Feb. 3, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won eight of its last 11 ACC home games, plays host to Maryland on Thursday Feb. 4, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. at the Donald L Tucker Center in Tallahassee.
The Seminoles enter their second game of the season against the Terps having won two consecutive ACC home games with victories over both Virginia Tech (Jan. 16, 63-58) and then No. 18/19 Georgia Tech (Jan. 24, 68-66). In addition to their recent success at home in conference play, the Seminoles are 10-1 at home this season and have won 15 of their last 16 home games in the last two seasons. Florida State has a 4-3 record in conference play with two wins at home and two wins on the road and begin play against Maryland only one game in the win column behind the ACC leader and only one of six teams with at least four conference victories. With wins at Georgia Tech and Boston College the Seminoles are one of only two teams in the ACC with two wins on the road in conference play (also Virginia). Following Thursday’s game against Maryland, the Seminoles will play host to Miami on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against the Hurricanes begins a string of eight consecutive Florida State games that will be nationally televised.
ALABI AND SINGLETON LEAD THE ACC IN BLOCKS AND STEALS
All-ACC Defensive team candidates Solomon Alabi and Chris Singleton enter Thursday night’s game against Maryland as the ACC leaders in blocked shots (54 by Alabi) and steals (48/2.3 spg by Singleton). Alabi is tied for the ACC lead in total blocked shots while Singleton is the outright leader in steals and steals per game. Alabi is looking to lead the ACC in blocked shots for the second consecutive season (he led the league with 73 blocks last season) while Singleton is looking to become only the fourth player in ACC history to finish in the top five in both blocked shots and steals in the same season.
FLORIDA STATE RANKED AS THE NATION’S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAM
Florida State, which is widely considered to have the nation’s top overall defense, ranks first in the nation and first in the ACC with a .362 field goal percentage defense, ninth in the nation and first in the ACC with a 6.9 blocked shots per game average and 25th in the nation and first in the ACC with a scoring defense that allows only 60.1 points per game. Florida State and Murray State (16th in field goal percentage defense, 18th in blocked shots per game and 21st in scoring defense) are the only two teams ranked in the nation’s top 25 in all three defense statistical categories.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Maryland and win its fifth ACC game of the season. A win over the Terps would give the Seminoles a 5-3 record in league play – the exact same record the Seminoles had after the first half of the league schedule last season on their way to a 10-6 record and a fourth place finish in the ACC standings;
…Defeat Maryland and win its fifth consecutive home game against the Terps. The Seminoles have won each of the last four games play at the Donald L. Tucker Center between the two since a 79-73 win on Dec. 28, 2003;
…Defeat Maryland and win its eighth consecutive ACC home game during the month of February. The Seminoles were 4-0 in ACC home games during the month of February in 2008-09, and won their final three ACC homes games during the month of February during the 2007-08 season;
…Defeat Maryland and win its 11th home game of the season. The Seminoles enter Thursday’s game with a 10-1 record at home this season and have won at least 11 games at home during each of the last four seasons.
FLORIDA STATE’S NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked in the nation’s top 50 in five different statistical categories – field goal percentage defense (1st), blocked shots per game average (9th), rebound margin (19th), scoring defense (25th) and steals per game (42nd). The Seminoles’ lofty defensive rankings have allowed them to rank among the nation’s top teams with a .762 winning percentage.
Florida State Among The Nation's Best Category Statistic National Rank ACC Rank Field Goal Pct. Def. .361 1st 1st Blocked Shots 6.9 9th 1st Rebound Margin +6.5 19th 4th Scoring Defense 60.1 25th 1st Steals 8.4 42nd 2nd Won/Loss Pct. 76.2 36th T3rd
FLORIDA STATE’S REBOUNDERS GOING TO THE BOARDS
On the strength of its last two games of monstrous rebounding against Duke (+10) and Boston College (+17), Florida State has moved into fourth place in the ACC in rebounding margin with a +6.5 margin for the season. The Seminoles have outrebounded each of their last four opponents by an average of +8.7 rebounds and their last two opponents by an average of +13.5 rebounds per game. During the stretch of the last four games, Florida State has outrebounded the No. 3 ranked team in the ACC in rebounding (Georgia Tech) as well as the No. 6 (Duke) and No. 7 (Virginia Tech) best rebounding teams in the ACC.
SEMINOLES IN THE ACC REBOUNDING STATISTICS
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Maryland ranked fourth in the ACC in both rebounds (39.9) and rebounding margin (+6.5). The Seminoles are averaging more then four rebounds per game more this season than they did last season and are the most improved rebounding team in the ACC. Florida State is ranked in the top four in rebounding for the first time since the 1997-98 season and has moved up seven places in the ACC standings from last season to this season in the total rebounds and rebound margin statistical categories.
FLORIDA STATE’S BLOCKED SHOTS
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Maryland ranked first in the ACC and ninth in the nation with a 6.9 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have blocked at least five shots in 17 different games and have sent back at least 10 shots in five different games. Florida State is led by the ACC’s top shot blocking duo of All-ACC Defensive team candidates Solomon Alabi (54 blocks) and Chris Singleton (36 blocks) who have combined for a total of 90 blocked shots this season and 210 in the last two seasons.
FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State leads the nation and the ACC with a field goal percentage defense of .362 – the lowest mark to lead the ACC since the Maryland during the 1956-57 season. The Seminoles have held 57 consecutive opponents over parts of the last three seasons below 50 percent shooting from the field. The last team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field was North Carolina during the 2008 ACC Tournament on March 14, 2008. Not only has no team shot better than 50 percent from the field against the Seminoles since the end of the 2008 season, but four teams have shot less than 30-percent (all this season), 29 teams have shot between .300 and .399 percent and 24 teams have shot between .400 and .491 percent. Wake Forest, on Feb. 14, 2009, shot an opponent high .491 from the field to mark the highest field goal percentage by an opponent since North Carolina finished above 50 percent from the field against the Seminoles in 2008.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #31 Chris Singleton (11.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg; 12 pts and 14 rebs vs. Maryland, Jan. 10, 2010) F #42 Ryan Reid (7.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Maryland, Feb. 16, 2008) C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.9 ppg, 2.6 bpg; 17 pts and 9 rebs vs. Maryland, Jan. 10, 2010) G #4 Deividas Dulkys (9.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 15 pts and 2 rebs vs. Maryland, Jan. 10, 2010) G #22 Derwin Kitchen (7.9 ppg, 4.1 apg; 6 pts and 4 asts vs. Maryland, Jan. 17, 2009) ...AND TOP RESERVES G #3 Luke Loucks (2.8 ppg, 2.8 apg; 10 pts and 2 asts vs. Maryland, Jan. 17, 2009) F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Maryland, Jan. 10, 2010) G #21 Michael Snaer (8.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 8 points and 1 stl vs. Maryland, Jan. 10, 2010) G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.8 ppg, 0.6 apg; First career game vs. Maryland) F #15 Terrance Shannon (2.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game vs. Maryland)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MARYLAND F #4 Landon Milbourne (14.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 13 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 10, 2010) F #14 Sean Mosley (12.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg; 13 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 17, 2009) C #20 Jordan Williams (8.1 ppg, 8.1 ppg; 3 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 10, 2010) G #5 Eric Hayes (10.9 ppg, 3.4 apg; 17 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 10, 2010) G #21 Greivis Vasquez (17.5 ppg, 6.0 apg; 22 pts and 5 asts vs. Florida State, Jan. 10, 2010)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND - A SERIES HISTORY The Series: Maryland leads, 27-10 Last Game: Jan. 10, 2010; at Maryland 77, Florida State 68 Last Florida State Win: Jan. 17, 2009; at Florida State 73, Maryland 70 (OT) Last Maryland Win: Jan. 10, 2010; at Maryland 77, Florida State 68 Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Jan. 17, 2009; at Florida State 73, Maryland 70 (OT) Last Maryland Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 12, 2003; Maryland 74, Florida State 72 Current Streak: Maryland has won 1 Current Streak in Tallahassee: Florida State has won 4 Leonard Hamilton vs. Maryland: 4-7
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND – THE LAST GAME
Greivis Vasquez scored 22 points, Eric Hayes had 17, and Maryland held off No. 18 Florida State 77-68 to snap the Seminoles’ seven-game winning streak on Jan. 10, 2010 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. The Terrapins let a 16-point lead dwindle to 48-45 before Vasquez scored nine points in a 14-4 surge that made it 62-49 with nine minutes left. Then, after the Seminoles closed to 72-66, Vasquez drilled a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining to all but seal the victory. Vasquez scored 17 points after halftime on 6-of-10 shooting. He has at least 20 points in six straight games. Chris Singleton had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Florida State, which played much of the second half without 6-foot-9 forward Ryan Reid, who injured his left knee with 19:35 to go and didn’t return until 7:56 remained. Solomon Alabi scored 17 points for the Seminoles despite missing a long stretch of the first half because of foul trouble. It was 48-34 before Michael Snear hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-0 Florida State run that included two baskets by Singleton.