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Seminoles Travel To Charlottesville To Face Virginia Saturday At 4:00 p.m.

Jan. 23, 2009


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won seven games away from home this season including an ACC road win at NC State, plays its second consecutive ACC road game at Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena on Saturday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. Florida State has won four of its last five games against Virginia heading into Saturday’s game. The Seminoles are playing on the road for the second time this week after playing at Miami on Wednesday. Florida State’s two-game road swing is one of a pair of two-game ACC road trips this season – it plays at Virginia Tech (Feb. 21) and at Boston College (Feb. 24) in consecutive games during the month of February. The Seminoles are 1-1 in conference road games this season after winning at NC State (Jan. 13, 78-65) and falling at Miami (Jan. 21, 75-69) and have gained wins away from home at Jacksonville (Nov. 15, 59-57), at La Salle (Nov. 18, 65-61), against Cincinnati (Nov. 28, 58-47 in Las Vegas), against Cal (Nov. 29, 80-77 in Las Vegas), at Georgia State (Dec. 13, 62-57), against Western Kentucky (Dec. 28, 82-69 in Sunrise, Fla., and at NC State. Florida State’s seven road wins are tied for the third most in the ACC behind eight each by Wake Forest and North Carolina (who have both spent time ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team this season) and seven by Clemson (who is currently ranked in the nation’s top 10). Following Saturday’s game against Virginia the Seminoles will play host to No. 5/6 North Carolina (Jan. 28, 9 p.m.) in their first of two consecutive home games.

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ALL-ACC CANDIDATE Toney Douglas SCORES 30 AGAINST MIAMI
All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas, the third leading scorer in the ACC with a career-high 19.5 points per game average, enters Saturday’s game against Virginia as the leading overall scorer in the ACC with 370 points. He scored a season-high tying 30 points against Miami on Wednesday night and is one of only two players (also Jeff Teague of Wake Forest) in the ACC this season to have scored at least 30 points in multiple games this season (he also scored 30 points against Coastal Carolina on Nov. 22) and leads the ACC with 11 games of 20+ points scoring. Douglas’s 30-point outing against the Hurricanes marked the first time he had scored at least 30 points in an ACC game and marked the fourth time in his career that he has scored at least 30 points. He scored 30 points twice during his freshman season at Auburn (2004-05). He tied his career-high with seven 3-point shots made against the Hurricanes – a number which also ties him for the ACC individual single-game lead this season. Douglas also enters Saturday’s game against Virginia ranked second in overall steals in the ACC with 40 and first in overall minutes played with 678.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and win its second straight game against the Cavaliers. The Seminoles defeated Virginia in the last meeting between the two teams – 69-67 on Jan. 23, 2008;
…Defeat Virginia and win its first game in the John Paul Jones Arena. The Seminoles are playing their second game in the arena after falling to the Cavaliers two years ago – 73-70 on Feb. 17, 2007;
…Defeat Virginia and win its fifth game in its last six against the Cavaliers. The Seminoles defeated the Cavaliers in the second game of the 2004-05 season, won both games in the home-and-home series during the 2005-06 season, lost to Cavaliers in the only game between the two teams in the 2006-07 season and won in the teams’ only meeting during the 2007-08 season;
…Defeat Virginia and win its second ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles were victorious at NC State (Jan. 13) and are looking to win their fifth ACC road game in the last two seasons. The Seminoles won at Georgia Tech, at Miami and at NC State last season. The Seminoles are 4-6 in the last two seasons on the road in the ACC.

SEMINOLES FROM THE BONUSPHERE
Led by All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas’s career-high tying seven 3-point field goals against Miami, the Seminoles made a season-high tying 11 3-point field against the Hurricanes on Wednesday night. The Seminoles’ 11 shots from the bonusphere not only tied for the team’s season high by but rank tied for 11th in school history for 3-point field goals made in an ACC game. The school record for 3-point field goals made in an ACC game is 15 against North Carolina on Feb. 21, 2004. Florida State’s 11 3-point field goals against the Hurricanes were the most by a Seminole team in a single game since also hitting 11 against Virginia on Feb. 18, 2006.

DOUGLAS’S SEVEN 3-POINT FIELD GOALS TIES SCHOOL RECORD
Senior All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas made a career-high and school record tying seven 3-point field goals against Miami on Wednesday night. His seven made field goals from the bonusphere tie the record that was set three times previously: by Andrew Wilson against North Carolina on Feb. 22, 2004 and against Virginia on Feb. 18, 2006 and by Von Wafer against Wake Forest on Jan. 18, 2005. The school record for 3-point shots made in a single game is 10 by NBA first round draft choice George McCloud against La Salle on Feb. 23, 1989.

SEMINOLES BLOCKING SHOTS AT A SCHOOL RECORD PACE
Led by Freshman Solomon Alabi’s 38 blocked shots (2.0 bpg), Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia on school record pace with a 6.3 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have blocked at least two shots in each of their 19 games this season and have sent back 10 or more shots in two different games (12 against Charleston Southern and 10 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The existing school record for average blocked shots in a game is 6.0 bpg by the Seminoles’ 1992-93 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team. Florida State has blocked more than 2.5 times as many blocked shots as its opponents (119-47) and is tied for second in the ACC in overall blocked shots.

FLORIDA STATE GOING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia having out-rebounded three of its first four ACC opponents and four of its last five opponents overall. The Seminoles have now outrebounded the No. 1 (Miami / +5) and No. 2 (Duke / +9) rebounding teams in the ACC in their first four ACC games of the season. The Seminoles have taken to the winning the rebounding margin in four of the last five games after winning the battle of the boards in only six of their first 14 games of the season.

SEMINOLES AMONG ACC’S SCORING DEFENSE LEADERS
Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense as it is allowing a scant 62.5 points per game through its first 19 games of the season. The Seminoles’ scoring defense currently ranks as the second best scoring defense in school history and the best since the 1949-50 season (the second season of basketball at Florida State). Two of the Seminoles’ best defensive scoring seasons (2008-09 and 2003-04) have come under head coach Leonard Hamilton.

SEMINOLES HAVE DISPLAYED SUPERIOR RESILIENCY
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia with a 15-4 record for a .789 winning percentage. The Seminoles have won as many as seven games in a row (including two in a row in ACC play) and have yet to lose consecutive games this season.

SEMINOLES STEALING UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia with 168 steals – it needs only 32 to reach 200 steals for the seventh consecutive season under head coach Leonard Hamilton and for the eighth year in a row.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (9.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia)
F #41 Uche Echefu (7.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 8 pts and 9 rebs vs. Virginia, Feb. 17, 2007)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.3 ppg, 2.0 bpg; First career game vs. Virginia)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia)
G #23 Toney Douglas (19.5 ppg, 2.1 spg; 19 pts and 6 stls vs. Virginia, Jan. 23, 2008)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Luke Loucks (4.3 ppg, 2.4 apg; First career game vs. Virginia)
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 2 pts and 1 stl vs. Virginia, Jan. 23, 2008)
F #42 Ryan Reid (6.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Virginia, Feb. 17, 2007)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.8 ppg, 1.5 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia)
G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Virginia Jan. 23, 2008)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIA
F #32 Mike Scott (11.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan, 23, 2008)
C #5 Assane Sene (3.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
G #13 Sammy Zeglinski (10.1 ppg, 3.7 apg; First career game vs. Florida State)
G #15 Sylven Landesburg (16.6 pg, 6.2 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
G #24 Mamadi Diane (4.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 21 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 23, 2008)

FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Virginia leads, 17-15
Last Game: Jan. 23, 2008; at Florida State 69, Virginia 67
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 23, 2008; at Florida State 69, Virginia 67
Last Virginia Win: Feb. 17, 2007; at Virginia 73, Florida State 70
Last Florida State Win In Charlottesville: Jan. 11, 2006; Florida State 87, at Virginia 82 (OT)
Last Virginia win in Charlottesville: Feb. 17, 2007; at Virginia 73, Florida State 70
Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 / 4 of last 5
Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia: 7-5

FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 19 points as Florida State rallied from a 10-point second half deficit to take a 69-67 victory over Virginia on Jan. 23, 2008 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State led 31-28 at the half. Virginia led 56-46 with 8:58 left on a Singletary layup, but Florida State caught up at 60-all on Isaiah Swann’s 3-point shot from deep in the corner with 2:27 left. Douglas’ layup with 1:55 to go gave the winners a 62-60 lead. Douglas, who had six steals in the game, hit 7 of 11 shots from the floor and also had six rebounds. Jason Rich added 17 points and Swann 16 as coach Leonard Hamilton collected his 300th career win and 100th at Florida State. Mamadi Diane led Virginia with 21 points, Adrian Joseph added 17 points and a game-high 8 rebounds while Singletary finished with 11 points and a game-best 7 assists. Virginia jumped off to a 12-2 start, but Swann scored seven points in 34 seconds (a free throw following his first of two quick 3-point shots) capping a 10-0 run that tied the game at 15.

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