Feb. 4, 2009
|Seminoles.com Gameday Information|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won eight games at home this season, plays host to Georgia Tech on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are playing their first game since Jan. 28 and are looking to win their fourth ACC game of the season. Florida State’s game against Georgia Tech is its only game against the Yellow Jackets during the regular season and is one of six one-time league opponents for the Seminoles this season. In addition to playing Georgia Tech only once during the regular season, the Seminoles play NC State, Maryland, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Boston College only once during regular season league play this season. Florida State enters Thursday’s game against the Yellow Jackets with conference wins at NC State (Jan. 13; 78-65) at Virginia (Jan. 24; 73-62) and here at home against Maryland (Jan. 17; 76-73 in overtime). The Seminoles, considered to be one of the nation’s top defensive teams, enter Thursday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked in the top 25 nationally in three different defensive categories – 13th in blocked shots per game (6.0 bpg), 15th in field goal percentage defense (.380) and 22nd in steals per game (9.0 spg). Following its game against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles will close out the first half of their ACC schedule at Clemson (Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m.) before beginning the second half of their conference schedule at home against Virginia (Feb. 10, 7:00 p.m.).
DOUGLAS A TOP CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
With exceptional recommendations from Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzrewski and ESPN’s Jay Bilas among others, Florida State’s Toney Douglas has emerged as one of the top contenders for not only All-ACC First-Team honors but for National Defensive Player of the Year honors. Douglas leads Florida State’s offense with a career-high 20.1 points per game average and is the head of the snake on its defensive effort with a 2.0 steals per game average and outstanding on-ball and man defense throughout the season on some of the nation’s top players. Douglas, who scored his Florida State career-high of 32 points against No. 5/6 North Carolina (Jan. 28) and added 30 on the road at Miami (Jan. 21), leads the ACC in total points scored (423), ranks third in the league in average points per game (20.1 ppg) and is looking to lead the ACC in steals (43 / 2.0 spg) for the second consecutive season. He enters Thursday’s game against Georgia Tech averaging 27.7 points in his last three games and 23.9 points in his last nine games. He has scored at least 20 points in five consecutive games and at least 30 points in two of the last three games. Douglas has 43 steals and trails North Carolina’s Ty Lawson by only three steals. In their only head-to-head matchup of the regular season last week, Douglas had two steals as compared to Lawson’s zero steals and outscored Lawson 32-21.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its 17th game of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles did not win their 17th game of the 2007-08 season until Feb. 27, 2008 with a victory at NC State,
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its fourth ACC game of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles did not gain their fourth conference win of the 2007-08 season until Feb. 19, 2008 with victory over Clemson;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its second consecutive game against the Yellow Jackets. It would mark the Seminoles’ first two-game winning streak against Georgia Tech since back-to-back wins on Feb. 13, 2003 (the 2002-03 season) and Feb. 3, 2004 (the 2003-04 season).
SEMINOLES’ SCORING UP IN ACC GAMES
Florida State scored 77 points in its game against No. 5/6 North Carolina (Jan. 28) – its fifth highest scoring total of the season – and is averaging 71.8 points scored per game in its first six conference games of the season. The Seminoles are averaging nearly five points more in their ACC games (71.8) than they did during their non-conference schedule (67.1). Florida State has scored at least 73 points in four of its six ACC games as compared to scoring at least 73 points in four of its 15 games before ACC play started in January.
AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA…
…Florida State’s defense held the Tar Heels to .381 shooting from the field and forced the No. 5/6 team in the nation to 21 turnovers. The Tar Heels are shooting .490 from the field and average 13.3 turnovers per game in their first 21 games of the season. Florida State limited North Carolina to its lowest field goal shooting percentage and forced them into the most turnovers they have committed this season. The Seminoles also held the Tar Heels more than 12 points below their scoring average of 92.4 points per game. Additionally, the Seminoles outscored North Carolina, 42-34, in the second half of their game against the Tar Heels.
SEMINOLES RANK AMONG ACC AND NATIONAL FIELD GOAL DEFENSE LEADERS
Florida State ranked second in the ACC and 15th in the nation in field goal percentage defense with a .380 mark through the first 21 games of the season. Only one team (Miami / .490 percent) has shot better than 44 percent from the field against the Seminoles vaunted defense. Florida State has tightened its defense in the last two games and has become even stingier in limiting their opponents’ open looks from the field.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING THE BALL WELL IN RECENT GAMES
Florida State has shot 50 percent or better twice and is averaging 74.0 points scored per game in its last five games. The Seminoles are shooting .460 from the field since their victory over NC State (during which they scored their ACC season-high of 78 points) and have raised their shooting percentage by nearly four percentage points in their last four games.
FLORIDA STATE IN ITS LAST TWO GAMES SHOOTNG THE BASKETBALL
Florida State is shooting .482 (55 of 114) from the field, .765 (26 of 34) from the free throw line and .452 from the bonusphere (14 of 31) while averaging 75.0 points per game in its last two games. The Seminoles are also averaging 10.5 steals per game in their games against Virginia and North Carolina.
FLORIDA STATE STEALING THE BASKETBALL
Florida State, which is ranked 22nd nationally with a 9.0 steals per game average, enters Thursday’s game against Georgia Tech with 189 steals and needs only 11 to reach the 200 steals plateau for the eighth consecutive season. The Seminoles have earned at least 10 steals in 10 different games with 12 steals coming against Duke, NC State and North Carolina. The Seminoles are averaging 10.0 steals per game in their first six ACC games of the season.
FLORIDA STATE BLOCKING SHOTS
Florida State, which is ranked 13th nationally with a 6.0 blocked shots per game average, has blocked at least three shots in each of their last three games and has blocked more than twice as many shots (127) as their opponents (55) in their first 21 games of the season. The Seminoles have blocked at least 10 shots twice this season (12 against Charleston Southern and 10 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi) and have blocked nearly as many shots in 21 games this season (127) as they did in 34 games last season (130).
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (8.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech) F #41 Uche Echefu (8.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 11 pts and 8 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 30, 2007) C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.4 ppg, 2.0 bpg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech) G #23 Toney Douglas (20.1 ppg, 2.0 spg; 22 pts and 4 stls vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 30, 2007) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.4 ppg, 2.5 apg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 5 pts and 1 reb vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 30, 2007) F #42 Ryan Reid (6.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 1 pt and 1 reb vs. Georgia Tech, Jan. 13, 2007) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech) G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GEORGIA TECH
F #31 Gani Lawal (16.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg; 6 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Dec. 30, 2007)
F #35 Zachery Peacock (10.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 7 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 30, 2007)
F #44 Alade Aminu (12.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Dec. 30, 2007)
G #0 Lewis Clinch (13.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 7 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Dec. 30, 2007)
G #1 Iman Shumpert (11.6 ppg, 5.4 apg; First career game vs. Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 30-27 Last Game: Dec. 30, 2007; Florida State 66, at Georgia Tech 64 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 30, 2007; Florida State 66, at Georgia Tech 64 Last Georgia Tech Win: Feb. 13, 2007; Georgia Tech 63, at Florida State 57 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 9, 2006; at Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 80 Last Georgia Tech win in Tallahassee: Feb. 13, 2007; Georgia Tech 63, at Florida State 57 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 4-7
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST GAME
Jason Rich hit a short jumper with 4.3 seconds left to lift Florida State to a 66-64 win over Georgia Tech in the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Dec. 30, 2007 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. The Yellow Jackets had a chance to tie but Zack Peacock’s off-balance jumper at the buzzer never had a chance, falling short. Ralph Mims had given the Seminoles a 64-63 lead with 35 seconds left on a jumper. The Yellow Jackets tied it with 9.4 seconds left by D’Andre Bell, who made one of two free throws before Rich got the out of bounds pass in his end and dribbled the length of the floor for the game-winner. Toney Douglas led Florida State with 22 points. Rich and Uche Echefu each had 11 and Mims 10. Anthony Morrow had 17 points for the Yellow Jackets and Bell added 15. Jeremis Smith had nine points and 11 rebounds. Florida State led 40-34 at the half with Douglas scoring 13 points.