Florida State Guard Toney Douglas: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Justin ShockleyCorrespondent IMarch 20, 2009

When No. 5 seed Florida State faces off against No. 12 Wisconsin today in the NCAA Tournament, you won't hear Toney Douglas mouthing off about how good he is. 

In fact, mute your television and you will still get a message from Douglas loud and clear: "They can't stop me."

The 6'2" senior guard is averaging over 21 points per game to go along with four rebounds and two steals per contest. Douglas has a great ability to rise up over his defender to score, and his calm demeanor and smooth shooting touch make this star hard to rattle and even harder to stop. 

While Wisconsin will have a difficult time defending Douglas, they have bigger problems to deal with.

Above all else, Douglas is a tenacious perimeter defender, and was voted ACC Defensive Player of the Year despite being in a league deep with talented defenders such as UNC's Danny Green and Ty Lawson, Duke's Gerald Henderson, Wake Forest's L.D. Williams, and Clemson's Trevor Booker.

Wisconsin averages just over 64 points a game and has struggled to find consistent scoring this season. Inconsistent scoring and renaissance man Toney Douglas will give Wisconsin fits today, but Florida State is far from a one-man show.

Florida State is tall and athletic, highlighted by 6'9" Uche Echefu and 7'1" center Solomon Alabi who gets over two blocks a game.  6'4" Derwin Kitchen provides another strong perimeter defender for the Seminoles, who are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in more than a decade.

The stage is set for a great game in the night cap of the first round tonight at 9:55 ET, and when it comes to Toney Douglas and Florida State, remember that actions really do speak louder than words.

 

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