Dec. 2, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With consecutive victories over Cincinnati (58-47, Nov. 28) of the Big East and Cal (80-77, Nov. 29) of the Pac-10 and an undefeated 7-0 record, Florida State travels to play at Northwestern in the 10th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Welch-Ryan Arena on Dec. 3 at 9:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Seminoles have won their first seven games of the 2008-09 season and enter Wednesday’s game against the Wildcats riding their longest winning streak since winning their first 10 games of the 2003-04 season. Florida State has a 6-3 record in nine previous ACC/Big Ten Challenge and is tied for the fourth winningest team in the history of the Challenge. Leonard Hamilton has a 5-1 record in the challenge with one victory over Northwestern (71-53, 2003) and wins over Iowa (80-67, 2002), Northwestern, Minnesota (70-69, 2004), Purdue (97-57, 2005) and Minnesota again in 2007 (75-61). Following Wednesday night’s game against Northwestern, the Seminoles will play host to No. 18 Florida (Dec. 7; 6:00 p.m.) in its second nationally televised game of the week. Florida State will then take finals during the week of Dec. 8.
DOUGLAS NAMED MVP OF GLOBAL SPORTS CLASSIC
Senior guard Toney Douglas, who scored 28 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Cal in the championship game of the 2008 Global Sports Classic, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. He averaged a team-leading 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals while making 10 3-point field goals as Florida State finished the event undefeated with victories over Coastal Carolina (82-70, Nov. 22), Western Illinois (67-55, Nov. 24), Cincinnati (58-47, Nov. 28) and Cal (80-77, Nov. 29). Douglas also shot .905 percent from the free throw line as he made 19 of 21 shots from the free throw line. It marked the first time in his collegiate career that Douglas had earned MVP honors in a tournament.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Northwestern and improve its record to 8-0. It would mark the second time during the Leonard Hamilton era that the Seminoles had won at least eight games to start a season. The Seminoles won their first 10 games of the 2003-04 season;
…Defeat Northwestern and win its seventh game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Seminoles are one of only five teams in the history of the challenge to win six or more games and enter the 2008 challenge with a 6-3 record;
…Defeat Northwestern and win is fifth game away from home this season. The Seminoles have earned victories at Jacksonville (59-57, Nov. 15) and at La Salle (65-61, No. 18) and at a neutral site (Las Vegas) against Cincinnati (58-47, Nov. 28) and Cal (80-77, Nov. 29).
…Defeat Northwestern and win its third consecutive away from home. It would mark the first time since the 1997-98 season Florida State had won three straight games played either on an opponents’ home court or on a neutral site. The Seminoles won at Southwestern Louisiana (80-71, Dec. 29, 1997), at DePaul (60-55, Dec. 29, 1997) and at NC State (68-55, Jan. 3, 1998) in three consecutive games on their way to an 18-14 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament;
…Defeat Northwestern and win its third non-conference road game of the season. The last time the Seminoles won at least three non-conference road games in a single season was in 2006-07.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC/BIG 10 CHALLENGE
Florida State has won five of its six games in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State is 4-1 at home and 2-2 on the road in the first nine challenges. Florida State defeated Northwestern, 60-46, in the inaugural ACC/Big 10 Challenge in 1999. The Seminoles defeated Purdue, 97-57, at home in the 2005 Challenge – the second largest margin of victory in challenge history. The Seminoles are 2-1 against Northwestern in the challenge with victories over the Wildcats on the road in the inaugural challenge in 1999 and in 2001 and a victory at home in 2003.
Leonard Hamilton IN THE ACC/BIG 10 CHALLENGE
Leonard Hamilton has a 5-1 record as the Seminoles head coach in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. He guided Florida State to four consecutive victories in his first four seasons before the Seminoles fell at Wisconsin during the 2006 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Florida State travels to play at Northwestern on Wednesday night in its fifth game away from Tallahassee. With an undefeated record of 7-0 entering its game against the Wildcats the Seminoles have won more games they have played away from home (four) than they have at home (three).
FLORIDA STATE OFF TO ONE OF BEST STARTS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Florida State, which has won its first seven games of the 2008-09 season, enters Wednesday’s game against Northwestern looking to remain undefeated and build on one of the best starts in school history. The Seminoles’ seven straight victories without a loss to open the 2008-09 season is the fourth best season-opening winning streak in school history. The Seminoles’ 10-game winning streak to open the 2003-04 season is the best start to a season in school history. Florida State’s 10-game winning streak to open the 2003-04 season and the current seven game winning streak to open the 2008-09 season have come under head coach Leonard Hamilton.
FLORIDA STATE AND WINNING STREAKS
Florida State’s current seven-game winning streak is its longest since winning 10 consecutive to open the 2003-04 season. The Seminoles also won seven consecutive games (Dec. 2 through Dec. 22) during the 2005-06 season.
SEMINOLES LEAD THE NATION IN WINS AND WINNING PERCENTAGE
Florida State won a school record seven games during the month of November and has won 11 consecutive games played during the month of November in the last two seasons. Florida State is one of 29 teams who enter the week of Dec. 1 without a loss. The Seminoles are tied for first in the nation with seven wins and are one of six teams (also North Carolina, Duke and Clemson from the ACC along with Pittsburgh and Illinois State) who have won seven games during the first two weeks of the college basketball season. Florida State will play four of the five 7-0 teams a total of six times during the 2008-09 season.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (10.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg; 11.5 ppg and 6.5 rpg in 4 Global Sports Classic games) F #42 Ryan Reid (8.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 7.8 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 4 Global Sports Classic games) C #32 Solomon Alabi (7.7 ppg, 1.4 bpg; 7.3 ppg and 1.3 bpg in 4 Global Sports Classic games) G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 1.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 4 Global Sports Classic games) G #23 Toney Douglas (19.0 ppg, 2.3 spg; 18.3 ppg and 2.0 spg in 4 Global Sports Classic games) ...AND TOP RESERVES G#3 Luke Loucks (5.1 ppg, 2.6 apg; 7.5 ppg and 2.8 apg in 4 Global Sports Classic games) F #1 Xavier Gibson (2.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg; 2.5 ppg and 2.0 rpg in 4 Global Sports Classic games) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (2.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 2.8 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 4 Global Sports Classic games) G #21 Brian Hoff (1.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg; 0.0 ppg and 0.5 rpg in 2 Global Sports Classic games) F #41 Uche Echefu (10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 11.5 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 4 Global Sports Classic Games)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NORTHWESTERN F #24 John Shurna (8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 17 pts and 9 rebs vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Nov. 19, 2008) F #44 Kevin Coble (11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 18 pts and 4 rebs vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Nov. 19, 2008) F #54 Kyle Rowley (5.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 6 pts in 13 mins of play vs. Brown, Nov. 22, 2008) G #20 Craig Moore (15.8 ppg, 3.3 apg; 31 pts and 2 stls vs. Brown, Nov. 22, 2008) G #22 Michael Thompson (11.5 ppg, 3.0 apg; 15 pts and 5 asts vs. Brown, Nov. 22, 2008)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTHWESTERN - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Florida State leads, 3-1 The Series In The ACC/Big 10 Challenge: Florida State leads, 2-1 Last Game: Dec. 1, 2003; at Florida State 71, Northwestern 53 Last Florida State Win: Dec. 1, 2003; at Florida State 71, Northwestern 53 Last Northwestern Win: Nov. 28, 2001; at Northwestern 57, Florida State 50 Last Florida State Win in Evanston: Dec. 1, 1999; Florida State 60, at Northwestern 46 Last Northwestern Win in Evanston: Nov. 21, 2001; at Northwestern 57, Florida State 50 Current Streak: Florida State has won 1 Leonard Hamilton vs. Northwestern: 1-0 (at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTHWESTERN – THE LAST GAME
Anthony Richardson scored 25 of a career-high 27 points in the second half to lead Florida State to a 71-53 victory over Northwestern in the Fifth Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, 2003 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Richardson hit 10 of 13 shots including four of five from 3-point distance.
Tim Pickett added 21 for the Seminoles, who had runs of 24-9 and 18-3 in the second half when they outscored the visitors 45-22. Jitim Young led Northwestern with 17 points while teammates T.J. Parker and Evan Seacat added 12 each. Northwestern (2-3) led 31-26 at halftime and built its advantage to 34-26 before Richardson keyed the 24-9 run that put Florida State into 50-43 lead. The Wildcats pulled to within 50-48 on a pair of free throws by Young with 9:52 left when Florida State went on an 18-3 tear to put the game away. Florida State shot 56.3 percent and was 54.5 percent from 3-point range with Pickett going 5-for-8 behind the arc.