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Part five of the five-part series previewing the upcoming JU season. Today is a preview of the Dolphins opener against Florida State. -

STORYLINES...

- Cliff Warren Era begins tonight vs. Florida State.

- JU is looking to avenge last year's 101-57 loss in Tallahasee, Fla.

- Dolphins open the year with five seniors on the team, four of which are projected to be in the starting lineup.

NOTES...

JU in season openers................................27-21

The Dolphins have won seven of their last eight season openers. JU's loss to Florida to open last year snapped a seven-year winning streak.

JU in the JVM Arena................................0-1

The Coliseum, the Arena's predecessor, was home to the Dolphins throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and most of the 90s. JU's first game in the Arena was last year against Florida, an 81-59 loss in front of a crowd of 7,147.

Head coach debuts................................5-7

Those that won their first game with the Dolphins: Hugh Durham, George Scholz, Tom Wasdin, Joe Williams and Dick Kendall (of that group, only Durham had a losing record at JU).

Those that lost their first game with the Dolphins: Buster Harvey, Matt Killcullen, Rich Haddad, Bob Wenzel, Tates Locke, Don Beasley and Bob Gottlieb (of that group, only Wenzel, Locke and Gottlieb had a winning record at JU).

JU vs. Florida State................................19-42

The Seminoles have owned the series of late, winning the last 13 meetings. JU's last win over FSU came on Jan. 3, 1987; a 90-78 win at home in the Coliseum.

NEWS...

The Dolphins open the year on television in a regionally televised game on Fox Sports Florida. It is the first of six television appearances for Jacksonville this year.





Part five of JUDolphins.com's five part series previewing the upcoming men's basketball season. Here's the schedule of the five-part series:

Monday - Season Outlook

Tuesday - Back court

Wednesday - Front court

Thursday - Schedule and the A-Sun

Friday - JU vs. FSU preview



JU vs. Flagler Notebook

Exhibition win: Jacksonville opened its 2005 season with an impressive 100-89 win over Flagler.

Despite getting off to a slow start, the Dolphins were able to make some plays down the stretch to hold off a fiesty Flagler team that was playing its fourth and final exhibition game.

The Dolphins only exhibition game of the season gave the team a chance to gel in Cliff Warren's new system, as well as giving the freshmen some much needed reps.

Dolphins top 100: In his first outing as head coach, Cliff Warren's Dolphins topped the 100-point plateau.

The last time the Dolphins scored 100 points in a game was on Feb. 9, 2001 in a 100-98 triple overtime win over Jacksonville State.

Jacksonville has not scored broken the 100-point barrier in 90 straight games.

Kimbrough cuts loose: Senior point guard Jesse Kimbrough took control in the second half, scoring 25 of his game-high 31 points in the second stanza.

On top of his 31 points, Kimbrough also dished out five assists while committing just three turnovers.

Another telling note, Kimbrough finished with six rebounds.

A Cool 20: Antonio Cool also had a big day in the exhibition game, scoring 27 points.

Cool was 9-of-20 from the floor and hit 3-of-9 from behind the arc, but left fans gasping for air after his flying dunks throughout the game.

Double figures: Jacksonville had four players finish the game in double figures in scoring. JU had four players score in double figures only 11 times a year ago.

On top of that, JU had eight players score at least three points and five players to score at least nine points.

Doubling up: Antonio Cool not only was scoring, but he was rebounding as well, finishing with a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double.

Last year, Cool did not have double-double.

Strong second half: Despite scoring 47 points in the first half, JU's offense struggled. The Dolphins hit just 39.5 percent of their shots and were 4-of-13 from behind the arc.

Things changed in the second half as JU hit 19-of-34, but once again hit just of 2-of-8 from 3-point land.

With all of the missed shots, JU was able to maintain an advantage on its offensive glass, holding a 24-22 edge over Flager.

Freshmen freaks: Marcus Allen and Phillip Okonma made their presence felt early and often in their Dolphins debut.

Allen scored 10 points and had six boards before fouling out in 16 minutes of action.

Okonma scored four points and had one rebound, but got into foul trouble early and was limited to eight minutes of action.

Dishing it out: The Dolphins made 36 baskets against Flagler and had assists on 17 of them.

Six of the eight Dolphins that saw action got an assist, led by Kimbrough and Cool, who had five apiece.

Bench warmers: The production off the bench will be key this season and JU saw why in this game.

JU's bench scored 24 points, led by Marcus Allen and Bryan Hipsher's 10 points.

Streaks, Stats and Trends

STREAKING HISTORICALLY...

Season Openers................................Lost 1

- The Dolphins lost the season-opener last year, 81-59 to Florida. Prior to that, JU had won seven in a row.

At the Arena................................Lost 1

- The Dolphins lost their first and only visit to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in the loss to Florida.

Against Florida State................................Lost 13

- JU has lost 13 straight to Florida State, a streak dating back to 1987.

Against FSU at home................................Lost 5

- JU has lost its last five home games to the Seminoles, the last coming in 1998. The average margin of defeat in those games is 18.6.

Head coach debuts................................Won 1

- Two of the last three head coaches at JU have won their debuts. Hugh Durham won his debut, a 76-54 win over Florida A&M.

STREAKING

Current................................Lost 1

- JU ended last season with a heartbreaking 77-76 loss to Gardner-Webb in the A-Sun semifinals.

At home................................Won 1

- JU picked up an 83-82 overtime win over UCF in its last home game. Last year, the Dolphins were 9-4 at home.

INDIVIDUAL STREAKS

Cosnecutive games 10+ points:

Jesse Kimbrough................................2

Aubrey Conerly..................................1

Consecutive games 5+ assists:

None

Consecutive games 10+ rebounds:

None

Consecutive games 3+ steals:

Jesse Kimbrough................................2

Consecutive games 3+ blocks:

None

TRENDS

Scoring 80+ points................................Won 23

- JU's last loss when scoring more than 80 points in a game came back on Feb. 15, 2001 in a 90-82 loss to Georgia State.

Allowing 80+ points................................Lost 2

- JU's last win when allowing more than 80 points was an 83-82 overtime win over UCF last season.

INDIVIDUAL TRENDS

JU's record when...

Mario Brown scores 10+ 1-1

Aubrey Conerly scores 10+ 9-2

Antonio Cool scores 10+ 11-6

Jesse Kimbrough scores 10+ 12-6

JU Notebook

Warren takes over: Cliff Warren was named the 15th head coach in JU's history on April 20th. Warren comes to JU after spending the last five seasons at Georgia Tech, helping turn around the Yellow Jackets program.

Come on back: Jacksonville returns three starters from last year's team that finished 16-13 and won the school's first game ever in the A-Sun Tournament. Antonio Cool is the team's leading returning scorer averaging 11.3 points per game.

Preseason Polls: JU was picked to finish eighth by the coaches and seventh by the media in the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason polls.

Here's a look at the preseason polls and how they breakdown

Coaches

1. Gardner-Webb (3)

2. ETSU (5)

3. Belmont (2)

4. Lipscomb (1)

5. Mercer

6. Florida Atlantic

7. Stetson

8. Jacksonville

9. Campbell

10. Kennesaw State

11. UNF

Tournament Champion: ETSU

Media

1. Gardner-Webb (20)

2. ETSU (8)

3. Belmont (2)

4. Florida Atlantic

5. Lipscomb

6. Mercer

7. Jacksonville

8. Stetson

9. Campbell

10. Kennesaw State

11. UNF

Tournament Champion: Gardner-Webb

New faces: There are seven new faces on the JU roster this year, all freshman, and all are expected to contribute immediately.

The two standouts of the Warren's first recruiting class are Marcus