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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which is making back to back appearances in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1992 and 1993 seasons, will travel to play Gonzaga of the West Coast Conference at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 7:10 p.m. in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The game will mark the first meeting between Gonzaga and Florida State in the sport of men’s basketball. The winner of Friday’s game between Florida State will meet the winner of Friday’s game between Syracuse and Vermont on Sunday in the second round of the tournament.

FLORIDA STATE IS ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Florida State, which has held 67 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field, enters the 2010 NCAA Tournament as the nation’s top ranked field goal percentage defense team. The Seminoles are holding their opponents to a national low .374 field goal shooting percentage mark. No team this season has shot better than 47 percent against the Seminoles’ defense which is looking to lead the ACC in the category for the second consecutive season. Florida State led the ACC with a field goal percentage defense mark of .387 in 35 games during the 2008-09 season. Florida State also ranks 10th nationally in blocked shots (7.0 bpg).

SINGLETON EARNS ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS
Seminole sophomore forward Chris Singleton was named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Singleton is the defensive leader of the Seminoles who are considered to be one of the top defensive teams in the nation. Singleton enters the NCAA tournament ranked first in the ACC in steals (2.3 spg), fifth in blocked shots (1.7 bpg) and 11th in rebounding (7.2 rpg). Singleton is looking to become only the fifth player in ACC history to finish in the top five in both steals and blocks in the same season. Singleton is the second consecutive Florida State player to be named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year – Seminole All-American Toney Douglas earned the award in 2009. Douglas was a first round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and is currently playing for the New York Knicks.

2009-10 FLORIDA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS

Solomon AlabiAll-ACC Third Team
 ACC All-Defensive Team (ACSMA)
 ACC All-Defensive team (Coaches / ACC Handbook)
Chris SingletonACC Defensive Player of the Year
 All-ACC Third Team
 ACC All-Defensive Team (Coaches / ACC Handbook)
 MVP Old Spice Classic (Florida State won team championship)
Michael SnaerACC All-Rookie Team
 ACC Rookie of the Week (Feb. 15)

FLORIDA STATE’S NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Florida State, which played in the 1972 NCAA Championship game, is making its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance (and its second consecutive) this season. The Seminoles are appearing in the West Region for the third time in school history and the first time since the 1992 season. Florida State advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament out of the West Region with victories over Montana and Georgetown in Boise, Idaho before falling to Indiana in Albuquerque, N.M.

Florida State’s NCAA Tournament Appearances

SeasonSiteRecordOpponent(s)
1968Kent, Ohio0-1E. Tennessee St. 79, Florida State 69
1972Knoxville, Tenn.1-0Florida State 83, Eastern Kentucky 81
 Dayton, Ohio2-0Florida State 70, Minnesota 56
 Dayton, Ohio3-0Florida State 73, Kentucky 54
 Los Angeles, Calif.4-0Florida State 79, North Carolina 75
 Los Angeles, Calif.4-1UCLA 81, Florida State 76
1978Knoxville, Tenn.0-1Kentucky 85, Florida State 76
1980Bowling Green, Ky.1-0(8) Florida State 94, (9) Toledo 91
 Bowling Green, Ky.1-1(1) Kentucky 97, (8) Florida State 78
1988Los Angeles, Calif.0-1(5) Iowa 102, (12) Florida State 98
1989Nashville, Tenn.0-1(13) Middle Tenn. St. 97, (4) Florida State 83
1991Louisville, Ky.1-0(7) Florida State 75, (10) Southern Cal 72
 Louisville, Ky.1-1(2) Indiana 82, (7) Florida State 60
1992Boise, Idaho1-0(3) Florida State 78, (14) Montana 68
 Boise, Idaho2-0(3) Florida State 78, (6) Georgetown 68
 Albuquerque, N.M.2-1(2) Indiana 85, (3) Florida State 74
1993Orlando, Fla.1-0(3) Florida State 82, (14) Evansville 70
 Orlando, Fla.2-0(3) Florida State 94, (11) Tulane 63
 Charlotte, N.C.3-0(3) Florida State 81, (7) W. Kentucky 78
 Charlotte, N.C.3-1(1) Kentucky 106, (3) Florida State 81
1998Oklahoma City, Okla.1-0(12) Florida State 96, (5) Texas Christian 87
 Oklahoma City, Okla.1-1(13) Valparaiso 83, (12) Florida State 77 (OT)
2009Boise, Idaho0-1(12) Wisconsin 61, (5) Florida State 59 (OT)

(seeds in parentheses)

HAMILTON MAKING HIS FIFTH NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton, the 2009 ACC Coach of the Year, is making his fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and has guided two different schools into the NCAA Tournament. He has a 3-4 record in four previous NCAA Tournament appearances while the head coach at the University of Miami and Florida State. Hamilton led the Hurricanes to the Sweet 16 of the 2000 NCAA Tournament with victories over Arkansas and Ohio State.

Leonard Hamilton’s NCAA Tournament Appearances

SeasonSiteRecordOpponent(s)
1998Atlanta, Ga.0-1(6) UCLA 65, (11) Miami 62
1999Boston, Mass.1-0(2) Miami 75, (15) Lafayette 54
 Boston, Mass.1-1(10) Purdue 73, (2) Miami 63
2000Nashville, Tenn.1-0(6) Miami 75, (11) Arkansas 71
 Nashville, Tenn.2-0(6) Miami 75, (3) Ohio State 62
 Austin, Texas2-1(7) Tulsa 80, (6) Miami 71
2009Boise, Idaho0-1(12) Wisconsin 61, (5) Florida State 59 OT)

FLORIDA STATE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Florida State has advanced to one NCAA Championship game (1972 against UCLA), one NCAA Final Four (1972), two NCAA Elite Eights (1972 and 1993) and three NCAA Sweet 16’s (1972, 1992 and 1993). Leonard Hamilton, the 20th all-time winningest coach in ACC history, is the fourth coach in school history to guide at least two teams to the NCAA Tournament.

 

  vs.    

Florida State vs. #18 Gonzaga

(NCAA Tournament First Round)

Friday, March 19th, 2010 (7:10 p.m EST)

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 Stats Comparison FSUGonzaga
 Points Per Game68.577.6
 Scoring Margin+ 8.3+  10.6
 FG Percentage.455.494
 3P Percentage.336.363
 FT Percentage.646.663
 Rebounds Per Game38.038.2
 Rebound Margin+ 5.6+ 4.9
 Assists Per Game13.913.5
 Turnovers Per Game16.813.1
 Steals Per Game8.46.7
 Blocks Per Game6.34.2

 

 Florida State
Stat Leaders
 Gonzaga
 S. Alabi 11.6Points PG15.8
 M. Bouldin
 C. Singleton219Rebounds230
 E. Harris
 D. Kitchen117Assists126
 M. Bouldin
 C. Singleton71Steals42
 M. Bouldin
 S. Alabi74Blocks62
 R. Sacre

REID TO EARN DEGREE
Senior Ryan Reid will earn his bachelor’s degree in social sciences on May 1 from Florida State University. He will become the first member of his family to earn a degree from college as he continues head coach Leonard Hamilton’s rate of graduating 100 percent of the seniors who complete their eligibility at Florida State in the last eight years.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg; 12 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wisconsin in 2009 NCAA Tournament)
F #42 Ryan Reid (6.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 0 pts and 1 stl vs. Wisconsin in 2009 NCAA Tournament)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (11.6 ppg, 2.4 bpg; 6 pts and 4 rebs vs., Wisconsin in 2009 NCAA Tournament)
G #21 Michael Snaer (8.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; First career NCAA Tournament)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.2 ppg, 3.9 apg; 6 pts and 8 rebs vs. Wisconsin in 2009 NCAA Tournament)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Luke Loucks (4.1 ppg, 2.8 apg; 0 pts and 1 stl vs. Wisconsin in 2009 NCAA Tournament)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. Wisconsin in 2009 NCAA Tournament)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 6 pts and 2 rebs vs. Wisconsin in 2009 NCAA Tournament)
G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.3 ppg, 0.8 apg; First career NCAA Tournament)
F #15 Terrance Shannon (1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career NCAA Tournament

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR GONZAGA
F #00 Robert Sacre (10.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 14 pts and 11 rebs vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 25, 2009)
F #20 Elias Harris (14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg; 31 pts and 14 rebs vs. St. Mary’s, Jan. 14, 2010)
G #3 Demetri Goodson (6.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 22 pts and 2 asts vs. Davidson, Dec. 12, 2009)
G #15 Matt Bouldin (15.8 ppg, 4.1 apg; 28 pts and 3 asts vs. Washington State. Dec. 2, 2009)
G #32 Steven Gray (13.7 ppg, 2.8 spg; 27 pts and 4 rebs vs. Colorado, Nov. 23, 2009)

FLORIDA STATE VS. GONZAGA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Gonzaga Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win in NCAA Tournament: First Meeting
Last Gonzaga Win in NCAA Tournament: First Meeting
Current Streak: First Meeting
Leonard Hamilton vs. Gonzaga: First Meeting

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