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Florida State Hosts No. 2 North Carolina

Feb. 21, 2001

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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (7-18, 2-10 ACC)

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NO. 2 NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (21-3, 11-1 ACC)

Thursday, February 22, 2001, 8:00 p.m.
Dean E. Smith Center (22,750)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Seminole Radio Network
Raycom Sports/Jefferson Pilot Sports

SETTING THE SCENE

Florida State travels to Chapel Hill to play No. 2 North Carolina in a Thursday night game beginning at 8:00 p.m. The Seminoles’ game against North Carolina marks the school-record tying fifth consecutive ranked opponent the team will face. Since Feb. 4, Florida State has faced No. 2 Duke, No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 17 Maryland and No. 12 Virginia. The tough stretch of games marks the second time this season the Seminoles have faced those five teams in succession when they were ranked in the national polls. Following Thursday night’s game against the Tar Heels, the Seminoles stay in the state of North Carolina and play at NC State on Sunday.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

  • Defeat a ranked team for the second time in the last three games. The Seminoles defeated No. 17 Maryland, 74-71, in College Park on Feb. 14,
  • Defeat a ranked North Carolina team in Chapel Hill for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated the then No. 21-ranked Tar Heels, 76-71, on Jan 22, 2000 in the Dean E. Smith Center,
  • Defeat a team ranked in the nation’s top five for the first time since Dec. 23, 1997 when the Seminoles defeated No. 5 Arizona, 84-79, in Tallahassee,
  • Defeat a No. 2 ranked team for the second time in school history and for the first time since March 23, 1972 when Florida State defeated North Carolina, 79-75, in Los Angeles, Calif., in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

    DEFEATING A NO. 2 RANKED TEAM

    Florida State defeated No. 2 ranked North Carolina on March 23, 1972 to advance to the championship game of the 1972 NCAA Tournament. It marked the first time in school history that the Seminoles have defeated a team ranked No. 2 in the nation. Florida State has faced a No. 2 ranked team six times and the nation’s No. 1 ranked team 10 teams during the history of the program.

    ARRINGTON’S NUMBERS AGAINST TWO RANKED OPPONENTS

    All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 36.5 minutes last week as the Seminoles enjoyed one of their best weeks in recent memory. Arrington scored 17 points as Florida State won at No. 17 Maryland (74-71, Jan. 14) and added 20 as the Seminoles nearly pulled off the upset of No. 12 Virginia (69-66, Jan. 17).

    JOINER CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL

    Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner averaged 8.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocked shots and 29.5 minutes in two games last week as the Seminoles upset No. 17 Maryland and nearly upset No.12 Virginia.

    TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS

    Tonight’s referee is John Cahill and the umpires are Bob Donato and Bryan Kersey.

    ARRINGTON REMAINS HOT ALONG WITH CONFERENCE PLAY

    All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 36.5 minutes last week as the Seminoles enjoyed one of their best weeks in recent memory. Arrington scored 17 points as Florida State won at No. 17 Maryland (74-71, Jan. 14) and added 20 as the Seminoles nearly pulled off the upset of No. 12 Virginia (69-66, Jan. 17). The Cavaliers needed a 3-point shot to win the game at the buzzer.

    ARRINGTON AGAINST MARYLAND

    All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington played one of the top all-around games of his career as he led Florida State past No. 17 Maryland in College Park. He scored 17 points on six-of-eight shooting from the field, grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, dished out eight assists (against only two turnovers) and recorded three steals. His eight assists against Maryland are his 2000-01 season high. Arrington’s fastbreak lay-up with 17:22 remaining in the first half against Maryland gave the Seminoles a lead they would not relinquish during the rest of the game. In addition, he was four-of-six from the free throw line against the Terps with maybe his most important free throw coming with 51 seconds remaining. He made one of two free throws to give the Seminoles a 71-65 lead. Arrington’s free throw forced the Terps to have to score six points (two or more possessions) to tie the game.

    ARRINGTON AGAINST VIRGINIA

    All-ACC candidate Delvon Arrington was spectacular against Virginia as he totaled 20 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 39 minutes as the Seminoles nearly won consecutive games against ranked teams for the first time since 1993. He was instrumental in the Seminoles’ first-half attack with 11 points, three assists and two steals. His play allowed Florida State to lead throughout most of the first half and by a 34-29 margin at halftime. He scored nine second-half points, including a 3-pointer to give the Seminoles a 39-34 lead early in the second half and another from long distance to give FSU a 62-59 lead with 4:24 remaining.

    ARRINGTON POINTING TOWARDS 500 CAREER ASSISTS

    Senior point guard Delvon Arrington enters Thursday night’s game against North Carolina with 487 career assists. He has the second highest assist total for a Florida State player in his third season. Arrington is already only the fourth player in school history with at least 100 assists in his first three seasons and needs only 13 assists to become the third player in school history with 500 assists in his first three seasons.

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