Florida State vs. Auburn
Seminoles play host to Tigers on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
Florida State, which has won nine consecutive home games, plays host to Auburn at the Donald L. Tucker Center in on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The game is the second in three nights after the Seminoles defeated Georgia State on Tuesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles' game against Auburn is their third game against a team from the Southeastern Conference this season after games against Florida (52-68, Nov. 28) and Alabama (60-51, Nov. 27) earlier this season. Florida State's victory over Alabama was their second of three in claiming the championship of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando in November. The Seminoles enter their game against Auburn with a four game home winning streak against teams from the SEC. Florida State's game against Auburn is its' first against the Tigers since the 1999-00 season and first at home against the Tigers since the 1998-99 season. Following Thursday night's game against Auburn, the Seminoles begin ACC play as they travel to play at Georgia Tech on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The game against the Yellow Jackets will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net.
ALABI PLAYING HIS BEST BASKETBALL
All-American candidate Solomon Alabi, a candidate for the Naismith and Wooden Awards, is averaging a near double-double of 18.7 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting .724 (21 of 29) from the field in the last three games. In addition, he tied his career-high with six blocked shots in the Seminoles' victory over Georgia State and enters Thursday's game against Auburn ranked second in the ACC with a career-high 2.6 blocked shots per game average. Alabi has blocked at least four shots in three different games this season with four rejections coming in the Seminoles' victory over Alabama, five coming in the Seminoles win at Mercer and six coming most recently on Tuesday night against Georgia State. His six blocked shots against Georgia State marked the second game during his career that he had blocked six shots in a game. Alabi also sent back six shots in Florida State's victory over Charleston Southern on Dec. 18, 2008.
SINGLETON CONTINUES TO PLAY INCREDIBLE DEFENSE
Sophomore Chris Singleton, who leads the ACC in steals with a 2.4 spg average and ranks sixth in the ACC in blocked shots with a 1.5 bpg average, is the only player in the ACC who ranks in the top six in both the steals and blocked shots categories.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Auburn and win its fifth consecutive home game against a team from the SEC. The Seminoles have three wins over Florida (Jan. 2, 2004, Dec. 3, 2006 and Dec. 7, 2008) and a victory over Ole Miss (Dec. 3, 2004) since last falling in Tallahassee to a team from the SEC;
...Defeat Auburn and win its fifth consecutive game against a team from the state of Alabama. In addition to its victory over Alabama earlier this season (60-51, Nov. 27), the Seminoles have consecutive victories over teams from the state of Alabama with wins coming against Birmingham Southern (during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons) and South Alabama (during the 2004-05 season);
...Defeat Auburn and win its ninth consecutive game at home in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Seminoles' current streak began with a victory over Georgia Tech on Feb. 5, 2009.
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE TUCKER CENTER
Florida State, which is a perfect 4-0 at home this season and which has won nine consecutive home games, has won more than 80 percent of its home games at the Donald L. Tucker in the last five seasons under head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles have a 60-14 record (.811 winning percentage) at home since the start of the 2005-06 season. Included in those wins are 11 wins at home in the last five seasons are five wins over nationally ranked teams including No. 1 Duke on March 1, 2006. The Seminoles have won more than 75 percent of their home games in the first eight yeas of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee.
SEMINOLES REALLY GOOD AGAINST NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS AT HOME
Florida State is 60-3 in non-conference regular season home games during the first eight years of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. The Seminoles have won 36 of their last 37 (.973 winning percentage) non conference regular season home games in the last five seasons with their only loss during that span coming to No. 3 Pittsburgh on Dec. 21, 2008 (48-56) in a game that was tied at 48 with less then two minutes remaining in the contest.
FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES TO PLAY DEFENSE
Florida State blocked seven shots, earned six steals, limited Georgia State to a .321 shooting percentage from the field and held the Panthers to 55 points in its victory Tuesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center. It marked the fifth time this season the Seminoles have blocked seven or more shots (season-high of 13 blocked shots in 89-50 win over Mercer on Nov. 21), the ninth time the Seminoles have earned at least six steals in a single game (season-high of 12 steals came in Florida State's victory over Marquette on Nov. 29 in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic), the fourth time they have limited their opponent to a 32 percent shooting mark or less from the field (Florida State held Mercer to a season-low .197 shooting mark) and the fifth time this season they have limited their opponent to 55 points or less (Florida State held Stetson to a season low 38 points on Nov. 18). Florida State is ranked as the ACC leader in three different defensive categories and in the top four of five of the major defensive categories in the current ACC statistics.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING THE BALL WELL FROM THE FIELD
Florida State shot .488 from the field in its victory over Georgia Southern to mark the fourth time the Seminoles have shot 48 percent or better from the field in their first 10 games of the season. The Seminoles shot an incredible 75 percent from the field in the second half of their victory over the Panthers. Florida State shot a season-high .596 from the field in its season opening victory over Jacksonville (Nov. 16) and .593 from the field in its win at Mercer (Nov. 21). The Seminoles are shooting nearly three percentage points higher from the field this season (.464) than they did last season (.435) in earning a 25-10 record, playing in the NCAA Tournament and playing in the ACC Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #31 Chris Singleton (10.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg; 12.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg in three games vs. SEC teams)
F #1 Xavier Gibson (6.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 4.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg in three career games vs. SEC teams)
C #32 Solomon Alabi (12.5 ppg, 2.6 bpg; 9.6 ppg and 2.0 bpg in three career games vs. SEC teams)
G #4 Deividas Dulkys (8.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 4.0 ppg and 0.7 rpg in three career games vs. SEC Teams)
G #22 Derwin Kitchen (10.6 ppg, 3.1 apg; 11.5 ppg and 3.5 apg in two career games vs. SEC teams)
...AND TOP RESERVES
G #2 Jordan DeMercy (4.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 4.0 ppg and 2.0 rpg in four career games vs. SEC teams)
G #3 Luke Loucks (2.5 ppg, 3.1 apg; 1.0 ppg and 2.0 apg in three career games vs. SEC teams)
F #42 Ryan Reid (5.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 4.3 ppg and 4.0 rpg in six career games vs. SEC teams)
G #21 Michael Snaer (7.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in two career games vs. SEC teams)
G #0 Pierre Jordan (1.3 ppg, 0.8 apg; 0.0 pts and 1.0 reb on one career game vs. an SEC team)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR AUBURN
F #4 Lucas Hargrove (13.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg; 13 pts and 9 rebs vs. Virginia, Dec. 7, 2009)
F #34 Johnnie Lett (2.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Virginia, Dec. 7, 2009)
G #12 DeWayne Reed (15.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 18 pts and 7 asts vs. Virginia, Dec. 7, 2009)
G #20 Frankie Sullivan (13.9 ppg, 2.3 apg; 12 pts and 5 rebs vs. Virginia, Dec. 7, 2009)
G #24 Tay Waller (11.7 ppg, 0.7 rpg; 10 pts and 1 asts vs. Virginia, Dec. 7, 2009)
FLORIDA STATE VS. AUBURN - A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Auburn leads, 21-6
Last Game: Dec. 5, 1999; at Auburn 55, Florida State 54
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 3, 1989; at Florida State 82, Auburn 78
Last Auburn Win: Dec. 5, 1999; at Auburn 55, Florida State 54
Last Florida State Win in Tallahassee: Dec. 3, 1989; at Florida State 82, Auburn 78
Last Auburn win in Tallahassee: Dec. 6, 1998; Auburn 80, at Florida State 68
Current Streak: Auburn has won 3
Leonard Hamilton vs. Auburn: First meeting
FLORIDA STATE VS. AUBURN - THE LAST GAME
Auburn took nearly twice as many shots and forced nearly three times the turnovers as Florida State. All that, and still the No. 7 Tigers needed Doc Robinson's free throw with 2.3 seconds left to seal a 55-54 win on Dec. 9, 1999, Auburn's 20th straight at home. The win was the 100th for Cliff Ellis as Auburn's coach and it came against his alma mater. The Tigers shot just 31 percent from the floor and missed six of eight free throws in the second half. The Seminoles committed 29 turnovers and forced just 11. That more than countered the fact that Auburn took 67 shots to Florida State's 37, making just three more. The Seminoles shot 49 percent and were 6-of-11 from 3-point range compared to 4-of-17 for Auburn. The Tigers had 19 offensive rebounds while the Seminoles had just five. Ron Hale scored 15 points for Florida State, while Damous Anderson had 12 and Adrian Crawford 11. The Seminoles held Chris Porter in check for much of the game, limiting the All-American to 9 points and five rebounds on 3-of-11 shooting. Porter still managed to come up big with three offensive boards and two steals down the stretch. The Tigers forced 17 first-half turnovers, nabbing 10 steals. But Auburn's lead was just 32-28 at halftime after getting outshot 53 percent to 33 percent.