Jan. 26, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
Florida State, which has six wins over ranked teams in the last two seasons, plays its second consecutive nationally ranked team as it travels to play at No. 7/8 Duke on Wednesday January 27, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Florida State vs. #7 Duke
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 (9:00pm)
Cameron Indoor Stadium
| Stats Comparison
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| Florida State
| S. Alabi
| C. Singleton
| D. Kitchen
| C. Singleton
| S. Alabi
The game between the Seminoles and the Blue Devils is the only meeting between the two teams during the 2009-10 regular season. Florida State arrives in Durham having won two straight and nine of its last 11 games since defeating Florida International on Dec. 6. The Seminoles defeated No. 18/19 Georgia Tech, 68-66, on Sunday in Tallahassee to mark their second win over a ranked Yellow Jacket team this season. Florida State defeated No. 15/22 Georgia Tech, 66-59 in overtime on Dec. 20 in Atlanta. Florida State's regular season sweep of the nationally ranked Yellow Jackets marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles have earned a sweep of a nationally ranked ACC team after taking two from nationally ranked Clemson during the 2008-09 season. Florida State and Duke last met in the 2009 ACC Tournament championship game on March 15, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The Seminoles' appearance in the ACC Tournament championship game was their first in the game in school history. Following Wednesday's game at Duke, the Seminoles will travel to play at Boston College on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
SEMINOLES RANK AS ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP DEFENSIVE TEAMS
Florida State, which has held 55 consecutive opponents below 50 percent shooting from the field, enters Wednesday night's game against Duke as the nation's top ranked field goal percentage defense team. The Seminoles are holding their opponents to a nation's low .355 field goal shooting percentage mark. No team this season has shot better then 47 percent against the Seminoles' defense which is looking to lead the ACC in the category for the second consecutive season. Florida State led the ACC with a field goal percentage defense mark of .387 in 35 games during the 2008-09 season. Florida State also ranks sixth nationally in blocked shots (7.0 bpg).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Duke and earn a victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the second time in its last three games in the arena. The Seminoles defeated the Blue Devils, 68-67 on Feb. 4, 2007 for their first ever win in the arena;
...Defeat Duke and gain a victory over a nationally ranked team in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 22 and Jan. 25, 2004 when the Seminoles defeated No. 7 North Carolina (90-81 in overtime) and No. 10 Wake Forest (75-70) in back-to-back games in Leonard Hamilton's second season as the Seminoles' head coach;
...Defeat Duke and win its second ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles defeated No. 15/22 Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Dec. 20, 2009 and have won five of their last 10 ACC games on the road. The Seminoles were 4-4 on the road in the ACC during the 2008-09 season with victories at NC State, Virginia, Clemson and Virginia Tech;
...Defeat Duke gain a win over a ranked Blue Devil team for the fifth time in school history. Most recently, the Seminoles defeated No. 8 Duke on Feb. 4, 2007 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
FLORIDA STATE UNDER HAMILTON IN THE ACC
Under head coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles are the fourth winningest program in the ACC with a 79-40 record and a .664 winning percentage. Florida State has opened its 2009-10 season with a 13-2 record after finishing the 2008-09 season with a 25-10 record and a 10-6 mark in ACC play. Additionally, the Seminoles advanced to the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history last season and played in the NCAA Tournament last season.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State enters its game against No. 7/8 Duke with 17 wins over nationally ranked opponents during the first eight years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. Included in those 17 wins by Hamilton-coached teams are victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (79-74, March 1, 2006), No. 1 ranked North Carolina (73-70 in the ACC Tournament Semifinals, March 14, 2009), No. 5 ranked Duke (75-70, Feb. 2, 2003) and No. 8 ranked Duke (Feb. 4, 2007).
SINGLETON AMONG NATION'S TOP DEFENDERS
ACC All-Defensive Team candidate Chris Singleton, who is the ACC leader in steals (2.2 bpg) and ranked fourth in blocked shots (1.7 spg), enters Wednesday's game against Duke looking to become only the fifth player in ACC history to finish in the top five in the conference statistics in both blocked shots and steals in the same season. Singleton would join Wake Forest's Josh Howard (2002-03), Duke's Shane Battier (1999-00 and 2000-01) and Duke's Christian Laettner (1990-91) as the only players in ACC history to finish in the top five in both statistical categories. Battier was named the National Player of the Year in both 1999-00 and 2000-01. Of the four players who have finished in the top five in both categories in the same season, only Battier in 2000-01 finished in the top four of both categories.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (11.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg; 15 pts and 9 rebs vs. Duke, March 15, 2009)
F #42 Ryan Reid (7.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 6 pts and 4 rebs vs. Duke, Jan. 16, 2008)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.6 ppg, 2.6 bpg; 10 pts and 1 blk vs. Duke, March 15, 2009)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (10.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, March 15, 2009)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.3 ppg, 3.9 apg; 16 pts and 5 stls vs. Duke, Jan. 10, 2009)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (3.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 16 pts and 5 stls vs. Duke, Jan. 10, 2009)
G #3 Luke Loucks (3.1 ppg, 2.8 apg; 6 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, March 15, 2009)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 1 pts and 2 rebs vs. Duke, March 15, 2009)
G #21 Michael Snaer (8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg; First career game vs. Duke)
G #0 Pierre Jordan (2.0 ppg, 0.4 apg; First career game vs. Duke)
F #15 Terrance Shannon (2.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game vs. Duke)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR DUKE
F #12 Kyle Singler (15.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Jan. 10, 2009)
F #21 Miles Plumlee (7.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
F #42 Lance Thomas (5.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 2 pts and 8 rebs vs. Florida State, March 15, 2009)
G #2 Nolan Smith (18.5 ppg, 3.1 apg; 6 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, March 15, 2009)
G #30 Jon Scheyer (18.6 ppg, 5.7 apg; 29 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, March 15, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Duke leads, 29-6
Last Game: March 15, 2009; Duke 79, Florida State 69 *
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 4, 2007; Florida State 68, at Duke 67
Last Duke Tech Win: March 15, 2009; Duke 79, Florida State 69 *
Last Florida State Win in Durham: Feb. 4, 2007; Florida State 68, at Duke 67
Last Duke Win in Durham: March 3, 2009; at Duke 84, Florida State 81
Current Streak: Duke has won 4
Leonard Hamilton vs. Duke: 3-8 (all at Florida State)
* denotes 2009 ACC Tournament championship game at Atlanta, Ga.
FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE - THE LAST GAME
No. 9 Duke defeated No. 22 Florida State with a barrage of 3-pointers on the way to a 79-69 victory over Florida State in the ACC Championship game, giving Duke its ninth ACC crown in 12 years on March 15, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. Toney Douglas led the Seminoles with 28 points but that wasn't enough to give the school its first ACC championship. Florida State defeated top-ranked North Carolina in the semifinals to advance to the ACC Championship game for the first time. Chris Singleton scored 15 points. Florida State made a brief spurt in the second half, closing the gap to 42-36 when Ryan Reid laid it in with just over 12 minutes remaining, prompting Duke to call a timeout. But the Blue Devils, who shot more 3-pointers than any team in the ACC during the 2008-09 season, turned to a familiar weapon to finish off the Seminoles. Jon Scheyer hit a momentum-breaking 3, then got knocked to the court by Derwin Kitchen while putting up another shot beyond the arc. He sank all three free throws, stretching the lead back to 48-38.