Jan. 22, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won two consecutive ACC games, travels to play its third conference road game of the season as they play at Boston College Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. It marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles will play at the Silvio Conte Forum against the Eagles, who are playing their second season in the ACC. Florida State’s game against Boston College is only the second between the two teams in the two respective histories of the two programs. The Seminoles enter Wednesday’s game having won two consecutive games with victories over No. 23 Virginia Tech (Jan. 17, 82-73) and Miami (Jan. 20, , 86-67) and play Boston College hoping to win their third consecutive ACC game for the first time since the 1994-95 season. Florida State is 11-1 at home, 2-4 on the road and 1-0 on a neutral court this season and has two victories over ranked teams – current No. 1 Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66) and against No. 23 Virginia Tech (Jan. 17, 82-73). Following Tuesday’s game against Boston College, the Seminoles return home for two games against Wake Forest (Jan. 27, 4:00 p.m.) and Maryland (Jan. 30, 8:00 p.m.).
THORNTON IN THE STRATOSPHERE OF ACC PLAYERS
All-America, National and ACC player of the Year candidate Al Thornton averaged 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in leading the Seminoles to a pair of ACC wins including victories over No. 23 Virginia Tech and Miami last week to help Florida State raise its record to 14-5 and 2-3 in the ACC. Thornton continued his season-long scoring barrage with 27 points against the Hokies and 15 against the Hurricanes while shooting .583 from the field (14-of-24) and .929 from the free throw line (13-of-14). Thornton scored 27 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in THE SECOND HALF of the Seminoles’ victory over No. 23 Virginia Tech on Jan. 17. He finished the game with 27 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocked shots in 37 minutes. With his performance, he earned his 12th career double-double and his 17th career scoring game of 20 or more points.
THORNTON BY THE NUMBERS
All-America, National and ACC player of the Year candidate Al Thornton has now scored in double figures in 49 of his last 55 games in all 19 games for the Seminoles this season. He leads the ACC in conference only scoring with a 22.0 points per game average and is ranked fourth in the ACC in overall games scoring with a career-high 17.7 points per game scoring average. Thornton has scored at least 20 points in three of his four ACC games this season (22.8 ppg). Thornton is looking to become the second Seminole to finish in the top four in the ACC in scoring in the last four years – Tim Pickett finished fourth in 2004.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Boston College and earn their third consecutive ACC victory. It would mark the first time since the 1994-95 season that the Seminoles would win three consecutive conference games.
…Defeat Boston College and win its first ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles won at Virginia (Jan. 11, 2006, 87-82 in overtime), at Wake Forest (Jan. 24, 75-68) and at Miami (March 5, 67-64) during the 2005-06 season and have won three of their last eight ACC games since winning at Virginia last season.
THE LAST TIME<
The last time Florida State won three consecutive ACC games was during the 1994-95 season when the Seminoles defeated NC State at home (Jan. 15, 1994, 107-79), won at Clemson (Jan. 18, 67-66) and defeated Duke (Jan. 21, 78-75). The Seminoles won a school-record six consecutive games during the 1992-93 season when they won 25 games, finished in second place in the ACC with a 12-4 record and advanced to within one game of the second Final Four in school history as they advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
FLORIDA STATE IN ITS LAST THREE GAMES…
…Has scored at least 80 points and is averaging 82.7 points scored per game. The Seminoles are averaging 6.7 points more in the last three games (82.7 ppg) than they are for the entire season (76.0). The Seminoles are 9-0 when they score at least 80 points this season;
…Is shooting .497 from the field (79-of-159) and has shot better than 50 percent from the field in two of the last three games. The Seminoles are ranked fourth in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage and have shot better than 50 percent from the field eight times in 19 games this season;
…Is shooting .481 from the 3-point line (26-of-54) and has shot 50 percent or better from the bonusphere twice in the last three games. The Seminoles shot a season-high .565 and made a season-high 13 3-point shots in their victory over Miami on Saturday;
…Is shooting .853 from the free throw line (64-of-75) and has made an average of 21 free throws in each game since Jan. 13. The Seminoles shot .912 (31-of-34) from the free throw line in their victory over No. 23 Virginia Tech (Jan. 17) and have shot better than 80 percent from the line in six of their 19 games this season;
FEWER TURNOVERS LEAD TO FLORIDA STATE WINS
Florida State committed a season-low eight turnovers in its victory over Miami on Saturday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles were very good with the basketball throughout the games and were charged with four turnovers in each half – both low statistics for Florida State for a half this season. Florida State commits nearly three fewer turnovers and allows nearly five points less off turnovers in its 14 wins this season as compared to its five wins this season.
Ball Stability Leads To Seminole Victories Games TO/Game Pts Allowed off TO Notes 5 Losses 17.4 20.0 21 TO vs. Wisconsin and Clemson 14 Wins 14.6 15.2 10 TO vs. Florida / 8 TO vs. Miami
FLORIDA STATE IMPROVING THEIR ASSIST:TURNOVER RATIO
Florida State’s starting guards (Toney Douglas, Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann) were credited with 12 assists and only two turnovers in the Seminoles’ victory over Miami on Saturday. Their play allowed the Seminoles to enjoy the most error free game of the season as they were charged with only eight turnovers during the game. Florida State has a better than 1:1 assist:turnover ratio in its last five games as compared to their ratio of 0.9 for the entire season.
Seminoles Sharing And Holding Onto The Basketball Games A TO A:TO Ratio Notes Last 5 72 71 1.01:1 21 assists and 8 to in win over Miami Last 6 95 82 1.16:1 23 assists and 11 to in win over Providence Last 7 111 98 1.13:1 16 assists and 16 to in win over Saint Peter's Last 8 126 110 1.15:1 15 assists and 12 to in win over C. Carolina
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES TO LEAD ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Boston College as the ACC leader in team free throw shooting percentage with a .777 mark for the season. The Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent in 16 of their 19 games this season and 80 percent or better in six of their 19 games. If the season ended with Florida State shooting exactly the free throw percentage they are shooting entering Tuesday’s game, the Seminoles percentage would be a school record and would rank fifth in conference history for highest percentage in a single season.
All-Time ACC Team Free Throw Percentage Leaders Rank Season Team FTM FTA Pct. 1. 2003-04 NC State 481 602 .799 2. 1977-78 Duke 665 841 .791 3. 1972-73 Duke 496 632 .785 4. 1983-84 N. Carolina 551 704 .783 5 2006-07 Florida State 278 358 .777
FLORIDA STATE ON TARGET FROM LONG RANGE
Led by a career-high tying four three-point shots by junior Isaiah Swann, Florida State made a season-high 13 3-point shots in the Seminoles’ victory over Miami on Saturday. The Seminoles’ 13 total 3-point shots was the most by the team since making 13 against Texas Southern during the 2005-06 season and is tied for the second most long range shots in Florida State’s ACC history.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #12 Al Thornton (17.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg; 37 pts and 6 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 14, 2006) F #41 Uche Echefu (7.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 14, 2006) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.4 ppg, 3.3 apg; 14 pts and 8 asts vs. Boston College, Jan. 14, 2006) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.5 ppg, 2.9 apg; First career game vs. Boston College) G #25 Jason Rich (10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 7 pts and 2 asts vs. Boston College, Jan. 14, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (5.3 ppg, 2.4 apg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Boston College, Jan. 14, 2006) G #11 Jerel Allen (5.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 14, 2006) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg; First career game vs. Boston College) F #42 Ryan Reid (3.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg; First career game vs. Boston College)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BOSTON COLLEGE F #3 Jared Dudley (18.7 ppg, 9.0 rpg; 25 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 14, 2006) F #34 Shamari Spears (8.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) C #32 John Oates (4.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan, 14, 2006) G #4 Tyrese Rice (16.2 ppg, 5.9 apg; 3 pts and 1 stl vs. Florida State, Jan. 14, 2006) G #23 Sean Marshall (16.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 12 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 14, 2006)
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Boston College leads, 1-0 Last Game: Jan. 14, 2006; at Boston College 90, Florida State 87 Last Florida State Win: None Last Boston College Win: Jan. 14, 2006; at Boston College 90, Florida State 87 Last Florida State win in Chestnut Hill: None Last Boston College win in Chestnut Hill: Jan. 14, 2006; at Boston College 90, Florida State 87 Current Streak vs. Boston College: Boston College has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Boston College: 7-9 (7-8 at Miami and 0-1 at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE – THE LAST GAME
Craig Smith had 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 15 Boston College over Florida State 90-87 despite a career-high 37 points from Al Thornton on Jan. 14, 2006 in Chestnut Hill. Jared Dudley scored 25 points for BC including a second-chance dunk that put the Eagles up 85-81 after Florida State hit two 3-pointers to cut a 14-point deficit to two. Alexander Johnson hit a 3 with 2:07 left, and Todd Galloway made one with 1:17 left to make it 83-81. Louis Hinnant of the Eagles drove to the basket but missed, but Sean Williams got the rebound and tucked a pass underneath to Dudley, who slammed it through. Thornton made a couple of running bank shots, but Hinnant made four straight foul shots in the final 28 seconds and intercepted a desperation inbounds pass with 0.5 seconds left to clinch it. Hinnant had 12 points and six assists for BC, which trailed by 11 points in the first half before opening an 80-66 lead with 5:36 to play. Thornton had 17 points in the first half and made three baskets in the final 29 seconds for the Seminoles. In all, he was 15-of-18 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line to surpass the career scoring high he set in a victory over Alcorn State on Nov. 21. Florida State led 33-22 in the first half before BC scored eight consecutive points, four on putbacks, to cut the deficit to three. The Eagles trailed 38-34 at halftime. The Eagles were 1-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half and 8-for-12 in the second, making five in a row early in the second half to turn a two-point deficit into a six-point lead.