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Florida St. Men’s Basketball Set To Take On Vanderbilt, Dec 9th

Dec. 8, 2000


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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (1-6, 0-0 ACC)
AT VANDERBILT COMMODORES (7-1, 0-0 SEC)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2000, 5:00 P.M.
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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
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“Michael Joiner is one of the most composed young men I’ve seen on the basketball court in a long time. Michael is very confident in his abilities and, so far, he’s been able to back that up that confidence level with his play.”
Steve Robinson
Florida State University
Nov.19, 2000


SETTING THE SCENE

Florida State plays its first game of the 2000-01 season on its opponents’ home court as it travels to play Vanderbilt. The Seminoles began the season with four home games and three on a neutral court (at the Great Alaska Shootout). The Seminoles are 5-3 in December road games during the Steve Robinson era. Following Saturday night’s game at Vanderbilt, the Seminoles play three of their final four games of the calendar year at home with the lone road coming at Cleveland State on Dec. 19. Florida State is in a stretch of 10 games since returning from Anchorage, Ak., eight of which are home games.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

…Play its first game of the 2000-01 season on its opponents’ home court. The Seminoles have played four games at home and three on neutral courts to begin the season,
…Defeat a team from the Southeastern Conference for the first time since Dec. 22, 1999 when the Seminoles defeated Vanderbilt, 70-65, in Tallahassee,
…Defeat a team from the Southeastern Conference for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated Vanderbilt during the 1999-00 season and Mississippi State during the 1998-99 season,


NOTING FLORIDA STATE

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt with three players averaging in double figure scoring (Nigel Dixon, 11.3 ppg, Michael Joiner, 10.1 ppg, Delvon Arrington, 10.0 ppg). In addition to three players averaging 10.0 points per game or more, three more players are averaging 7.0 points or more per game (Adrian Crawford, 8.7 ppg, Antwuan Dixon, 8.0 ppg, Monte Cummings, 7.0 ppg). Head coach Steve Robinson likes the scoring balance among this season’s team that has seen a different leading scorer in each of the first seven games of the season. Arrington and freshman Andrew Wilson became the latest to lead the team in scoring with 11 points each against South Florida on Thursday night. Last season, only two Seminoles averaged in double figure scoring (Ron Hale, 15.6 ppg, Damous Anderson, 15.2 ppg) and only four players averaged seven points or more per game for the season.


SEMINOLES HOLD REBOUNDING EDGE

Florida State has outrebounded four of its last five opponents and holds a +4.9 rebound margin through the first four games of the season. The Seminoles outrebounded Rhode Island by 22 on Nov. 25 in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout.


FLORIDA STATE VS. VANDERBILT – A SERIES HISTORY

The Series: Vanderbilt leads, 2-1
Last Game: Dec. 22, 1999, Florida State70, Vand. 65
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 22, 1999, Florida State 70, Vand. 65
Last Vanderbilt Win: March 16, 1987, Vand. 109, Florida State 92
Last Florida State Win In Nashville: NA
Last Vanderbilt Win In Nashville: March 16, 1987, Vand. 109, Florida State 92
Florida State vs. Vanderbilt, Streak: Florida State has won 1
Steve Robinson vs. Vanderbilt: 1-0


FLORIDA STATE VS. VANDERBILT – THE LAST THREE GAMES

Dec. 5, 1960 March 16, 1987 Dec. 22, 1999
at Vanderbilt 75 at Vanderbilt 109 at Florida State 70
Florida State 55 Florida State 92 Vanderbilt 656


SEMINOLES IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE

The Seminoles are no strangers to playing in the state of Tennessee. As a former member of the Metro-Conference, Florida State played Memphis State regularly between 1963 and 1977 and at least twice a season between 1978 and 1991. The Seminoles have a 33-34 record (49.2. winning percentage) against teams from the state of Tennessee. In addition, Florida State is 1-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in the Volunteer state.


SENIOR CLASS LEADING THE WAY

Florida State’s senior class (Delvon Arrington and Adrian Crawford) is the Seminoles’ top scoring class entering Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. Arrington is averaging 10.0 points per game while Crawford is averaging 8.7 per contest.


HITTING THE OFFENSIVE GLASS

Florida State is averaging 13.7 offensive rebounds per game while allowing its opponents only 10.1 offensive rebounds per contest. In the Seminoles’ last three game, the team owns a +2 rebounding margin on the offensive glass. In those last three games, the Seminoles have recorded an advantage of +5 points on second-chance baskets.


ADJUSTING IN THE SECOND HALF

Florida State has played well in the second half of both of its last two games while climbing back into both contests. One of the major factors in both comebacks has been the decrease in second half turnovers. The Seminoles outscored Furman on Monday night by six points while committing only five turnovers and outscored South Florida by five while committing only five turnovers on Thursday night. The Seminoles have outscored their opponents in the second half of four of their seven games this season. Florida State is averaging 6.4 second half turnovers as compared to 9.0 first half turnovers.


ARRINGTON STEALING

Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, a team tri-captain, recorded a season-high three steals against South Florida on Thursday night. He had nearly as many steals against South Florida (three) as he had during the first six games of the season (four). He enters Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt tied for the team lead with seven steals and a 1.0 steals per game average. Arrington enters Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt with 115 steals and a 1.7 steals per game average for his 66 game career.


ARRINGTON IN THE SCORING COLUMN

Senior point guard Delvon Arrington scored in double figures against South Florida (11 points) and has now scored in double figures in four of Florida State’s seven games this season. He enters Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt averaging a career-high 10.0 points per game. He has scored in double figures in four of the last five games and is averaging 11.8 ppg during that span.


ARRINGTON DOUBLE FIGURES

Senior point guard Delvon Arrington has scored in double figures in four of Florida State’s seven games this season (57.1 percent of the Seminoles’ games). He has scored in double figures in a higher percentage of games so far this season than during the first two years of his career.


SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR OF TOP NATIONAL PROSPECTS

Florida State University head men’s basketball coach Steve
Robinson announced during the early signing period that Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2000-01 season. Richardson is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation and Waleskowski is ranked among the top 100 giving the Seminoles one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.



“We are very excited to have Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski join our program,” said Robinson. “Their addition gives us two more high level players which allows us to continue our efforts in transforming Florida State into one of the top programs in the nation.”



Richardson, a 6-7 small forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville High School was the first player to commit to Robinson and the Seminoles this season. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. Richardson is hailed as one of the top “combo” forwards in the nation and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He ranks as high as No. 4 nationally among small forward prospects nationally.



Richardson selected Florida State over Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. He becomes the third player from the state of North Carolina to commit to the Seminoles in the last two years. Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.) are current Florida State team members.



Waleskowski, a 6-9 power forward from Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School signed his National Letter of Intent with the Florida State program following a recruiting visit Nov. 3-5. He is rated among the top 100 prospects in the nation according to All Star Sports Publications. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as a junior. In addition, he has a 31-inch vertical leap.



“The combination of the recruiting class which entered the university this fall (which was the 13th ranked recruiting class in the nation) and this recruiting class continues the influx of talented players into our program,” Robinson added. “We are continuously working to improve our program in every way and the additions of Anthony and Adam are very positive steps in our goal of becoming a better basketball team.”


JOINER AMONG THE TEAM LEADERS

Freshman Michael Joiner is ranked first or second on the Seminoles in eight different statistical categories. He is one of four players to have started all seven games and has scored in double figures four times.


JOINER GOING TO THE BOARDS

Freshman Michael Joiner is averaging 9.5 rebounds in the Seminoles’ last three games and enters Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt as Florida State’s second leading rebounder with a 5.3 rebounds per game average. He recorded a career-high 12 rebounds against Minnesota on Nov. 29 and had 10 against Rhode Island in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout.


LOWERY’S HANDLE

Freshman Ryan Lowery has played well in a reserve roll at the point guard position. He has earned 71 minutes of playing time and has an assist to turnover ratio of 3:1 in the first seven games of the season. He has seen his playing time increase from 8.5 minutes per game through the first three games of the season to 12.3 minutes per game played in the last four games. He played a career-high 16 minutes against Furman on Monday night and earned 13 minutes of playing time against South Florida on Thursday night. His career-high of four assists came in the season opener against Florida (Nov. 17) and against Rhode Island in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout.


CAREER-HIGH NUMBERS FOR LOWERY…

…Ryan Lowery established his career high for minutes played (16) and field goals attempted (two) against Furman, his career-high for points (three) against Rhode Island, his career-high for assists (four) against Florida and Rhode Island, his career-high for rebounds (three) against DePaul, and his career-high for free throws made (two) and attempted (two) against Florida.


WILSON COMING ALIVE

Freshman Andrew Wilson, Steve Robinson’s “blood and guts guy” scored his season high of 11 points against South Florida on Thursday night. He marked the second time he had scored in double figures with 10 points coming against Minnesota in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Nov. 29. Wilson is averaging 8.7 points in the last three Seminoles’ games that is more than double his scoring average during the fist three games of the season.


CUMMINGS FROM THE LINE

Junior Monte Cummings has hit 16 free throws in the last three games and recorded a career-best streak of seven consecutive from the line during the Seminoles’ games against Minnesota and Furman.


CUMMINGS COMING ON

Junior Monte Cummings, who earned his first career Division I starting assignment against Furman on Monday night, is averaging 10.3 points in the last three games. He is averaging nearly twice as many points in the last three games (10.3) than he did during the first four games of his Seminole career (5.2). He scored his career-high of 15 against Minnesota on Nov. 29 and connected on his first career 3-point shot against South Florida Thursday night.


CUMMINGS GETTING TO THE LINE

Junior Monte Cummings has attempted a team-high 21 free throws in the last three games. He is shooting 76.1 percent (16-of-21) in the last three games and has upped his season-long free throw shooting percentage from 66.7 (two-of-three) after four games to 76.0 (19-of-25) after seven games. He was a perfect six-of six from the line against Furman on Dec. 4


NIGEL DIXON ENJOYING STANDOUT SEASON

Sophomore Nigel Dixon is enjoying his best season during his now-two-year career at Florida State. He scored 11 points in the season opener against Florida on Nov. 17 and has averaged in double figure scoring through the first seven games of the season.


NIGEL DIXON’S INCREASED STATISTICS…
…He has started seven games this season, he did not start any games last season,
…He has scored 79 points in seven games this season, he scored 50 in 28 games last season,
…He is averaging 11.3 points per game this season, he average 1.8 points last season,
…He is averaging 17.6 minutes per game this season, he averaged 6.4 minutes last season,
…He has made 30 field goals this season, he made 20 in 28 games last season,
…He has made 19 free throws this season, he made 10 in 28 games last season,
…He has 21 offensive rebounds this season, he had 19 in 28 games last season,
…He is averaging 5.9 rebounds per game this season, he averaged 1.8 rebounds last season.


CRAWFORD RETURNS FROM KNEE INJURY
Senior Adrian Crawford, a team tri-captain, has played in all seven Seminole games this season to signal a resounding return from off-season knee surgery on his right knee. He has started six of Florida State’s seven games and is averaging 24.2 minutes per game. Crawford played in only 15 games and totaled only 284 minutes (18.9 mpg) last season as he was limited by the injury. Already this season, he has more rebounds (24-21), more assists (16-13), and more steals (5-3) than he had all of last season.

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