Feb. 23, 2009
Seminoles.com Gameday Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Toney Douglas and ACC Coach of the Year candidate Leonard Hamilton the No. 23/25 Florida State Seminoles travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to play at Boston College on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. at the Conte Forum. After being picked to finish in 10th place in the league standings by the attending media at the annual ACC Operation Basketball on Oct. 26, the Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game with a 21-6 overall record and an 8-4 mark in ACC play which places it in second place in the ACC standings. The Seminoles have won two consecutive games (against Miami and at Virginia Tech) and five of their last six since falling on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to North Carolina (Jan. 28, 80-77). The Seminoles enter their game against Boston College in second place in the ACC standings this late in the season for the first time since the 1991-92 (11-5 second place) and 1992-93 seasons (12-4 second place) when they finished in a school-high tying second place in the league standings and as the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament. Additionally, the Seminoles 21 regular season victories are the most before the post season since they won 22 regular season games during the 1992-983 season. Florida State’s eight ACC wins marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Seminoles have won at least eight ACC games (9-7 record, fifth place) and is the school-record fourth consecutive season they have won at least seven ACC games. The Seminoles are tied for second in the league for four ACC road wins (at NC State, at Virginia, at No. 10/10 Clemson and at Virginia Tech) – a total which ranks as the third best ACC road win total in school history. Florida State’s NCAA Tournament teams in 1991-92 (school record six ACC road wins) and 1992-93 (five ACC road wins) are the only two teams in school history to win more ACC road games. Following Tuesday’s game at Boston College, the Seminoles will return home to play host to No. 13/13 Clemson before playing its final ACC road game of the season at Duke (March 3; 8:00 p.m.). The Seminoles will honor Ron King – the captain of the Seminoles’ 1972 NCAA Finalist Team – at the Clemson game as his No. 33 will be honored and hung in the rafters of the Donald L. Tucker Center. A basketball reunion with many of the Seminoles’ former players will be on hand to help King celebrate.
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE Toney Douglas
Senior guard Toney Douglas has emerged as one of the leading candidates for ACC Player of the Year honors with his playing during the entire 2008-09 season but especially with his play during the Seminoles’ run to a second place standing in the ACC standings. Douglas is the leader in overall points scored (554), the second leading scorer in overall points per game average (a career-high 20.5 point per game) and the leading scorer in ACC games (23.2 points per game). He has played the most minutes of any player in the ACC this season (974, 36.1 mpg) and has led a team comprised of eight freshmen and sophomores and only four juniors and seniors to the verge of the a top-two finish in the ACC standings. He has scored at least 20 points in 10 of 12 ACC games and is only three points shy of having scored 20 points in each of the Seminoles’ 12 ACC games this season. He has led Florida State to 10 victories away from home (7-3 record in true road games and a 3-0 record in neutral site game) and has guided the Seminoles to within six wins of tying the school-record for wins in a season with 27. The Seminoles’ 1971-72 NCAA Finalist team finished with a 27-6 record.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Boston College and win its ninth ACC game of the season. It would mark the second time under head coach Leonard Hamilton (also in 2005-06) and the fourth time in school history (school record 12 ACC wins in 1992-93 and 11 ACC wins in 1991-92). The Seminoles finished in second place in the league standings in both of those seasons;
…Defeat Boston College and win its 22nd game of the season. It would mark the second time in the last three seasons (also in 2006-07 with a 22-13 record) and the eighth time in school history the Seminoles have won at least 22 games in a single season;
…Defeat Boston College and win its first game at the Conte Forum. The Seminoles are 0-2 in the venue since the Eagles joined the ACC. It would mark the third venue this season (also at Clemson and at Virginia Tech) that the Seminoles would have won their first games under head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…Defeat Boston College and win its second consecutive ACC road game. It would mark the first time since winning at Maryland (Feb. 13, 1993; 111-94) and at NC State (Feb. 17, 1993; 72-71) that the Seminoles will have won consecutive ACC games on the road;
…Defeat Boston College and guarantee itself of a winning record in the ACC with nine wins for the second time in the last four years under head coach Leonard Hamilton and for the fourth time in school history.
WINNING IN FEBRUARY IS A KEY FOR FLORIDA STATE
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Boston College with a 5-1 record during the month of February. It seems as success in the month of February is crucial to any team in college basketball and is has been true recently for Florida State. The Seminoles’ win in February this season have come at home against Georgia Tech, at then No. 10/10 Clemson, at Virginia, at home against Miami and at Virginia Tech.
SEMINOLES HITTING ON ALL CYLINDERS FROM FREE THROW LINE
Florida State, which made its final nine free throws in its victory at Virginia Tech on Saturday night, is shooting nearly .900 from the free throw line in the last two games. The Seminoles shot .900 (nine-of-10) from the line in its victory over Virginia Tech and shot .886 in its win over Miami in Tallahassee on Wednesday night. The Seminoles have missed only five free throws in 45 attempts in their last two games. In the last two games the Seminoles are shooting .875 from the free throw line in the first half (14 of 16) and .897 from the free throw line in the second half (26 of 29).
FLORIDA STATE WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
Florida State defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Saturday night by a score of 67-65. It marked the Seminoles’ fourth win by two points this season (at Jacksonville, Stetson, vs. No. 21/23 Florida and at Virginia Tech). The Seminoles have 10 wins in games decided by five points or less and have only lost once when the final score of the game has been decided by five points or less. Florida State’s only loss in a game decided by five points or less came at the hands of No. 3/3 North Carolina (one of four No. 1 teams the Seminoles have played this season. The Tar Heels defeated the Seminoles on a buzzer beating 3-point shot by Ty Lawson.
AGAINST VIRGINIA TECH…
…Florida State held a 10-point halftime advantage – its first half time lead since it led at the intermission in its victory over Virginia. The Seminoles are 16-1 when leading at halftime and lead the ACC with five wins when rallying from a halftime deficit. Most recently the Seminoles charged back after trailing Miami, 31-30, at the half in Tallahassee last Wednesday night. The Seminoles’ 10-point half time lead was its second largest halftime lead of the season (+14, 30-16, against Virginia on Jan. 24) was the Seminoles’ largest halftime lead of the season.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD IN THE ACC
Florida State has won four ACC road games with three coming by double digits (+13 at NC State and +11 at Virginia). The Seminoles have already won more ACC road games this season (four) than they did last season (at Georgia Tech, at Miami and at NC State). The Seminoles’ 10 wins away from home this season (seven in true road games and three at neutral sites) are the most they have had since the 1992-93 season when they won 12 games away from home (seven in true road games and five at neutral sites.)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (7.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg; First career game against Boston College) F #41 Uche Echefu (9.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 8 pts and 5 rebs vs. Boston College, Feb. 23, 2008) C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.9 ppg, 2.0 bpg; First career game against Boston College) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.9 ppg, 2.3 apg; First career game against Boston College) G #23 Toney Douglas (20.5 ppg, 1.9 spg; 20 pts and 2 stls vs. Boston College, Feb. 23, 2008) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs vs. Boston College, Jan. 23, 2008) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg; First career game against Boston College) G #3 Luke Loucks (3.7 ppg, 2.3 apg; First career game against Boston College) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (3.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg; First career game against Boston College) F #42 Ryan Reid (5.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 5 pts and 5 rebs vs. Boston College, Fe. 23, 2008) G #21 Brian Hoff (0.8 ppg, 0.5 rpg; First career game against Boston College)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BOSTON COLLEGE F #11 Corey Raji (10.1 ppg, 6.4 apg; 2 pts and 1 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 23, 2008) F #12 Joe Tripani (13.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg; First career game against Florida State) C #52 Josh Southern (5.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg; 11 pts and 1 stl vs. Florida State, Feb. 23, 2008) G #4 Tyrese Rice (17.8 ppg, 5.3 apg; 23 pts and 3 asts vs. Florida State, Feb. 11, 2007) G #15 Rakim Sanders (12.1 ppg, 1.6 apg; 2 pts and 1 ast vs. Florida State, Feb. 23, 2008)
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Boston College leads, 3-1 Last Game: Feb. 23, 2008; at Florida State 66, Boston College 63 Last Florida State Win: Feb. 23, 2008; at Florida State 66, Boston College 63 Last Boston College Win: Feb. 11, 2007; Boston College 68, at Florida State 67 Last Florida State Win In Chestnut Hill: None Last Boston College win in Chestnut Hill: Jan. 23, 2007; at Boston College 85, Florida State 82 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
FLORIDA STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE – THE LAST GAME
Toney Douglas scored 20 points and Florida State held off a late Boston College rally for a 66-63 on Feb. 23, 2008 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Shamari Spears’ three-point play pulled the Eagles within two with 35 seconds left, but Ralph Mims hit two free throws and Uche Echefu stripped Tyrese Rice at the other end. Douglas added two more free throws to seal the win. Florida State held the Eagles without a field goal for six and half minutes in the second half, and led by as many as 14 after halftime. Douglas was 4-for-5 from the 3-point line and 6-for-13 from the field. Mims added 14 for the Seminoles, who won a second conference game in a row for the first time this season. Florida State scored 21 points off of 18 Boston College turnovers, and made its last nine free throws after starting the game 4-for-9. Tyrese Rice scored 17 for the Eagles (13-12, 4-8 ACC), but he only scored three points after halftime and didn’t have a field goal in the second half.