Nov. 24, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won its first two games by an average of 24.5 points per game, faces its first ranked opponent of the season as it travels to Gainesville to face No. 15 Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Seminoles have won their first two games of the season for the third time in the last four seasons and third time during the Leonard Hamilton era. Florida State’s game at Florida is its second road game of the season after having opened the season with a 78-48 victory at Jacksonville. The Seminoles’ game against the Gators is their third of six consecutive games that have been played or will be played in the state of Florida.
THORNTON RECORDS TWO DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN FIRST TWO GAMES
Junior Al Thornton, who is averaging a double-double of 21.5 points and 10.0 rebounds entering Friday’s game against Florida, has recorded the fourth and fifth double-doubles of his career during the first two games of the 2005-06 season. He scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville and scored his career-high of 31 points and pulled down 10 additional rebounds in Florida State’s victory over Alcorn State. Thornton enters the Seminoles’ game against the Gators with as many double-doubles already this season as he earned during the first 59 games of his career.
SEMINOLES SUCCESSFUL AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has defeated six ranked teams during the first three years of the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles have defeated four top-10 and two top-25 ranked teams since Hamilton’s arrival in Tallahassee to begin the 2002-03 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Florida and improve its record to 3-0 for the third time during the four-year Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles began the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons with perfect 3-0 record;
…Defeat Florida and earn its first victory in Gainesville since Jan. 27, 1992 when the Seminoles defeated the Gators 68-67. Saturday’s game against the Gators marks only the sixth time the Seminoles have played in Gainesville since 1992;
…Defeat Florida and gain a victory over a ranked Gator team for the first time since Dec. 3, 1988 when the Seminoles won in Tallahassee, 104-86;
…Defeat Florida and gain a win over a ranked team for the 16th consecutive season. The Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team each year since the 1990-91 season;
…Defeat Florida and gain a win over a ranked team on the road for the first time since Dec. 14, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated No. 17 Maryland, 74-71, in College Park, Md. The Seminoles have defeated eight ranked teams in the last four years including the No. 1 (Duke, 77-76, Jan. 6, 2002) and No. 3 (Wake Forest, 91-83 OT, Jan. 18, 2005) ranked teams in the country.
THE LAST SEMINOLE WITH BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE DOUBLES WAS…
…Anthony Richardson against Jacksonville (Dec. 21) and Stetson (Dec. 23) during the 2004-05 season. Richardson scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in a 101-57 win over Jacksonville and totaled 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Seminoles defeated Stetson, 71-61.
THE LAST SEMINOLE WITH THREE CONECTUIVE DOUBLE-DOUBLES WAS…
…Douglas Edwards against Clemson (March 12), Evansville (March 18) and Tulane (March 20) during the 1992-93 season. Edwards totaled 22 points and 15 rebounds against Clemson in the ACC Tournament, 14 points and 12 rebounds against Evansville and 22 points and 12 rebounds against Tulane. The Seminoles’ games against Evansville and Tulane came in the NCAA Tournament and helped Florida State advance to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING STRAIGHT FROM FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Florida shooting a strong .742 from the free throw line as a team. The Seminoles have shot above 70 percent from the line in both of their first two games and are shooting nearly eight percentage points higher through the first two game of the season than they did during the 2004-05 season. Florida State has shot above 70 percent from the line twice in two games in 2005-06 after shooting 70 percent or better from the line only 11 times in 31 games during the 2004-05 season. Florida State shot .679 from the free throw line and earned six points more from the free throw line than Florida (19 points to 13 points) in defeating the Gators, 82-69, in Gainesville on Jan. 2, 2005.
SEMINOLES KEEPING THIEVERY RATE UP
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Florida averaging 10.5 steals per game. The Seminoles earned 12 steals in the season opener against Jacksonville and added nine more against Alcorn State. The Seminoles are averaging nearly four steals per game more this season than they did during the 2004-05 season when they averaged 6.9 steals per game. Florida State recorded seven steals and forced 12 Gator turnovers which led the 21 points in its 82-69 victory over Florida on Jan. 2, 2005.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Florida having made at least one 3-point shot in 239 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998. Led by two 3-point field goals each by junior Al Thornton and sophomores Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann, the Seminoles are averaging 6.0 made 3-point field goals in the first two games of the season. The Seminoles made nine 3-point field goals in their 82-69 victory over Florida on Jan. 2, 2005. Florida State was very selective from the bonsuphere in the second half as they made four-of-six attempts in gaining the victory.
DEFENSE – THE Leonard Hamilton WAY
Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton will tell any one who asks that his favorite statistic is that of field goal percentage defense. Forcing its opponent into difficult shots is something the Seminoles spend a great deal of time on each and every practice. Practice seems to be making Florida State a good defensive team through the first two games of the season as it is holding its opponent to a .360 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles held Jacksonville to a .292 mark in their season-opening win over the Dolphins. Florida State limited Florida to a .464 shooting mark from the field in its 82-69 victory over the Dolphins on Jan. 2, 2005. The Gators shot nearly two percentage points better from the field, .482, during the 2004-05 season.
SEMINOLES TOUGH TO SCORE ON UNDER HAMILTON
Under Leonard Hamilton, Florida State owns the best scoring defense in the ACC in the last four years. The Seminoles have allowed an average of 66.97 points per game during the first 95 game of the Hamilton era. Florida State was one of only five teams in the ACC (also Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Miami) that did not allow an opponent to score at least 100 points in a game during the 2004-05 season. Florida State limited Florida to 69 points in its victory over the Gators on Jan. 2, 2005 – more than seven points fewer than their season average of 76.2 points scored per game.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #12 Al Thornton (21.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg; 17 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 10 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (7.0 ppg, 2.5 apg; 1 pt and 1 reb vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
G #4 Todd Galloway (4.5 ppg, 4.0 apg; 2 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
G #21 Jason Rich (11.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #20 Andrew Wilson (1.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 3 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
F #25 Diego Romero (6.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
F #15 Casaan Breeden (5.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; First career game against Florida)
F #41 Uche Echefu (4.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg; First career game against Florida)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA
F #2 Corey Brewer (14.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 7 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/2/05)
F #13 Joakim Noah (11.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida, 1/2/05)
C #42 Al Horford (10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg; 4 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/2/05)
G #11 Taurean Green (15.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 3 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/2/05)
G #12 Lee Humphrey (12.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 15 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/2/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. FLORIDA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida leads, 37-19
Last Game: Jan. 2, 2005; Florida State 82, Florida 69
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 2, 2005; Florida State 82, Florida 69
Last Florida Win: Jan. 3, 2004; Florida 87, Florida State 73
Last Florida State Win In Gainesville: Jan. 27, 1992; Florida State 68, Florida 67
Last Florida Win In Gainesville: Jan. 3, 2004; Florida 87, Florida State 73
Florida State vs. Florida, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Florida: 1-3 (1-2 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. FLORIDA – THE LAST MEETING
Von Wafer hit six of his first seven 3-point attempts and finished with 20 points to lead Florida State to an 82-69 upset win over Florida on Jan. 2, 2005 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Adam Waleskowski added 18 points and reserve Al Thornton scored 17 for the Seminoles. Florida State led 45-32 at halftime with a 10-0 run over the final 47 seconds, sparked by Thornton. Thornton and Alexander Johnson each had nine rebounds and Waleskowski grabbed eight as the Seminoles finished with a 44-20 advantage on the boards, 16-5 on the offensive end. Florida shot poorly from the free throw line in the first half, making only two of its first nine and then was unable to get back into the game in the second half, trailing on two occasions by as many as 19 points. Lee Humphrey added 15 for the Gators. Florida State shot 51 percent for the game, including 60 percent from 3-point range, while Florida hit 46 percent, including 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.