Jan. 12, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays its second consecutive ACC road game as it travels to play at Georgia Tech on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against the Yellow Jackets is their sixth true road game of the season and the third away from home in their last four outings. Florida State began its current four-game stretch with a neutral site victory over Providence of the Big East (Dec. 29, 92-62, St. Pete Time Forum in Tampa, Fla.), before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play at home against Clemson (Jan. 3) and at North Carolina (Jan. 7). The Seminoles are 2-3 in true road games and are 3-3 in games played away from the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State has 12 victories in its first 16 games of the 2006-07 season – it didn’t earn its 12th victory last season until a 75-68 victory at Wake Forest on Jan. 24. The Seminoles have played 16 games so far this season and have 14 regular season games (all against ACC competition) remaining on their schedule. Following Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles play host to Virginia Tech (Jan. 17, 7:00 p.m.) and Miami (Jan. 20, 2:00 p.m.) before traveling to Boston College (Jan. 23, 7:00 p.m.).
THORNTON CONTINUES TO MAKE HIS ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR CASE
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored his 11th career double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds against No. 2/2 North Carolina on Sunday in Chapel Hill. It marked the 16th consecutive game he has scored in double figures and the sixth time in the last two seasons (and fifth time against an ACC Opponent) that he has scored 25 or more points in a single game. He is one of only five ACC players who has scored 20 or more points a total of six or more times this season. Thornton’s 11 career double-doubles are ranked second among active ACC players. In addition, his 29 point scoring total is the highest point total by an ACC player against an ACC team this season. Thornton enters Saturday’s game averaging a career-high 17.1 points per game.
THORNTON GAINING ON INCLUSION IN 1,000 POINT/500 REBOUND CLUB
All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech steaming towards the Seminoles’ prestigious 1,000 point/500 rebound club. He enters Florida State’s game against Georgia Tech with 1,105 points and 485 rebounds – he needs only 15 rebounds to become only the 16th player in school history with at least 1,000 career points scored and at least 500 rebounds earned.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST THE NATION’S BEST
Florida State is one of two teams in the nation to have already played the No. 1 (North Carolina), No. 2 (Florida) and No. 3 (Wisconsin) ranked teams in this week’s Associated Press poll. The Seminoles and Ohio State are the only two teams in the nation who have played the Tar Heels, Gators and Badgers this season. Florida State is 1-2 against the trio while Ohio State is 0-3 against the three teams. The Seminoles defeated then No. 4/4 Florida (Dec. 3, 70-66) in Tallahassee.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State is ranked first in the ACC with a .756 free throw shooting percentage. Individually, seven of the Seminoles’ nine regulars are shooting better than 70 percent from the line through the first 16 games of the season.
?LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win the second of two games it has played in the city of Atlanta this season. The Seminoles won at Georgia State (Dec. 7, 87-55) in the second game and a two-game road swing – similar to their swing of games at North Carolina and at Georgia Tech;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and earn at win over the Yellow Jackets on the road for the first time since Jan. 9, 1999. A Seminole win would break a six-game winless streak against Georgia Tech in Atlanta;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and break its current two-game longest streak – its’ longest of the season. The Seminoles have not lost more than two consecutive games since Feb. of 2005.
IN THE NCAA STATISTICS…
…Florida State is ranked 13th in the nation with its .756 free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles shot .704 as a team during the 2005-06 season;
…Florida State is ranked 28th in the nation with its 9.3 steals per game average. The Seminoles averaged 8.7 steals per game during the 2005-06 season;
…Florida State is ranked 41st in the nation with its .484 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles’ shot .479 as a team during the 2005-06 season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS…
…Blocked nearly as many shots in 16 games this season (65/4.1 bpg) as it did as a team during the entire 2005-06 season (72/2.4 bpg). The Seminoles are ranked seventh in the ACC in blocked shots this season after ranking 12th in the ACC during the 2005-06 season;
…Allowed its opponents to score an average of 65.4 points per game after surrendering an average of 69.2 points per game last season. The Seminoles are allowing an average of 3.8 points fewer per game this season as compared to the 2005-06 season;
…Made more than 75 percent of its free throws through the first 16 games of the season. The Seminoles have never made more than 75 percent of their free throws in a single season;
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE…
…Florida State leads the ACC and is ranked 13th in the nation with its .756 free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles have shot better that 75 percent from the free throw line in 10 of its 16 games this season;
…Florida State has made nearly as many free throws (214) as its opponents have attempted (237) through the first 16 games of the season. The Seminoles have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted in nine of their 16 games this season;
…Florida State has shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in nine of its last 10 games. The Seminoles shot better that 70 percent from the line in each game during their eight-game winning streak (Dec. 3 through Dec. 29) and have shoot better than 70 percent in 13 of their 16 games this season.
FLORIDA STATE ON THE BLOCKS…
…Florida State is ranked seventh in the ACC with 65 blocked shots (4.1 bpg). The Seminoles have blocked at least at least one shot in each of its 16 games this season and turned back a season-high nine shots in its victory over High Point (Dec. 18);
…Florida State has blocked 65 shots in the first 16 games of the 2006-07 season. The Seminoles did not record their 65th blocked shot of the 2005-06 season until their 26th game against Duke on March 1;
…Florida State has blocked at least one shot in each of its 16 games this season. It blocked at least one shot in 28 of its 30 games during the 2005-06 season;
…Florida State ranked 12th in the ACC last season with 72 blocked shots and a 2.4 blocked shots per game average.
SEMINOLES IMPROVING THEIR ASSIST:TURNOVER RATIO
Florida State’s guards have significantly improved their assist:turnover ratio in recent games. The Seminoles have a positive ratio in the last five games to go along with a 3-2 record. Florida State enjoyed its best assist:turnover ratio of the season with a season-high 23 assists against only 11 turnovers. The Seminoles committed a near season-low 11 turnovers in their 30-point victory over Providence. The Friars subsequently defeated No. 22 Marquette in their Big East opener last week.
Seminoles Taking Care Of The Ball Game A TO A:TO Ratio Notes vs. Coastal 15 12 1.3:1 Florida State wins at home, 78-65 vs. Saint Peter's 16 16 1.1:1 Florida State wins at home, 76-63 vs. Providence 23 11 2.1:1 Florida State wins on neutral ct, 92-62 vs. Clemson 10 21 0.5:1 Florida State falls at home, 68-66 at North Carolina 14 11 1.3:1 Florida State falls on the road, 84-58 Totals 78 71 1.1:1 3-2 record in last five games
REBOUNDING IS IMPORTANT TO THE SEMINOLES
Florida State has won each of the eight games during which it has outrebounded its opponent this season. The Seminoles, conversely, are 4-4 in the eight games in which they have been outrebounded including their first two ACC games against Clemson and North Carolina.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #12 Al Thornton (17.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 20 pts and 7 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 20, 2005) F #41 Uche Echefu (6.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 5 pts and 2 stls vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.3 ppg, 3.3 apg; 13 pts and 3 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) G #23 Toney Douglas (13.1 ppg, 2.4 apg; First career game against Georgia Tech) G #25 Jason Rich (10.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 12 pts and 4 asts vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #10 Ralph Mims (5.3 ppg, 2.4 apg; 2 rebs and 1 stl vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) G #11 Jerel Allen (5.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 2 rebs and 2 stls vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg; 5 pts and 0 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Feb. 9, 2006) F #42 Ryan Reid (3.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg; First career game against Georgia Tech)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GEORGIA TECH F #11 Mouhammad Faye (4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg; First career game against Florida State) F #32 Jeremis Smith (9.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg; 6 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 9, 2006) F #33 Thaddeus Young (14.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg; First career game against Florida State) C #4 Ra'Dean Dickey (9.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg; 19 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 9, 2006) G #1 Javaris Crittenton (13.7 ppg, 5.9 apg; First career game vs. Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH -- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 29-25 Last Game: Feb. 9, 2006; at Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 80 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 9, 2006; at Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 80 Last Georgia Tech Win: Feb. 20, 2005; Georgia Tech 76, at Florida State 75 Last Florida State win in Atlanta: Jan. 9, 1999, Florida State 75, Georgia Tech 56 Last Georgia Tech win in Atlanta: Feb. 2, 2005; Georgia Tech 64, Florida State 60 Current Streak vs. Georgia Tech: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 3-5
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST GAME
Andrew Wilson’s 3-point shot with 1:32 left capped a 24-9 finish as Florida State defeated Georgia Tech 80-79, handing the Yellow Jackets their eighth consecutive loss on Feb. 9, 2006 in Tallahassee. Neither team managed to score in the final 91 seconds and Jeremis Smith’s desperation shot from midcourt bounced harmlessly off the backboard as the buzzer sounded. Georgia Tech got the ball back for that final shot with 4.4 seconds left after Florida State’s Ralph Mims missed two free throws. Wilson, a sixth-year senior from the Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw, Ga., made three of five tries from 3-point distance and finished with 10 points. Alexander Johnson led the Seminoles with 14 points, including a slam dunk that tied the ragged contest at 77 with 2:06 left. Georgia Tech, which led for practically all of the game, built a 70-56 lead with 9:17 left on a jumper by Lewis Clinch. A trio of sophomores paced Georgia Tech. Ra’Sean Dickey and Zam Fredrick each scored 19 points and Anthony Morrow finished with 17 while Smith’s game-high 11 rebounds helped the Jackets to a 37-28 advantage. The Seminoles leading scorer and rebounder on the season, Al Thornton was in foul trouble all night and fouled out with 10 points in 16 minutes playing time.
Each of the last four games in this series has been decided by four points or less and by an average of 2.0 points per game.