from the bonusphere. Florida State ranked third in the ACC with a .376 shooting percentage and an average of 6.1 3-point field goals made per game during the 2005-06 season.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE THEIR STEALING WAYS UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Boston College ranked fifth in the ACC with 199 steals (8.3 spg). The Seminoles need only one more steal to reach the 200 mark for the fifth consecutive season – each season under Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles are averaging nearly as many steals this season (8.3) as they did last season (8.7) when they ranked fourth in the ACC in steals.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #12 Al Thornton (18.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg; 37 pts and 6 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 14, 2006) F #41 Uche Echefu (7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2007) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.6 ppg, 3.3 apg; 13 pts and 7 asts vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2007) G #10 Ralph Mims (5.0 ppg, 2.3 apg; 3 pts and 4 asts vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (11.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 15 pts and 4 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2007) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #11 Jerel Allen (5.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 4 pts and 2 asts vs. Boston College, Jan, 23, 2007) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 2 pts and 0 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan, 23, 2007) F #42 Ryan Reid (3.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2007)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BOSTON COLLEGE F #3 Jared Dudley (19.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg; 25 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 14, 2006) F #34 Shamari Spears (8.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 4 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan, 23, 2007) C #32 John Oates (4.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Jan, 23, 2007) G #4 Tyrese Rice (16.7 ppg, 6.0 apg; 26 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 23, 2007) G #23 Sean Marshall (15.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 22 pts and 10 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 23, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Boston College leads, 2-0 Last Game: Jan. 23, 2007; Boston College 85, Florida State 82 Last Florida State Win: None Last Boston College Win: Jan. 23, 2007; Boston College 85, Florida State 82 Last Florida State win in Tallahassee: First Meeting in Tallahassee Last Boston College win in Tallahassee: First Meeting in Tallahassee Current Streak vs. Boston College: Boston College has won 2
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE- THE LAST GAME
Sean Marshall hit the game-winning 3-pointer over two defenders at the buzzer, finishing with 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead Boston College to an 85-82 victory over Florida State on Jan, 23 at the Silvio Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Marshall had a chance to give the Eagles a three-point lead with 17.1 seconds left. Marshall, though, missed the first of two free throws, allowing Toney Douglas to tie it 82-all with a pair from the line and 9.7 seconds to play. After BC struggled to get the ball across midcourt and had to call a timeout, Marshall took the inbounds pass, dribbled over the left side and shot. The ball swished through the net as the buzzer sounded, and Marshall stripped off his jersey as he ran over to the student section. Al Thornton scored 22 with eight rebounds for Florida State. Tyrese Rice had 26 points, scoring 16 in the final 14 minutes, including a double-pump jump shot from the lane that rolled in off the rim to give BC the lead with 31.4 seconds left. Jared Dudley, who had 23, then got a hand in Thornton’s face on the Seminoles’ next possession, and Marshall grabbed the rebound before getting fouled.