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Seminoles Play Providence In Tampa Friday At 9:30 P.M.

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Dec. 27, 2006

TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State and Providence will play in the first meeting between the two teams in basketball on Friday Dec. 29 at 9:30 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. The Seminoles enter their game against Providence looking to win their season-high eighth consecutive game – a winning streak that began with their 70-66 victory over No. 4/4 Florida on Dec. 3. The game will take place at the site of the 2007 ACC Tournament as the grandfather of all basketball tournaments takes place in the state of Florida for the first time in history (March 8-11). The Seminoles game against the Friars is part of a doubleheader which will also feature Wake Forest of the ACC and USF of the Big East. Florida State is 9-0 at home and 2-2 on the road with wins coming at Stetson (Dec. 5, 82-63) and at Georgia State (Dec. 7, 87-55). The Seminoles will play their first neutral site game of the season against Providence. The Seminoles have won each of their last two neutral site games played during the regular season with victories last season against Bowling Green in Mobile, Ala. (Dec. 17, 71-60) and Nebraska in Sunrise, Fla. (Dec. 31, 74-60). Following their game against Providence, the Seminoles begin ACC action as they play host to Clemson (Jan. 3, 7:00 p.m.) in Tallahassee.

THORNTON LEADS SEMINOLES ON SEVEN-GAME WINNING STREAK
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton is averaging 17.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 blocked shots and 1.6 steals during Florida State’s current seven-game winning streak. He has scored in double figures in all seven games during the streak, has scored at least 20 points four times and scored his current seven-game winning streak high of 28 points in the Seminoles’ victory over No. 4/4 Florida (Dec. 3). Thornton is shooting .532 from the field and .822 from the line as he has scored more than one-fifth (.222) of the Seminoles team scoring total during the streak (125 of 562 total points).

THORNTON RUSHING UP THE FLORIDA STATE 1,000 POINT LIST
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton has scored 1,046 career points entering Friday’s game against Providence. He averages 10.3 points per game for his 102-game career.

FLORIDA STATE BRINGS SEVEN-GAME WINNING STEAK TO TAMPA
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Providence looking to win its eighth consecutive game. Since the beginning of the 1988 season, the Seminoles have earned seven winning streaks of seven or more games. The longest winning streak in school history, 11 games, came during the 1969-70 season.

Recent Seminole Winning Streaks
Dates                     Consec. Wins     Notes
Nov. 21-Dec. 20, 2003     10               All 10 wins to open 2003-04 season
Jan. 31-Feb. 20, 1993     8                6-0 in ACC games; win over UConn
Feb. 21-March 14, 1991    8                Won Metro Conference Championship
Nov. 25-Dec. 28, 1988     8                All 8 wins to open 1988-89 season
Jan. 4-Jan. 26, 1989      8                FSU wins 16 of first 17 games of season
Nov. 29-Dec. 31, 2005     7                FSU runs out to season opening 9-1 mark
Dec. 3-Dec. 21, 2006      7                Current streak dates to win over Florida

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Providence and win its eighth consecutive game. The Seminoles are undefeated in the month of December and have won each of their games since defeating No. 4/4 Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66);
…Defeat Providence and win its 14th consecutive game in the month of December. The Seminoles are 7-0 in December in 2006 and were 6-0 in December in 2005;
…Defeat Providence and defeat a Big East team for the first time since Dec. 14, 2003 when the Seminoles defeated Miami, 67-58, in Miami. The game was played before the Hurricanes officially became a member of the ACC;
…Defeat Providence and tie the Florida State record for wins by the end of the month of December. The Seminoles’ won 12 games during the months of November and December during the 2003-04 season.

FLORIDA STATE’S BEST RECORDS AFTER 13 GAMES
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Providence with an 11-2 record. It marks the ninth time in school history the Seminoles have won at least 11 of their first 13 games of a single season and is only one win short of tying the school record for the best 13-game start in school history (12-1 under Leonard Hamilton to begin the 2003-04 season and 12-1 to begin the 1988-89 season). The Seminoles have won at least 11 of their first 13 games of a season for the third time during the Hamilton era after beginning the 2003-04 season with an 12-1 record and starting the 2005-06 season with a 11-2 record. Florida State is 11-2 after 13 games for the second consecutive season.

Seminoles Off To Grand Start
Season          13-Game Start   14-Game Start    Notes
1954-55         11-2            12-2             22-4 final record; 1-1 in NAIB Tourn
1969-70         11-2            12-2             20-3 final record; No. 11 in AP Poll
1971-72         11-2            12-2             27-6 final record; NCAA Champ Gm.
1977-78         11-2            12-2             23-6 final record; NCAA First Rd
1988-89         12-1            13-1             22-8 final record; NCAA First Rd.
1997-98         11-2            12-2             18-14 final record; NCAA Second Rd
2003-04         12-1            12-2             19-14 final record, NIT Second Rd
2005-06         11-2            12-2             20-10 final record; NIT Second rd
2006-07         11-2            12/29 vs. Providence

FLORIDA STATE REACHES 11 WINS IN MONTH OF DECEMBER
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Providence with an 11-2 record and has reached the 11 win plateau in the month of December for just the third time in school history and the second time under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. The school record for wins by the end of the month of December is 12 (12-1 record) during the 2003-04 season. Florida State can tie the school record for wins before the beginning of the new calendar year with a victory over Providence.

Seminoles With 11 Wins in December
Season          Record By End Of December     Season Record
1997-98         11-2                          18-14
2003-04         12-1                          19-14
2006-07         11-2 (one game to be played)  vs. Providence

NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S STARTING FIVE…
…Florida State’s starting five (Thornton, Douglas, Rich, Swann, Echefu) has blocked more shots (36/2.8 bpg) than its opponents’ team total for the season (32/2.5 bpg);
…Florida State’s starting five (Thornton, Douglas, Rich, Swann, Echefu) has combined for nearly as many steals (83/6.4 spg) its opponents’ team total (90/6.9 spg).
…Florida State’s starting five (Thornton, Douglas, Rich, Swann, Echefu) is shooting a combined .507 from the field (276-of-544), a combined .779 from the free throw line (127-of-163) and .347 from the 3-point line (51-o-f147).

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE BY THE NUMBERS…
…Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the ACC with a .759 free throw shooting percentage through the first 13 games of the season. Should it keep that statistic up for the entire season, it would rank as a single-season-school record;
…Florida State has shot better than 73 percent during each of the seven games of its current seven-game winning streak. The Seminoles are shooting a combined .787 from the free throw line during its current winning streak;
…Florida State is shooting .770 from the free throw line in its’ 11 wins (158-of-205) and .667 from the free throw line in its’ two losses (18-of-27);
…Florida State has shot below 70 percent only twice this season – in a victory over New Orleans (four-of-eight) and against Wisconsin (seven-of-12);
…Florida State has made 23 more free throws (111) than its’ opponents have attempted (88) during its current seven-game winning streak. The Seminoles have made more free throws than their opponents in five of their seven games during their current winning steak and in eight of their 13 games this season.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F	#12	Al Thornton (16.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 10.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 2 career games vs. Big East Oppts)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (7.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 13 pts and 5 rebs vs. Big East team Pitt - 11/24/06)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 7 pts and 3 rebs vs. Big East team Pitt - 11/24/06)
G	#23	Toney Douglas (14.5 ppg, 2.5 apg; 23 pts and 5 rebs vs. Big East team Pitt - 11/24/06)
G	#25	Jason Rich (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Big East team Pitt - 11/24/06)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G	#10	Ralph Mims (5.4 ppg, 2.1 apg; 1 asts and 1 stl vs. Big East team Pitt - 11/24/06)
G	#11	Jerel Allen (6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 0 pts and 1 stl vs. Big East team Pitt - 11/24/06)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (4.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 2 pts and 1 stl vs. Big East team Pitt - 11/24/06)
F	#42	Ryan Reid (2.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 2 pts and 2.0 rebs vs. Big East team Pitt - 11/24/06)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR PROVIDENCE
F/C	#15	Herbert Hill (15.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. ACC Team BC - 11/22/06)
F	#33	Charles Burch (3.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. ACC team BC - 11/22/06)
G	#4	Sharaud Curry (17.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 18 pts and 3 rebs vs. ACC team BC - 11/2/06)
G/F	#11	Geoffrey McDermott (10.8 ppg, 11.0 rpg; 18 pts and 16 rebs vs. ACC team BC - 11/22/06)
G	#13	Weyinmi Efejuku (16.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 17 pts and 3 rebs vs. ACC team BC - 11-22-06)

FLORIDA STATE VS. PROVIDENCE- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Providence Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win at Tampa: First Meeting
Last Providence win at Tampa: First Meeting
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