Feb. 6, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won four of its last five games and vaulted itself into a tie for fifth in the ACC standings, travels to play at Clemson Wednesday night in a game beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Seminoles have won three straight ACC games with victories over Wake Forest (Jan. 2, 82-73), Maryland (Jan. 30, 96-79) and at Duke (Feb. 4, 68-67) and enter their game against Clemson looking to earn their fourth consecutive conference win. A victory over Clemson would give Florida State four consecutive ACC wins for the first time since the 1992-93 season when it won a school record six straight ACC games on its way to a 25-10 overall record, a 12-4 record in conference play (second place finish) and an appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles’ victory on the road against Duke was it first conference road win of the season and fourth in the last two seasons. In the last two years, Florida State has victories at Virginia, at Wake Forest, at Miami and at Duke. The Seminoles win in Cameron Indoor Stadium was their first in school history at the venerable gym in Durham. Florida State is 13-1 at home, 3-5 on the road and 1-0 at a neutral site this season. The Seminoles are in the midst of playing 16 consecutive ACC games with two games at home against Boston College (Feb. 11, 3 p.m.) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 13, 8:00 p.m.) following Wednesday’s game at Clemson.
THORNTON MAINTAINS POSTION AS ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds in Florida State’s victory over No. 8/10 Duke on Sunday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. He has now scored at least 20 points in four consecutive ACC games and leads the league in scoring in ACC games with a 22.8 points per game average. Thornton leads the ACC with 12 20+ point scoring games, ranks second in the ACC with 13 career double-doubles and is ranked in the top-10in the overall ACC statistics in scoring (third, 18.7 ppg), rebounding (10th, 6.7 rpg), free throw shooting percentage (fourth, .850) and field goal percentage (6th, .540).
THORNTON NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK BY DICK VITALE
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton was named the co-national player of the week for averaging a near double-double of 24.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Seminoles’ victories over Maryland and No. 8/10 Duke. Thornton shared the honor with Iowa’s Adam Haluska who averaged 25.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in Hawkeye wins over Michigan and Indiana.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Clemson and win its second consecutive ACC road game. It would mark the first time since the 1992-93 season that the Seminoles had won consecutive games played on the road. The Seminoles won at Maryland (Feb. 13, 87-84) and at Virginia (Feb. 17, 72-71) on their way to a 12-4 record and a second place finish in the conference standings;
…Defeat Clemson and gain a win at Clemson for the first time since March 1, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated the Tigers, 75-63, in Littlejohn Coliseum;
…Defeat Clemson and win its fourth consecutive ACC game for the first time since the 1992-93 season and the 12th time in school history. The Seminoles win at least four consecutive games five times during the 1991-92 season and six times during the 1992-93 season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS DEFEATED TWO TOP-10 TEAMS
Florida State has defeated two teams ranked in the nation’s top-10 at the time of the game this season. The Seminoles defeated No. 4/4 (and current No. 1 ranked) Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66) and stopped No. 8/10 Duke (Feb. 4, 68-67). The Seminoles’ victories over Florida and Duke mark the second time in school history they have beaten the Gators and Blue Devils in the same season and the seventh time in school history they have defeated at least two top-10 ranked teams in the same season. Entering the college basketball week of Feb. 5, the Seminoles are one of only 11 teams nationally who have earned wins over two teop-10 teams this season.
FLORIDA STATE RANKED SECOND NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PCT.
Florida State, which has shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in 16 of their last 17 games, is ranked second in the nation with its’ .782 free throw percentage. The Seminoles’ shot .727 (eight-of-11) in their victory over No. 8/10 Duke on Sunday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Florida State shot 80 percent (16-of-20) from the line in its first game of the season against Clemson.
SEMINOLES BUILDING UP ACC VICTORY TOTAL
Florida State’s first ever victory in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday gave the Seminoles their fifth ACC victory of the season. The Seminoles have now won five of their last six ACC games since starting the ACC season with an 0-3 record. The Seminoles’ five wins this season combined with their nine wins during the 2005-06 season (9-7 record, fifth place finish in the ACC standings) five those 14 ACC wins in the last two seasons with seven conference games remaining to be played beginning Wednesday at Clemson. Florida State’s nine ACC wins in the last two seasons ranks as the third highest ACC victory total over a two-year period since it joined the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season.
SEMINOLES STEAKING IN THEIR LAST SIX GAMES
Florida State is one of the ACC hottest teams entering Wednesday’s game against Clemson as it has won three consecutive and five of its last six games. The Seminoles have defeated two ranked teams (No. 23/25 Virginia Tech and No. 8/10 Duke), won on the road (at Duke for the first time in school history) and won five consecutive home games.
FLORIDA STATE BY THE NUMBERS IN THE LAST SIX GAMES…
…Florida State is shooting .506 from the field (167-of-330) in their last six games. The Seminoles shot a season-high .617 (37-of-60) from the field in their victory over Maryland (Jan. 30, 96-79) and .509 (29-of-57) in their win over Miami (Jan. 20, 86-67);
…Florida State is averaging 81.3 points scored per game in its last six games. The Seminoles scored their season high of 96 points in their victory over Maryland and have scored more than 80 points in four of their last six games;
…Florida State is shooting .457 from the 3-point line (48-of-105) in its last six games. The Seminoles made a season-high 13 3-point field goals in their victory over Miami and averaging 8.0 3-point field goals made per game in the last six games;
…Florida State is shooting .828 from the free throw line (106-of-128) in its last six games. The Seminoles made a season-high 31 free throws and shot .912 from the line in their victory over Virginia Tech (Jan. 17);
…Florida State is out-rebounding its opponents in the last six games by an average of four rebounds a game. The Seminoles are averaging 31.5 rebounds as compared to their opponents 27.5 rebounds in the last six games and have outrebounded three of their last six opponents.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #12 Al Thornton (18.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg; 19 pts and 6 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 3, 2007) F #41 Uche Echefu (7.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 7 pts and 3 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 3, 2007) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.0 ppg, 3.2 apg; 13 pts and 5 asts vs. Clemson, Jan. 3, 2007) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.6 ppg, 2.8 apg; 7 pts and 5 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 3, 2007) G #25 Jason Rich (11.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 13 pts and 6 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 1, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (5.0 ppg, 2.3 apg; 4 pts and 1 ast vs. Clemson, Jan. 3, 2006 G #11 Jerel Allen (5.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 6 pts and 1 asts vs. Clemson, Feb. 1, 2006) F #15 Casaan Breeden (3.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 4, 2006) F #42 Ryan Reid (2.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 2 pts and 4 rebs vs. Clemson, Jan. 3, 2007)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON F #32 Sam Perry (4.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 4 pts and 2 stls vs. Florida State, Jan. 3, 2007) F #40 James Mays (13.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg; 14 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 3, 2007) C #35 Trevor Booker (9.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 4 pts and 9 rebs v. Florida State, Jan. 3, 2007) G #3 Vernon Hamilton (12.3 ppg, 3.6 apg; 19 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 3, 2007) G #25 Cliff Hammonds (11.0 ppg, 3.6 apg; 11 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 1, 2006)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 25-22 Last Game: Jan. 3, 2007; Clemson 68, at Florida State 66 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 1, 2006; at Florida State 69, Clemson 59 Last Clemson Win: Jan. 3, 2007; Clemson 68, at Florida State 66 Last Florida State win in Clemson: March 3, 2001; Florida State 75, at Clemson 63 Last Clemson win in Clemson: Jan. 4, 2006; at Clemson 61, Florida State 55 Current Streak vs. Clemson: Clemson has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 3-7 (all at Florida State)
LORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON – THE LAST GAME
Cliff Hammonds’ lay-up with 3 seconds left lifted No. 23 Clemson to a 68-66 win over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools on Jan. 3 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Vernon Hamilton, who led Clemson with 19 points, brought the ball up and fired a pass to Hammonds for the winner. Hammonds also made a 3-pointer with two minutes left to put the Tigers in front 64-62. Florida State had tied it with 6.5 seconds left on a tip-in by Ryan Reid. Clemson led by as many as a dozen, 41-29 late in the first half, but Florida State tied it at 56 on Al Thornton’s basket with 5:45 left and led 62-61 on a Toney Douglas free throw with 2:20 to go. Hamilton shot eight-for-11 from the floor, including three-of-five from behind the 3-point arc. K.C. Rivers added 16 points and James Mays 14 for Clemson, which shot 47.6 percent and managed a 32-30 rebounding advantage behind freshman Trevor Booker’s nine boards. Thornton led the Seminoles with 19 points. Isaiah Swann scored 13 points and Jason Rich added 12 for Florida State, which shot 46 percent and made 16 of 20 foul shots. Clemson was 2-of-5 from the free-throw line.