March 8, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won 20 games for the second consecutive season, plays No. 8 ranked North Carolina in the quarterfinal round of the 54th Annual ACC Tournament on Friday March 9, at 12 Noon at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Seminoles advanced to the second round of the event with a 67-66 victory over Clemson in Thursday’s first round. Florida State’s victory over Clemson marked the Seminoles’ first win in the ACC Tournament since 2003 when they defeated the Tigers at the Charlotte Coliseum. The Seminoles’ victory over the Tigers also marked the Seminoles’ third consecutive ACC Tournament victory over Clemson. Florida State has now won three consecutive games this season with victories over NC State (Feb. 24, 78-52), at Miami (March 3, 98-90 in overtime) and against Clemson. The Seminoles opened the season with four consecutive wins and were undefeated during the month of December with a season-high eight consecutive wins. Florida State’s victory over Clemson marked their second consecutive win at the St. Pete Times Forum this season – the Seminoles defeated Providence (Dec. 29, 92-62) in their final non-conference game of the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles would advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the second time in school history with a victory over North Carolina. Florida State defeated NC State and fell to North Carolina in the semifinals of the 1992 ACC Tournament.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Al Thornton
All-America candidate Al Thornton electrified the ACC Tournament as he scored a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds in the Seminoles’ 67-66 victory Clemson on Thursday. It marked the 31st consecutive game he has scored in double figures (each game of the 2006-07 season) and 16th double-double of his illustrious Seminoles career.
THORNTON’S MARCH MADNESS
All-America candidate Al Thornton averages 35.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games during the month of March. He scored his career-high of 45 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Miami (March 3) and added 25 points in Florida State’s victory over Clemson on Thursday. He has made 25 of 40 shots from the field (.625), four of seven shots from the 3-point line (.571) and 16 of 18 shots from the free throw line (.889).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and earn their second victory in the 2007 ACC Tournament. It would mark the first time the Seminoles would have won two games in a single ACC Tournament;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a victory over a ranked team on the road for the second time this season. The Seminoles won at No. 8 Duke (68-67) for their first ever victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 4, 2007;
…Defeat North Carolina and earn a win over a ranked team in the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a win over the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history. The Seminoles are 0-2 against North Carolina in two previous ACC Tournament games (1992 and 1994 in Charlotte).
FLORIDA STATE AND COLLEGE RPI.COM
With their victory over Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament, Florida State is ranked 37th in the latest release by College RPI.com…The Seminoles played 16 games against teams ranked in the top 50 by college RPI.com…The Seminoles were 5-11 against those teams with wins over No. 9 Florida, No. 12 Maryland, No. 29 Virginia Tech and No. 44 Clemson…The Seminoles played five games without starting point guard Toney Douglas from Feb. 11 through Feb. 24…During that stretch of games, the Seminoles lost by one (67-68) against No. 32 Boston College, lost by six against No. 35 Georgia Tech (57-63), lost to no. 12 Maryland (55-73) and defeated NC State (78-52)…With a healthy Toney Douglas in the lineup, Florida State earned victories over No. 9 Florida (70-66), No. 12 Maryland (96-79), No. 14 Duke (68-67 on the road), No. 29 Virginia Tech (82-73) and No. 44 Clemson (67-66)…Florida State is the only team in the country to play four teams ranked within the nation’s top 10 – North Carolina (on the road), Wisconsin (on the road), Pittsburgh (on the road) and Florida (a victory at home)…Florida State’s vastly improved non-conference schedule and 12-2 non conference record has it ranked 26th in the nation against non-ACC teams…Florida State played more than half of its games (16 of 31) against teams ranked in the top 50 by College RPI.com…Florida State is one of only 18 teams in the nation that has three or more victories over teams in the current College RPI.com top 50…Florida State is one of only 22 teams in the nation with five or more victories over teams in the current College RPI.com top 50…Florida State is one of only23 teams in the College RPI top 50 that has not lost a game to a team ranked 100 or higher…Florida State did not lose a single game to a team with a ranking of 44th or below. The Seminoles losses came against three teams in the top 10, four in the top 12, six in the top 32, eight in the top 35, nine in the top 42 and 11 in the top 44.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE THORNTON BY THE NUMBERS…
…He scored 25 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson. It marked the ACC-leading 16th time he has scored 20 or more points in a single game this season. He has scored 20 or more points against an ACC opponent 12 times in 16 games as a senior;
…He has now scored 1,457 career points and ranks 10th in school history in scoring. He began the season ranked 55th in school history with 831 points. He has scored 627 points and moved up 43 places on the Seminoles’ scoring list;
…He pulled down 11 rebounds to earn his third double-double in the last five games and fifth double-double-double of the season;
…He is averaging a double-double of 26.0 points (156 total points) and 10.1 rebounds (61 total rebounds) in the last six games;
….He has scored a career-high 627 points this season – a total that ranks tied for the seventh highest single-season total in school history. The Seminole player with the third highest single-season total in school history – Bob Sura with 675 career points – is in the St. Pete Times Forum for Friday’s game against North Carolina. Sura is participating in the ACC Legends program as the Seminole legend;
…He is averaging 20.2 points per game and is looking to become the first Seminole to average 20 points or more per game since Bob Sura averaged 21.2 points during the 1993-94 season. Sura also earned All-ACC First-Team honors that season.
DOUGLAS CONTINUES TO WORK HIMSELF BACK INTO THE SEMINOLES’ LINEUP
Sophomore Toney Douglas, who played 35 minutes in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson on Thursday, continues to work his way back into Florida State’s rotation after missing five games with a broken right hand. He missed the Seminoles’ game against Boston College, Georgia Tech, at Virginia, at Maryland and against NC State, after suffering a non-displaced fracture of his right hand (shooting hand) against Clemson on Feb. 7. Despite not starting either of Florida State’s last two games (at Miami and Clemson in the ACC Tournament) he has played an integral part in both victories. Douglas is averaging 10.5 points and 3.0 assists in the last two games. Maybe even more importantly, Douglas is averaging 33.5 minutes played per game in the last two victories. He played 32 minutes (including all five in the overtime period) in the 98-90 victory over Miami and played 35 in the victory over Clemson. He is averaging more minutes in the last two games since his return – 33.5 – than he is for the entire season – 28.5.
RICH FINDING HIS SCORING TOUCH
Junior Jason Rich scored 12 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson and has now scored in double figures in the last two games and in a single-season career-high 19 games this season. After scoring in double figures only once during Toney Douglas’s absence (16 against Boston College) he has scored in double figures in both games since the point guard’s return to the court. Rich was very explosive for the Seminoles against Clemson as he got himself into the lane and scored at the basket. All six of Rich’s basket’s came as he found himself in the lane and facing the basket. The Seminoles are 14-5 this season when Rich scores in double figures including his career-high 24 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Maryland in Tallahassee (Jan. 30, 96-79).
SWANN CONTINUES TO STAY RED HOT FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Junior Isaiah Swann scored eight points in the Seminoles’ victory over Clemson on Thursday. Of his eight points, Swann scored six points on two made 3-point shots. Swann’s second 3-point field goal of the day brought the Seminoles to within one at 61-60 with 6:17 left in Thursday’s game. He has now made a single-season career-high 52 3-point shots this season including at least one in each of the last eight games. He has made 17 of his last 37 shots from the bonusphere (.459) in his last eight games.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #12 Al Thornton (20.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 29 pts and 12 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 7, 2007) F #41 Uche Echefu (7.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs. Vs. North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2006) G #3 Isaiah Swann (9.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 11 pts and 3 stls vs. North Carolina, March 3, 2005) G #10 Ralph Mims (5.3 ppg, 2.3 apg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 7, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (10.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 12 pts and 1 blk vs. North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #23 Toney Douglas (12.9 ppg, 2.6 apg; 6 pts and 4 asts vs. North Carolina, Jan. 7, 2007) G #11 Jerel Allen (5.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 3 pts and 1 reb vs. North Carolina, Jan. 22, 2006) F #15 Casaan Breeden (2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 7, 2007) F #42 Ryan Reid (2.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 2 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 7, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: North Carolina leads, 35-8 Last Game: Jan. 7, 2007; North Carolina 84, Florida State 58 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 22, 2004; Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 Last North Carolina Win: Jan. 7, 2007; North Carolina 84, Florida State 58 Last Florida State win in ACC Tournament: None Last North Carolina win in ACC Tournament: March 11, 1994; North Carolina 83, Florida St. 69 Current Streak vs. North Carolina: North Carolina has won 5 Leonard Hamilton vs. North Carolina: 1-8