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Seminoles Travel To Play Wisconsin In ACC/Big Ten Challenge Tuesday At 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 26, 2006

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Florida State travels to play its second consecutive top-15 opponent as it visits No. 11/11 Wisconsin the eighth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles meet the Badgers for the first time in the history of the challenge and for the first time since the 1961-62 season when the Badgers defeated the Seminoles, 64-63, in a game played in Madison. The game at Wisconsin marked the only time Florida State and Wisconsin have played in the sport of basketball. The Seminoles are on the road to play their second consecutive top-15 opponent after traveling to play at then No. 3/3 Pitt Friday night. The game is also the second of three consecutive games against nationally ranked teams as Florida State plays host to No. 1/1 Florida Sunday night in Tallahassee. The string of three consecutive non-conference top-10 teams marks the second time in Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles tenure that Florida State has played top-10 opponents in three consecutive games. Previously, the Seminoles played three consecutive top-10 ranked ACC teams in a three-game stretch during the 2003-04 season and recorded a 2-1 record against No. 7 North Carolina, No. 10 Wake Forest and No. 1 Duke.

Florida State has won four consecutive games and is undefeated, 4-0, in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State is 2-1 in road games during the event with a victory (in 1999) and a loss (in 2001) on the road against Northwestern and a win at Minnesota (in 2005). Florida State defeated Northwestern, 60-46, in the inaugural ACC/Big 10 Challenge in 1999. The Seminoles defeated Purdue, 97-57, at home in the 2005 Challenge to set the all-time mark for largest margin of victory (+40) and have won each of their games in the Challenge since an 80-67 victory over Iowa in the 2002 Challenge.

Leonard Hamilton IN THE ACC/BIG 10 CHALLENGE
With the Seminoles’ 97-57 victory over Purdue in the 2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton remained undefeated in the annual clash between two of the top conferences in the nation. Hamilton is one of only three coaches in the history of the event with an undefeated (4-0) record (he is joined by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (7-0) and Clemson’s Oliver Purnell (2-0) as unbeaten coaches in the challenge. Florida State’s current four-game winning streak in the challenge is third only to Duke (current seven straight) and Wake Forest (five straight from 1999-2003).

All-America, National and ACC Player of the Year candidate Al Thornton scored 12 points and had two rebounds in the Seminoles’ win over Purdue in the 2005 ACC/Big 10 Challenge.

…Defeat Wisconsin and win its first road game of the season. The Seminoles played their first four games of the 2006-07 season at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center before traveling to play at Pittsburgh on Nov. 24;
…Defeat Wisconsin and gain a victory over a ranked team on the road for the first time since Feb. 14, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated No. 17 Maryland, 74-71, in Cole Field House in College Park, Md.;
…Defeat Wisconsin and gain a victory over a ranked team for the 17th consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked Duke, 79-74, on March 1, 2006 to keep their nearly 20-year streak alive;
…Defeat Wisconsin and earn its fifth consecutive ACC/Big 10 Challenge victory. A win would tie for second as the longest winning streak by an ACC school in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge.

Florida State enters Tuesday’s game at Wisconsin with seven wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first four years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those seven wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006), No. 3 ranked Wake Forest (91-83 in overtime, Jan. 18, 2005) and a victory over the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils during the 2002-03 season (75-70, Feb. 2, 2003).

Seminoles' Victories Over Nationally Ranked Teams Under Leonard Hamilton
Date             Opponent            Ranking     Final Score
Feb. 2, 2003     Duke                No. 5       Florida State 75, Duke 70
Dec. 28, 2003    Maryland            No. 24      Florida State 79, Maryland 75
Jan. 22, 2004    North Carolina      No. 7       Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 (OT)
Jan. 25, 2004    Wake Forest         No. 7       Florida State 75, Wake Forest 70
Feb. 3, 2004     Georgia Tech        No. 15      Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65
Jan. 18, 2005    Wake Forest         No. 3       Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT)
March 1, 2006    Duke                No. 1       Florida State 79, Duke 74

Alexander Johnson led four Florida State players in double figures with 14 points in the Seminoles’ 97-57 win over Purdue in the 2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Al Thornton and Isaiah Swann each contributed 12 points, and Jason Rich added 11 as the Seminoles routed the Boilermakers in just the second-ever meeting between the teams. Johnson added four steals. Twelve different players scored for the Seminoles, who got 41 points from the bench, and led by as many as 43 points. Harried by Florida State’s pressure man-to-man defense, rebuilding Purdue shot just 39 percent from the floor, 24 percent (4-of-17) from 3-point range. Korey Spates led turnover-prone Purdue with 13 points, while Nate Minnoy added 11 points. Purdue committed 28 turnovers that led to 41 Florida State points. Florida State broke out to an early lead, using a 28-8 run from the start to build a 58-23 lead at the half. The Seminoles shot 64.7 percent in the first half and 60.3 percent for the game, while hitting 12-of-22 shots (54.5 percent) on 3-pointers.

The ACC, which won the event by a 6-5 margin last season, has won the Commissioner’s Cup during each of the first seven years of the event. With the expansion of the ACC in recent years the event has increased to 11 games and 22 teams from nine games and 18 games during the first six years of the event.

Anthony Richardson scored a Florida State high 27 points in the Seminoles’ 2003 ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory over Northwestern;
Michael Joiner pulled down a Florida State high 12 rebounds in the Seminoles’ 2000 ACC/Big Ten Challenge against Minnesota;
… Guard Delvon Arrington dished out a Florida State high 12 assists in the Seminoles’ 1999 ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory over Northwestern;
… Forward Alexander Johnson earned a Florida State high-tying four steals in the Seminoles’ 2005 ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory over Purdue. A total of four Seminoles have earned four steals in an ACC/Big Ten Challenge game.

Florida State has a 13-16 record against the 11 current teams in the Big Ten Conference. The Seminoles are 2-0 against Purdue, 1-0 against Michigan State, 3-1 against Northwestern, 3-1 against Penn State, 3-3 against Minnesota, 1-1 against Iowa, 0-4 against Indiana, 0-4 against Ohio State, 0-1 against Michigan and 0-1 against Wisconsin. The Seminoles enter Tuesday night’s game against Wisconsin riding a four game winning streak against teams from the Big Ten.

Sophomore forward Casaan Breeden wants only one thing for his 20th birthday on Tuesday – a victory over Wisconsin. Breeden was born on Nov. 28, 1986. It’s also a birthday week for Ralph Mims who celebrated his 21st birthday on Nov. 26. Mims was born on Nov. 26, 1985.

F	#12	Al Thornton (16.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 12 pts and 2 rebs at Minnesota in 2004 ACC/Big 10 Chall.)
F	#41	Uche Echefu (6.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 8 pts and 3 rebs vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big 10 Chall.)
G	#3	Isaiah Swann (7.5 ppg, 1.5 apg; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big 10 Chall.)
G	#23	Toney Douglas (10.8 ppg, 4.0 apg; First career ACC/Big 10 Challenge game)
G	#25	Jason Rich (9.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 7 pts and 4 rebs vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big 10 Chall.)
G	#10	Ralph Mims (6.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 7 pts and 3 assts vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big 10 Chall.)
G	#11	Jerel Allen (8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 6 pts and 2 rebs vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big 10 Chall.)
F	#15	Casaan Breeden (2.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg; 7 pts and 1 stl vs. Purdue in 2005 ACC/Big 10 Chall.)
F	#42	Ryan Reid (4.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg; First career ACC/Big Ten Chall.)

F	#32	Brian Butch (9.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 18 pts and 10 rebs. vs. Delaware State, 11-21-06)
F	#42	Alando Tucker (21.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 26 pts and 6 rebs vs. Missouri State, 11-24-06)
C	#5	Jason Chappell (4.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 7 pts and 7 rebs vs. Mercer, 11-12-06)
G	#22	Michael Flowers (8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 10 pts and 6 asts vs. Missouri State, 11-24-06)
G	#23	Kammron Taylor (10.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 8 pts and 2 asts vs. Southern, 11-19-06)

The Series: Wisconsin leads, 1-0
Last Game: Dec. 4, 1961; Wisconsin 64, Florida State 63
Last Florida State Win:	None
Last Wisconsin Win: Dec. 4, 1961; Wisconsin 64, Florida State 63
Last Florida State Win at Wisconsin: None
Last Wisconsin Win at Wisconsin: Dec. 4, 1961; Wisconsin 64, Florida State 63
Current Streak vs. Wisconsin: Wisconsin has won 1

Wisconsin defeated Florida State, 64-63, in the only previous meeting between the two schools on Dec. 4, 1961. The game was played at the famed UW Fieldhouse – the building the Badgers played basketball in (and hosted boxing matches) from 1930 until 1997 when the Kohl Center opened on the Wisconsin campus. Sophomore Dale Ricketts, who earned varsity letters for the Seminoles in 1962, 63 and 64 led the team with 18 points while Ray Swain (16 points), Charlie Long (13) and Dave Fedor (11) also scored in double figures for Florida State. Fedor finished his career with 1,456 points and is still ranked 10th in school history in scoring. Swain scored 1,000 career points and is one of only 37 players in school history to score 1,000 or more career points.

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