Jan. 22, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has a 9-1 record at home this season, plays host to No. 18/19 Georgia Tech on Sunday, January 24 at 12 Noon at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It marks the second game of the season between the Seminoles and the Yellow Jackets following Florida State’s 66-59 overtime victory earlier this season on Dec. 20 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta.
The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against the Yellow Jackets looking to win their fifth consecutive game in the series which dates back to the 1962-63 season. Florida State most recently won five consecutive games against Georgia Tech during the 1992, 1993 and 1994 seasons when it won the first six games it played against the Yellow Jackets when it first entered the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season. Following Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech, the Seminoles will travel to play at No. 6/7 Duke on Jan. 27 before traveling to play at Boston College on Jan. 30.
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Florida State is one of the nation’s top ranked defenses and is the nation’s leader (for the third consecutive week) with a .351 field goal percentage defense. The Seminoles are also ranked seventh nationally with a 7.3 blocked shots per game average and in the nation’s top 45 in both scoring defense (59.8 points allowed per game) and steals (8.6 steals per game).
SINGLETON AMONG NATION’S TOP DEFENDERS
ACC All-Defensive Team candidate Chris Singleton, who is the ACC leader in steals (2.2 bpg) and ranked fourth in blocked shots (1.8 spg), enters Sunday’s game against Georgia Tech 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.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its second game of the season against a ranked Georgia Tech team. The Seminoles defeated the No. 15/22 Yellow Jackets earlier this season and are looking to gain their second win over the same ranked team in the same season for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated ranked Clemson teams twice last year during the regular season;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its fifth consecutive game against Georgia Tech. The Seminoles won a series-best six consecutive games against the Yellow Jackets during the 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and sweep the two-game regular season series against the Yellow Jackets. The Seminoles have won the two-game season series against Georgia Tech three times since becoming members of the ACC;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its second consecutive ACC game. The Seminoles defeated Virginia Tech, 63-58, on Jan. 16 in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its eighth consecutive game against a team from the state of Georgia. With victories over the Yellow Jackets (Dec. 20), Mercer (Macon, Ga., Nov. 21) and Georgia State (Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 15) this season, the Seminoles have beaten every team from the state of Georgia since besting Georgia Southern (Statesboro, Ga., Nov. 12, 2007);
…Defeat Georgia Tech and win its 10th home game of the season to mark the fifth consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least 10 games at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters its game against No. 18/19 Georgia Tech with 16 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first eight years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 16 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006), No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 19, 2009), No. 15 ranked Georgia Tech (Feb. 3, 2004) and the No. 15 ranked Yellow Jackets earlier this season (66-59 in overtime, Dec. 20, 2009).
HAMILTON AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton has 35 career victories against ranked teams including 11 against top-10 ranked teams at the time of the game. He gained two victories over ranked teams as the head coach at Oklahoma State, 17 as the head coach at Miami and 16 as the Seminoles’ head coach.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE – NOTE I
Florida State made more free throws (23) than Virginia Tech attempted (21) in its victory over the Hokies on Saturday. It marked the fifth time this season (against Iona, Alabama, FIU, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech) that the Seminoles had made more free throws than their opponent had attempted. Florida State has won each of those five games. The Seminoles were eight of 10 from the line in the final five minutes of their victory over the Hokies while Virginia Tech attempted only two free throws (both of which were successful) in the final five minutes of the Seminoles’ 63-58 victory.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE – NOTE II
In its first 18 games of the season, Florida State has made 62 free throws more and attempted 84 free throws more than its opponents. The same stands true in its first four ACC games as the Seminoles have made 14 more free throws and attempted 20 more free throws than their opponents.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (10.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 10 pts and 2 stls vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 20, 2009)
F #42 Ryan Reid (7.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 17 pts and 5 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 20, 2009)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.6 ppg, 2.7 bpg; 9 pts and 12 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 20, 2009)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (10.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 12 pts and 1 stl vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 20, 2009)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.5 ppg, 3.7 apg; 7 pts and 6 asts vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 20, 2009)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 5 pts and 1 reb vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 30, 2007)
G #3 Luke Loucks (3.2 ppg, 3.0 apg; 4 pts and 2 asts vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 20, 2009)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, March 13, 2009)
G #21 Michael Snaer (8.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 5 pts and 4 rebs vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 20, 2009)
G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.0 ppg, 0.4 apg; First career game vs. Georgia Tech)
F #15 Terrance Shannon (2.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 2 rebs in 8 mins of play vs. Georgia Tech, Dec. 20, 2009)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GEORGIA TECH
F #14 Derrick Favors (11.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg; 8 pts and 12 rebs vs. Florida State, Dec. 20, 2009)
F #31 Gani Lawal (15.2 pg, 9.2 rpg; 10 pts and 11 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 5, 2009)
G #0 Mfon Udofia (10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 12 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Dec. 20, 2009)
G #1 Iman Shumpert (10.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 11 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, March 13, 2009)
G/F #13 D’Andre Bell (5.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 15 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, Dec. 30, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 33-27
Last Game: Dec. 20, 2009; Florida State 66, at Ga. Tech 59 (OT)
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 20, 2009; Florida State 66, at Ga. Tech 59 (OT)
Last Georgia Tech Win: Feb. 13, 2007; Georgia Tech 63, at Florida State 57
Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 5, 2009; at Florida State 62, Georgia Tech 58
Last Georgia Tech Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 13, 2007; Georgia Tech 63, at Florida State 57
Current Streak: Florida State has won 4
Leonard Hamilton vs. Georgia Tech: 7-7
FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH – THE LAST GAME
Ryan Reid scored a career-high 17 points, and Chris Singleton hit the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left in overtime to help Florida State beat No. 22 Georgia Tech 66-59 on Dec. 20, 2009 at the Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta. The Seminoles won their fourth straight and stopped Georgia Tech’s seven-game winning streak. Zachery Peacock scored 17 for the Yellow Jackets. Mfon Udofia added 12 points, and Derrick Favors pulled down 12 rebounds as Georgia Tech lost its fourth straight ACC opener. Reid scored on Florida State’s first two possessions of overtime before Singleton banked in a one-handed runner to make it 61-59 and put the Seminoles ahead to stay. On his first overtime basket, Reid hit a 15-footer from the left baseline after Derwin Kitchen drove the lane and passed to his open teammate. Peacock, whose 17-footer forced a 54-54 tie with 33 seconds left in regulation, hit a 3-pointer to begin OT and give the Yellow Jackets their first lead since his runner made it 37-36 at the 9:47 mark of the second half. But Georgia Tech ended the game with a 32.9 percentage on 70 attempts from the field. Gani Lawal scored a season-low four points on 1 for 7 shooting, and Brian Oliver went 1 for 6 on 3-point attempts. Lawal began the game tied for the conference lead with a 10.4 rebounding average. He finished with four. Deividas Dulkys had 12 points, and Solomon Alabi finished with 12 rebounds for the Seminoles.