Dec. 15, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won nine of its first 10 games of the season, plays host to Tennessee Tech on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles enter the game having won two consecutive game with victories over teams from three of the top conferences in all of college basketball – the Big East (Cincinnati, 58-47, Nov. 28), the Pac-10 (Cal, 80-77, Nov. 29) and the SEC (Florida, 57-55, Dec. 7). Florida State is a perfect 4-0 at home and will play host to the Golden Eagles from the Ohio Valley Conference looking to run their regular season home unbeaten streak to 37 consecutive games – a streak that began with a victory over South Alabama on Dec. 16, 2004. The Seminoles have won 26 consecutive non-conference home games during the months of November and December. Florida State’s game against Tennessee Tech from the OCV marks the Seminoles 11th different opponent from the 10th different conference so far this season. Following Tuesday’s game against Tennessee Tech the Seminoles will play host to Charleston Southern (Dec. 18, 7:00 p.m.) and No. 3/3 Pittsburgh (Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m.) before taking time off to celebrate the holiday. Florida State will travel to play Western Kentucky in the Orange Bowl Classic at the BankUnited Center in Sunrise, Fla. (Dec. 28; 4:00 p.m.).
FLORIDA STATE EARNING ONE OF TOP STARTS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Tennessee Tech looking for the third 10-1 start to a season and match the school record for best start after 11 games. The Seminoles’ 2003-04 team won 10 of its first 11 games and 12 of its first 13 games before suffering its second defeat of the season on Jan. 3. The Seminoles won 10 of their first 11 and 16 of their first 17 games of the 1988-89 season before losing their second game of the season on Feb. 1
Seminoles' Best Starts Season 10-Game Start 11-Game Start 12-Game Start 2003-04 10-0 10-1 11-1 1988-89 9-1 10-1 11-1 1996-97 9-1 9-2 9-3 1979-80 9-1 9-2 10-2 1977-78 9-1 9-2 10-2 1969-70 9-1 9-2 10-2 2008-09 9-1 Dec. 16 ??
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Tennessee Tech and improve its record to 10-1. It would mark the second time in the last six seasons and the second time in the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State that the Seminoles had won 10 of their first 11 games of a season;
…Defeat Tennessee Tech and improve to 10-1 for only the third time in school history – the second time under head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…Defeat Tennessee Tech and win its 10th game of the season. It would mark the earliest date in school history the Seminoles would have won their 10th game of the season;
…Defeat Tennessee Tech and win its 17th consecutive home game during the month of December – a streak that began with a victory over South Alabama on Dec. 16, 2004.
FLORIDA STATE’S TIES TO TENNESSEE TECH
Florida State will play host to Tennessee Tech on Dec. 16 in its first game against the Golden Eagles since the 1957-58 season. The Seminoles defeated Tennessee Tech in the only previous meeting between the two teams (Dec. 2, 1957, 74-71) in a game played in Tallahassee. The Golden Eagles are coached by Mike Sutton who was an assistant coach at Kentucky from 1997-2002. He followed in the footsteps of current Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton who was an assistant coach at Kentucky from 1974-80 and the Wildcats’ associate head coach from 1980-86.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST THE OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE
Florida State has a record of 15-3 (.833 winning percentage) against the current teams from the Ohio Valley Conference. The Seminoles are 2-0 against Jacksonville State (last game Dec. 4, 1954; won 103-76), 1-0 against Austin Peay (last game Dec. 4, 1976; won 97-87), 1-0 against Tennessee State (last game Dec. 17, 1996; won 100-62), 1-0 against Tennessee Tech (last game Dec. 2, 1957; won 74-71, 1-0 against Tennessee Martin (last game Dec. 18, 19894; won 90-73), 6-1 against Eastern Kentucky (last game Dec. 6, 1975; won 65-59), 2-1 against Murray State (last game Dec. 30, 1998; won 80-76) and are 1-1 against Morehead State (last game Jan. 30, 1960; won 78-75).
FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSE GETS TOUGH ON OPPONENT’S FIELD GOAL SHOOTERS
Florida State limited Georgia State to a .377 field goal shooting percentage in its victory over the Panthers to mark the fifth game in its last six that it has held it opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field. Only three of the Seminoles’ first 10 opponents have shot better than 40 percent from the field with nine of their 10 opponents being held below their shooting percentage for the season. Florida State’s defense is looking to hold its opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field for the first time since the 2002-03 season – Leonard Hamilton’s first as the Seminoles’ head coach. The Seminoles ranked No. 1 in scoring defense and No. 2 in field goal percentage defense in the ACC that season. The Seminoles come into Tuesday’s game against Tennessee Tech ranked fourth in field goal percentage defense (.379) and fifth in scoring defense (62.9 points allowed per game) in the ACC statistics.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO BLOCK SHOTS AT NEAR RECORD PACE
After blocking seven shots (a game-high four by center Solomon Alabi) in their victory over Georgia State, the Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against Tennessee Tech with 60 blocked shots and a 6.0 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have nearly three times as many blocked shots (60) as their opponents during the first 10 games of the season. In addition, Alabi has nearly as many blocked shots all by himself (19) as the Seminoles’ 10 opponents do combined (21). With 19 blocked shots in the first 10 games of the season Alabi is quickly gaining on Uche Echefu’s team-leading total of 33 blocked shots during the 2007-08 season.
Florida State's Top Shots Blocked Seasons Rank Blocks/BPG Year Individual Leader 1. 167/6.2 1994-95 Corey Louis/74 BS/2.7 BPG T2. 60/6.0 2008-09 Solomon Alabi/19 BS/1.9 BPG 210/6.0 1992-93 Rodney Dobard/111 BS/3.2 BPG 4. 165/5.2 1997-98 Corey Louis/50 BS/1.6 BPG 5. 152/5.8 1990-91 Rodney Dobard/47 BS/1.7 BPG
FLORIDA STATE GOING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State has outrebounded four of its last five opponents heading into its game against Tennessee Tech. The Seminoles outrebounded Georgia State by nine in their victory over the Panthers – the second highest rebounding margin of the season. Florida State outrebounded Stetson by a season-high 11 rebounds in its victory over the Hatters. Having outrebounded both Florida (+four rebounds) and Georgia State (+nine rebounds) in consecutive games, the Seminoles are looking to outrebound its third consecutive opponent against Tennessee Tech.
FLORIDA STATE’S TEAM STREAKS…
…Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 81 consecutive games entering Tuesday’s game against Tennessee Tech. The last time the Seminoles did not make a shot from the bonusphere was on Jan. 4, 2005 at Clemson.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (9.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 2 3FGM in first 5 games -- 6 3FGM in last 5 games) F #42 Ryan Reid (8.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 8.2 ppg in first 5 games -- 8.8 ppg in last 5 games) C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.3 ppg, 1.9 bpg; 1.4 bpg in first 5 games -- 2.4 bpg in last 5 games) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (5.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg; 5.0 ppg in first 5 games -- 5.2 ppg in last 5 games) G #23 Toney Douglas (17.9 ppg, 2.1 spg; .722 from FT in 5 five gms and .880 from FT in last 5 gms) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.6 ppg, 2.5 apg; 1.2 spg in first 5 games - 1.6 spg in last 5 games) F #1 Xavier Gibson (1.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg; .222 FG Pct in first 5 games -- .444 FG Pct in last five games) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (2.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg; 1.2 rpg in first 5 games - 1.3 rpg in last 4 games) G #21 Brian Hoff (0.6 ppg, 0.4 rpg; 0.3 rpg in first 5 games - 0.5 rpg in last 5 games) F #41 Uche Echefu (8.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 8.5 ppg in first 5 games - 9.2 ppg in last 5 games)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR TENNESSEE TECH F #55 Kevin Murphy (7.1 ppg, 2. rpg; 12 pts and 2 rebs vs. Union College, Dec. 14, 2008) C #20 Daniel Northern (11.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 15 pts and 7 rebs vs. Southern Utah, Nov. 22, 2008) G #21 Will Barnes (9.5 ppg, 3.4 apg; 12 pts and 5 asts vs. Lipscomb, Dec. 1, 2008) G #23 DJ Lindsay (11.3 ppg, 2.5 apg; 10 pts and 6 rebs vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Nov. 29, 2008) G #30 Frank Davis (10.0 ppg, 1.8 apg; 11 pts and 5 rebounds vs. Union College, Dec. 14, 2008)
FLORIDA STATE VS. TENNESSEE TECH - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0 Last Game: Dec. 2, 1957; Florida State 74, Tennessee Tech 71 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 2, 1957; Florida State 74, Tennessee Tech 71 Last Tennessee Tech Win: None Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Dec. 2, 1957; Florida State 74, Tennessee Tech 71 Last Tennessee Tech win in Tallahassee: None Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Tennessee Tech: First Meeting
FLORIDA STATE VS. TENNESSEE TECH – THE LAST GAME
Jim Liteky led three Seminoles in double figure scoring with 28 points to lead the Florida State to a 74-71 victory over Tennessee Tech in Tully Gymnasium on the campus of Florida State University on Dec. 2, 1957. Liteky made a team-high nine field goals and a team-high 10 free throws to lead the Seminoles to a season opening victory over the Tennessee Tech. Burt Deckel scored 21 points and Seminole Hall of famer Hugh Durham added 10 points on four of five free throws made. The Seminoles led 37-33 at the half, and despite being outscored 38-37 in the second half, earned the victory. Liteky averaged 10.7 points during the season and was one of four Seminoles who averaged in double figure scoring for the season. Durham, who number 25 hangs from the ceiling of the Donald L. Tucker Center, guided the Seminoles to the 1972 NCAA Championship as their coach. Durham is the winningest coach in Seminole basketball history with 229 career wins from 1967-1978.