Feb. 9, 2009
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#25 Florida State Seminoles (16-5) (3-3 ACC)
Virginia Cavaliers (7-12) (1-7 ACC)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which recovered from a 19-point deficit with 14:44 remaining for a 65-61 victory over Clemson on the road Saturday, plays host to Virginia on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee as its plays for its season-high third consecutive ACC win. The Seminoles enter their game against the Cavaliers with consecutive victories against Georgia Tech (Feb. 5, 62-58) and at Clemson (Feb. 7, 65-61) and five wins in their first eight ACC contests of the season. The Seminoles have five wins during the first half of the ACC season for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Florida State comes into Tuesday’s game with an 18-5 overall record (it won a total of 19 games during the 2007-08 season) and a 5-3 record in ACC play (it won seven ACC games during the 2007-08 season). The Seminoles’ victory over No. 10/10 Clemson on Saturday marked the second victory of the season over a ranked team after they defeated No. 21/23 Florida (Dec. 7, 57-55) earlier this season. Florida State’s two victories over ranked teams marks the second time in three seasons that they have defeated multiple ranked teams and the 10th time in the last 11 seasons that Florida State has defeated at least one ranked team. Following Tuesday’s game against Miami, the Seminoles will travel to play at Wake Forest (Feb. 14, 4:00 p.m.) in their fourth game against a team that has held the No. 1 ranking this season. Florida State has already played Pittsburgh, Duke and North Carolina.
DOUGLAS HAS SCORED 20+ POINTS IN SEVEN CONSECUTIVE GAME
Senior All-ACC and National Defensive Player of the Year candidate and Bob Cousy Award finalist Toney Douglas has scored at least 21 points in each of the last seven games and averages 23.7 points since the Seminoles’ victory over NC State on Jan. 13. He leads the ACC in total points scored (467) ranks third in average points per game (20.3 ppg) and second in steals (49) and steals per game (2.1 spg).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and win its third consecutive ACC game. It would mark the first time this season and the second time in the last two years that the Seminoles have won three consecutive conference games. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against Virginia with consecutive wins over Georgia Tech (Feb. 5, 62-58) and at No. 10/10 Clemson (Feb. 7, 65-61);
…Defeat Virginia and improve its ACC record to 6-3 for the first time since the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles won 11 of their first 13 ACC games in finishing in second place in the league standings with a program-best 12-4 record.
…Defeat Virginia and win its 19th game of the season. The Seminoles won their 19th game last season on March 13, 2008 with a victory over Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament.
…Defeat Virginia and win its third consecutive game against the Cavaliers. It would mark the third time in the series history that the Seminoles had won three straight games against Virginia. Most recently the Seminoles won three straight in the series on March 6, 2005, Jan. 11, 2006 and Feb. 18, 2006;
…Defeat Virginia and sweep the regular season series against the Cavaliers for the second time since 2006. The Seminoles won both games during the 2005-06 season including a 76-62 win in Tallahassee. Florida State also won the season series from the Cavaliers in 1998.
SEMINOLES NAMED TEAM OF THE WEEK BY ESPN’S ANDY KATZ
Florida State, with its two victories last week, has been named the national team of the week by ESPN’s Andy Katz. Said Katz: “Florida State was a missed Ty Lawson 3-pointer away from going into overtime and possibly knocking off North Carolina at home on Jan. 28. The Seminoles had proven they were poised to make a run despite not being able to close out UNC. Last week, Florida State did what it had to in holding off a charging Georgia Tech at home, then coming back after trailing by 19 to win at Clemson. This was the same Clemson team that crushed Duke earlier in the week. Had Clemson won this game, it would have been hard to keep Clemson away from the tag of team of the week. But Florida State has positioned itself as a threat to finish in the top four in the ACC with a 5-3 record. And at 18-5 overall through Saturday, it could earn a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles have four home and four away games left. All the road contests will be extremely difficult — the Noles will travel to Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Duke. That’s why it was so critical to grab the win at Clemson. Protecting Tallahassee from Virginia, Miami, Clemson and Virginia Tech will be must-win games, too. The wins over Cincinnati, Cal and Florida earlier in the season were no fluke. This team has arrived as a credible threat to earn a bid.”
SEMINOLES PLAYING WELL DEFENSIVELY
Florida State has played all season as one of the nation’s top defensive teams and is ranked among the national and ACC leaders in numerous statistics that illustrate how well it is playing on the defensive end of the court. The Seminoles are ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense (63.0 ppg), second in field goal percentage defense (.381), second in blocked shots (6.0 bpg) and second in steals (9.2 spg).
NOTING FLORIDA STATE’S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
…Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Virginia surrendering an average of 63.0 points per game. The last (and only) season the Seminoles allowed fewer points per game was during the 1949-50 season (the third year of basketball at Florida State) when they allowed a school record low 57.1 points per game;
…Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Virginia averaging a near school record 9.17 steals per game. The school record for steals in a single season is 9.20 by the Seminoles’ NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team which finished one game shy of advancing to the NCAA Final Four for the second time in school history;
…Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Virginia holding its opponents to a .381 shooting percentage from the field. Only two teams (Miami, .490, and Clemson, .453) have shot 45 percent or better from the field against the Seminoles this season. The school record for field goal percentage defense is .362 by the Seminoles’ 1952-53 team;
…Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Virginia averaging a near school record 6.17 blocked shots per game. The school record for blocked shots in a season is 6.20 during the 1994-95 season.
SEMINOLES HALFTIME ADVANTAGE AGAINST CLEMSON IS BIGGEST OF SEASON
Florida State outscored Clemson 43-31 (+12) in gaining its victory over the Tigers on Saturday night for its third ACC road victory of the season. The Seminoles +12 point advantage over the second 20 minutes of the games was their largest margin in an ACC game and marked the second consecutive game the Seminoles had outscored their opponent by double digits in the second half. The Seminoles outscored Georgia Tech by 10 on Thursday night in earning their 62-58 victory over the Yellow Jackets.
FLORIDA STATE GOES TO THE BOARDS AGAINST CLEMSON
Led by Solomon Alabi’s nine rebounds against Clemson the Seminoles outrebounded the Tigers by eight rebounds in their victory on Saturday. It marked the Seminoles’ second highest rebound margin in an ACC game this season after outrebounding Duke by eight on Jan. 10. The Seminoles’ rebound margin against the Tigers has increased the Seminoles margin for the season in ACC games to +1.0 rebounds per game.
FLORIDA STATE ON A STEALING TEAR
Florida State, which is ranked second in the ACC in steals with a 9.2 steals per game average, has earned in double figures in steals in each of its last three games. The Seminoles earned 12 steals in their games against North Carolina and Georgia Tech and 10 in their victory over Clemson. The Seminoles are averaging 10.7 steals per game in their last three games.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (8.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 7 pts and 7 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 2$, 2009) F #41 Uche Echefu (7.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 8 pts and 9 rebs vs. Virginia, Feb. 17, 2007) C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.8 ppg, 2.1 bpg; 10 pts and 2 blcks vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.4 ppg, 2.1 apg; 6 pts and 3 stls vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009) G #23 Toney Douglas (20.3 ppg, 2.1 spg; 21 pts and 1 stl vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (4.1 ppg, 2.6 apg; 6 pts and 1 ast vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Virginia, Feb. 17, 2007) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 6 pts and 1 ast vs. Virginia, Jan. 24, 2009) G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Virginia, Jan. 23, 2008)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIA F #12 Jamil Tucker (7.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 10 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 24, 2009) F #24 Mamadi Diane (4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 21 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan., 23, 2008) C #32 Mike Scott (10.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 23, 2008) G #13 Sammy Zeglinski (9.5 ppg, 3.4 apg; 8 pts and 5 stls vs. Florida State, Jan, 24, 2009) G #15 Slyven Landersberg (17.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg; 24 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 24, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Virginia leads, 17-16 Last Game: Jan. 24, 2009; Florida State 73, at Virginia 62 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 24, 2009; Florida State 73, at Virginia 62 Last Virginia Win: Jan. 17, 2007; at Virginia 73, Florida State 70 Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 23, 2008; at Florida State 69, Virginia 67 Last Virginia win in Tallahassee: Feb. 17, 2001; Virginia 69, at Florida State 66 Current Streak: Florida State has won 2 / 5 of last 6 Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia: 8-5
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 21 points and Florida State held Virginia to three first-half field goals on its way to a 73-62 victory on January 24, 2009 at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. The Seminoles led 30-16 at the intermission, and then extended their lead to as many as 21 points even when the Cavaliers started making shots. Virginia lost its fourth consecutive game after opening ACC play with an overtime victory at Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers finished the game just 17-for-48 from the field. Solomon Alabi added 10 points for the Seminoles, who shot 50 percent for the game. Sylven Landesberg led Virginia with 24 points, including 14-for-14 at the foul line.