Feb. 13, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won 11 of its 13 games played at home this season, plays host to Boston College on Sunday Feb. 14, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. The Seminoles’ game is their second of the regular season against the Eagles after taking a 61-57 victory on Jan. 30 in Chestnut Hill. Florida State plays host to Boston College looking for its second consecutive ACC win at home after defeating Miami (Feb. 6, 71-65) and its fourth win in six ACC home games this season. The Seminoles have won nine ACC games at home in the last two seasons and have a 24-5 record in the Donald L. Tucker Center (.828 winning percentage) since the beginning of the 2008-09 season. With tonight’s game being played as a part of Fox Sports’ wildly successful ACC Sunday Night Hoops television package, the Seminoles are playing their third of at least eight consecutive games on national television. Following tonight’s game against Boston College, the Seminoles will travel to play at Virginia on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO RANK AS NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
Florida State, which is annually considered to be one of the nation’s top defensive teams in the nation under head coach Leonard Hamilton, enters Sunday’s game against Boston College as the only team in the nation to rank in the nation’s top 50 in field goal percentage (3rd, .370), blocked shots per game (10th, 6.5 bpg), rebound margin (10th, 5.8), scoring defense (30th, 61.8 ppg) and steals per game (43rd, 8.3 spg).
ALABI AND SINGLETON CONTINUE TO RANK AS ACC’S TOP DEFENSIVE DUO
ACC All-Defensive team candidates Solomon Alabi (2nd blocked shots, 2. bpg) and Chris Singleton (1st steals, 2.2 spg; 5th blocked shots, 1.7 bpg) are clearly the top two defensive players in the ACC and the most dominating defensive duo in the ACC this season. Combined, the defensive duo has 106 blocked shots (4.4 bpg) and has earned 66 steals (2.8 spg) while helping the Seminoles rank in the top 50 in the nation in five defensive categories. The Defensive Duo of Alabi and Singleton have combined for more blocked shots than both Boston College (92) and Virginia (63) entering play during the weekend of Feb. 13-14, 2010.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Boston College and gain its first ever regular season sweep of the Eagles. Since the Eagles joined the ACC for the 2004-05 season, the two teams have met twice in the same season only once with Boston College taking the season series during the 2006-07 season;
…Defeat Boston College and earn a sweep of the two-game regular season series between the Eagles and the Seminoles. It would mark the Seminoles second series sweep of the season after having already won two regular season games against Georgia Tech (Dec. 20, 66-59 in overtime and Jan. 24, 68-66). The Seminoles swept both Virginia Tech and Clemson last season.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Led by All-American candidate Solomon Alabi’s 3.5 made free throws per game, the Seminoles are making an average of 14.5 free throws per game. The Seminoles are making more than two free throws per game than their opponents and have made more free throws than their opponent in 14 different games. Including a victory over Boston College on Jan. 30 when the Seminoles outscored the Eagles 10-3 from the line, the Seminoles are 14-0 this season when they make more free throws than their opponent. In the first meeting between Florida State and Boston College, the Seminoles made more free throws (10-3) and attempted more free throws (16-4) than the Eagles in gaining one of their two ACC road wins of the season. The Seminoles also won at Georgia Tech on Dec. 20 (66-59 in overtime) as they outscored the Yellow Jackets 12-5 from the free throw line.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State is shooting .738 from the free throw line in its last three games – a stretch that includes a perfect 11 of 11 performance from the free throw line against Maryland. It marked the third time since the Seminoles joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season that the Seminoles were perfect from the line on 10 or more free throws in a single game.
SEMINOLES GOING TO THE BOARDS
Led by Chris Singleton’s career-high 7.4 rebounds per game average, the Seminoles are ranked third in the ACC in rebounding margin with a +5.8 mark through the first 23 games of the season. The Seminoles have outrebounded six of their last seven opponents including an ACC season-high of +17 rebounds (39-22) in their victory over Boston College on Jan. 30. Florida State’s largest rebounding margin of the season came in their 80-38 victory over Stetson when they earned 50 rebounds to the Hatters’ 24 for a +26 rebound margin.
SEMINOLES IN THE ACC REBOUNDING STATISTICS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Boston College ranked third in rebound margin (+5.8) and fifth in rebounds per game (39.4). The Seminoles are averaging nearly four rebounds per game more this season than they did last season and are the most improved rebounding team in the ACC. Florida State is ranked in the top four in rebounding for the first time since the 1997-98 season and has moved up seven places in the ACC standings from last season to this season in the total rebounds and rebound margin statistical categories.
FLORIDA STATE’S PRODUCTION FROM THE BENCH
Led by sophomore Luke Loucks’ 34 points off the bench in the last two games, the Seminoles bench has displayed a heightened amount of productivity in recent games. The Seminoles’ bench has outscored its opponents bench in three of its last four games including a 31-16 advantage over Miami on Feb. 6.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 10 pts and 11 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 30, 2010) F #42 Ryan Reid (7.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 30, 2010) C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.7 ppg, 2.3 bpg; 16 pts and 6 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 30, 2010) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 30, 2010) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.7 ppg, 4.0 apg; 14 pts and 3 asts vs. Boston College, Feb. 24, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.2 ppg, 2.9 apg; 0 pts and 2 rebs. vs. Boston College, Jan. 30, 2010) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 2 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Jan, 30, 2010) F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 2 pts and 1 blk vs. Boston College, Jan, 2010) G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.6 ppg, 0.8 apg; First career game against Boston College) F #15 Terrance Shannon (2.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 0 pts and 1 stl vs. Boston College, Jan. 30, 2010)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BOSTON COLLEGE F #11 Corey Raji (11.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg; 8 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 24, 2009) F #12 Joe Tripani (14.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 15 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 30, 2010) C #52 Josh Southern (5.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 11 pts and 10 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 23, 2008) G #5 Biko Paris (5.9 ppg, 4.7 apg; 12 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 23, 2008) G #15 Rakim Sanders (10.9 ppg, 2.0 apg; 17 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 30, 2010)
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Boston College leads, 4-2 Last Game: Jan. 30, 2010; Florida State 61, at Boston College 57 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 30, 2010; Florida State 61, at Boston College 57 Last Boston College Win: Feb. 24, 2009; at Boston College 72, Florida State 67 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 23, 2008; at Florida State 66, Boston College 63 Last Boston College Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 11, 2007; Boston College 68, at Florida State 67 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Current Streak in Tallahassee: Florida State has won 2
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE – THE LAST GAME
Derwin Kitchen hit Florida State’s only 3-pointer of the game in the closing minute and Solomon Alabi scored 16 points and had six rebounds, lifting the Seminoles to a scrappy 61-57 win over Boston College on Jan. 30 at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. Michael Snaer, Chris Singleton and Ryan Reid each finished with 10 points for the Seminoles. The game was tied with one minute to play, before Kitchen hit the Seminoles’ only three-pointer of the day with 43.9 seconds left to give the visitors a 57-54 advantage. After an Eagle turnover, Snaer sank two free throws with 30.5 seconds to play to extend the lead to five points. After both teams missed the front end of one-and-one opportunities, BC sophomore Reggie Jackson hit from three-point range with 8.5 seconds left to narrow the margin to two points. Kitchen hit two free throws with 7.8 seconds to play to secure the win for Florida State. BC trailed 10-2 early in the contest, before running off 11 straight points to gain a 13-10 lead. Boston College finished the first half with a 27-22 advantage. Florida State fought back and evened the score at 34-34 with 13:52 left in the game. The Seminoles took a brief two-point lead at 40-38, before Jackson sank a three-pointer to put BC on top with 9:15 to play. Two baskets by sophomore Dallas Elmore and a three-pointer from senior Tyler Roche headlined a 7-4 BC run to give the Eagles a 48-44 lead with 6:50 left. Florida State responded with two field goals – at 6:21 and 4:57 – to even the score. There were three more ties before Kitchen’s three-pointer in the final minute vaulted the visitors to victory.