Dec. 6, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two consecutive games against Florida, plays host to the Gators in the annual meeting of the two intra-state rivals on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. The Seminoles have won two consecutive games against the Gators while Tennessee (three consecutive wins over the Gators) and LSU (two consecutive) are the only other teams in the nation who have won multiple consecutive games against Florida. The Seminoles’ game against Florida is its first at home since Nov. 24 when the they defeated Western Illinois (67-55, Nov. 24) in the second round of the Global Sports Classic. Since last playing at home, where it is 2-0 this season, Florida State has traveled nearly 6,394 miles and back and forth through eight time zones. During their travels the Seminoles played teams from three different conferences (the Big East, the Pac-10 the Big Ten), won two games and the championship of the Global Sports Classic. Following Sunday’s game against Florida, the Seminoles will travel to play at Georgia State (Dec. 13, 4:00 p.m.) before taking their semester exams.
DOUGLAS CONTINUES TO REIGN AS FLORIDA STATE’S CHIEF THIEF
Senior guard Toney Douglas, who led the ACC in steals with 90 during the 2007-08 season, earned three steals in the Seminoles game against Northwestern in the ACC /Big Ten Challenge and enters Saturday’s game ranked second in the league with 19 steals and third with a 2.4 steals per game average. Douglas has multiple steals in six of the Seminoles’ eight games this season and earned four steals in Florida State’s victories over Jacksonville (Nov. 15) and Coastal Carolina (Nov. 22). Douglas is looking to become the first Seminole to lead the ACC in steals since the 1992 (Charlie Ward) and 1993 (Sam Cassell) seasons. Douglas is also looking to become the seventh player in league history (and first since Chris Paul during the 2004 and 2005 seasons) to lead the ACC in steals in consecutive seasons.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat No. 21/23 Florida and win its third consecutive game against the Gators. It would mark the first time since the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons that the Seminoles had won three consecutive games against the Gators;
…Defeat No. 21/23 Florida win and earn a victory over a ranked team for the 19th consecutive season. The Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team each season since a victory over No. 22 South Carolina during the 199-91 season;
…Defeat No. 21/23 Florida and gain a victory over a ranked Florida team for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated No. 4 Florida on Dec. 3, 2006 (70-66) and beat No. 25 Florida on Nov. 23, 2007 (66-51). It would mark the first time in school history the Seminoles would have beaten the same team, ranked each season, in three consecutive years;
…Defeat No. 21/23 Florida and win its 29th consecutive non-conference regular season-home game. The Seminoles’ current streak began on Dec. 16, 2004 and includes two victories over Florida (Jan. 2, 2005 and Dec. 3, 2006).
FLORIDA STATE HAS A SHOT BLOCKING PRESENCE
Led by Solomon Alabi’s 1.8 blocked shots per game the Seminoles have gained a defensive presence in the post that they have laced in recent years. Florida State ranked 10th in the ACC in blocked shots with a 3.8 blocked shots per game average a year ago and enters Sunday’s game against Florida averaging more than two blocks per game more this season than they did last season. Alabi enters Sunday’s game with 14 blocked shots – he has blocked more shots than Florida State’s first eight opponents (12).
NOTES ON FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS…
…Florida State has blocked more than four times as many shots (49) than its opponents (12) through the first eight games of the 2008-09 season;
…Solomon Alabi has more blocked shots (18) than the Seminoles first eight opponents of the 2008-09 season (12);
…The Seminoles have blocked at least six shots in five of the first eight games of the 2008-09 season with eight blocked shots coming in four different – wins over Jacksonville, La Salle and Stetson and against Northwestern;
…Every player on the Seminoles roster except for one (Pierre Jordan – the team’s smallest player) has blocked at least one shot through the first eight games of the season;
…Florida State’s starting line-up has combined to block 37 of the Seminoles’ 49 blocked shots in the first eight games of the season.
FLORIDA STATE’S TEAM STREAKS…
…Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 79 consecutive games entering Sunday’s game against Florida. The last time the Seminoles did not make a shot from the bonusphere was on Jan. 4, 2005 at Clemson;
…Florida State has blocked at least one shot in 55 consecutive games entering Sunday’s game against Florida. The last time the Seminoles did not block a shot was in a 96-79 victory over Maryland on Feb. 30, 2007.
FLORIDA STATE GETS BACK TO DOUBLE DIGIT STEALS
Florida State earned double-digit steals (10) against Northwestern marking the third time this season they had earned 10 or more steals in a game this season. The Seminoles earned a season-high 15 steals in their victory over Coastal Carolina and added 10 in their victory over Stetson. The Seminoles have been held under five steals in a game only once this season.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State has made 49 more free throws than its opponent (161-112) and attempted 51 more free throws (218-167) than its opponent through the first eight games of the season.
FLORIDA STATE GETTING THEMSELVES TO THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State, which is looking to lead the ACC in free throw shooting for the third consecutive season, is not only making their free throws on a very consistent basis but they are getting to the free throw line on a more consistent basis than they have in past seasons. The Seminoles are ranked fourth in the league statistics with a .739 team mark from the free throw line but rank second in the league statistics in free throws made and third for free throws attempted per game. Duke leads the league in free throws made and attempted per game and ranks second in free throw shooting percentage.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (9.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg; First career game vs. Florida) F #42 Ryan Reid (8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 5 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida, Dec. 3, 2007) C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.5 ppg, 1.8 bpg; First career game vs. Florida) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida, Dec. 3, 2007) G #23 Toney Douglas (19.0 ppg, 2.3 spg; 32 pts and 3 stls vs. Florida, Jan. 12, 2005 - while at Auburn) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.8 ppg, 2.6 apg; First career game vs. Florida) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg; First career game vs. Florida) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (2.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game vs. Florida) G #21 Brian Hoff (0.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg; First career game vs. Florida) F #41 Uche Echefu (10.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 10 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida, Dec. 3, 2007)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA F #21 Dan Werner (11.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 2 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 3, 2007) C #23 Alex Tyus (13.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 6 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida, Dec. 3, 2007) G #11 Erving Walker (9.4 ppg, 3.1 apg; First career game vs. Florida State) G #15 Walter Hodge (6.6 ppg, 2.3 apg; 11 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 3, 2007) G #33 Nick Calathes (16.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 7 pts and 4 asts vs. Florida State, Dec. 3, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. FLORIDA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida leads the series, 38-21 Last Game: Nov. 23, 2007; Florida State 65, at Florida 51 Last Florida State Win: Nov. 23, 2007; Florida State 65, at Florida 51 Last Florida Win: Nov. 25, 2005; at Florida 74, Florida State 66 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Dec. 3, 2006; at Florida State 70, Florida 66 Last Florida win in Tallahassee: Dec. 6, 2002; Florida 58, at Florida State 57 Current Streak: Florida State has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. Florida: 3-4 (3-3 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. FLORIDA – THE LAST GAME
Jason Rich had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Toney Douglas added 10 points and Florida State beat the 25th-ranked Gators 65-51 on Nov. 23, 2007 at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville. The two-time defending national champions had their 15-game winning streak snapped along with their school-record 24-game home winning streak. The Seminoles dominated from the opening tip, taking a 25-9 lead and never letting the Gators back in the game. The Seminoles — with two seniors and two juniors in the starting lineup — ran the floor better than Florida, contested nearly every shot and showed superior athleticism at both ends. They got Florida center Marreese Speights in foul trouble early, then took advantage of his absence down low. The Seminoles scored on dunks, layups, putbacks and fast breaks — basically every way imaginable around the basket. Florida struggled shooting and trailed by as many as 19 in the first half, 29-10 following a 21-2 run, but trimmed the lead to 11 several times after the break. But the Gators couldn’t get any closer, thanks mostly to Florida State’s 36 points in the paint and 15 on fast breaks. FSU also finished with a 39-28 rebounding advantage, had six steals and forced 12 turnovers. Walter Hodge (11 points) and freshman Chandler Parsons (10) were the only Florida players in double figures. Florida shot 39 percent from the field and was 4-of-23 from 3-point range.