Jan. 19, 2001
SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State plays host to No. 6 ranked North Carolina in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles have defeated the Tar Heels five times since joining the ACC to begin the 1991-92. Florida State has won four of their last six games played at home. Saturday’s game marks the first of two consecutive home ACC games – the longest conference home stretch of the season. Following its’ game against the Tar Heels, the Seminoles play host to NC State on Jan. 25.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Play its fifth consecutive game against a ranked conference opponent for the first time in school history,
…Defeat a ranked team for the sixth time in Steve Robinson’s four-year tenure at Florida State,
…Defeat a ranked team for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated No. 21 North Carolina, 76-71, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
ROBINSON FINDS SUCCESS AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
Florida State was the only ACC team to beat North Carolina in the Dean Smith Center when the Tar Heels were ranked among the nation’s top 25 last season. The Seminoles defeated then No. 21 Tar Heels, 76-71, on Jan. 22 in Chapel Hill. Robinson, who directed the Seminoles to a victory in his first game against North Carolina during the 1996-97 season, has coached three teams to the NCAA tournament in his five years as a head coach.
ARRINGTON BREAKS OUT AGAINST VIRGINIA
Senior Delvon Arrington scored his career-high of 23 points against Virginia on Tuesday night as he played one of the best games of his career. Against the Cavaliers, Arrington scored his career high of 23 points, made a career-high nine field goals, shot a career-high 81.8 percent (nine-of-11) from the field, was a perfect two-of-two (1.00 percent) from the 3-point line and a perfect three-of-three (1.000) from the free throw line. In addition, he had three assists and two steals.
JOINER AMONG TOP ACC FRESHMEN
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner leads the Seminoles in scoring with a 6.5 rebound per game average and is fourth on the team in scoring with a 9.9 points per game average. He has scored in double figures eight times this season and leads all Seminole starters with a field goal percentage of 46.8 for the season.
Florida State University Men’s Basketball By The Numbers
0 Florida State did not have any of its shots blocked against Virginia on Tuesday night. It marked the first time since Jan. 8, 2000 that the Seminoles’ opponent did not record a blocked shot.
1/8 Michael Joiner was named the ACC Rookie-of-the-Week on Jan. 8. He became only the fourth player in school history to earn the award joining Bob Sura, James Collins and Corey Louis as Seminoles who have won the award.
1 Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford recorded his first block of the season against Maryland on Jan. 14.
1 Freshman Andrew Wilson recorded his first career blocked shot against Maryland on Jan. 14.
5 Florida State is undefeated, 5-0, when outscoring its opponent.
6 Freshman Ryan Lowery has only six turnovers in his last 73 minutes played.
7 Freshman Michael Joiner has blocked at least one shot in eight consecutive games.
9 Senior Delvon Arrington has at least one steal in nine of the last 10 games.
9.5 Freshman Ryan Lowery averages a low one turnover for every 9.5 minutes played this season.
16 Junior Antwuan Dixon has 16 assists in the last eight games for a 2.0 assists per game average.
19 Junior David Anderson played a season-high 19 minutes against Virginia on Tuesday night.
53 Senior Delvon Arrington has made a career-high 53 free throws this season.
57.1 Senior Delvon Arrington is shooting 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the field in the last two games.
87.5 ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Michael Joiner is shooting 87.5 percent from the free throw line in the last four games.
90 Senior tri-captain Delvon Arrington is shooting 90 percent (nine-of-ten) from the free throw line in the last four games.
133 Senior guard Delvon Arrington enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina with 133 career steals to rank 11th in school history.
Today’s referee is Karl Hess and the umpires are Duke Edsall and Reggie Cofer.
ARRINGTON AND CRAWFORD ON GUARD
Senior guards Delvon Arrington and Adrian Crawford shot a combined 69.5 percent form the field, 1.000 percent from the free throw line and totaled 39 points against Virginia on Tuesday night in Charlottesville. The Seminoles’ starting backcourt combined for 54.1 percent of the teams total points (39 of 71) and made 59.3 percent of the team’s total field goals (16 of 27).
JOINER AMONG THE ACC LEADERS
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner leads all conference freshmen in games started (16), rebounds per game (6.5) and blocked shots (13). In addition, he is ranked second in four other categories and third in another. Joiner is the only player in the league to rank in the top three in eight different categories among freshmen.
QUOTES ON MICHAEL JOINER
“I think that Michael Joiner will be one of the better players in the ACC. He’s as good as any freshman we’ll probably face this year. He’s outstanding.”
Head Coach, University of Florida
Nov. 17, 2000
“We had a lot of calls from Fayetteville this week to get tickets. I know they weren’t calling because they all of a sudden fell in love with us.”
Head Coach, Wake Forest
Jan. 9, 2000
“Coming out of high school, if we had had a scholarship and a need at that position, there’s no question that we’d have gone after him (Joiner) with everything we had”
Head Coach, Wake Forest
Jan. 9, 2000
“He (Michael Joiner) made the difference (against us). I think the guys in North Carolina made a big mistake in letting him get away. I’d certainly like to have him.”
Head Coach, UNC Asheville
Jan. 6, 2001
“He’s good. We looked at him as a wing player, but he’s playing inside and that gives (FSU) a match-up problem for the other team.”
Head Coach, Duke University
Jan. 4, 2001
“When you get to about the halfway point in the season, I told him he’d have to play like an upperclassmen. Now he’s seeing what its like to play in the ACC, but he grew up in the environment. That’s why he plays with such poise. He’s been to those places and played in those arenas.”
Head Coach, Florida State University
Jan. 9, 2001
“If you were to glance at Michael Joiner’s biographical sketch, you might just draw the wrong conclusion. Treasurer of his student body. National Honor Society member. Latin club. Yearbook staff. Math club. President of the Students Against Violence Everywhere. Writes poetry. Church usher. Chess club. That’s hardly chic. But you can’t help but notice Joiner when it comes to his favorite extracurricular activity: Basketball.”
St. Petersburg Times
Dec. 7, 2000
JOINER FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina with a 77.5 percentage from the free throw line. He is ranked first among the Seminoles’ starters and second overall in the team. He has made seven of his last eight attempts (87.5 percent) in the last four games.
JOINER IN THE DEFENSIVE
ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner has blocked 10 shots and been credited with 13 steals in the last seven games. He enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina ranked second on the team in both categories.
A. DIXON AMONG SEMINOLES’ MINUTE MEN
Junior tri-captain Antwuan Dixon, who has played at least 31 minutes in three of the last four games, is averaging a career-high 29.4 minutes per game entering Saturday’s game against North Carolina. He has played nearly as many minutes in 17 games this season (499-29.4) as he did in 29 games as a sophomore last season (534-18.4). Dixon is playing an average of 11 minutes more per game this than he did last season.
A. DIXON ON THE BOARDS
Junior trip-captain Antwuan Dixon has grabbed a career-high 109 rebounds and is averaging a career-high 6.4 rebounds per game through 17 games this season. He has grabbed at least five rebounds in each of the last 12 games. He has nearly as many rebounds (87) in the last 12 games as he did in 29 games as a sophomore (96) and is averaging nearly twice as many rebounds more this season (6.4) than he did last season (3.3).
THE NUMBERS ON A. DIXON’S REBOUNDS…
…He has grabbed double figure rebounds a career-high three times this season. His career high entering the 2000-01 season was eight and he did not reach double figures in the first 50 game of his career,
…He has more defensive rebounds (69) this season than he had during the first two years of his career combined (67),
…He grabbed his career-high of 12 rebounds against Furman on Dec, 4,
…He has sustained a rebounding average of more than six rebounds per game since Dec. 17,
…He recorded a combined total of 119 rebounds as a freshman and sophomore. He enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina with 109 rebounds (only ten less than the total from his first two seasons combined).
CRAWFORD TUNES HIS SHOOTING TOUCH
Senior Adrian Crawford, who is among the top 3-point shooting specialists in school history, has tuned his shooting touch since the beginning of ACC play against Duke on Jan. 4. He is shooting nearly 50 percent in ACC play to lead the Seminoles’ starters in that category.
CRAWFORD IN THE LAST TWO GAMES
Senior Adrian Crawford, a team-tri-captain, is averaging 14.5 points and shooting 52.3 percent from the field in the last two games. He scored 16 points at Virginia (Jan. 16) and totaled 13 against Maryland (Jan. 14).
CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Senior Adrian Crawford, who has made at least one 3-point shot in eight consecutive games, enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina with 112 3-point shots made during his 6-game career. He has made 42.5 percent of his shots (17-of-40) from beyond the arc in the last eight games
CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made five 3-point field goals in the last two games to bring his season total to a team-leading 35. He has now made 112 3-points shots during Florida State career and is ranked seventh in school history for 3-point shots made during his career. He became only the ninth player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots in his career when he made five against Morgan State on Dec. 30. He needs only four 3-point shot made to surpass Chuck Graham and move into eight place on Florida State’s all-time career list.
ARRINGTON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior Delvon Arrington enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina with a career-high 75.7 shooting percentage from the free throw line. He has made 90 percent of his attempts (nine-of-ten) in the last four games. Arrington has made a career-high 53 free throws (surpassing his previous single-season career-high of 52 during the 1999-00 season) in a near career-high 70 attempts (he attempted a career-high 74 free throws during the 1999-00 season).
ARRINGTON FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Senior Delvon Arrington is shooting 80 percent from the 3-point line in the last two games. He was a perfect two-of-two (1.000 percent) from beyond the arc against Virginia and was two-of-three (66.7 percent) against Maryland on Jan. 14. Arrington has made 61 3-point shots and is shooting 30.9 percent from beyond the arc during his career.
DELVON ARRINGTON HAS…
…Four steals in the last two games (2.0 steals per game) and 133 for his career,
…At least five assists in 12 games this season and 442 for his career,
…A single-season career-high 12 offensive rebounds entering Saturday’s game,
…Played a team-leading 536 minutes (31.5 minutes per game) this season,
…Scored 181 points this season for a career-high 10.6 points per game average.
LOWERY IN THE CLUTCH
Freshman Ryan Lowery, who has committed only six turnovers in his last eight games, has proven a more-than capable back-up to starting point guard Delvon Arrington through the first 16 games of the season. He has been credited with 30 assists and charged with only 17 turnovers during the first two months of his collegiate career. In the last eight games, Lowery is averaging a stellar 1 turnover every 12 minutes.
COACH STEVE ROBINSON QUOTES
On Facing North Carolina
“North Carolina is playing very well right now. I think their overall execution has been outstanding. You can see their team just growing with confidence every time they play.
“In think the addition of Ronald Curry and Julius Peppers have been two key components to their team. I think people have forgotten that Ronald Curry was not only the player-of-the-year in football, but he was the same in basketball. He (Curry) is starting to play with a lot of confidence and I think he has a good grasp of what they want out of his play. I think he has a done a tremendous job of executing.”
On Matt Doherty
“Matt is a very good coach. But, I think we can’t lose sight of the fact that the basketball team went to the Final Four in two of the last three years. They are used to winning. I don’t think that there was a big change in philosophy in regards to how Matt coaches. He grew up in the North Carolina system. His experiences of being an assistant at Kansas, with a lot of the North Carolina system there, probably made the transition fairly easy for the players. Individual personalities are what differ in terms of Matt Doherty and Coach Guthridge. I think the overall plan of attack, offensive and defensive, is very similar.”
On Winning in Chapel Hill last year
“The big thing last season was that we made shots and put the ball in the hole. We got off to a good start and every time they made a run at us, one of our guys stepped up and made plays. Whether it was Ron (Hale) or Damous (Anderson) or Delvon Arrington – a number of guys really contributed in that game.”
On North Carolina’s Size
“Their size doesn’t give you a lot of open looks around the basket. Their size allows them to rebound the basketball well and put a great deal of pressure on your defense to try to slow down that size. Now, you have to be concerned about them knocking down the jump shot from outside which enables the post guys to have a lot more room. You have to make a decision. What are you going to try to take away? It’s kind of like a balancing act. What is the best way to try and slow them down?”
MATHEWS CONTINUES BLOCKED SHOTS CLIMB
Sophomore center Mike Mathews leads the Seminoles and is ranked sixth in the ACC with a 1.7 blocked shots per game average. He has blocked four or more shots in a single game three times this season and blocked a career-high five shots against Minnesota (Nov. 29) and Furman (Dec. 4). Mathews is nearing the school-record for blocked shots by a sophomore at Florida State.
CUMMINGS GETTING TO THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior Monte Cummings, who is quickly gaining mention as the top sixth-man in the ACC, enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina as the Seminoles’ third leading scorer with a 10.5 points per game average. He has scored in double figures in 10 seven of the last nine games and is averaging 13.1 points per game during that span.
FROM NORTH CAROLINA, CUMMINGS LIKES NORTH CAROLINA
Junior Monte Cummings, a Chapel Hill, N.C. native, is averaging 16.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in three games against teams from the state of North Carolina. He is shooting a 50.0 percent (14-of-28) from the field, 80 percent (20-of-25) from the free throw line and has been credited with five assists and four steals against Duke (Jan. 4), UNC Asheville (Jan. 6) and Wake Forest (Jan. 9).
CUMMINGS GETTING TO THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior Monte Cummings has made at least one free throw in 13 consecutive games. He enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina as the team leader in free throws made (63) and attempted (82). Cummings made a career-high 13 free throws in a career-high 16 attempts against UNC Asheville. He is shooting 76.9 percent (60-of-78) from the line since the Seminoles’ victory over Jacksonville on Dec. 17.
ANDERSON FINDS PLAYING TIME AGAINST VIRGINIA
Junior David Anderson played a season-high 19 minutes against Virginia on Tuesday night in Charlottesville. It was the most minutes he had earned since he played 21 minutes against Virginia on Jan. 26, 2000. He scored two points and added a season-high tying three rebounds against the Cavaliers.
ANDERSON FROM THE FIELD
Junior David Anderson has made each of his last four field goal attempts in the last six games. He has not missed from the field since Dec. 21 against Binghamton.
N. DIXON COMING ON
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon has scored in doubles figures a career-high six times and has grabbed double figure rebounds a career-high two times this season. He is shooting 80.0 percent (four-of-five) from the field in the last two games and enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina averaging more than twice as many rebounds per game this season (5.1) than he did as a freshman (2.1).