Nov. 30, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Northwestern Monday at 7 p.m. in the first game of the 2003 ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles enter Monday’s game against the Wildcats looking to open a season with five consecutive wins for the first time since the beginning of the 1995-96 season and looking for their first five game winning streak since the 1996-97 season. Florida State’s game against Northwestern is its fifth of the season, fifth in 11 days and comes in the middle of a stretch of seven games in 16 days to open the season. All seven games come as part of a season-opening seven game homestand for the Seminoles.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett FUELS FLORIDA STATE
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett enters Monday night’s game against Northwestern averaging a team-leading 16.3 points, a team-leading 2.8 steals, shooting a perfect 1.000 from the free throw line (seven-of-seven), having made a team-leading 12 3-point field goals and ranking among the team leaders in assists (2.5 apg), blocked shots (0.8 bpg) and field goal shooting percentage (.460).
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
Florida State has a 2-2 record entering its game against Northwestern in the fifth annual ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The Seminoles have a 1-1 record against the Wildcats – with both games coming in Evanston, Ill. Florida State plays host to Northwestern for the first time in this series and for the first time in school history Monday night. The Seminoles two wins in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge have come at Northwestern (60-46, 1999) and against Iowa (80-67, 2002).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its fifth consecutive game and open the 2003-04 season with five consecutive victories for the first time since the 1995-96 season. The Seminoles have won at least the first five games of the season eight times. The school record for wins to open a season is eight during three different seasons – most recently during the 1993-94 season;
…Win five consecutive games at any point in a season since the 1996-97 season when the Seminoles defeated Tennessee State (100-62, Dec. 17), Florida (79-65, Dec. 21), Marist (76-48, Dec. 28), Butler (87-68, Dec. 30) and NC State (71-51, Jan. 4) on its way to a 20-12 overall record. The Seminoles played in the NIT championship game at the end of the season;
…Win its third game during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge series. The Seminoles have defeated Northwestern (60-46 Dec. 1, 1999) and Iowa (80-67, Dec. 2, 2002) while falling to Minnesota (76-71, Nov. 29, 2000) and Northwestern (57-50, Nov. 28, 2001).
SEMINOLES FINDING THE BASKET
Florida State enters Monday’s game against Northwestern averaging 82.5 points scored per game and has scores 80 points or more in each of their last three games. It marks the first time the Seminoles have scored 80 or more points in three consecutive games since the 1995-96 season — Nov. 26 (97-81 victory over Howard), Nov. 28 (92-44 victory over Florida International) and Dec 2 (87-60 victory over Jacksonville) as they won three of their first four games of the season. The Seminoles have not scored 80 or more points in four consecutive games since the 1993-94 season when they scored 90, 108, 94 and 105 points in four successive victories over Morgan State, Mt. St. Mary’s, UNC Greensboro and Lafayette. Florida State ranked ninth in the ACC in scoring offense last season with a 68.1 points per game scoring average.
SEMINOLES FINDING THE BASKET – NOTE II
Florida State enters Monday’s game against Northwestern shooting .500 (120-240) from the field in its first four games of the 2003-04 season. The Seminoles are shooting .552 from the field in their last two games – a .554 shooting performance (31-of-56) in its win over South Carolina State and a .551 (38-of-69) performance in its victory over Nicholls State. The Seminoles have made an average of 30 baskets per game in their first four games of the season.
Seminoles Improvement From The Field
Season FG% FGM/G PPG 3FG%
2003-04 .500 30.0 82.5 .370
2002-03 .432 24.7 68.1 .333
Improvement +0.68 +5.3 +14.4 +.037
FLORIDA STATE AHEAD ON THE SCOREBOARd
Florida State has been ahead on the scoreboard for all but 50 seconds of the first 160 minutes of the 2003-04 season. The Seminoles trailed Maine (3-2 for 42 seconds and 5-4 for eight seconds) before opening up a lead and defeating the Black Bears 69-49 in their season opener Nov. 21. Florida State held Georgetown College scoreless for the first 8:24 of the its game Nov. 24 before the Tigers hit a basket, held Nicholls State scoreless for the first 1:55 before the Colonels hit a free throw and held South Carolina State off the scoreboard for the first 2:22 before the Bulldogs hit from 3-point range to break the ice.
SEMINOLES ON THE DEFENSIVE EARLY ON IN 2003-04
Florida State, one of the nation’s top defensive teams last season under Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, has intensified its defensive ways through the first three games of the 2003-04 season. In its victory over Nicholls State Nov. 24, Florida State earned 18 steals, forced the Colonels into 29 turnovers and held them to .364 shooting from the field. In its victory over South Carolina State, the Seminoles defense limited the Bulldogs to .231 shooting from the field, forced 22 Bulldog turnovers and record 11 steals.
Seminoles Clamping Down
Season SPG TO Forced FG Pct. Defense Rebound Margin
2003-04 11.8 23.0 .321 +7.0
2002-03 9.4 16.3 .391 -2.3
Improvement +2.4 +5.7 -.070 +4.8
HAMILTON UTILIZING HIS ENTIRE ROSTER
Second-year Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has the luxury of increased depth this season and has certainly utilized that depth through the first four games of the season. Fortunately for Hamilton and Florida State, even though the minutes of the Seminoles’ returning players in most cases have dropped, their production has not. Take senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett for example. The guard is averaging nine fewer minutes of playing time, but is averaging only 0.8 points per game less then his team-leading 17.1 points per game from a season ago. In addition, despite playing nearly seven minutes fewer than he did last season, junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson is averaging as many points and more rebounds than he did last season.
Everybody Earning Playing Time (03-04 listed first / 02-03 listed second)
Player MPG PPG RPG
Tim Pickett 24.0/33.1 16.3/17.1 2.8/5.7
Anthony Richardson 22.8/29.0 12.8/12.4 5.5/5.3
Michael Joiner 19.0/26.7 8.5/6.8 4.1/4.3
Todd Galloway 16.8/23.8 6.5/6.9 3.8/3.9*
Mike Mathews 14.3/9.6 2.7/3.3 1.2/3.3
Nate Johnson 22.5/30.8 3.0/4.8 5.0/2.9*
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Needs 231 points to reach 1,000 for his career)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg; 19 pts in 18 mins played against Nicholls St)
C #33 Mike Mathews (3.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 103 career blocked shots to tied for 6th in FSU history)
G #10 Nate Johnson (3.0 ppg, 5.0 apg; 39 minutes and 0 turnovers in last two games)
G #22 Tim Pickett (16.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; Season-high 4 steals against Nicholls State and SC State)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.5 ppg, 3.8 apg; 6 assists and 1 turnover against Nicholls State)
F #12 Al Thornton (7.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 12 points in 18 minutes against SC State)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (2.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg; Back from injury – has played in 3 of 4 games)
G #23 Von Wafer (11.0 ppg, 3.0 ppg; double figure scoring in first three career games)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg; Season-high 13 points against Georgetown)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (4.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg; Season-high 9 points against SC State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTHWESTERN — A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 2-1
Last Game: Nov. 28, 2001, NW 57, FSU 50
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 1, 1999; FSU 60, NW 46
Last Northwestern Win: Nov. 28, 2001, NW 57, FSU 50
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: First Game
Last Northwestern Win In Tallahassee: First Game
Florida State vs. Northwestern, Current Streak: Northwestern has won 1
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTHWESTERN – THE LAST THREE GAMES
Nov. 28, 2001 Dec. 1, 1999 Dec. 23, 1972
at Northwestern 57 Florida State 64 Florida State 91
Florida State 50 at Northwestern 46 Northwestern 72
ACC/Big Ten Challenge ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Dayton, Ohio
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTHWESTERN – THE LAST TIME
Winston Blake scored 18 points including a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left, as Northwestern held off Florida State 57-50 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Dec. 1, 1999 in Evanston. Jitim Young added 19 points for Northwestern, which beat Florida State for the first time in three tries. Antwuan Dixon and Monte Cummings each had 10 points for Florida State. Blake made a 3-pointer to give Northwestern a 50-44 lead with 7:51 left to play. But Cummings and Mike Mathews made back-to-back baskets to pull Florida State within 52-49 with 3:43 left. The Seminoles and Wildcats traded airballs on their next few possessions before Florida State got a break. With 1:28 left, Tavaras Hardy fouled Mathews. The Seminoles outrebounded Northwestern 21-18, including an 8-4 advantage on the offensive glass.
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST THE BIG TEN
Florida State is 10-15 all-time against teams from the Big Ten. The Seminoles have two wins each against Minnesota and Northwestern and three victories over Penn State.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett PICKING HIS SHOTS
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, a preseason All-ACC first team selection, is averaging a team-leading 16.3 points entering Monday night’s game against Northwestern. His production is actually higher because he is playing fewer minutes and taking fewer (and more high percentage) shots than he did last season.
Pickett Being More Selective
Season MPG FGM/G FG% 3FGM/G 3FG% SPG
2003-04 24.0 5.8 .460 3.0 .414 2.8
2002-03 33.1 5.8 .382 2.9 .324 2.8
Improvement -9.1 — +0.78 +0.1 +.009 —
PICKETT’S RACE TO 100 CAREER STEALS
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett has earned four steals in each of the last two games and enters Monday’s game against Northwestern with 11 steals and a 2.8 steals per game average. He has 93 steals in 33 career games for a Seminole record 2.81 steals per game average. Pickett has at least four steals in 12 of his 33 career games and has only been held steal-less three times during his career. He is looking to become only the 17th player in school history with 100 or more career steals.
PICKETT ALSO RACING TO 100 CAREER 3-POINT SHOTS MADE
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett has made 12 3-point shots this season and enters Monday’s game against Northwestern with 96 career 3-points shots made. He averages 2.9 3-point field goals made per game during his 33-game Seminole career. Pickett needs only four 3-point field goals made to become only the 11th player in school history with 100 or more 3-point field goals made.
PICKETT ON TRACK TO HIT THE CENTURY MARK – TWICE
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett enters Monday’s game against Northwestern with 93 career steals and 96 career 3-point shots made. He is looking to become only the sixth player in school history with 100 or more steals and 100 or more 3-point shots made.
Seminoles’ With 100 Steals and 100 3-Point Shots Made
Player Career Steals Career 3FGM Notes
James Collins 191 255 3 time All-ACC selection
Bob Sura 209 214 3 time All-ACC selection
Sam Cassell 153 108 2 time All-ACC selection
Delvon Arrington 225 120 All-ACC HM in 2002
LaMarr Greer 136 123 33rd all-time FSU scorer
Tharon Mayes 132 128 16th all-time FSU scorer
JOINER FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Senior forward Michael Joiner enters Monday’s game against Northwestern shooting a near-team high .833 from the free throw line. He has made five of his first six attempts of the season with his only miss coming in Florida State’s victory over Georgetown. Joiner has begun the season on quite a tear as compared to his performance from the line last season when he shot a single-season career-low .460 in 29 games. A year ago he missed more than one of every two free throws and has only missed once this season.
Joiner Making The Free Ones
Season FTA FTM FT% Notes
2003-04 5 6 .833 Only one miss in first 4 games
2002-03 23 50 .460 Missed More than one of every two FT
Improvement +.373 Career .642 from the FT line
JOINER ALSO FINDING THE BASKET FROM THE FIELD
Senior forward Michael Joiner enters Monday’s game against Northwestern shooting an even .500 from the field. He has made seven of his last 12 shots in the last two games (.583) and is also finding his way from long range. Joiner has made one 3-point shot in both of the Seminoles’ last two games. He has now made 73 career 3-point shots and ranks 18th in school history for career 3-point shots made.
Sophomore Todd Galloway has at least one steal in each of the first four games of the season and enters Monday’s game against Northwestern tied for fourth on the team with a 1.3 steals per game average. Galloway had 26 steals in 29 games for a 0.9 steals per game average.
GALLOWAY HOLDING AND DISHING
Sophomore point guard Todd Galloway is averaging more assists (3.8 – 3.3) and has a better assist:turnover ratio (2.5:1 – 1.4-1) despite averaging fewer minutes (16.8 – 23.8) this season as compared to last season. Galloway recorded 11 assists and was charged with only two turnovers in his first three games (48 minutes) and dished out a season-high six assists in Florida State’s victory over Nicholls State.
JOHNSON HOLDING ONTO THE BALL
Senior guard Nate Johnson, in his second season as Florida State’s starting point guard, enters Monday’s game against Northwestern with 20 assists and three turnovers in 90 minutes played through the first four games of the season. He has not committed a turnover in 43 consecutive minutes entering Monday’s game and has played in two consecutive games and four consecutive halves without turning the ball over to the Seminoles’ opponent. Johnson has played error-less basketball in three of Florida State’s four game to start the 2003-04 season.
Nate The Dependable
Season Mins. Assists TO A:TO Ratio To/Min
2003-04 90 20 3 6.6:1 1 TO every 20 mins.
2002-03 894 84 48 1.8:1 1 TO every 18.7 mins
Totals 984 104 51 2:1 1 TO every 19.3 mins
RICHARDSON CONTINUES TO FIND THE BASKET
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson enters Monday’s game with a career-high .636 field goal shooting percentage. He is averaging 12.8 points per game (slightly above his sophomore season average of 12.4 ppg) and taking better shots this season as compared to last season. Richardson is taking fewer shots per game this season (8.3) than he did last season (9.8) but has increased his production.
Richardson From The Field
Seasons FGM-A Pct. Notes
2004 (1 year) 21-33 .636 Averaging 5.3 field goals made per game / this season
2002-03 (2 yrs) 204-496 .411 Averaged 3.6 field goals made per game / first two years
Improvement +.225 Averaging 1.7 field goals made per game more this season
RICHARDSON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson has made six of his seven free throw attempts this season and enters Monday night’s game against Northwestern having made 15 of his last 16 attempts (.938).
THORNTON HAS MOST PRODUCTIVE GAME OF SEASON AGAINST SC STATE
Freshman Al Thornton, who is ranked fifth on the team with a 7.9 points per game average, enjoyed the best game of his young career with 12 points in 18 minutes in Florida State’s victory over South Carolina State. He scored Florida State’s final 10 points of the first half of Friday night’s game to give the Seminoles a commanding 37-23 lead at the break. He scored on four lay-ups and a sunk in the final 3:04 of the half and added a second half field goal as the Seminoles won their fourth consecutive game of the season.
JOHNSON GIVES THE SEMINOLES A BULKY PRESENCE IN THE POST
Freshman Alexander Johnson, who has scored in double figures in two of Florida State’s four games, enters Monday’s game against Northwestern ranked fourth on the team with an 8.3 points per game average. He is shooting a team-leading .750 (nine-of-12) from the field and made nine consecutive field goals in Florida State’s victories over Georgetown and Nicholls State. Johnson has developed into quite a low post presence for the Seminoles and leads the team in free throws made (nine) and attempted (16). He is also among the team leaders in steals (three) and blocked shots (two).
THE VETERANS AND THE NEWCOMERS
Head Coach Leonard Hamilton has created a wonderful dilemma for himself and the Seminoles this season. Through recruiting and teaching, Hamilton has both talent and depth on his second edition of the Seminole men’s basketball team. The Seminoles veterans and newcomers are quickly coming together to form a cohesive unit.
All Seminoles Earning Playing Time
Category PPG RPG DF Scoring FG% 3FG% FT%
Veterans (9) 54.3 26.8 8 .656 (82-125) .375 (24-64) .783 (29-37)
Newcomers (3) 24.3 6.8 6 .574 (35-61) .350 (7-20) .512 (20-39)