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Seminoles Play Host To Miami Wednesday At 7:00 P.M.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won 10 games at home this season, plays host to Miami in a crucial ACC match-up on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 7:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won three of their last four ACC games with victories over Georgia Tech (Feb. 5; 62-58) and Virginia (Feb. 10, 68-57) on the road and at No. 10/10 Clemson (Feb. 10, 65-61) and enters Wednesday’s game against the Hurricanes playing for an upper division finish in the ACC. Florida State is currently in a tie for fourth place in the ACC standings and is working for their first top four finish in the league standings since the 1992-93 season when it finished in second place with a 12-4 record. Most recently, the Seminoles finished in fifth place in the league standings with a 9-7 record during the 2005-06 season. Florida State has a 10-3 record at home this season with all three losses coming against three of the five teams that have held the No. 1 spot (Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Duke) in the national rankings so far this season with those losses coming by an average of 6.3 points per game with their game against the Tar Heels being decided on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot by guard Ty Lawson. In each of those three games the Seminoles held a lead (+9 vs. North Carolina, +8 vs. Pittsburgh and +5 against Duke) of at least five points during the contest. Following Wednesday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles travel to play at Virginia Tech (Feb. 21, 8:00 p.m.) and at Boston College (Feb. 24, 9:00 p.m.) before returning home and playing host to its fifth ranked team of the season in Clemson (Feb. 28, 2:00 p.m.). The Seminoles have earned two victories over ranked teams this season with wins coming against No. 21/23 Florida (Dec. 7, 57-55) and at No. 10/10 Clemson.

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ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM AND NATIONAL HONORS CANDIDATE Toney Douglas
Senior All-ACC First-Team and National Defensive Player of the Year candidate and Bob Cousy Award finalist Toney Douglas enters Wednesday’s game against Miami as the ACC’s leading scorer in conference games (23.2 ppg), the overall leader in total points scored (508), the second overall leading scorer for the entire season (20.3 ppg), the second overall leader in total steals (51 / 2.0 spg) and the fourth overall leader in 3-point field goals made (53). He leads the ACC in 30+ points scored games (three with two in conference play against Miami and North Carolina) and with 16 games of 20+ points scored (eight in the Seminoles’ 10 conference games). Douglas enters Wednesday’s game against Miami ranked 18th in ACC history with a 1.98 career steals per game average and only 63 points from 2,000 for his collegiate career which has included one season at Auburn (2004-05) and the last three seasons at Florida State.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and win its 20th game of the season. The Seminoles won 19 games all of last season and most recently won 20 games (22-13) during the 2005-06 season;
…Defeat Miami and win its third consecutive home game against Miami. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes in Tallahassee in both the 2006 and 2007 seasons;
…Defeat Miami and win its seventh ACC game of the season to mark the fourth consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least seven ACC games. It would mark the first time in school history the Seminoles have won at least seven ACC games in four consecutive seasons;
..Defeat Miami and win its fourth game against a team from the state of Florida this season. The Seminoles have already earned victories over Jacksonville, Stetson and Florida this season.

WHAT TO POINT TO ON DEFENSE…
…Florida State is tied for second in the ACC in steals with a 9.1 steals per game average. The Seminoles have at least six steals in each of their first 10 ACC games of the season;
…Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in blocked shots with a 6.0 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles’ 150 blocked shots are the most team by since the 1997-98 season when they blocked 165 shots (5.2 bpg);
…Florida State is ranked third in the ACC with a .384 field goal percentage defense mark. Only three tams have shot better than 45 percent against the Seminoles in the first 25 games of the season.

SEMINOLES’ DEFENSIVE STATISTICS – THIS YEAR AS COMPARED TO LEAST YEAR
Florida State is one of the nation’s top defensive teams and ranks in the top 20 of three of the most telling defensive statistics – field goal percentage defense (10th), blocked shots (10th) and steals (14th). Florida State is also ranked 55th nationally in scoring defense as it allow only 63.7 points per game. The Seminoles are ranked in the top 15 of three national defensive statistics after ranking outside of the top 90 in both field goal percentage defense (148th) and blocked shots (90th) as season ago. The Seminoles have also improved their national ranking in scoring defense by 119 positions and 5.3 points allowed per game.

FLORIDA STATE IS A STEALING TEAM UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State, the only team in the ACC which has nine or more players with double figures steals this season, averages 8.1 steals per game during the ENTIRE Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ 9.1 steals per game average is the second highest single-season average under Hamilton with his 2002-03 team leading the way with a 9.4 steals per game average.

SEMINOLES RANK SECOND IN THE ACC IN SCORING DEFENSE
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Miami ranked second in the ACC as they allow 63.7 points per game. The Seminoles have allowed only eight points more than Duke (1,584-1,592) through the first 25 games of the season for both teams. The Seminoles have allowed 55 points or less four times (and are 4-0 when allowing 55 points or less), have allowed 60 points or less 11 times (and are 10-1 when allowing 60 points or less) and have allowed 65 points or less 15 times in 24 games (and are 14-1 when they allow 65 points or less). The Seminoles only loss of the season when they allowed 65 points or less came in a 56-48 loss to then No. 3/3 Pittsburgh who ascended to the nation’s No. 1 ranking soon after defeating the Seminoles.

SEMINOLES RANK SECOND IN THE ACC IN BLOCKED SHOTS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Miami ranked second in the ACC with a 6.0 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have blocked 150 shots – the most in a single season since the 1997-98 season when the Seminoles blocked a total of 165 shots and played in the NCAA Tournament.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (8.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 6 pts and 2 blks vs. Miami, Jan. 21, 2009)
F #41 Uche Echefu (8.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 20, 2007)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (8.0 ppg, 2.1 bpg; 10 pts and 9 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 21, 2009)
G #3 Luke Loucks (3.9 ppg, 2.5 apg; 3 pts and 4 asts vs. Miami, Jan. 21, 2009)
G #23 Toney Douglas (20.3 ppg, 2.0 spg; 30 pts and 2 stls vs. Miami, Jan. 21, 2009)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 21, 2009)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg; 6 pts and 1 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 21, 2009)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (6.9 ppg, 2.3 apg; 2 asts and 2 rebs vs. Miami, Jan. 21, 2009)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (4.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 6 pts and 1 ast vs. Miami, Jan. 21, 2009)
F #42 Ryan Reid (5.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 11 pts and 4 rebs vs. Miami, March 8, 2008)
G #21 Brian Hoff (0.9 ppg, 0.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Miami, Feb. 6, 2008)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MIAMI
F #20 Cyrus McGowan (5.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Jan. 21, 2009)
F #21 Dwayne Collins (11.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 10 pts and 11 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 21, 2009)
F #32 Brian Asbury (7.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, March 8, 2008)
G #1 Lance Hurdle (7.1 ppg, 2.7 ppg; 16 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 29, 2009)
G #33 Jack McClinton (19.7 ppg, 3.1 apg; 28 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 29, 2009)

FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 33-28
Last Game: Jan. 21, 2009; at Miami 75, Florida State 69
Last Florida State Win: March 8, 2008; at Florida State 75, Miami 72 (OT)
Last Miami Win: Jan. 21, 2009; at Miami 75, Florida State 69
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: March 8, 2008; at Florida State 75, Miami 72 (OT)
Last Miami win in Tallahassee: Jan. 29, 2006; Miami 84, Florida State 78 (OT)
Current Streak: Miami has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Miami: 7-4 (all at Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI – THE LAST GAME
Jack McClinton scored 28 points, including three free throws in the final 25 seconds, and the Miami Hurricanes snapped a five-game losing streak in its rivalry with Florida State, 75-69, on January 21, 2009 at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. Lance Hurdle scored 16 points for the Hurricanes, who overcame a 12-point first-half deficit. Florida State was led by Toney Douglas, who scored 30 points. The Seminoles shot only 39 percent. Hurdle’s 3-pointer with nine minutes left put Miami ahead 53-51 – the fourth and final lead change of the second half. Miami took an 72-67 lead with 1:18 left, then failed to score on three consecutive possessions before McClinton’s free throws sealed the win.

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