Dec. 13, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Riding a three-game winning streak, Florida State plays Bowling Green in the Coors Classic at the Mitchell Center in Mobile, Ala., Dec. 17 at 8:30 p.m. EST. The game is the second contest of a doubleheader with South Alabama playing host to Houston in the first game. For the Seminoles, playing in the classic consists of only one game against the Falcons with no second game to be played. Florida State will play in two classic events in the month of December with its second appearance coming in the Orange Bowl Classic against Nebraska on Dec. 31 in Sunrise, Fla. The Seminoles’ game against Bowling Green is their first in 10 days with their last game coming as a 90-59 victory over Texas Southern on Dec. 7 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ game against Bowling Green is also their first of two neutral site games during the 2005-06 regular season with its second coming against Nebraska with that game being played in Bank One Center – the home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. Following Saturday’s game against Bowling Green, the Seminoles play host to Stetson (Dec. 20, 7 p.m.) and Campbell (Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m.) before taking time away from the court to celebrate the holiday season.
SEMINOLES BRING THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK INTO COORS CLASSIC
Florida State brings a three-game winning streak into its game against Bowling Green in the Coors Classic on Saturday. The Seminoles have won each of their three games since a Nov. 29 victory over Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge by an average of 31.3 points. Florida State defeated Purdue by 40 points (97-57), Louisiana Monroe by 23 points (85-62) and Texas Southern by 31 points (90-59). The Seminoles are averaging 90.6 points allowed and surrendering 59.3 points in their last three games. The Seminoles have scored 85 or more points nearly as many times in the last three games (three) as they did during the entire 2004-05 season (four).
MIMS IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Sophomore Ralph Mims is tied for first nationally and ranks first in the ACC in free throw shooting percentage. He has made 17 of 17 attempts from the line this season. He is one of ten players in Division I who is perfect on at least 10 free throws attempted.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Bowling Green and up its record to 6-1. It will mark the second-best seven game start during the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State. Hamilton’s 2003-04 team won its first 10 games and had a 10-0 record before suffering its first loss;
…Defeat Bowling Green and win its season-high fourth consecutive game of the season. The last time the Seminoles won four consecutive games was during the 2003-04 season when they defeated Fairleigh Dickinson (Dec. 6), Miami (Dec. 14), Wagner (Dec. 18) and Chicago State (Dec. 20) in successive games to raise their record to 10-0;
…Defeat Bowling Green and gain its sixth win in seven games this season. The Seminoles did not gain their sixth win last season until their 11th game on Dec. 21, 2004;
…Defeat Bowling Green and gain a victory over a team from the Mid-American Conference for the first time since defeating Toledo (March 7, 1980; 94-91) in the first round of the 1980 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles are 4-4 all-time against MAC teams – a league which was founded in 1946.
TAKING A LOOK AT FLORIDA STATE’S STATISTICS…
…Florida State has made nearly as many free throws (107) as its opponents have attempted (108) through the first six games of the season;
…A total of 12 Seminoles (each of Florida State’s scholarship players) are averaging at least 12 minutes of playing per game through the first six games of the season. A total of 10 players averaged at least 12 minutes of play for the Seminoles during the 2004-05 season;
…All 14 players on Florida State’s roster have scored at least two points through the first six games of the season;
…Florida State’s bench players are shooting .517 from the field (65-of-120) and have scored 40 percent of the teams points total through the first six games of the season (204 of 501);
…Florida State’s players have earned as many 30-point scoring games this season (one; 31 by Al Thornton vs. Alcorn State) as they did during the entire 2004-05 season (One, 30 by Von Wafer vs. Wake Forest);
…Florida State’s players have earned nearly as many double-doubles this season (four; two by Al Thornton, one by Diego Romero and one by Jason Rich) as they did during the entire 2004-05 season (five);
…Florida State’s current three-game winning steak is longer than any winning streak it put together during the 2004-05 season;
…Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Bowling Green averaging 83.5 points per game after averaging 68.6 points scored per game – an improvement of nearly 15 points scored per game. The Seminoles have not averaged more than 80 points per game in a single season since the 1992-93 season when the Bob Sura-Sam Cassell-Charlie Ward Seminoles averaged 86.3 points per game in advancing to within one game of the NCAA Final Four.
AT THE HALF
Florida State has outscored each of its first six opponents in the first half and four of its six opponents in the second half. The Seminoles have outscored their opponents by 116 points and hold a +19.3 scoring margin in the first 20 minutes and have outscored their opponents by 18 points and hold a +3.0 scoring margin in the second half of its first six games. Florida State has led at halftime of every game this season by at least eight points (38-30 vs. Florida) and by as many as 35 points (52-29 vs. Purdue).
FLORIDA STATE CONNECTING FROM LONG RANGE
Florida State leads the ACC in 3-point field goals made per game with an average of 8.3 per game. With all 12 scholarship having made at least one 3-point field goal so far this season, the Seminoles have made at least five 3-point field goals in each of their six games. The Seminoles’ made 13 shots from the bonusphere in their victory over Texas Southern – a total that ranks tied for fifth in school history for 3-point field goals made in a single game.
SEMINOLES HOLDING ONTO THE BALL
Florida State, which ranks first in the ACC in turnover margin (+5.67), has a positive assist:turnover margin in the last three games. The Seminoles have accounted for 46 assists and 44 turnovers during their current three-game winning streak. Florida State has improved its assist:turnover margin from 0.6:1 (40 assists and 59 turnovers) through the first three games to nearly 1:1 with 83 assists and 103 turnovers for the season.
HAMILTON NAMES TEAM TRI-CAPTAINS
Florida State’s senior trio of Todd Galloway, Diego Romero and Andrew Wilson are the Seminoles’ tri-captains for the 2005-06 season as named by fourth-year Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Galloway and Wilson are in their fourth season while Romero is playing his third season playing for Hamilton and all will earn degrees in the spring – Galloway and Romero will earn their undergraduate degrees and Wilson his master’s degree in sports administration. Hamilton’s announcement of team tri-captains is the first time he has named team captains during his tenure at Florida State. “This is the right time and these are the right players to lead our team this season,” said Hamilton. “All three are high quality individuals with a great deal of integrity who have really matured during their careers at Florida State. The leadership they will provide to their teammates will undoubtedly help our team reach our goals during the season.”
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE... F #12 Al Thornton (16.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg; 14.7 points and 5.0 rebs on current 3-game win streak) F #32 Alexander Johnson (9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 10.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg on current 3-game win streak) G #3 Isaiah Swann (8.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 9.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg on current 3-game win streak) G #4 Todd Galloway (7.2 ppg, 4.5 apg; 7.7 ppg and 4.7 apg on current 3-game win streak) G #21 Jason Rich (10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 10.7 ppg and 6.3 rebs on current 3-game win streak) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #20 Andrew Wilson (6.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 7.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg on current 3-game win streak) F #25 Diego Romero (6.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 5.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg on current 3-game win streak) G #10 Ralph Mims (5.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 6.3 ppg and 2.8 apg on current 3-game win streak) F #15 Casaan Breeden (5.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 6.0 ppg and 2.3 rpg on current 3-game win streak) F #41 Uche Echefu (4.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 3.3 ppg and 3.7 rpg on current 3-game win streak)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BOWLING GREEN F #30 Mawel Soler (8.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 7 pts and 11 rebs vs. Oakland, 11/30/05) F #34 Erik Marschall (10.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Oakland, 11/30/05) F #41 Matt Lefeld (9.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 13 pts and 6 rebs vs. Oakland, 11/30/05) G #23 Patrick Phillips (1.4 ppg. 2.2 rpg; 5 pts and 6 rebs vs. Urbana, 11/18/05) G #25 Martin Samarco (19.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 27 pts and 7 rebs vs. Bradley, 12/3/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOWLING GREEN- A SERIES HISTORY The Series: First Meeting Last Game: First Meeting Last Florida State Win: First Meeting Last Bowling Green Win: First Meeting Last Florida State Win On Neutral Court: First Meeting Last Bowling Green Win On Neutral Court: First Meeting Florida State vs. Bowling Green, Current Streak: First Meeting Leonard Hamilton vs. Bowling Green: First Meeting
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Florida State has a 4-4 record all-time in games against teams from the Mid-American Conference. The Seminoles are a perfect 2-0 against Toledo, 1-2 against Kent State and Ohio and 0-1 against Miami (Ohio). Florida State’s most recent game against a team from the MAC came in the 2004 Corpus Christi Caller Times Challenge when it dropped a 69-59 decision to Kent State in a game played in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Seminoles most recently defeated a team from the MAC during the 1980 NCAA Tournament with a 94-91 victory over Toledo. That game, coincidently, was play in Bowling Green, Ky. With the victory over Toledo, the Seminoles advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Kentucky by a 97-78 score. The commissioner of the MAC is Rick Chryst, who was an assistant commissioner at the ACC during the 1990’s.
SEMINOLES HOLDING ONTO THE BALL – NOTE II
Florida State has done a much better job of holding onto the basketball during its current three-game winning streak and is averaging only 14.7 turnovers in their victories over Purdue (season-low 13 turnovers), Louisiana Monroe (14 turnovers) and Texas Southern (17 turnovers).