Dec. 27, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won three of its last four games, travels to New Orleans to face Louisiana State of the Southeastern Conference Thursday, Dec. 30 in the Sugar Bowl Classic. The game is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and follows a 7:30 tipoff for Virginia Tech and Mississippi State. The Sugar Bowl Classic is a one-night, two-game event which begins with the Hokies of the ACC and the Bulldogs of the SEC and concludes with the Seminoles of the ACC and the Tigers of the SEC. The match-up of the Seminoles and the Tigers marks the first meeting of the two teams in the sport of basketball since Dec. 16, 1967. Not only is that game (a 130-100 Seminole victory) the highest scoring game (230 points) in Florida State history but it also occurred in a Classic – the Milwaukee Classic. Following Thursday’s game against LSU, the Seminoles will play host to another SEC team as Florida comes to the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Jan. 2, 1:00 p.m.) to the annual game between the two intra-state rivals. After playing the Gators, Florida State continues ACC competition as its plays host to Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 7 p.m.) and Clemson (Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m.) before traveling to Miami (Jan. 15, Noon). The Seminoles’ game against Virginia Tech is their first of 10 consecutive conference games before a meeting at Massachusetts (Feb. 15, 7 p.m.)
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON THREE OF ITS LAST FOUR GAMES
Florida State has won three of its last four games as it has outrebounded each of its last four opponents, outscored its opponents by an average of 20.8 points per game, shot .498 from the field, held its opponents to .373 shooting from the field, averaged nearly seven 3-point field goals made per game and averaged more than 16 assists per game.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat LSU and improve its record to 8-5. It would mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles had won at least eight games before the start of the new calendar year;
…Defeat LSU and defeat a team from the SEC for the second time this season. The Seminoles win at Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64) marked the second consecutive season they had defeated at least one team from the SEC. Florida State also defeated the Rebels Dec. 3, 2003 (66-60) in Tallahassee;
…Defeat LSU and win its season high third consecutive game. The Seminoles defeated Jacksonville (101-57; Dec. 21) and Stetson (Dec. 23, 71-61) before taking two days off for the holiday;
…Defeat a team from the state of Louisiana State for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated Nicholls State (Thibodaux, La.) Nov. 26, 2003 (99-54) in Tallahassee during the 2003-04 season;
…Play a game in the state of Louisiana for the first time since Feb. 21, 1989 when the Seminoles lost at New Orleans, 83-77. Despite the loss, the Seminoles advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with a 22-8 record
…Win a game while playing in the state of Louisiana for the first time since Feb. 28, 1961 when the Seminoles defeated Loyola College of New Orleans, 72-68.
CONTRIBUTIONS COMING FROM ENTIRE ROSTER FOR SEMINOLES
Florida State has received significant contributions from just about every player on its 13-man roster through the first 12 games of the season. The Seminoles have had seven different leading scorers (Sophomore Alexander Johnson has been the leading scorer a team-leading four times), five different leading rebounders (Johnson and Diego Romero have led the team in rebounding four times), five different leaders in assists (Isaiah Swann has led the team six times), ten different leaders in steals (Todd Galloway has led the team three times) and nine different players led the team or tied for the team lead in blocked shots (Al Thornton has led the team four times). Entering Thursday’s game against LSU, 11 players are averaging 13 or more minutes per game.
EXTOLING THE SEMINOLES’ NUMBERS IN THEIR LAST FOUR GAMES
Florida State is 3-1 in its last four games after winning only four of its first eight games of the season. The Seminoles have outrebounded each of their last four opponents (including Maryland by a 56-44, +12 margin), outscored their last four opponents by an average of 85.8 – 65.0 (+20.8 ppg), recorded double figure assists in all four games, averaged 8.3 steals per game (including a season-high 17 in their victory over Jacksonville) and shot nearly 50 percent from the field. Florida State’s only loss since Dec. 16 was a 90-88 setback in overtime at No. 19/23 Maryland in its ACC opener.
IN THE LAST FOUR GAMES…
In three of the last four games, at least one Seminole has scored 20 or more points. Senior Adam Waleskowski began the parade of scorers with 24 points against South Alabama (Dec. 16). He followed up that career-high scoring performance with 23 points against Maryland (Dec. 19). Wafer added to the streak with a career-high 22 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Stetson (Dec. 23). The only game during the span which the Seminoles did not have a 20-point score was against Jacksonville (Dec. 21) when Florida State defeated the Dolphins 101-57.
SEMINOLES GOING TO THE GLASS
After pulling down a season-high 56 rebounds against Maryland (Dec. 19), Florida State has continued to rebound well in its last two games. The Seminoles outrebounded Jacksonville by three rebounds (36-33) and Stetson by four rebounds to mark the fourth consecutive team they have outrebounded. Florida State outrebounded South Alabama (Dec. 16) by a season-high 23 and bested Maryland by 12 in the ACC opener for both teams. Florida State is a combined +42 in the rebound category in its last four games after finishing its first eight games with a -17 mark and being outrebounded five times in its first eight games.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State is shooting .731 from the free throw line and has shot better than 70 from the line as a team in the last two games. It marks the second time the Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent in two consecutive games this season.
DOUBLE FIGURE SCORERES IN THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Florida State has scored 343 points and averaged 85.8 points with 15 double figures scores in the last four games. The Seminoles scored 554 points and averaged 69.3 points with 19 double figure scores in their first eight games of the season.
THE PLAY OF THE DAY
Florida State has appeared as one of ESPN’s top 10 Plays of the Day twice in the last two weeks. Freshman Isaiah Swann was recognized for his high-flying dunk against South Alabama on Dec. 16 as the fifth most exciting play of the day. Junior Antonio Griffin was then recognized as the third most exciting play for his alley-oop dunk from a Todd Galloway pass against Stetson on Dec. 23.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 4.7 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 6 career games vs. SEC teams)
F #25 Diego Romero (6.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 5.0 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 1 career game vs. SEC Teams)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 10.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 3 career games vs. SEC teams)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.8 ppg, 2.3 apg; 3.8 ppg and 2.8 apg in 4 career games vs. SEC teams)
G #21 Jason Rich (6.7 ppg, 1.6 apg; 12 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 1 career game vs. SEC teams)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (6.4 ppg, 2.8 apg; 3.0 ppg and 6.0 apg in 1 career game vs. SEC teams)
G #10 Ralph Mims (4.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 0.0 ppg and 0.0 rpg in 1 career game vs. SEC teams)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 2.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 3 career games vs. SEC teams)
G #22 Von Wafer (11.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 6.7 ppg and 1.7 apg in 3 career games vs. SEC teams)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (9.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 3.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg in 3 career games vs. SEC Teams)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 6.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg in 5 career games vs. SEC teams)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR LSU
F #30 Brandon Bass (19.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg; 22 pts and 15 rebs vs. Houston, 12/21/04)
F #34 Glen Davis (12.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg; 16 pts and 13 rebs vs. Tulane, 11/19/04)
G #2 Darrel Mitchell (13.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 20 pts and 4 rebs vs. New Orleans, 11/24/04)
G #3 Tack Minor (11.8 ppg, 5.5 apg; 17 pts and 6 rebs vs. Southern Miss, 12/18/04)
G #42 Antonio Hudson (13.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 20 pts and 6 rebs vs. Houston, 12/21/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. LSU – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: The series is tied, 2-2
Last Game: Dec. 16, 1967; Florida State 130, LSU 100
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 16, 1967; Florida State 130, LSU 100
Last LSU Win: Dec. 1, 1950; LSU 89, Florida State 78
Last Florida State Win In New Orleans: First game in New Orleans
Last LSU Win In New Orleans: First game in New Orleans
Florida State vs. LSU, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. LSU: First Meeting
FLORIDA STATE VS. LSU – THE LAST MEETING
Sophomore Dave Cowens scored 24 points and pulled down 31 rebounds to lead Florida State to a 130-100 victory over LSU in the second round of the Milwaukee Classic on Dec. 16, 1967. The game is the highest scoring game in Florida State basketball history – the 230 points is the most by two teams in a single game. Cowens led six Florida State players in double figure scoring as three Seminoles – Cowens, Jeff Hogan (28 points) and Richard Danford (20) – scored 20 points or ore in the victory. The 130 points scored by the Seminoles ranks as the fourth highest single game scoring total by the Seminoles in school history. Cowens’ 31 rebounds ranks as the second-highest single-game total in school history. Louisiana State was led by the legendary “Pistol” Pete Maravich who scored 42 points as he led three Tigers in double figure scoring. Florida State established additional school records for most points scored at a neutral site (130), rebounds (88) and field goals attempted (115) in the victory. The Seminoles trailed, 54-52, at halftime and outscored the Tigers 78-46 in the second half to set the school record for points scored in the second half of a game. Florida State took a 65-64 lead on a jump-shot from the corner by Bob DePathy at the 15:40 mark and outscored LSU 65-36 during the remainder of the game. Florida State made the first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history at the end of the 1967-68 season.