March 3, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won three consecutive ACC games, travels to play at No. 1/2 North Carolina at Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill on March 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against the Tar Heels with consecutive victories over Clemson (Feb. 19; 64-55, highest national ranking of 15), Boston College (Feb. 23; 66-63) and at NC State (Feb. 27; 72-62; highest national ranking of 21). In addition to winning three consecutive games the Seminoles have won four of their last six ACC games with a victory at Miami (Feb. 6; 62-55; highest national ranking of 19). Florida State plays North Carolina for the second time this season – the Tar Heels took an 84-73 victory in overtime on Feb. 3, in Tallahassee. The Seminoles game against the No. 1 ranked Tar Heels marks a chance for a third victory in school history (and first on the road) over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. Florida State defeated No. 1 ranked Duke during both the 2001-02 and 2005-06 seasons. The Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 ranked Duke during the 2005-06 season was the second of Hamilton’s career against the nation’s No. 1 ranked team – he also coached the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a 77-73 victory over No. 1 Oklahoma on Feb. 4, 1989. Following Tuesday’s game against North Carolina the Seminoles will close out their regular season as they celebrate the career of guards Ralph Mims, Jason Rich and Isaiah Swann and forward Matt Zitani on Senior Day against Miami (March 8, 12 Noon).
ALL-ACC CANDIDATE Toney Douglas CONTINUES TO PROPEL SEMINOLES
All-ACC candidate Toney Douglas – the ACC’s Chief Thief and the eighth leading scorer in the conference – enters Tuesday’s game against North Carolina as one of the league’s hottest and most consistent players. He has scored in double figures in all 29 games this season for Florida State, leads the ACC in steals (82, 2.83 spg), is ranked ninth in the league in field goal shooting percentage (.457), third in the league in minutes played (35.2 mpg) and eighth in the conference statistics in scoring (15.6 ppg).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and win its fourth consecutive ACC game. The last time the Seminoles won four consecutive ACC games was during the 1992-93 season when they defeated Georgia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest, Maryland, NC State and Clemson in succession in their way to a 12-4 record and a second place finish in the conference standings;
…Defeat North Carolina and win their fourth ACC road game of the season. The last time the Seminoles won at least four ACC road games was during the 1992-93 season when they won five conference games with victories at Wake Forest, at Clemson, at Maryland, at NC State and at Georgia Tech;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain its third ever victory over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. The Seminoles defeated then No. 1 Duke (77-76, Jan. 6, 2002) during the 2001-02 season and stopped the No. 1 ranked Blue Devils (79-74, March 1, 2006) during the 2005-06 season;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a win over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team on the road for the first time in school history;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain their second road win over a ranked team this season. The Seminoles won at then No. 24 Florida (65-51, Nov. 23, 2007) to gain their fifth win of the 2007-08 season.
FLORIDA STATE’S SWANN UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL ACL SURGERY
Florida State University senior guard Isaiah Swann underwent successful ACL reconstructive surgery in his left knee on Feb. 29 at Tallahassee Outpatient Surgery Center. The surgery was performed by FSU team physician Dr. Bill Thompson. Swann will begin his rehabilitation under the care of the Seminole training and medical staff immediately. Swann was injured during the first half of the Florida State’s victory over Miami on Feb. 6 and has missed the Seminoles’ last five games. He averaged 11.8 points and made 55 3-point field goals during his senior season.
FLORIDA STATE’S STATISTICS IN ITS LAST THREE GAMES – ALL VICTORIES…
…The Seminoles defense has allowed a total of 180 points for an average of 60.0 points allowed per game. The Seminoles limited Clemson to 55 points (15.2 fewer than its season average), limited Boston College to 63 points (8.7 points fewer than its season average) and held NC State to 62 points (5.2 points fewer than its season average);
…Florida State has limited its last three opponents to a combined shooting percentage of .388 from the field. The Seminoles held Clemson to a season-low .308 shooting percentage, Boston College to a .420 mark and limited NC State to a .467 shooting mark from the field;
…Florida State has allowed a total of 17 3-point field goals in the last three games by their opponents (5.6 made from beyond the arc). The Seminoles held Clemson (the ACC’s second leading 3-point shooting team) to a .111 shooting percentage from the bonusphere as the Tigers made only three of 27 long range shots;
…Florida State has outrebounded two of its last three opponents and holds a +4.6 rebounding margin in its last three victories. The Seminoles outrebounded NC State by an ACC season-high 11 rebounds;
…Florida State has held onto the ball and committed only 13.7 turnovers per game. They committed a season-low six turnovers in their victory over NC State;
AT THE INTERMISSION
Florida State has led each of its last four games (all against ACC competition) at halftime. The Seminoles have held halftime leads over Maryland (40-32), Clemson (35-17), Boston College (31-27) and NC State (32-24).
FABULOUS FEBRUARY FOR THE SEMINOLES
Florida State finished the month of February with a 4-2 record – the second time in the last three seasons under Leonard Hamilton that the Seminoles had won at least four games during the month of February. The Seminoles won three ACC games in a row in February for the first time since 1992-93 season.
SEMINOLES GETTING TO THE LINE AND MAKING THEIR SHOTS
Florida State, the ACC’s top ranked free throw shooting team, shot .864 from the line in its victory over NC State on Feb. 27. It marked the ninth time this season the Seminoles have shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line. In shooting .864 in their win over the Wolfpack, the Seminoles made 19 of 22 free throws – tied for the second highest number of made free throws in an ACC game this season. The Seminoles made their ACC season-high of 22 free throws in their ACC season-high of 33 attempts in their victory over Clemson (Feb. 19). The Seminoles are averaging 24.3 free throw attempts in their last three ACC games as compared to attempting an average of 17.2 free throws per game in their first 11 ACC games of the season.
SEMINOLES LEAD ACC IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
Florida State continues to prove itself as one of the most accurate free throw shooting teams in the nation. The Seminoles have made 449 free throws this season and enter Tuesday’s game against North Carolina ranked FIRST IN THE ACC AND SECOND IN THE NATION IN FREE THROW SHOOTING PERCENTAGE. The Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent from the line in each of the last three seasons and led the ACC with a school record .758 mark from the line during the 2006-07 season. Florida State has made more free throws than its opponent 15 times this season and averages 15.4 mf/g.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #41 Uche Echefu (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg; 9 pts and 7 rebs vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008) F #42 Ryan Reid (4.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008) G #10 Ralph Mims (11.0 ppg, 1.5 apg; 7 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008) G #23 Toney Douglas (15.9 ppg, 2.8 spg; 12 pts and 5 stls vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008) G #25 Jason Rich (13.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 22 pts and 6 rebs vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008) ...AND TOP RESERVES F #2 Jordan Demercy (1.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008) F #21 Julian Vaughn (2.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008) F #33 Matt Zitani (1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008) G #3 Isaiah Swann (11.8 ppg, 2.9 apg; 12 pts and 3 stls vs. North Carolina, Feb. 3, 2008)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NORTH CAROLINA F #21 Deon Thompson (8.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 11 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 3, 2008) F #50 Tyler Hansbrough (23.4 ppg, 10.4 ppg; 22 pts and 21 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 3, 2008) C #1 Marcus Ginyard (7.3 ppg, 2.0 apg; 7 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 7, 2007) G #11 Quentin Thomas (3.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 9 pts and 6 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 3, 2008) G #22 Wayne Ellington (16.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 18 pts and 2 stls vs. Florida State, March 7, 2007)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: North Carolina leads, 37-8 Last Game: Feb. 3, 2008; North Carolina 84, Florida State 73 (ot) Last Florida State Win: Feb. 8, 2003; Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 Last North Carolina Win: Feb. 3, 2008; North Carolina 84, Florida State 73 (ot) Last Florida State Win in Chapel Hill: Feb. 24, 1996; Florida State 84, North Carolina 80 Last North Carolina Win in Chapel Hill: Jan. 7, 2007; North Carolina 84, Florida State 58 Current Streak: North Carolina has won 7 Leonard Hamilton vs. North Carolina: 1-10
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE LAST MEETING
North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and a career-high 21 rebounds and No. 4 North Carolina beat Florida State 84-73 in overtime on Feb. 3 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Florida State’s Ryan Reid hit a desperation shot from the corner — the first 3-point attempt of his career — with 8.1 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 67. North Carolina failed to get off a shot before the buzzer. But Hansbrough, who was held without a field goal for the first 30 minutes of the game, and Danny Green took over in the extra period. Hansbrough had eight points and five rebounds in the overtime while Green scored the final three of his 19 points to spark North Carolina’s 10-2 run that broke open the game. Hansbrough, the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder, was held without a field goal until 9:43 remained in the game. He was just 5-of-14 from the field, but was 10-of-12 at the free throw line. North Carolina made 27 of 33 free throws. Florida State trailed 31-29 at halftime despite shooting a chilly 34.4 percent in the opening 20 minutes. Jason Rich led the Seminoles with 22 points while Isaiah Swann and Toney Douglas added 12 each.