Jan. 3, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State opens its 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference schedule as it travels to play at Clemson on Wednesday Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. It marks the first time in 15 ACC openers that the Seminoles play the Tigers to begin their conference schedule. Florida State comes into its game against Clemson riding a season-long seven-game winning streak – its longest streak of consecutive victories since opening the 2003-04 season with 10 straight wins. The Seminoles’ 9-1 start is tied for their second best 10-game start in school history – rivaled only by their 10-0 streak to start the 2003-04 season (Leonard Hamilton’s second as the Head Coach at Florida State). Florida State’s game at Clemson is only its second outside of the state of Florida this season – the Seminoles defeated Bowling Green (Dec. 17; 71-60) at the Coors Classic in Mobile, Ala. The Seminoles’ game against the Tigers is their third true road game of the season. Florida State opened the season with a victory at Jacksonville (Nov. 19, 78-48) and played at Florida (Nov. 25, 66-74) and have a 1-1 record this season on the road. The Seminoles’ game against Clemson is their first of 10 consecutive conference games with their final non-conference regular season game of the season coming at home against Massachusetts (Feb. 12).
SEMINOLES FACE CLEMSON IN SEARCH OF EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN
Florida State travels to play at Clemson searching for its eighth consecutive victory. The Seminoles have won each of their last seven games since defeating Purdue (Nov. 29; 97-57) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee. Florida State’s current seven game winning streak is its sixth longest since the beginning of the 1988-89 season. The longest winning streak of 11 consecutive games came during the 1969-70 season. The streak began on Jan. 5 (87-78 victory at Arizona) and ran through Feb. 14 (112-77 home victory against Tulane) as the Seminoles’ finished the season with a 23-3 record. All-American Dave Cowens led the Seminoles with a season-long double-double with averages of 17.8 points and 17.2 rebounds that season.
Recent Seminole Winning Streaks
Dates Consecutive 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. 22, 2005 7 FSU runs out to season opening 9-1 mark
MIMS LEADS ACC IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Sophomore Ralph Mims enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson as the ACC free throw percentage leader with a career-high .926 mark. Mims made his first 19 attempts of the season to establish a school record for consecutive free throws made in a career with 33. He had made his final 14 attempts of the 2004-05 season to begin his chase towards the Seminoles’ career record of 31 consecutive by Jim Oler which was set during the 1953-54 season. Mims is shooting .885 (54-of-61) for his 39-game career. The school record for free throw shooting percentage is .817 (161of-197) by Granville Arnold during the 1983, 84 and 85 seasons. Mims needs at least 39 more attempts during the remainder of his career to qualify as the Seminoles’ all-time leader. Mims qualifies for the ACC lead with a minimum of 2.5 free throws made per game through the first 10 games of the season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and win its ACC season opener for the second time in the last three seasons. The Seminoles defeated No. 24 Maryland, 79-75, on Dec. 28, 2003 in Tallahassee and fell at Maryland, 90-88 in overtime, on Dec. 19, 2004. The Seminoles are 1-2 in ACC season openers under head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…Defeat Clemson and win its eighth consecutive game. The Seminoles have won all seven of their games since a 97-57 victory over Purdue (Nov. 29) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Florida State was undefeated in the month of December (6-0) for the first time in school history;
…Defeat Clemson and win its first game at Clemson since March 3, 2001. The Seminoles have lost four consecutive games at Littlejohn Coliseum;
…Defeat Clemson and win its second ACC road game in its last seven outings. The Seminoles most recently won on the road at NC State, 70-64, on Jan. 26, 2005.
SEMINOLES OUT TO TIE BEST 11-GAME START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson looking to match the best 11-game start in school history. The Seminoles enter their game against Clemson with a 9-1 record – the Garnet and Gold earned 10-1 starts during both the 1988-89 (first round of the NCAA Tournament) and 2003-04 seasons (second round of the NIT).
Best 10-Game Starts In School History Best 11-Game Starts In School History 2003-04 10-0 10-1 (improved to 12-1) 2005-06 9-1 at Clemson (Jan. 4, 2006) 1996-97 9-1 9-2 (fell to 9-3) 1988-89 9-1 10-1 (improved to 16-1) 1979-80 9-1 9-2 (improved to 10-2) 1969-70 9-1 9-2 (improved to 20-2) 1977-78 9-1 9-2 (improved to 15-2)
SEMINOLES UNDEFEATED IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
Florida State completed the month of December 2005 with a 6-0 record. It marked the first time in school history Seminoles finished the month of December with an undefeated record. It also marked the first time since Jan. 1976 that the Seminoles have finished a month of at least six games without suffering a loss.
Undefeated Months In School History
Month (Season) Record Season Record
Jan. 1968 (1967-68 season) 7-0 19-8
Jan. 1976 (1975-76 season) 6-0 21-6
Dec. 2005 (2005-06 season) 6-0 Current 9-1 record entering Jan. 4 game vs. Clemson
LOOKING INTO THE SEMINOLES RANKINGS IN THE ACC STATISTICS…
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson ranked first in the ACC in scoring margin with a +21.2 points per game mark. The Seminoles have won five games by at least 23 points and four games by at least 11 points. Florida State’s largest margin of victory has been 40 points (Nov. 29 vs. Purdue; 97-57) while its smallest margin of victory has been 11 points (Dec. 17 vs. Bowling Green; 71-60;
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson ranked first in the ACC in rebounding defense as its opponents average 29.9 rebounds per game. The Seminoles have outrebounded eight of their 10 opponents and have limited five of their 10 opponents below 30 rebounds;
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson ranked first in the ACC in turnover margin. The Seminoles are forcing their opponents into an average of 22.4 turnovers per game while averaging only 17.2 of their own turnovers per game. Florida State has forced nine of its 10 opponents into 20 or more turnovers;
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson ranked second in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage with a .505 mark. The Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better in four of their 10 games and shot a season-high .603 in their victory over Purdue (Nov. 29, 35-of-58);
…Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson ranked second in the ACC in steals with an 11.4 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned 10 or more steals in six of their 10 games and nine or more steals in eight of their 10 games.
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON MATCHES TOP TWO STEALS TEAMS IN ACC
Florida State’s game against Clemson matches the top two ranked teams in terms of steals in the ACC. The Seminoles average 11.40 steals per game while the Tigers average 11.62 steals per game. Senior Todd Galloway leads the Seminoles and ranks third in the ACC with a career-high 2.3 steals per game average. He has at least one steal in nine consecutive games and has 23 steals through the first 10 games of the season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (14.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 4.3 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 4 career games against Clemson) F #32 Alexander Johnson (10.8 ppg, 5.8 ppg; 9.5 ppg and 3.2 rpg in 4 career games vs. Clemson) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 5.5 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 2 career game vs. Clemson) G #4 Todd Galloway (8.4 ppg, 3.5 apg; 6.1 ppg and 1.2 apg in 7 career games against Clemson) G #21 Jason Rich (10.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 6.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 2 career games vs. Clemson) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 4.1 pts and 1.4 rpg in 7 career games vs. Clemson) F #25 Diego Romero (6.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 2.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 2 career games vs. Clemson) G #10 Ralph Mims (5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 2.0 ppg and 0.5 rpg in 2 career games vs. Clemson) G #11 Jerel Allen (4.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson) F #41 Uche Echefu (3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg; First career game vs. Clemson)PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON F #1 K.C. Rivers (7.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg; First career game against Florida State) F #32 Sam Perry (8.0 ppg. 2.9 rpg; 4 pts and 1 stl vs. Florida State, 1/12/05) C #33 Akin Akingbala (10.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg; 4 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/13/04) G #3 Vernon Hamilton (12.0 ppg, 3.6 apg; 12 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/27/05) G #25 Cliff Hammonds (9.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 10 pts and 4 asts vs. Florida State, 2/27/05)FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 24-20 Last Game: Feb. 27, 2005; Clemson 83, Florida State 74 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 14, 2004; Florida State 65, Clemson 52 Last Clemson Win: Feb. 27, 2005; Clemson 83, Florida State 74 Last Florida State Win At Clemson: March 3, 2001; Florida State 75, Clemson 63 Last Clemson Win At Clemson: Feb. 27, 2005; Clemson 83, Florida State 74 Florida State vs. Clemson, Current Streak: Clemson has won 2 Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 3-6 (3-4 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST GAME
Sharrod Ford scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Clemson defeated Florida State, 83-74, on Feb. 27, 2005 in Clemson, S.C. The Tigers led 48-36 with just over 11 minutes to go, but a 17-5 run by the Seminoles toed the game at 53 with just under six minutes remaining. The Tigers responded with a dunk by Ford and a 3-pointer by Cheyenne Moore. Clemson would then hit 19 of 24 free throws in the final 4:16 and shot 31-of-47 from the line for the game. The Seminoles committed 32 fouls and three Florida State players fouled out. Moore scored 15 points while Vernon Hamilton had 12 and Shawan Robinson added 11 for the Tigers. Al Thornton led Florida State with 15 points. Adam Waleskowski added 13 for the Seminoles. Clemson opened the game with a 16-8 lead but the Seminoles scored 11 unanswered to take a 19-18 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. The two teams were tied at 27 at the half.