Feb. 23, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, one of two ACC teams with at least three conference road wins this season, makes its final regular season journey to Tobacco Road to play at North Carolina on Feb. 24, 2010 at 7:00 in the Dean E. Smith Center. With ACC road victories at Georgia Tech (Dec. 20, 66-59 in overtime), at Boston College (Jan. 30, 61-57) and at Virginia (Feb. 17, 69-50) the Seminoles are joined by only Duke as teams in the ACC with at least three wins on the road in conference play. Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina seven days after its last game – a dominating 69-50 victory on the road at Virginia. The Seminoles limited the Cavaliers to 24 points in the first half, 26 points in the second half and 38 percent shooting from the field in tying the school record for largest margin of victory (+19) in an ACC road game.
The win over Virginia also marked the second time in as many games that Florida State had limited an ACC opponent to 50 points or less. The 47 points the Seminoles allowed against Boston College and the 50 points allowed to Virginia are the No. 1 and No. 2 lowest point totals allowed by the team in an ACC game IN SCHOOL HISTORY. Florida State’s game against North Carolina will be televised by ESPN marking the sixth of at least eight consecutive games that will be televised nationally. Following Wednesday’s game at North Carolina, the Seminoles play host to Clemson as part of the wildly successful ACC Sunday Night Hoops package on Fox Sports Net (Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m.) before celebrating the career of senior Ryan Reid on Senior Night against Wake Forest (March 3, 7:00 p.m.).
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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina and win its eighth ACC game of the season. It will mark the second consecutive season (and fourth time in school history) the Seminoles would have won at least eight ACC games in a single season. The Seminoles won 11 games in their first season in the ACC (1991-92) and won 12 in their second season in the league (1992-93);
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a win on the road at North Carolina for the fourth time in school history and for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000;
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and win its second consecutive game against the Tar Heels for the third time in school history. The Seminoles defeated the Tar Heels in the last meeting between the two teams in the 2009 ACC Tournament (March 14, 2009, 73-70) and most recently won consecutive games against North Carolina during the 1996 and 1997 seasons;
…Defeat North Carolina and win its third consecutive ACC game for the second time in two seasons. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech at home (Feb. 5, 2009, 62-58), Clemson on the road (Feb. 7, 2009, 65-61) and Virginia at home (Feb. 10, 2009, 68-57) on their way to a 10-6 record and a fourth place finish in the ACC standings during the 2008-09 season.
SEMINOLES SHOOT 50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD AGAINST VIRGINIA
Led by its bench players who shot .579 (11 of 19) from the field, Florida State shot .500 (28 of 56) from the field in its victory over Virginia on Feb. 17. It marked the sixth time the Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better from the field this season and the first time since shooting .500 from the field against Duke on March 3, 2009 that they had made at least half of their shots from the field in an ACC game. The Seminoles are 6-0 this season when they shoot 50 percent or better from the field and are shooting .460 from the field for the season.
SEMINOLES RANK SECOND NATIONALLY IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State, which has held three of its first 12 ACC opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field, enters Wednesday’s game against North Carolina ranked second in the nation and first in the ACC in field goal percentage defense as it has allowed its first 26 opponents of the season to shoot a combined .369 from the field. Only No. 1 ranked Kansas, which allows its opponents to shoot .367 from the field, ranks ahead of the Seminoles nationally. Florida State led the ACC in field goal percentage defense last season and is looking to become the first repeat statistical champion in the ACC since Maryland during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
MORE NOTES ON FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State limited Virginia to a .375 shooting mark from the field (18 of 48) in the Seminoles’ 69-50 victory over the Cavaliers on Feb. 17. It marked the third ACC opponent this season that Florida State has held below 40 percent shooting from the field – the Seminoles also held Virginia Tech (Jan. 16, .345) and Boston College (Feb. 4, .333) in gaining three of their conference victories. The Seminoles are 3-0 in ACC play when holding their opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field and 14-0 this season when they have held an opponent below the 40 percent mark. Florida State held Mercer to a season-low .197 mark from the field in its 89-50 victory over the Bears (Nov 21) on the road. Florida State’s defense holds its opponents to a .345 shooting mark from the field in their first 19 wins of the season.
SEMINOLES’ HOLD BOSTON COLLEGE AND VIRGINIA TO 97 TOTAL POINTS
In winning its last two games, Florida State has held its last two opponents to 97 total points – 47 by Boston College (Feb. 14) and 50 by Virginia (Feb. 17). The scoring outputs by the Seminoles’ defense are the two lowest allowed by Florida State’s defense SINCE JOINING THE ACC FOR THE 1991-92 SEASON. Florida State, which ranks as one of the top defensive teams in the nation under Leonard Hamilton, has held its ACC opponents to six of the lowest scoring outputs in school history during the eight-year Hamilton tenure at Florida State.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg; 8 pts and 2 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 28, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (7.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 6 pts and 7 rebs vs. North Carolina, March 14, 2009) C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.3 ppg, 2.5 bpg; 11 pts and 2 blks vs. North Carolina, March 14, 2009) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career game against North Carolina) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.6 ppg, 3.9 apg; 11 pts and 6 asts vs. North Carolina, March 14, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.3 ppg, 2.9 apg; 4 pts and 5 asts vs. North Carolina, Jan. 28, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 9 pts and 2 asts vs. North Carolina, March 14, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. North Carolina, Jan. 28, 2009) G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.5 ppg, 0.8 apg; First career game against North Carolina) F #15 Terrance Shannon (1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game against North Carolina)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NORTH CAROLINA F #1 Marcus Ginyard (8.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 10 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, March 14, 2008) F #21 Deon Thompson (14.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg; 12 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, March 14, 2009) F #31 John Henson (4.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State) G #11 Larry Drew II (8.9 ppg, 5.9 apg; 1 pt and 1 ast vs. Florida State, Jan. 28, 2009) G #13 Will Graves (9.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 28, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: North Carolina leads, 40-7 Last Game: March 14, 2009; Florida State 73, North Carolina 70 Last Florida State Win: March 14, 2009; Florida State 73, North Carolina 70 Last North Carolina Win: Jan. 28, 2009; North Carolina 80, at Florida State 77 Last Florida State Win in Chapel Hill: Jan. 22, 2000; Florida State 76, at North Carolina 71 Last North Carolina Win in Chapel Hill: March 4, 2008; at North Carolina 90, Florida State 77 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 27 points, including the go-ahead free throws, and No. 22 Florida State held on for a 73-70 victory over No. 1 ranked North Carolina in the ACC semifinals on March 14, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and 12 rebounds, but lost control of the ball trying to get inside for a shot with about 20 seconds remaining and North Carolina trailing 71-70. Florida State’s Derwin Kitchen scooped it up, was fouled and hit two clutch free throws. The Tar Heels came down for a final shot – and got two of them. Wayne Ellington, who led North Carolina with 24 points, missed from beyond the arc. Danny Green chased down the rebound, stepped outside the line and fired up another 3 at the buzzer. It came up short, and the Seminoles erupted in a raucous celebration. The victory advanced Florida State to its first ACC Tournament championship game in school history. The Seminoles picked up their first win over North Carolina since 2004 and their first postseason victory against the Tar Heels since the 1972 Final Four. Douglas made 10 of 18 shots from the field, including three beyond the arc, despite being shadowed by Bobby Frasor and having to get loose from frequent double teams. Green made a steal with just over two minutes remaining, was fouled and hit both free throws for a 69-all tie. After both teams missed shots, Douglas was called for a loose-ball foul trying to come up with a steal on Frasor. The fill-in senior made only one of two free throws, putting North Carolina up 70-69 with 1:03 to go. But Douglas, trying to dribble along the sideline in front of the Florida State bench, was tripped up by Ed Davis. The Florida State star calmly went to the line and sank two free throws with 47 seconds to go.