Nov. 26, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which defeated No. 24 Florida 65-51 on Friday, plays host to Minnesota in the ninth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Seminoles’ victory over Florida marked the second consecutive season the Seminoles have defeated a ranked Gator team. Florida State’s game against Minnesota marks the third time the Seminoles and the Gophers will meet in the challenge with each team winning on the road. The Seminoles have a 5-3 record in eight previous ACC/Big Ten Challenge appearances and have won four of their last five games. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton has a 4-1 record in the five ACC/Big Ten Challenge games with victories over Iowa (2002), Northwestern (2003), Minnesota (2004) and Purdue (2005). The Seminoles’ 97-57 victory over Purdue in 2005 established the challenge record for greatest margin of victory in the event. Following Tuesday’s game against Minnesota the Seminoles will play host to Stetson (Nov. 30) and Samford (Dec. 2) to close out the week. When the week is over the Seminoles will have played 10 of their 31 games scheduled for the entire season (.322 percent).
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC/BIG 10 CHALLENGE
Florida State has won four of its five games in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State is 3-1 at home and 2-2 on the road in the first eight challenges. Florida State defeated Northwestern, 60-46, in the inaugural ACC/Big 10 Challenge in 1999. The Seminoles defeated Purdue, 97-57, at home in the 2005 Challenge to set the all-time mark for largest margin of victory (+40). The Seminoles are 1-1 against Minnesota in the challenge with a victory over the Gophers on the road in 2004. Florida State’s game against Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge marks the third time the Seminoles and the Gophers will meet in the event – tying them with Northwestern for the most games played against the Seminoles in the now nine-year history of the event.
FLORIDA STATE’S ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE HISTORY (5-3)
Dec. 1, 1999 Nov. 29, 2000 Nov. 28, 2001 Dec. 2, 2002
Florida State 60 at Florida State 71 Florida State 50 at Florida State 80
at Northwestern 46 Minnesota 76 at Northwestern 57 Iowa 67
Dec. 1, 2003 Nov. 30, 2004 Nov. 29, 2005 Nov. 28, 2006
at Florida State 71 Florida State 70 at Florida State 97 Florida State 66
Northwestern 53 at Minnesota 69 Purdue 57 at Wisconsin 81
Leonard Hamilton IN THE ACC/BIG 10 CHALLENGE
Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has a 4-1 record as the Seminoles court boss in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. He guided Florida State to four consecutive victories in his first four seasons before the Seminoles fell at Wisconsin last season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Minnesota and win its game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the sixth time in nine events. The Seminoles come into Tuesday’s game against Minnesota with a 5-3 record in the history of the challenge;
…Defeat Minnesota and win its 15th consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles are 3-0 at home this season and were 11-0 in non-ACC games in the Donald L. Tucker Center during the 2006-07 season;
…Defeat Minnesota and win its sixth game in the month of November for the first time in school history. The school record for wins in the month of November is four during the 2003-04 and 2006-07 seasons;
…Defeat Minnesota and gain a victory over a Big Ten team for the sixth consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated Michigan in the second round of the 2007 NIT and won its games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge each year from 2002 through 2005.
HAMILTON EARNS EXTENSION FROM FLORIDA STATE PRESIDENT
Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell announced on November 8 that the contract of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Leonard Hamilton has been extended by two years taking his contract with the university through the 2011-2012 season. “Coach Hamilton advocates winning not only on the basketball court but also in the classroom and in the game of life,” said Wetherell. “Coach Hamilton is responsible for developing an exciting basketball program that is headed in the right direction. He builds winning basketball teams and young men of character.”
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is 32-6 (.842 winning percentage) at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center in the last three seasons.
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State has won all three of its home games this season, has won 18 of its last 21 home games (.857) and 26 of its last 32 (.813 winning percentage) games at home since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006.
Seminoles At Home In Recent Years Seasons Record Notable Wins Last 3 Years 33-6 (.846 winning pct.) 79-74 over No. 1 Duke, March 6, 2006 Last 4 Years 41-13 (.759 winning pct.) 91-83 over No. 3 Wake Forest, Jan. 18, 2005 Last 5 Years 56-16 (.778 winning pct.) 90-81 over No. 7 North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2004
DOUGLAS NEEDS ONLY 8 POINTS FOR 1,000 DURING HIS CAREER
Junior Toney Douglas enters Tuesday night’s game against Minnesota with 992 career points and needs only eight points to reach the coveted 1,000 career point plateau. He averages 14.6 points during each of his 68 career games including 12.6 points during his 37-game Seminole career. Douglas scored 525 points and averaged 16.9 points during his one-year career at Auburn University (2004-05).
SEMINOLES AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State, which led the ACC and ranked ninth nationally in free throw shooting percentage during the 2006-07 season, is once again ranked as the ACC leader and among the national leaders in free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles’ .827 free throw shooting percentage is nearly eight percentage points higher than Duke’s success rate from the line through the first three weeks of the season.PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #42 Ryan Reid (5.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 1 reb and 1 blk vs. Wisconsin in 2006 ACC/Big Ten Chal) F #41 Uche Echefu (10.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 8 pts and 3 rebs vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big Ten Chal) G #3 Isaiah Swann (16.6 ppg, 3.9 apg; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big Ten Chal) G #23 Toney Douglas (12.8 ppg, 2.9 apg; 24 pts and 5 rebs vs. Wisconsin in 2006 ACC/Big Ten Chal) G #25 Jason Rich (10.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 12 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wisconsin in 2006 ACC/Big Ten Chal) ...AND TOP RESERVES F #21 Julian Vaughn (5.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg; First career game ACC/Big Ten Challenge game) G #10 Ralph Mims (7.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 7 pts and 3 asts vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 7 pts and 1 stl vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big Ten Chal)PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MINNSEOTA F #13 Dan Coleman (11.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg; 14 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida St. in 2004 ACC/Big Ten Chal) C #50 Spencer Tollackson (13.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg; 0 pt and 2 reb vs. Fla. St. in 2004 ACC/Big Ten Chal) G #1 Lawrence McKenzie (7.3 ppg, 2.3 apg: 14 pts and 3 asts vs. Clem. in 2006 ACC/Big Ten Ch.) G #3 Kevin Payton (2.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson in 2006 ACC/Big Ten Chal) G #20 Lawrence Westbrook (9.0 ppg, 3.0 apg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. Clemson in ACC/Big Ten Chal)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MINNESOTA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: The series is tied, 3-3 Last Game: Nov. 30, 2004; Florida State 70, Minnesota 69 Last Florida State Win: Nov. 30, 2004; Florida State 70, Minnesota 69 Last Minnesota Win: Nov. 29, 2000; Minnesota 76, Florida State 71 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 20, 1979; Florida State 112, Minnesota 91 Last Minnesota Win In Tallahassee: Nov. 29, 2000; Minnesota 76, Florida State 71 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Minnesota: 2-0 (1-0 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MINNESOTA – THE LAST MEETING
Von Wafer had 19 points and Florida State used a 16-0 run late in the second half to beat Minnesota 70-69 in the ACC Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30, 2004 in Minneapolis. The Seminoles trailed by 14 points with seven minutes to play. Todd Galloway’s 3-pointer from the corner with 2:05 to play put the Seminoles ahead 65-63, their first lead since 2-0. Minnesota’s Jeff Hagen tied the score at 65 with 1:51 to play, but Wafer hit a 3-pointer 20 seconds later to put the Seminoles back on top. After a free throw by Vincent Grier, the Golden Gophers forced a turnover but Grier missed a long jump shot and Al Thornton hit a fastbreak layup to seal the win for Florida State. Grier scored 23 points to lead Minnesota while Dan Coleman added 14 and Aaron Robinson 11. Grier, a junior forward who entered the night leading the Big Ten in scoring at 19 points per game, scored in streaks from all over the court. The Gophers fed off his energy to take control early. He scored 13 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, hitting three 3-pointers and two shots inside the paint, as Minnesota built a double-digit lead. Grier helped the Gophers pull away in the second half, scoring seven points in 1:40 span to build a 59-47 lead with 11:30 to play. However, the Gophers went 5 minutes without scoring. Thornton scored 12 points for the Seminoles, while Galloway added 10.