Seminoles open ACC play today against GT

Seminoles and Yellow Jackets battle on national television today at 5:30 PM.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State, which has won seven of its last nine games, begins Atlantic Coast Conference play as it travels to play Georgia Tech at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports Net as part of the ACC's Sunday Night Hoops television package. Florida State's game against Georgia Tech marks the first time in school history the Seminoles will begin their ACC schedule against the Yellow Jackets. The Seminoles enter Sunday's game against the Yellow Jackets with a 1-1 record in true road games this season with their one win coming at then 24th ranked Florida (Nov. 23, 65-51) - a win which snapped a 24-game home winning streak for the Gators. Florida State has found success against teams from the Peach State this season with a 2-0 record against Georgia Southern (Nov. 12, 92-67) and Georgia State (Nov. 20, 78-48). Following Sunday's game at Georgia Tech, the Seminoles' will play host to La Salle (Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m.) in their final regular season non-conference game of the season before continuing their conference schedule in earnest as they travel to play against No. 20/21 Clemson (Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m.) before opening the home portion of their ACC schedule against No. 10/10 Duke (Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m.).

SEMINOLES RANKED THIRD NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE

Florida State, which led the ACC in free throw shooting percentage with a .758 mark during the 2006-07 season, enters Sunday's game against Georgia Tech ranked FIRST IN THE ACC AND THIRD IN THE NATION with a .791 team mark from the free throw line. The Seminoles have shot better than 90 percent twice during their first 14 games, better than 80 percent five times and better than 75 percent eight times as conference play is set to begin. Florida State is looking to become the first repeat conference free throw champion since NC State led the league in three consecutive seasons - 2002, 2003 and 2004.

RICH ONLY 12 POINTS FROM 1,000 CAREER POINT PLATEAU

Senior Jason Rich, who is scored his career-high of 27 points against Providence and who is averaging 18.0 points in the last four games, enters Sunday's game against Georgia Tech with 988 career points. He needs only 12 points to become the 39th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points. Rich has played in 109 games and has a 9.1 career scoring average.

HAMILTON ONLY THREE WINS FROM 300 FOR HIS CAREER

Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton enters Sunday's game against Georgia Tech with 297 career wins and needs only three to reach the 300 wins plateau for his career. With a 97-75 record at Florida State, he is also only three victories from 100 during his career at Florida State.

SEMINOLES IMPROVEMENT OVER THE YEARS FROM THE FREE THROW LINE

Florida State enters Sunday's game against Georgia Tech ranked FIRST IN THE ACC AND THIRD IN THE NATION with a .791 team free throw shooting percentage. The Seminoles' conference leading .791 free throw shooting mark not only leads the league but it marks only the third time since they joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season that they have shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line. Florida State has shot better than 70 percent from the free throw line in each of the last three seasons after not having shot 70 percent or better in 15 consecutive seasons. Prior to the 2005-06 season when the Seminoles shot .704 from the free throw line they had not shot at least 70 percent since the 1989-90 season when they shot .707 from the line. In addition, prior to finishing first in the league statistics last season, the Seminoles had never finished higher than fourth in any given season since joining the ACC.

FLORIDA STATE VS. GEORGIA TECH - THE LAST MEETING

Javaris Crittenton scored a career high 29 points, including 11 straight during a decisive run in the second half, as Georgia Tech defeated Florida State 63-57 on Feb. 13, 2007 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. Georgia Tech had had not won on an opponent's home floor since a 76-72 win at Miami on Feb. 26, 2005. Crittenton's 11 straight points sparked a 13-2 run as Tech built a 48-40 lead and he added five free throws in the final 78 seconds to preserve the win. Isaiah Swann scored a career high 23 points for Florida State and Al Thornton added 16 points and six rebounds for the Seminoles. Jeremis Smith was the only other Tech player in double figures with 10 points. Thornton picked up his fourth foul with 17:07 left with Florida State up 38-33 and the Seminoles managed just two points while he was on the bench. The Seminoles shot just 26.1 percent in the second half, going 10 minutes with just a single Swann field goal while Crittenton took the game over. Florida State scored just nine points in the first 16:23 of the second half. Swann had 14 points in the first half to help Florida State to a 35-30 lead at the break.

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