Dec. 1, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won four consecutive games, plays its third of four straight home games as it plays host to Samford on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated Stetson, 72-59, on Friday night and have a 5-0 record at home this season. Florida State’s current four-game winning streak is its longest of the season and longest since an eight-game winning streak during the entire month of December last season. The Seminoles’ four-game winning streak is one more win than the three-game winning streak they opened the 2007-08 season with in earning victories over Nicholls State (81-58, Nov. 9), Georgia Southern (92-67, No. 12) and UAB (78-70, Nov. 16). Following Sunday’s game against Samford, the Seminoles will play host to Maine on Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. before travelling to play No. 16/16 Butler in the Wooden Tradition at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Dec. 15 at 6:00 p.m.
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State has won all five of its home games this season, has won 20 of its last 23 home games (.869) and 34 of its last 40 (.850 winning percentage) games at home since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006. The Seminoles are 46-5 (.902) in non-conference home games under sixth-year head coach Leonard Hamilton.
HISTORICAL NOTES ON THE SEMINOLES’ GAME AGAINST SAMFORD
The Seminoles’ game against Samford is the first meeting between the two teams since Dec. 19, 1989 when the Seminoles took a 100-62 victory over the Bulldogs in Tallahassee. Samford is the alma mater of Seminoles’ football coach Bobby Bowden. Bowden graduated from Samford (then Howard College) in 1953 and was an assistant football and head track coach following his playing days. Bowden was a quarterback during his collegiate playing days.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Samford and win its 17th consecutive non-conference home game. The Seminoles are 5-0 at home this season and were a perfect 11-0 at home during the 2006-07 season. Florida State’s home-winning streak began with an 85-65 victory over McNeese State on Nov. 12, 2006;
…Defeat Samford and win its 15th consecutive game during the month of December. The Seminoles were undefeated, 6-0 during the month of December during the 2005-06 season and were undefeated, 8-0, in the month of December during the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles last loss in December came against LSU on Dec. 30, 2004 (67-50);
…Defeat Samford and win its 12th consecutive game played at the Donald L. Tucker Center during the month of December. The Seminole’ home-winning streak in the month of December began against South Alabama on Dec. 14, 2004
…Defeat Samford and win its fourth consecutive game against a team from the state of Alabama. The Seminoles have not lost to a team from the “Heart of Dixie” since a 55-54 loss at Auburn on Dec. 5, 1999. The Seminoles defeated UAB (also from Birmingham – as is Samford) on Nov. 16.
SEMINOLES MAKING THIEVERY A HABIT
Led by Toney Douglas’s 16 steals in the last three games (5.3 spg), Florida State has amassed 31 steals as a team in those three games (all victories) over Florida (six steals), Minnesota (11 steals) and Stetson (14 steals). The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Samford averaging 9.7 steals per game – a statistic that ranks third in the ACC. Florida State is among the ACC leaders with 87 steals. The Seminoles have earned double-digit steals in four of its first nine games of the season (all victories) and has earned 87 steals as compared to its opponents’ 56 steals.
NOTING DOUGLAS’S STEALS TOTAL
Junior Guard Toney Douglas leads the ACC with 26 steals and a 2.9 steals per game average through the first nine games of the 2007-08 season. He is looking to become the first Seminole player since Tim Pickett to lead the ACC in steals. Pickett, an All-ACC First-Team selection in 2004, led the league in steals with 82 and a 2.83 steals per game average during the 2002-03 season. Douglas’ 26 steals in only nine games this season would have ranked as the seventh highest Individual total for the Seminoles during the 2006-07 season.
NOTING DOUGLAS’S STEALS TOTAL IN THE LAST TWO GAMES
Junior guard Toney Douglas has earned a career-high six steals in both of the Seminoles’ last two games – both victories – over Minnesota and Stetson. He is the fourth player in school history with at least 12 steals in consecutive games. Douglas has 104 career steals in 70 career games (1.5 spg) and 61steals in 39 games as a Seminole (1.6 spg).
SEMINOLES LEAD ACC IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Led by Isaiah Swann’s perfect free throw percentage (27-of-27, 1.000 percent), Florida State is shooting an ACC-leading .813 percent from the free throw line through the first nine games of the season. The Seminoles have shot at least 70 percent from the free throw line in seven of their nine games have been above 90 percent in two of their nine game (.914 against Georgia and .935 against Cleveland State). The Seminoles are looking to lead the ACC in free throw shooting percentage for the second consecutive season after leading the league with a .758 mark last season. The last repeat free throw percentage champion in the ACC was NC State in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons. The 2004 NC State team set the ACC standard for the highest team free throw shooting percentage in league history with a .799 mark.
SWANN FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior guard Isaiah Swann enters Sunday’s game against Samford having made all 27 of his free throw attempts in the first nine games of the season. Dating back to the Seminoles’ game at Maryland on Feb. 21, 2007, he has made 32 consecutive free throws. Swann was a perfect eight-of-eight from the free throw line against Georgia Southern on Nov. 12. He was a perfect two-of-two from the free throw line against Florida – both shots were awarded after a technical foul was called against the Gator’s Walter Hodge. Swann did not go to the free throw line against Stetson on Friday night for only the second time this season – he did not attempt a free throw shot in the Seminoles’ season-opening victory over Nicholls State.
Anatomy Of A Streak Opponent Date FTM FTA Pct. Maryland Feb. 21, 2007 6 8 .750 (made final FT shot of game) Miami March 3, 2007 2 2 1.000 Miss. State March 20, 2007 2 2 1.000 Ga. Southern Nov. 12, 2007 8 8 1.000 UAB Nov. 16, 2007 4 4 1.000 Cleveland St. Nov. 17, 2007 6 6 1.000 USF Nov. 18, 2007 2 2 1.000 Georgia St. Nov. 20, 2007 3 3 1.000 Florida Nov. 23, 2007 2 2 1.000 Minnesota Nov. 27, 2007 2 2 1.000 Totals 11 Games 32 32 1.000
FLORIDA STATE MAKES EIGHT 3-POINT FIELD GOALS IN WIN OVER STETSON
Guards Ralph Mims and Toney Douglas made three 3-point field goals each to lead the Seminoles’ eight-3-point field goal attack in their victory over Stetson. It marked the third time this season Florida State has hit at least eight 3-point field goals in a single game. The Seminoles made 10 3-point field goals in its season-opening victory over Nicholls State and nine against USF.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #21 Julian Vaughn (5.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg; Season-high 12 points vs. Georgia Southern, 11/12/07) F #41 Uche Echefu (9.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg; Season-high 18 points vs. Georgia State, 11/20/07) G #3 Isaiah Swann (15.0 ppg, 3.5 apg; Season-high 28 points in victory over UAB, 11/16/07) G #23 Toney Douglas (12.9 ppg, 2.9 apg; Season-high 18 points vs. Georgia Southern 11/12/07) G #25 Jason Rich (9.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg; Season-high 20 points vs. Florida, 11/23/07) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (9.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg; Season-high 16 points vs. USF and Stetson) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg; Season-high 9 points vs. Nicholls State, 11/9/07) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.7 ppg, 0.8 rpg; Season-high 6 points in victory over Georgia St., 11/20/07) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Season-high 9 points vs. Cleveland State, 11/17/07)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SAMFORD F #2 Savoy Fraine (2.3 ppg, 0.3 rpg; Season-high 7 points vs. Brewton-Parker, 11/24/07) C #42 Travis Peterson (15.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg; Season-high 19 points vs. Towson, 11/20/07) G #1 Curtis West (7.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg; Season-high 12 points vs. Towson, 11/20/07) G #5 Joe Ross Merritt (16.8 ppg, 1.2 apg; Season-high 24 points vs. Belmont, 11/15/07) G #44 Gaby Bermudez (2.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg; Season-high 4 points vs. Brewton-Parker, 11/24/07)
FLORIDA STATE VS. SAMFORD - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads the series, 10-0 Last Game: Dec. 19, 1989; Florida State 100, Samford 62 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 19, 1989; Florida State 100, Samford 62 Last Samford Win: None Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 19, 1989; Florida State 100, Samford 62 Last Samford Win In Tallahassee: None Current Streak: Florida State has won 10 straight Leonard Hamilton vs. Samford: 1-0 (Nov. 29, 1988, 70-44 win at Oklahoma State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. SAMFORD – THE LAST MEETING
Tharon Mayes led a balanced Florida State attack with 18 points, three rebounds and three assists as the Seminoles defeated the Bulldogs, 100-62, on Dec. 19, 1989 in Tallahassee. Mayes led five Seminoles in double figures; he was followed by 14 point each from Irv Thomas and Michael Polite, 11 points from Chuck Graham and 10 from Rodney Dobard. Polite led the Seminoles with eight rebounds. Byron Wells (who is in attendance at today’s game) scored six points in helping Florida State to the victory. The Seminoles led early and led by 20 – 48-28 – at halftime. They stretched their lead in the second half as they outscored the Bulldogs by 18 to win the games by 38 points. The Seminoles limited the Bulldogs to .397 shooting from the field and one 3-point field goal during the game. Thomas (now a scout with the Los Angeles Lakers) led the Seminoles with three blocked shots. The Seminoles finished with a 16-15 record that season.