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Seminoles vs. Tigers

Feb. 27, 2010

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State, which has won three straight and four of its last five games, plays host to Clemson on Sunday Feb. 28, 2010 at 5:30 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla. The game between the Seminoles and the Tigers will be broadcast nationally on the wildly successful ACC Sunday Night Hoops package broadcast on Fox Sports Net. The Seminoles have won three consecutive ACC games by double digits (+15 vs. Boston College, +19 at Virginia and +10 at North Carolina) for the second time in school history (also during the 1992-93 season) and enter their game against Clemson having won 20 consecutive games for the second consecutive season, the fourth time in five years and for the fourth time under head coach Leonard Hamilton.



Florida State vs. Clemson

Sunday, February 28th, 2010 (5:30 p.m.)

Donald L. Tucker Center



 Stats Comparison FSU Clemson
 Points Per Game
70.7 74.3
 Scoring Margin
+ 9.7 +  10.6
 FG Percentage .461 .458
 3P Percentage
.337 .340
 FT Percentage .649 .670
 Rebounds Per Game
38.9 37.6
 Rebound Margin
+ 5.6 + 3.1
 Assists Per Game
14.4 14.6
 Turnovers Per Game
16.6 14.9
 Steals Per Game
8.3 9.7
 Blocks Per Game 6.6 5.1
 Florida State
Stat Leaders
 S. Alabi
12.3 Points PG
 T. Booker
 C. Singleton
202 Rebounds 225
 T. Booker
 D. Kitchen
103 Assists 82
 D. Stitt
 C. Singleton
63 Steals 50
 A. Young
 S. Alabi
66 Blocks 50
 J. Grant
In winning each of their last three games, the Seminoles have allowed a total of 164 points (an average of 54.7 points per game) which ranks as the lowest three game total number of points allowed in ACC play in school history. Following Sunday's game against Clemson, the Seminoles will play host to Wake Forest on Wednesday night at 7:00 as the Seminole basketball family celebrates the careers of seniors Ryan Reid and AJ Yawn. The Seminoles close out their regular season at Miami on March 6 at 12 noon.

In winning its last three games by an average of 14.7 points per game, the Seminoles have limited their three opponents (Boston College, Virginia and North Carolina) to a .376 field goal shooting percentage and 54.7 points per game while averaging 6.7 blocked shots and 9.0 steals per game. The Seminoles have forced a total of 46 turnovers (15.3 turnovers force per game), have scored 59 points off turnovers (19.7 ppg) and have scored 26 fast break points (8.7 ppg). The Seminoles have forced nearly as many turnovers (46) as they have allowed field goals (56) in their wins over Boston College. Virginia and North Carolina. Florida State's dynamic Defensive Duo of Solomon Alabi (10 blocked shots and one steal) and Chris Singleton (five blocked shots and 10 steals) have combined for 15 blocked shots and 11 steals in the three victories.

...Defeat Clemson and win its fourth consecutive ACC game for the first time since the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles won six consecutive conference games from Jan. 31 through Feb. 20 1993. The Seminoles' six game winning steak during the 1992-93 season is the longest ACC winning steak in school history; ...Defeat Clemson and win its ninth ACC game of the season. It would mark the second consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least nine ACC games after finishing in fourth place in the league standings during the 2008-09 season with a 10-6 record; ...Defeat Clemson and win its third consecutive home game against the Tigers. It would mark the fourth time since joining the ACC that Florida State has won three consecutive home games against Clemson.

With its 10-6 record in ACC play during the 2008-09 season, Florida State has won more games in the last three plus seasons in ACC play (25) than it did in the first four years of the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State. Under Hamilton, the Seminoles have won at least seven ACC games in a school record five consecutive seasons including a 9-7 record and fifth place finish during the 2005-06 season and a 10-6 record and a fourth place finish last season. Florida State was 23-41 (.359 winning percentage in ACC play) in the first four years of ACC play under Leonard Hamilton and is 31-29 (.516 winning percentage in the ACC) in the last three seasons under Hamilton.

Florida State is tied as the third winningest team in the ACC (in ACC regular season and tournament games) since the beginning of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles have won at least seven ACC games in each of the last five seasons, at least eight games three times (including this season) and at least nine games twice (including 10 during the 2008-09 season).

Florida State enters its game against Clemson looking to win its fifth games during the month of February. The Seminoles have earned wins over Miami, Boston College, Virginia and North Carolina and are looking to win their fifth ACC game in the month of February for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The month of February has long been somewhat of an Achilles' heel for the Seminoles - but no longer under head coach Leonard Hamilton. Florida State has a winning record in the month of February in each of the last three seasons including last season when it won four of seven games, advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament and played in the NCAA Tournament.

...A 7-3 record in its last 10 games since defeating Virginia Tech on Jan. 16; ...A 10-5 record in its last 15 games since defeating UT Martin on Dec. 22.

F #31 Chris Singleton (11.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg; 10 pts and 1 reb vs. Clemson, Feb. 28, 2009)
F #42 Ryan Reid (7.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 8 pts and 5 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 28, 2009)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.0 ppg, 2.4 bpg; 17 pts and 9 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 7, 2009)
G #21 Michael Snaer (8.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 10, 2010)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (8.8 ppg, 4.0 apg; 10 pts and 2 asts vs. Clemson, Feb. 28, 2009)
G #3 Luke Loucks (4.1 ppg, 2.8 apg; 15 pts and 6 asts vs. Clemson, Feb. 10, 2010)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 7 pts and 3 asts vs. Clemson, Feb. 28, 2009)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (5.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg; pts and 1 reb vs. Clemson, Feb. 28, 2009)
G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.5 ppg, 0.8 apg; 2 pts and 1 asts vs. Clemson. Feb. 10, 2010)
F #15 Terrance Shannon (1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg; 0 pts and 2 rebs vs. Clemson, Feb. 10, 2010)

F #15 David Potter (7.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 19 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 10, 2010)
F #35 Trevor Booker (15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg; 13 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 10, 2010)
F #45 Jerai Grant (7.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 7, 2009)
G #2 Demontez Stitt (10.8 ppg, 3.3 apg; 8 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 10, 2010)
G #5 Tanner Smith (9.1 ppg, 2.4 apg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, Feb. 28, 2009)

The Series: Florida State leads, 29-25
Last Game: Feb. 10, 2010; at Clemson 77, Florida State 67
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 28, 2009; at Florida State 73, Clemson 66
Last Clemson Win: Feb. 10, 2010; at Clemson 77, Florida State 67
Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Feb. 28, 2009; at Florida State 73, Clemson 66
Last Clemson Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 3, 2007; Clemson 68, at Florida State 66
Current Streak: Clemson has won 1
Current Streak in Tallahassee:  Florida State has won 2
Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 7-10 (All at Florida State)

David Potter and Andre Young each had career highs of 19 points as Clemson ended a four-game losing streak to Florida State with a 77-67 victory on Feb. 10, 2009 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. The Tigers had come in having lost four of five this season, the one-time ACC contenders in danger of falling even further out of the muddled league chase. Instead, Potter and Young's outside shooting proved the difference against the taller, stronger front line of Florida State. The two combined for seven of Clemson's eight 3-pointers. Young had two from long range and Potter hit one as the Tigers closed the opening half with an 18-8 run to lead 37-24. The Seminoles, who rallied from 19 down to win at Littlejohn Coliseum last season, could not come back in this one.

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