Feb. 18, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won four of its last six games at home against Clemson, plays host to the Tigers at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles have won 10 of the 14 games they have played this season and close out the regular season with three of their final five ACC games at home. Florida State’s game against Clemson is the first of a two-game homestand which will see it play host to Boston College on Saturday in the first game of the season between the Seminoles and the Eagles. Florida State’s game against Clemson is the second meeting of the season between the Seminoles and the Tigers. Clemson took the first meeting of the season with a 97-85 win in double-overtime on Jan. 12 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. The Tigers forced both overtimes by hitting last-second shots to extend the game before winning the game in the second overtime. Following Tuesday night’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles will play host to Boston College (Feb. 23, 12 Noon) before travelling to play at NC State (Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m.) for their second game against the Wolfpack.
DOUGLAS – ACC’S CHIEF THIEF – CHASING FLORIDA STATE’S STEALS MARK
Junior All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas – the ACC’s Chief Thief – enters Tuesday’s game as the ACC leader in steals with a career-high 74 and a career-high 2.8 steals per game average. He is chasing the Seminoles’ all-time mark of 97 steals in a single season (by Sam Cassell during the 1992-93 season). Douglas’ 74 steals currently rank him with the eighth best single-season steals mark in school history. He is looking to become the fourth Seminole to lead the league in steals since Florida State joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season (Charlie Ward, 75/2.58 spg in 1991-92; Sam Cassell, 97/2.77 spg in 1992-93 and Tim Pickett, 82/2.8 spg in 2002-03). Douglas has 74 steals – 23 more than Clemson’s Cliff Hammonds and Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen who rank second in the ACC in steals with 51. Douglas is ranked fifth in the nation with 74 steals and sixth in the nation with his career-high 2.8 steals per game average. In 11 ACC games, Douglas has 36 steals and a 3.3 steals per game average – he is the only player in league competition that has more than 24 steals. Douglas earned 35 steals in 30 games and 14 steals in 11 ACC games as a sophomore. He has 152 career steals in 87 career games for a 1.7 steals per game average for his entire career.
EMINOLES JUMP BACK INTO NATIONAL FREE THROW SHOOTING LEAD
With its’ perfect 10-of-10 performance from the free throw line against Maryland on Saturday, the Seminoles regained their spot as the NATIONAL AND ACC LEADER IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE with their .785 mark.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and win its fourth game at home against Clemson during the first six years of the Leonard Hamilton at Florida State. The Seminoles are 12-4 at home against Clemson since joining the ACC;
…Defeat Clemson and gain its third win in its last six games against Clemson. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers at home on Feb. 1, 2006 (69-59) and in the ACC Tournament on March 8, 2007 (67-66).
MRI TEST REVEALS TORN ACL FOR FLORIDA STATE’S SWANN
An MRI test done Feb. 7 at the Tallahassee Diagnostic Imaging Center on Florida State men’s basketball player Isaiah Swann has revealed a torn ACL in his left knee. He did not play in the Seminoles’ games against Wake Forest or Maryland last week. Swann suffered the injury during the first half of the Seminoles’ victory over Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., on Feb. 6. The senior will be lost to the team indefinitely. “We feel badly for Isaiah because he is a valuable member of our team and a great teammate,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “Our team physician and our athletic trainer will monitor Isaiah daily and work with him regarding his treatment and rehabilitation process.”
TUESDAY’S GAME MATCHES TOP TWO THIEVERY TEAMS IN ACC
Florida State’s game against Clemson on Tuesday night matches the ACC’s top two teams in terms of steals. The Seminoles (238 steals / 9.2 spg) and Clemson (253 steals / 10.1) have combined for 491 steals and a 9.63 steals per game average. The Seminoles and Tigers are two of the four teams in the ACC with 200 or more steals – the sixth time in six seasons the Seminoles have accumulated 200 or more steals in a single-season during the first six seasons of the Leonard Hamilton at Florida State.
SEMINOLES AMONG TOP 25 NATIONALLY IN STEALS
Florida State is ranked 23rd nationally with 238 steals and a 9.2 team steals per game average for the season.
SEMINOLES STEALING UNDER Leonard Hamilton
Florida State, which has ranked among the ACC leaders in steals in the ACC during each of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s six seasons at Florida State, enters Tuesday’s game against Clemson ranked second in the league with a 9.2 steals per game average. The Seminoles average nearly nine steals per game during the first 184 games of the Hamilton era in Tallahassee.
Seminoles' Steals Totals Under Leonard Hamilton Season Steals Games SPG Individual Leader 2002-03 273 29 9.4 Tim Pickett / 82 steals / 2.83 spg 2003-04 291 33 8.8 Tim Pickett / 82 steals / 2.48 spg 2004-05 216 31 7.4 Todd Galloway / 45 steals / 1.45 spg 2005-06 262 30 8.7 Todd Galloway / 48 steals / 1.6 spg 2006-07 276 35 7.9 Al Thornton / 53 steals / 1.5 spg 2007-08 238 26 9.2 Toney Douglas / 74 steals / 2.8 spg Totals 1,601 184 8.7 FSU averages 266.8 spg in last 6 years
SEMINOLES EARN BACK NATION’S TOP SPOT IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PCT.
On the heels of its perfect 10-of-10 performance from the free throw line against Maryland, the Seminoles are once against (for the seventh week this season) the NATION’S AND THE ACC’S TOP RANKED FREE THROW SHOOTING TEAM. The Seminoles are on school record free throw shooting percentage pace (.785) and 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.
FLORIDA STATE TIES SCHOOL RECORD FOR FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State tied a school record for free throw shooting perfection against Maryland on Saturday with its’ 10-of-10 performance from the free throw line. It marked the second time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season that they Seminoles have not missed a free throw line in an ACC game.
SEMINOLES’ SCORING BALANCE
Led by All-ACC Candidate Toney Douglas and his team-leading 15.3 points per game scoring average, the Seminoles have five players averaging in double figures in scoring entering Tuesday’s game against Clemson. Only Florida State and Clemson have five players averaging in double figures in the ACC this season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #41 Uche Echefu (10.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 24 pts and 12 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 6 pts and 7 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 7, 2007) G #10 Ralph Mims (10.9 ppg, 1.5 apg; 16 pts and 4 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008) G #23 Toney Douglas (15.3 ppg, 2.8 spg; 16 pts and 4 asts vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008) G #25 Jason Rich (13.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 16 pts and 4 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Isaiah Swann (11.8 ppg, 2.9 apg; 16 pts and 5 asts vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008) F #21 Julian Vaughn (2.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008) F #33 Matt Zitani (1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 12, 2008)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON F #32 Sam Perry (2.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2008) F #40 James Mays (10.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 16 pts and 11 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2008) C #35 Trevor Booker (11.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg; 29 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2008) G #1 K.C. Rivers (15.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 12, 2008) G #25 Cliff Hammonds (12.0 ppg, 4.0 apg; 16 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 7, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 26-24 Last Game: Jan. 12, 2008; Clemson 97, Florida State 85 (2 ot) Last Florida State Win: March 8, 2007; Florida State 67, Clemson 66 Last Clemson Win: Jan. 12, 2008; Clemson 97, Florida State 85 (2 ot) Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 1, 2006; Florida State 69, Clemson 59 Last Clemson Win in Tallahassee: Jan. 3, 2007; Clemson 68, Florida State 66 Current Streak: Clemson has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 4-9 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST MEETING
Terrence Oglesby scored three 3-pointers in the second overtime to help 18th-ranked Clemson to a 97-85 win over Florida State on Jan. 12, 2008 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. The Tigers seemed destined to a second consecutive ACC loss at home until it took control of the game in the second overtime. Rivers started the barrage with a 3-pointer for an 83-80 lead. Then Oglesby stepped up with two straight long-range shots for a nine-point lead. After Toney Douglas brought Florida State to 91-85 with his three, Oglesby did it one last time. Trevor Booker had 29 points, including three 3-pointers. Uche Echefu led the Seminoles with a career high 24 points. In the first overtime, Echefu made just his seventh 3-pointer of the season from the right corner for a 78-76 lead with 15 seconds left. Oglesby and the Tigers made sure Florida State didn’t get a third chance at victory. Clemson had an opportunity to move in front in the final minute of regulation. But with the shot-clock running down, Cliff Hammonds pushed the ball to Mays, who had trouble grabbing it with his heavily bandaged left hand. Mays blocked Jason Rich’s attempt with about 25 seconds left. However, Rich chased it back down for the Seminoles to set up Douglas’ three. Trevor Booker found himself with the ball and time winding down. He banked in the tying shot to buy the Tigers another five minutes.