Game Notes: NCSU vs. FSU

Florida State (13-7) hosts North Carolina State (12-6) today at the Donald L. Tucker Center.



Who: North Carolina State vs. Florida State
Where: Donald L. Tucker Center
When: 1:30 pm


He said what- Sean Singletary is a two-time All-ACC selection. He is considered by many to be the best point guard in the conference and one of the best in the country. But on Wednesday night at the Civic Center, he wasn't the best on the floor. Florida State junior Toney Douglas scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and added six steals, including a game-changing pick of Singletary at the top of the key with 37 seconds left that propelled the Seminoles to a 69-67 win."

Corey Clark
Tallahassee Democrat
January 24, 2008



Florida State, which defeated Virginia 69-67 at home on Wednesday night, plays host to NC State in its second consecutive home game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles are 10-1 at home this season and have won 40 of their last 47 games (.851) at home in the last three seasons including a win over the Wolfpack on Feb. 24, 2007. The Seminoles enter Saturday's game looking to win consecutive ACC home games for the third time in the last two seasons after winning back-to-back conference games twice during the 2006-07 season. Florida State is in the midst of a 15 game stretch which will see them play 15 consecutive ACC games. The Seminoles' final non-conference game of the season saw them defeat La Salle (Jan. 5, 81-76) and allowed them to finish their non-ACC portion of their schedule undefeated for the second consecutive season. Following Saturday's game against NC State, the Seminoles will travel to play at Virginia Tech (Jan. 29, 9:00 p.m.) before returning home to play host to nationally ranked North Carolina (Feb. 3, 2:00 p.m.) on Super Bowl Sunday.


DOUGLAS IS THE ACC'S CHIEF THIEF

Junior guard Toney Douglas was credited with a career-high tying six steals in the Seminoles' victory over Virginia and enters Saturday's game against NC State as the leader in steals with a single-season career high 53 and a career-high 2.65 steals per game average. His six steals against the Cavaliers is tied for the fourth highest single game total in an ACC game for the Seminoles and was the most steals in a conference game since Delvon Arrington had seven steals against Clemson on Feb. 23, 2002. Douglas is bidding to become the first Florida State player to lead the ACC in steals since Tim Pickett during the 2004 season.


SEMINOLES RANK FIRST NATIONALLY IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE

Florida State, which has shot 70 percent or better from the free throw line in eight of its last nine games, enters Saturday's game against NC State ranked first in the nation and first in the ACC with a current school record .788 free throw shooting mark. The Seminoles led the ACC and ranked ninth nationally last season with a school-record .758 free throw shooting percentage.


NOTING FLORIDA STATE'S STARTING SIX… …

The Seminoles have utilized nine different starting lineups in their first 20 games of the season. Florida State's most utilized starting lineup has been Julian Vaughn, Uche Echefu, Isaiah Swann, Toney Douglas and Jason Rich – a combination which has started six games and has a 5-1 record;

…Only Uche Echefu has started all 20 games while Isaiah Swann has started 19 games and Toney Douglas and Jason Rich have been out for the opening tip 18 times;

…Nine different players have started at least one game;

…Florida State's most recent starting lineup (Echefu, Ryan Reid, Ralph Mims, Douglas and Rich) made its first appearance as a starting quintet against Virginia;

…The six Seminoles who had earned the most starting assignments and logged the most minutes played (Echefu, 20; Swann, 19; Douglas, 18; Rich, 18; Reid, 7 and Mims, 6) are the Seminoles' top six scorers this season, are shooting a combined .806 (278-345) from the free throw line and have totaled 159 steals (more than eight other ACC teams have totaled entering this weekend's play);

…The Seminole Six have played a combined total of 3,358 of Florida State's 4075 minutes (.824 of the total minutes played) and average 29.5 minutes played per game.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE

F #41 Uche Echefu (11.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 13 pts and 7 rebs vs. NC State, Feb. 24, 2007)
F #42 Ryan Reid (4.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs vs. NC State, Feb. 24, 2007)
G #10 Ralph Mims (10.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 12 pts and 5 asts vs. NC State, Feb. 24, 2007)
G #23 Toney Douglas (14.0 ppg, 2.7 spg; First career game against NC State)
G #25 Jason Rich (12.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 7 pts and 3 rebs vs NC State, Feb. 24, 2007)

…AND TOP RESERVES

G #3 Isaiah Swann (12.3 ppg, 3.1 apg; 12 pts and 2 asts vs. NC State, Feb. 24, 2007)
F #2 Jordan DeMercy (1.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg; First career game against NC State)
F #21 Julian Vaughn (3.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg; First career game against NC State)
F #33 Matt Zitani (1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 0 points and 0 rebounds against NC State, Feb. 24, 2007)


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NC STATE

F #11 Gavin Grant (13.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 15 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 24, 2007)
F # 33 Brandon Costner (10.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 14 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 24, 2007)
C # 1 J.J. Hickson (15.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
G # 4 Courtney Fells (10.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 15, 2006)
G #13 Marques Johnson (1.1 ppg. 1.5 apg; First career game against Florida State)

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