Dec. 6, 2007
TALLAHASSE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won a season-high five consecutive games, plays host to Maine of the America East Conference on Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won each of their games since a 78-48 victory over Georgia State on Nov. 20 at home. Florida State’s current five-game winning streak is it’s longest since winning eight consecutive games during the month of December (Dec. 3 through Dec. 29) last season. During both winning streaks the Seminoles have defeated Florida (both times as a ranked team), Stetson and Georgia State and will play Providence (Florida State won 92-62 in Tampa last season) on Dec. 22 in Rhode Island. Florida State’s game against Maine is its 11th of 11 consecutive games played in the state of Florida with its next come coming in Indianapolis against Butler. The Seminoles will face the Bulldogs on Dec. 15 at 6:00 p.m. (EST) at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as part of the Wooden Tradition. The Seminoles have one home game left during the calendar year after Saturday’s game against Maine as they play host to the College of Charleston on Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m.
SEMINOLES FIRST IN NATION, SWANN FIFTH IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Florida State is ranked FIRST IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC in free throws made (173), free throws attempted (214) and free throw percentage (.808) according to the first NCAA statistical report of the season. The report takes into account all of the games played through Dec. 2. Senior guard Isaiah Swann is ranked FIFTH IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC WITH a .967 success rate (29 of 30) from the free throw line. The Seminoles finished first in the ACC and ninth in the nation last season with a school record .758 shooting percentage from the free throw line. The Seminoles’ performance from the free throw line against Cleveland State (29 of 31, .935) is the fifth best and their performance against Georgia Southern (32 of 35, .914) is the seventh best performance in Division I during the first month of the 2007-08 season. The Seminoles are joined by only Wright State a (.805) as the two Division I teams that are shooting 80 percent or better from the free throw line.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Maine and win its season-high sixth consecutive game. The Seminoles won their first three games of the season and have won all of their games since a 78-48 victory over Georgia State on Nov. 20;
…Defeat Maine and run its non-conference home winning streak to 18 games. The Seminoles are undefeated at home in non-conference games in the last two seasons and last fell at home to a non-ACC opponent against South Carolina in the second round of the NIT on March 21, 2006;
…Defeat Maine and win its 25th consecutive non-conference regular season game at home. The Seminoles have not lost to a non-ACC opponent at home during the regular season since Dec. 12, 2004.
DURING FLORIDA STATE’S CURRENT FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK…
…The Seminoles have a 17.4 points per game margin of victory. The Seminoles defeated Georgia State by 30 points (78-48; Nov. 20) and beat Stetson by 13 points (72-59; Nov. 30);
…The Seminoles have led at halftime of each game during their five-game winning streak;
…The Seminoles have blocked 20 shots for an average of 4.0 blocked shots per game;
…The Seminoles have made 87 free throws while their opponents have attempted 67.
FLORIDA STATE’S TOP STEALS GAMES IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Maine ranked third in the ACC with 94 steals and a 9.4 steals per game average. The Seminoles have earned double-digit steals in four of their 10 games this season with a season-high of 18 steals in their season-opening victory over Nicholls State (81-58; Nov. 9). Florida State’s 18 steals against the Colonels is tied for the fifth highest steals total in a single game in school history. A total of five of the top 16 single-game steals total in school history have come during the first six years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Florida State. The 18 steals by the Seminoles against Nicholls State on Nov. 9 ranks tied for the fifth highest single-game total in school history.
Florida State's Top Single Game Steals Totals Rank No. Opponent Date 1. 21 Tulane Feb. 6, 1985 T2. 19 Tulane Jan. 7, 1978 19 Rice Nov. 29, 1996 19 Butler Dec. 30, 1996 T5. 18 St. Leo College Jan. 25, 1982 18 NC State Feb. 14, 1996 18 Nicholls State Nov. 26, 2003 18 Nicholls State Nov. 9, 2007 T9. 17 Troy State Jan. 8, 1997 17 St. Leo College Dec. 5, 1977 17 Memphis State Feb. 26, 1983 17 Central Florida Nov. 26, 1983 17 Morgan State Dec. 3, 1990 17 Texas A&M. C.C. Jan. 6, 2003 17 Jacksonville Dec. 21, 2004 17 Stetson Dec. 20, 2005
FLORIDA STATE’S SCORING DEFENSE
The Seminoles are ranked third in the ACC in scoring defense through the first 10 games of the season as they are allowing a scant 59.6 points per game. Florida State has allowed less than 60 points in five of its 10 games, held No. 24 Florida to 51 points in their gymnasium and allowed a season-high of 70 points in its victory over UAB (78-70; Nov. 16).
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE EFFORT IN ITS LAST TWO GAMES…
…The Seminoles have allowed a total of 104 points (52.0 points per game). They limited Samford to 45 points on Dec. – the fewest points they have allowed in a single game since holding Savannah State to 41 points in a 93-41 victory over the Tigers on Nov. 20, 2001;
…The Seminoles have held their last two opponents to a combined shooting percentage of .379 (39-103). The held Samford to 19 field goals made in their 61-45 victory on Dec. 2;
…The Seminoles have limited their last two opponents to .227 shooting (10-44) from the 3-point line. They held Stetson to four made shots from the bonusphere on Nov. 30;
…The Seminoles have forced 34 turnovers in the last two games for an average of 17 turnovers forced per game;
…The Seminoles have earned 21 steals in the last two games for an average of 10.5 steals per game. Their 14 steals in their victory over Stetson was the third highest steals total of the season;
…The Seminoles have blocked eight shots – an average of 4.0 per game – in their last two wins. They blocked five shots in their win over Samford – tied for the fourth highest total of the season.
FLORIDA STATE AT HOME UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State has won all six of its home games this season, has won 21 of its last 24 home games (.875) and 29 of its last 35 (.829 winning percentage) games at home since defeating Virginia Tech at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Jan. 7, 2006.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #21 Julian Vaughn (5.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 6.7 ppg and shooting .667 from the field in 6 homes games) F #41 Uche Echefu (10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 9.7 ppg and shooting .581 from the field in 6 home games) G #3 Isaiah Swann (14.4 ppg, 3.6 apg; 13.7 ppg and shooting .500 from the field in 6 home games) G #23 Toney Douglas (12.9 ppg, 2.7 apg; 13.3 ppg and shooting .531 from the field in 6 home games) G #10 Ralph Mims (8.9 ppg, 1.5 apg; 9.5 ppg and shooting .474 from the field in 6 home games) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #25 Jason Rich (9.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 8.5 ppg and shooting .429 from 3-point range in 6 home games) F #15 Casaan Breeden (4.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 5.3 ppg and shooting 1.000 from FT line in 6 home games) F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.4 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 1.7 ppg and shooting .364 from field in 6 home games) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 5.4 ppg and shooting .500 from fielding 6 home games)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MAINE F #33 Jordan Cook (5.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg; Season-high 15 points vs. Fisher, 11/13/07) C #23 Brian Andre (14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg; Season-high 17 points vs. Northeastern and Providence) G #11 Jason Hight (5.1 pg, 3.3 rpg; Season-high 12 points vs. NJIT, 12/1/07) G #12 Junior Bernal (12.3 ppg, 3.0 apg; Season-high 19 points vs. NJIT, 12/1/07) G #22 Mark Socoby (13.6 ppg, 2.5 apg; Season-high 29 points at Quinnipiac, 11/20/07)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MAINE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0 Last Game: Nov. 21, 2003; Florida State 69, Maine 49 Last Florida State Win: Nov. 21, 2003; Florida State 69, Maine 49 Last Maine Win: None Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Nov. 21, 2003; Florida State 69, Maine 49 Last Maine Win In Tallahassee: None Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Maine: 1-0 (at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MAINE – THE LAST MEETING
Tim Pickett scored 18 points and Anthony Richardson added 16 as Florida State opened the 2003-04 season with a 69-49 victory over the Maine Black Bears on Nov. 21, 2003 in Tallahassee. Richardson scored eight of his points in a late 17-4 surge, was capped by two 3-point baskets by Pickett, as the Seminoles wore down the visitors and opened a 68-46 lead with just over a minute left. Jermaine Jackson was the lone Maine player in double figures with 12 points, but he made just 3 of 12 shots. Both clubs shots poorly in a game interrupted in the first half for nearly 20 minutes by a malfunctioning 35-second clock. The teams played the last 5:56 of the half without a shot clock. It was restored for the second half. Maine shot 32.7 percent and only 26.9 percent from 3-point range. Florida State hit 38.9 percent of his tries with Richardson shooting 6-for-9. Maine did have a 38-37 advantage in rebounds, but committed 21 turnovers that led to 20 Florida State points.