Nov. 26, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Looking to improve to 6-0 for the first time since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Florida State travels to Las Vegas to play Cincinnati in the third round of the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Friday, November 28 at 10:30 p.m. EST. The Seminoles defeated Coastal Carolina (82-70, Nov. 22) in the first round of the event and bet Western Illinois (67-55, Nov. 24) in the second round. Florida State will play either Cal or UNLV in the final round of the event at Saturday Nov. 29 with that game also played at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Seminoles’ game against the Bearcats is the first between the two teams since the 1990-91 regular season when the two teams met as Metro Conference rivals. Florida State and Cincinnati met at least twice annually from the 1977-78 through the 1990-91 seasons. The Seminoles left the Metro Conference and joined the ACC for the beginning of the 1991-92 season. Following their participation in the third and fourth rounds of the Global Sports Classic, the Seminoles will play at Northwestern in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Dec. 3. 9:30 p.m.) before playing host to Florida (Dec. 7, 6:00 p.m.) in their next home game.
DOUGLAS SURPASSES 1,500 AND 1,000 CAREER POINT MILESTONES
Senior guard Toney Douglas surpassed the 1,500 career point mark with a 30-point performance against Coastal Carolina (he has now scored 1,526 career points) and surpassed the 1,000 career point mark during his Seminole career against Western Illinois (he has scored 1,001 career points at Florida State). He ranks 40th in Florida State history with 1,001 career points entering Friday’s game against Cincinnati. Douglas has played in 100 career games (31 at Auburn during the 2004-05 season and 69 games during his three-year career at Florida State) and averages 15.26 points for every game played in his collegiate career.
SINGLETON OPENS HIS COLLEGIATE CAREER WITH A BANG
Freshman sensation Chris Singleton enters Friday’s game against Cincinnati with an 11.0 points per game scoring average and a team-leading 8.4 rebounds per game average. He has earned double-doubles in two of his first four games (12 points and 17 rebounds against Jacksonville and 10 points and 10 rebounds against Stetson). He became the third player in school history to earn a double-double in his career debut as he helped led the Seminoles 2008-09 season-opening victory over Jacksonville.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Cincinnati and improved its record to 6-0. It would mark the first time since the 2003-04 season and only the fourth time in school history the Seminoles would have won at least the first six games of any season;
…Defeat Cincinnati and win its sixth consecutive games. It would mark the Seminoles’ longest winning streak since the 2007-08 season when the Seminoles won six consecutive games from Nov. 20 (vs. Georgia State) through Dec. 8 (vs. Maine);
…Defeat Cincinnati and win its 10th consecutive game during the month of November. The Seminoles won their final four games played in the 11th month during the 2007-08 season and have won their first five in the month this season;
…Defeat Cincinnati and win its first game against a Big East opponent since defeating Miami (before the Hurricanes joined the ACC) on Dec. 8, 2002.
SEMINOLES BACK ON TOP OF THE ACC FREE THROW SHOOTING STATISTICS
Florida State, which has missed six free throws in the last two games, is shooting a combined .875 (42 of 48) in the first two games of the Global Sports Classic. The Seminoles are now shooting an ACC-leading .764 from the free throw line as they attempt to lead the ACC in free throw shooting for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles set a school record during the 2007-08 season with a .773 mark from the free throw line.
FLORIDA STATE GETTING TO THE FREE THROW LINE AND MAKING THE SHOTS
Florida State enters Friday’s game against Cincinnati averaging 21.4 free throws made per game. The Seminoles are getting to the free throw line more often than they have in the last five years and converting their attempts. The Seminoles are averaging a five-year high 28.0 free throw attempts per game and shooting .764 from the line this season. Florida State is averaging nearly eight free throw attempts more this season then they did last season.
FLORIDA STATE’S TEAM STREAKS…
…Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 76 consecutive games entering Friday’s game against Cincinnati. The last time the Seminoles did not make a shot from the bonusphere was on Jan. 4, 2005 at Clemson;
…Florida State has blocked at least one shot in 52 consecutive games entering Friday’s game against Cincinnati. The last time the Seminoles did not block a shot was in a 96-79 victory over Maryland on Feb. 30, 2007.
Leonard Hamilton’s FAVORITE STATISTIC – FIELD GOAL PCT. DEFENSE
Florida State is beginning the 2008-09 season on defense just as head coach Leonard Hamilton likes it – contesting field goal attempts, block shots and getting in the passing lanes and creating steals. The Seminoles are holding their opponents to a cumulative .377 field goal shooting percentage and have blocked an average of 6.2 shots and earned an average of 9.0 steals per game. The Seminoles average 16.4 points per game off of turnovers and earned 28 points off turnovers in their victory over Coastal Carolina.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES ITS STEALING WAYS
Led by Toney Douglas, the ACC’s Chief Thief, Florida State has 45 steals in its first five games of the season for a 9.0 steals per game average as a team. Douglas has 14 of the Seminoles’ 45 steals (more than 30 percent) with eight of the 11 Seminoles who have earned playing time in the first five games of the season having earned at least one steal so far this season. Florida State ranked third in the ACC with an 8.5 steals per game average during the 2007-08 season.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES IN THE SCORING COLUMN
Senior Toney Douglas and freshman Chris Singleton lead the Seminoles with four double figure scoring games each. Singleton enters Friday’s game against Cincinnati having scored in double figures in a game high three consecutive games. Douglas scored in double figures in the first four games of the season. Solomon Alabi has scored in double figures in two of the last three games and is averaging 10.7 points since scoring a career-high 13 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson on Nov. 20.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (11.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg; 12 pts and 17 rebounds vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 15, 2008 F #42 Ryan Reid (8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 16 pts and 9 rebs vs. Stetson, Nov. 20, 2008) C #32 Solomon Alabi (8.8 ppg, 1.4 bpg; 13 pts and 5 rebs vs. Stetson, Nov. 20, 2008) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (5.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 10 pts and 2 blks vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 15, 2008) G #23 Toney Douglas (19.4 ppg, 2.8 spg; 30 pts and 6 rebs vs. Coastal Carolina, Nov. 22, 2008) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (5.0 ppg, 3.5 apg; 14 pts and 4 asts vs. Coastal Carolina, Nov. 22, 2008) F #1 Xavier Gibson (1.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg; 3 pts and 4 rebs vs. Western Illinois, Nov. 24, 2008) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (2.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg; 6 pts and 2 stls vs. La Salle, Nov. 18, 2008) G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg; 3 pts in 4 mins of play vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 15, 2008) F #41 Uche Echefu (8.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 12 pts and 3 rebs vs. Western Illinois, Nov. 24, 2008)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CINCINNATI F #21 Mike Williams (9.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 12 pts and 3 rebs vs. Western Illinois, Nov. 22, 2008) F #22 Rashad Bishop (5.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 9 pts and 6 rebs vs. Coastal Carolina, Nov. 24, 2008) F #34 Yancy Gates (9.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 16 pts and 11 rebs vs. South Dakota, Nov. 16, 2008) G #5 Deonta Vaughn (12.0 ppg, 4.8 apg; 17 pts and 3 rebs vs. Coastal Carolina, Nov. 24, 2008) G #11 Larry Davis (8.0 ppg, 2.8 apg; 14 pts and 2 rebs vs. Coastal Carolina, Nov. 24, 2008)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CINCINNATI - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads 21-15 Last Game: Feb. 7, 1991; at Cincinnati 76, Florida State 67 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 10, 1991; at Florida State 72, Cincinnati 67 Last Cincinnati Win: Feb. 7, 1991; at Cincinnati 76, Florida State 67 Last Florida State Win on a neutral court: March 11, 1988; Florida State 84, Cincinnati 74 Last Cincinnati win on a neutral court: March 8, 1990; Cincinnati 65, Florida State 64 Current Streak: Cincinnati has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Cincinnati: First Meeting
FLORIDA STATE VS. CINCINNATI – THE LAST GAME
Cincinnati outscored Florida State, 46-36, in the second half to earn a 76-67 victory over the Seminoles on Feb. 7, 1991. Keith Starks led five Bearcats in double figure scoring as they erased a one-point halftime deficit to gin the victory. Douglas Edwards scored a game-high 22 points for the Seminoles who were playing their final season in the Metro Conference. Michael Polite scored 10 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the game. Cincinnati won the game from both the 3-point and free throw lines as they outscored Florida State 15-3 and 13-5 from those distances in the second half of the game. Cincinnati outscored the Seminoles 27-9 from the 3-point line and 21-14 from the free throw line for the game. Herbert Jones scored a team-high 17 points – including 11 in the second half – to lead Cincinnati.