Feb. 16, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won three straight games against Virginia, plays its fifth ACC road game of the season as it travels to play the Cavaliers at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville on Wednesday February. 17, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and is the Seminoles’ fourth of at least eight consecutive nationally televised games.
Florida State has won two of its last three games (with victories over Miami and Boston College) and has two ACC road win with victories at Georgia Tech (Dec. 20, 66-59 in overtime) and at Boston College (Jan. 30, 61-57). The Seminoles are tied for second in the ACC this season with two ACC road wins and are one of only six teams in the ACC with multiple conference wins on the road this season. Following Wednesday’s game against Virginia, the Seminoles will travel to play at North Carolina (Feb. 24, 7:00 p.m.) after a weekend off before returning home to play Clemson (Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m.) in their final game of the month of February.
SINGLETON AMONG NATION’S TOP DEFENDERS
ACC All-Defensive Team candidate Chris Singleton, who is the ACC leader in steals (2.3 spg) and ranked fifth in blocked shots (1.6 bpg), enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia looking to become only the fifth player in ACC history to finish in the top five in the conference statistics in both blocked shots and steals in the same season. Singleton would join Wake Forest’s Josh Howard (2002-03), Duke’s Shane Battier (1999-00 and 2000-01) and Duke’s Christian Laettner (1990-91) as the only players in ACC history to finish in the top five in both statistical categories. Battier was named the National Player of the Year in both 1999-00 and 2000-01. Of the four players who have finished in the top five in both categories in the same season, only Battier in 2000-01 finished in the top four (as Singleton is currently ranked) of both categories.
ALABI AND SINGLETON IN THE LAST TWO SEASONS
ACC All-Defensive team candidates Solomon Alabi and Chris Singleton have combined for 224 blocked shots (136 by Alabi and 88 by Singleton) and 133 steals (21 by Alabi and 112 by Singleton) in the last two seasons.
SNAER NAMED ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Seminole freshman Michael Snaer, who scored in double figures twice in two games and averaged 14.0 points, 2.5 rebounds as the Seminoles split two ACC games, was named the ACC Rookie of the Week in a vote by a blue-ribbon panel of members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. In Sunday’s 62-47 win over Boston College, the Moreno, Calif., tied his career-high with 18 points and earned two assists. Snaer scored 10 points and four rebounds against Clemson on the road last Wednesday. On the year, Snaer is third among ACC freshmen in scoring, averaging an even 9.0 points per game. It is the first ROW honor for the Seminoles’ fabulous freshman.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and win its fourth consecutive game against the Cavaliers. It would mark the first time in the series against the Cavaliers that Florida State would have won four consecutive games since the two teams began playing in the 1991-92 season – the Seminoles’ first season in the ACC;
..Defeat Virginia and won it s second consecutive game at on the road against the Cavaliers. It would mark the first time since the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons (and the second time in school history ) that Florida State would have won two consecutive games in Charlottesville;
…Defeat Virginia and win its third ACC road game of the season and raise its ACC road win total to seven in the last two seasons.
SEMINOLES’ HOLD BOSTON COLLEGE TO LOWEST ACC SCORING TOTAL
Florida State limited Boston College to 47 points in the Seminoles 62-47 victory over the Eagles on Sunday night in Tallahassee – the Eagles scoring output ranks as the fewest points allowed by the Seminoles in an ACC game since joining the league for the 1991-92 season. Florida State, which ranks as one of the top defensive teams in the nation under Leonard Hamilton tenure, has held its ACC opponents to five of the lowest scoring out outs in school history, during the eight-year Hamilton tenure at Florida State.
SEMINOLES ON THE ROAD IN THE ACC
Florida State is tied as the third winningest team in ACC road games in the last two seasons and enters Wednesday’s game against Clemson looking to win their seventh ACC road game in the last two seasons. North Carolina, with seven ACC road wins in the last two seasons, is the winningest ACC team on the road since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles are currently tied with Duke and Wake Forest for the second highest total of conference road wins in the last two seasons.
FLORIDA STATE LEADS ACC IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State’s incredible defensive pressure limited Boston College to 47 points (17 in the second half), a .333 field goal shooting mark (.261 in the second half) and forced the Eagles into 20 turnovers (10 in both halves). The Seminoles’ defensive scoring effort against Boston College allowed them to stay in third place in the league statistics (only one tenth of a point behind league leading Virginia Tech) while its field goal percentage defense allowed the Seminoles to move back into first place in the ACC with a .369 mark for the entire season. Florida State forced 20 Boston College turnovers – the Eagles are fifth in the ACC as they average only 12.8 turnovers per game.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (10.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 7 pts and 7 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009)
F #42 Ryan Reid (7.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 23, 2008)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.5 ppg, 2.5 bpg; 13 pts and 2 blks vs. Virginia, Feb. 10, 2009)
G #21 Michael Snaer (9.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game against Virginia)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.7 ppg, 4.0 apg; 6 pts and 3 asts vs. Virginia, Feb. 10, 2009)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Luke Loucks (4.0 ppg, 2.8 apg; 6 pts and 1 ast vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 9 pts and 1 stl vs. Virginia, Feb. 10, 2009)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009)
G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.6 ppg, 0.8 apg; First career game against Virginia)
F #15 Terrance Shannon (2.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game against Virginia)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIA
F #32 Mike Scott (13.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg; 8 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 24, 2009)
F #55 Jerome Meyinsse (5.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 1 pt and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 24, 2009)
G #1 Jontel Evans (2.7 ppg, 2.0 apg; First career game vs. Florida State)
G #13 Sammy Zeglinski (9.3 ppg, 2.7 apg; 8 pts and 5 stls vs. Florida State, Jan. 24, 2009)
G #15 Sylven Landesberg (17.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 24 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 24, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Virginia leads, 17-16
Last Game: Feb. 10, 2009; at Florida State 68, Virginia 57
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 10, 2009; at Florida State 68, Virginia 57
Last Virginia Win: Feb. 17, 2007; at Virginia 73, Florida State 70
Last Florida State Win in Charlottesville: Jan. 29, 2009; Florida State 73, at Virginia 62
Last Virginia Win in Charlottesville: Feb. 17, 2007; at Virginia 73, Florida State 70
Current Streak: Florida State has won 3
Current Streak in Charlottesville: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia: 9-5
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 19 points and matched a career high with seven assists as No. 25 Florida State defeated Virginia 68-57 on Feb. 10, 2009 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Douglas, the ACC’s leading scorer in conference competition, scored 15 points in a decisive second half–including successive 3-point shots just 25 seconds apart that gave Florida State a 40-35 lead. The Seminoles shook off a woeful first-half shooting effort with a blistering 70.8 percent performance in the second half. Virginia was led by Sylven Landesberg’s 14 points. Uche Echefu added 17 points and freshman Solomon Alabi had 13 for the Seminoles.