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Seminoles Travel To Play At No. 18 Butler Saturday At 6:00

Dec. 13, 2007

Game Notes 

Florida State, which has won a season-high six consecutive games, travels to play No. 18/19 Butler at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Dec. 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the eighth annual Wooden Tradition. The Seminoles have won each of their games since a victory over Georgia State (78-48, Nov. 20) with a victory at No. 24 Florida (65-51, Nov. 23) ranking as the second win in their current streak. Florida State’s current six-game winning streak is its longest since winning eight consecutive games during the month of December (Dec. 3 through Dec. 29) last season. During both winning streaks the Seminoles have defeated Florida (both times as a ranked team.) Following its games against Butler, Florida State will play host to former ACC coach Bobby Cremins and the College of Charleston Cougars on Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Senior guard Isaiah Swann is RANKED FIRST IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC and the Seminoles are RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION AND FIRST IN THE ACC in the free throw shooting percentage category. Swann has made 29 of 30 free throw attempts through the first 11 games of the season and is shooting .967 from the line. The Seminoles are shooting .793 from the line and trail only IUPUI (.800) and Tulsa (.795) in the national statistics.

Florida State is the third ACC team to participate in the Wooden Tradition with the two previous conference members (Duke and NC State) both earning wins in their games. The Blue Devils defeated UCLA, 84-73, in 2002 and the Wolfpack defeated Notre Dame, 61-48, in 2005. The ACC is the only undefeated conference in the history of the Wooden Tradition.

…Defeat Butler and earn its second victory of the season over a ranked team. The Seminoles defeated No. 24 Florida (Nov. 23, 65-51) on the road in Gainesville to earn their second consecutive victory over a ranked Gator team;
…Defeat Butler and gain a victory over a ranked team at a neutral site for the first time since March 13, 1998 when the Seminoles defeated No. 15 Texas Christian (96-87, March 13, 1998) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Oklahoma City, Ok.;
…Defeat Butler and win its season-high seventh game of the season. The Seminoles have won each of their games since beating Georgia State (78-48, Nov. 20) in Tallahassee. Florida State’s current six-game winning streak is their longest since an eight-game winning streak during the month of December in 2007 (Dec. 3 through Dec. 29);
…Defeat Butler and extend its December winning streak to 17 consecutive games. The Seminoles are undefeated in the month of December this season (two wins) and were undefeated during the 12th month during the 2005-06 (6-0) and 2006-07 seasons (8-0).

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell has announced on Nov. 8 the contract of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Leonard Hamilton has been extended by two years taking his contract with the university through the 2011-2012 season. “Coach Hamilton advocates winning not only on the basketball court but also in the classroom and in the game of life,” said Wetherell. “Coach Hamilton is responsible for developing an exciting basketball program that is headed in the right direction. He builds winning basketball teams and young men of character.”

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Butler with 11 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first six years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those nine wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006), No. 3 ranked Wake Forest (91-83 in overtime, Jan. 18, 2005), No. 4 ranked Florida (70-66, Dec. 3, 2006) and a victory over the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils during the 2002-03 season (75-70, Feb. 2, 2003). The Seminoles added to that list earlier this season with a victory at No. 24 Florida (65-51, Nov. 23, 2007). Florida State has defeated at least one nationally ranked team in 18 consecutive seasons.

Seminoles' Victories Over Nationally Ranked Teams Under Leonard Hamilton
Date            Opponent        Ranking   Final Score
Feb. 2, 2003    Duke            No. 5     Florida State 75, Duke 70
Dec. 28, 2003   Maryland        No. 24    Florida State 79, Maryland 75
Jan. 22, 2004   North Carolina  No. 7     Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 (OT)
Jan. 25, 2004   Wake Forest     No. 7     Florida State 75, Wake Forest 70
Feb. 3, 2004    Georgia Tech    No. 15    Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65
Jan. 18, 2005   Wake Forest     No. 3     Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT)
March 1, 2006   Duke            No. 1     Florida State 79, Duke 74
Dec. 3, 2006    Florida         No. 4     Florida State 70, Florida 66
Jan. 17, 2007   Virginia Tech   No. 23    Florida State 82, Virginia Tech 73
Feb. 4, 2007    Duke            No. 8     Florida State 68, Duke 67
Nov. 23, 2007   Florida         No. 24    Florida State 65, Florida 51

Florida State’s game against Butler at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will mark the first time since Dec. 23, 1998 that the Seminoles will play a game in the basketball rich state of Indiana. The last time the Seminoles traveled to the Hoosier State was to play Butler in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Hinkle Fieldhouse is named a after a distant cousin of the Tallahassee Hinkle family including Lee Hinkle who is the Vice President for University Relations at Florida State.

…The Seminoles made a school record 20 3-point shots in their victory over Maine in Tallahassee on Dec. 8. A total of six different players made at least one shot from the bonusphere as the Seminoles smashed the previous school record of 17 made field goals from long distance which came against Stetson on Dec. 30, 2003;
…The Seminoles shot .571 from the 3-point line (20-of-35) to mark the first time this season and eighth time in the last two season thy have shot 50 percent or better from lone distance;
…The Seminoles made double-figure 3-point shots (20) against Maine for the second time this season. The Seminoles made 10 3-point field goals in their season opening victory over Nicholls State;
…The Seminoles attempted 35 shots from 3-point range – the fourth highest single-game total in school history. The school record for 3-point shots attempted in a single game in 39 in a victory at Wichita State in the 2004 NIT;
…Florida State made 20 3-point field goals against Maine after making a total of 21 in their previous four games (all victories) over Florida, Minnesota, Stetson and Samford (21-66);

…The Seminoles have limited their opponents to an average of 53.2 points per game. The Seminoles defeated Minnesota, 75-61, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to mark the most points they have allowed during the wining streak. The Seminoles have held two opponents (Georgia State and Samford) under 50 points and limited defending national champion Florida to 51 points on their home court in Gainesville;
…The Seminoles are limiting their last six opponents to a .363 shooting percentage from the field. Only one team (Stetson, .431) has shot better that .390 percent against the Seminoles during their winning streak;
…The Seminoles are limiting their opponents to .221 shooting from the 3-point arc. The Seminoles have held each of their last six opponents to .250 shooting or below from beyond the 3-point arc;
…The Seminoles have forced their opponents into committing 109 turnovers (18.2 per game) and to an assist:turnover ratio of 0.6:1 in winning streak straight games;
…The Seminoles have made more than twice as many free throws (94-44) and have made more free throws (94) than their opponents (80) in the last six games. The Seminoles’ last six opponents are shooting .550 from the free throw line (44-of-80).

F   #21	Julian Vaughn (4.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg; First career game against Butler)
F   #41	Uche Echefu (10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs against Butler, 3/17/06)
G   #3	Isaiah Swann (15.1 ppg, 3.8 apg; 16 pts and 3 asts against Butler, 3/17/06)
G   #23	Toney Douglas (12.7 ppg, 2.9 apg; First career game against Butler)
G   #25	Jason Rich (9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 22 pts and 8 rebs against Butler, 3/17/06)
G   #10	Ralph Mims (8.9 ppg, 0.9 apg; 4 pts and 6 asts against Butler, 3/17/16)
F   #15	Casaan Breeden (4.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 1 pt and 1 stl against Butler, 3/17/06)
F   #2	Jordan Demercy (1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg; First career game against Butler)
F   #42	Ryan Reid (5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; First career game against Butler)

F   #54	Matt Howard (11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
F   #32	Drew Streicher (5.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb against Florida State, 3/17/06)
F   #1	Julian Betko (6.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg: 0 pts and 3 rebs against Florida State, 3/17/06)
G   #4	A.J. Graves (15.4 ppg, 2.4 apg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/17/06)
G   #10	Mike Green (14.7 ppg, 5.0 apg; First career game against Florida State)

The Series: Florida State leads, 2-1
Last Game: March 17, 2006; Florida State 67, Butler 63
Last Florida State Win:	March 17, 2006; Florida State 67, Butler 63
Last Butler Win: Dec. 23, 1998; Butler 77, Florida State 65
Last Florida State Win In Indianapolis: None
Last Butler Win In Indianapolis: Dec. 23, 1998; Butler 77, Florida State 65
Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Butler: 1-0 (at Florida State)

Alexander Johnson’s two baskets in the final minute lifted Florida State to a 67-63 win over Butler in a first round National Invitational Tournament on March 17, 2006 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Johnson’s jump-hook put the Seminoles ahead 64-63 with 51 seconds left and his putback on a missed free throw by Ralph Mims with 19.4 seconds sealed the victory for a team intent on proving that it was slighted when it was left out of the NCAA tournament field. Avery Sheets’ 3-point basket with 2:22 left to give Butler a 63-61 lead. The 6’10” Johnson finished with 20 points and nine rebounds while teammate Jason Rich, who sparked an early second-half run, led all scorers with a career best 22, including 13 in the second half. Brandon Polk led Butler with 21 points, but was limited to just five in the second half. The Bulldogs shot an icy 33.8 percent in the game and were just eight of 37 from 3-point distance. Four quick Rich baskets helped Florida State gain a 47-36 lead. Butler scored 11 of the next 15 points to pull within 50-48 with 9:21 remaining. Florida State started the game with an 11-2 lead as Butler hit just one of its first 10 shots and just three of their first 21 but still were within three, 33-30, at halftime. Polk scored 16 in the half to keep the Bulldogs in the game.

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