March 2, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, which has won five consecutive senior night games, plays host to Wake Forest in its final home game of the 2009-10 season on Wednesday March 3, 2010 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminole basketball program will celebrate the careers of seniors Ryan Reid and A.J. Yawn as they look to win their ninth ACC game of the season.
Florida State enters its game against Wake Forest with a 20-8 overall record and an 8-6 mark in ACC play marking the second consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least eight conference games after finishing in fourth place in the ACC standings with a 10-6 mark last season. The Seminoles’ five consecutive senior day victories have come against five different teams – each with the same result – a Florida State victory. The Seminoles wins in the last five seasons have come against Virginia (2005), Duke (2006), NC State (2007), Miami (2008) and Virginia Tech (2009). Florida State is 6-1 (.857 winning percentage) in senior night games under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Hamilton is the Seminoles’ winningest coach in senior night games since they joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season. The Seminoles defeated North Carolina in their first ACC senior night and defeated Wake Forest in senior night to close out the 1996-97 home schedule. Following Wednesday’s game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles close out their season at Miami on March 6 at 12 Noon. Following its game against the Hurricanes, Florida State will play in the 57th Annual ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. March 11-14, 2010.
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 Wake Forest 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 of both categories.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Wake Forest and win its ninth ACC game of the season. It would allow the Seminoles to gain at least nine ACC wins in consecutive seasons for the second time since joining the ACC and for the first time since the 1991-92 (11-5 ACC record) and 1992-93 (12-4 ACC record) seasons; …Defeat Wake Forest and wins its 21st game of the season during the regular season for the second consecutive year. The Seminoles finished the regular season with a 23-8 record last season and finished the season with a 25-10 record; LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO… …Defeat Wake Forest and win its second consecutive game against a team from the state of North Carolina. The Seminoles defeated North Carolina (77-67, Feb. 24) in their final regular season trip to the Tar Heel state; …Defeat Wake Forest and win its fifth ACC home game of the season. It would mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles would have won at least five ACC games at the Donald L. Tucker Center after earning six conference wins at home during the 2008-09 season.
FLORIDA STATE ENTERS WEDNESDAY’S GAME AGAINST WAKE FOREST…
…With a 45-18 overall record in the last two seasons. It’s the best two-year win total for the Seminoles since the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons (their first two in the ACC) when they were 47-20; …Having lost consecutive games only once in the last two seasons. The Seminoles lost at Maryland (Jan. 10) and against NC State (Jan. 12) earlier this season to mark the only time during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons that they have lost two consecutive games and have not lost more than two consecutive games during the last two seasons;
SEMINOLES LEAD ACC IN SCORING DEFENSE
Florida State’s defense limited Clemson to 53 points on Sunday night in Tallahassee – the third time in the last four games its has limited its opponent to 53 points or less. The Seminoles’ defense success has put the program on the cusp of leading the ACC in scoring defense in both of the last two consecutive seasons. Florida State limited Boston College to an ACC program low 47 points in its 62-47 victory over the Eagles on Feb. 14, 2010. The Seminoles have recorded three of the best eight scoring defense performances since joining the ACC within the last two weeks.
FLORIDA STATE’S SCORING DEFENSE IN THE ACC
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Wake Forest leading the ACC in scoring defense as it allows only 60.7 points per game through the first 28 games of the season. The Seminoles are looking to lead the ACC in scoring defense for the second consecutive season – only 14 teams in ACC history (most recently Duke in 2004 and 2005) have led the league in scoring defense in consecutive seasons.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE IN THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Florida State, who is generally recognized as having the nation’s most tenacious defense, has held its last four opponents to an average of 54.3 points per game and a cumulative shooting percentage of .365. The Seminoles have allowed 53 or fewer points in three of their last four games including an average of 26.5 points in the first halves of the last four games. The Seminoles have also forced and average of 16 turnovers. Florida State’s dynamic Defensive Duo of Solomon Alabi (11 blocked shots and two steals) and Chris Singleton (five blocked shots and 11 steals) have combined for 16 blocked shots and 13 steals in the four games.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State has held 64 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field. The last team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field was North Carolina on March 13, 2008 in the quarterfinal round of the 2008 ACC Tournament.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wake Forest, Feb. 14, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (7.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 12 pts and 7 rebs vs. Wake Forest, March 13, 2008) C #32 Solomon Alabi (11.8 ppg, 2.4 bpg; 8 pts and 3 blks vs. Wake Forest, Feb. 14, 2008) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg; First career game vs. Wake Forest) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.7 ppg, 3.9 apg; 7 pts and 4 asts vs. Wake Forest, Feb. 14, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.1 ppg, 2.8 apg; 1 ast and 1 stl vs. Wake Forest, Feb. 14, 2008) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Wake Forest, Feb. 14, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Wake Forest, Feb. 14, 2009) G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.5 ppg, 0.8 apg; First career game vs. Wake Forest) F #15 Terrance Shannon (1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game vs. Wake Forest)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR WAKE FOREST
F #1 Al-Farouq Aminu (16.4 ppg, 11.0 rpg; 17 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 14, 2009) C #13 Chas McFarland (7.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 9 pts and 8 rebs vs. Wake Forest, Jan. 20, 2008) G #10 Ishmael Smith (13.2 ppg, 6.2 apg; 11 pts and 4 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 14, 2009) G #11 C.J. Harris (9.8 ppg, 1.3 apg; First career game vs. North Carolina) G #42 L.D. Williams (9.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg; 12 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 14, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Wake Forest leads, 23-16 Last Game: Feb. 14, 2009; at Wake Forest 86, Florida State 63 Last Florida State Win: March 13, 2009; Florida State 70, Wake Forest 60 * Last Wake Forest Win: Feb. 14, 2009; at Wake Forest 86, Florida State 63 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Jan. 27, 2007; at Florida State 74, Wake Forest 66 Last Wake Forest Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 14, 2008; Wake Forest 78, at Florida State 70 Current Streak: Wake Forest has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Wake Forest: 6-10 (all at Florida State) * denotes at ACC Tournament / Charlotte, N.C.
FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – THE LAST GAME
Al-Farouq Aminu scored 17 points to help the seventh-ranked Demon Deacons beat No. 25 Florida State 86-63 on Feb. 14, 2009 at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem. Jeff Teague added 15 points for the Demon Deacons who led the entire way. Wake Forest used a 13-0 run in the second half to take control to end the Seminoles’ three-game winning streak. Wake Forest also hit 32 of 38 free throws, far better than its 70 percent average. The Demon Deacons controlled this one from the start, scoring the first six points and taking a 42-30 lead at the break. Florida State shot just 38 percent, including 4-for-22 from 3-point range, and committed 18 turnovers. Toney Douglas led Florida State with 22 points.