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Florida State Men’s Basketball Plays Host To Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Jan. 6, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the final non-conference regular season game for the Seminoles. Following Monday night’s game against the Islanders, the Seminoles play 15 consecutive games against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents beginning with Saturday’s game at Maryland. Florida State’s game against the Islanders marks a return home after three consecutive road games during which the Seminoles won two of three games including their a win at Virginia Tech in their first true road game of the season. Following Monday’s game, the Seminoles travel to play at Maryland (Jan. 11, 1:30 p.m.) and at Georgia Tech (Jan. 14, 9 p.m.) before returning to the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center and playing host to NC State (Jan. 18, 8 p.m.).


SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LEAD ACC IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Monday night’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi as the ACC leader in field goal percentage defense with a .355 mark. The Seminoles were the national leaders the last time the NCAA statistics were released Dec. 16. Florida State has held each of its 11 opponents below .460 shooting from the field, three opponents below .300 shooting (Savannah State, Mercer and Miami), three more below .350 (Florida, Birmingham Southern and Stetson) and three more below 40 percent (North Carolina, Davidson and Virginia Tech.) Only Iowa (.455) and Boston University (.441) have made more than 40 percent of their field goals against Florida State.


PICKETT AMONG THE NATION’S STEALS LEADERS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett leads the ACC and ranks fifth in the nation with a 3.5 steals per game average. He is the only ACC player and one of only 11 players nationally who is averaging 3.0 steals or more per game. Pickett has earned multiple steals in 10 of Florida State’s 11 games and recorded a career-high seven in Florida State’s victory over Davidson in the Fiesta Bowl Classic hosted by the University of Arizona.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its ninth non-conference game of the 2002-03 season. The nine non-conference victories would be the most for the team since the Seminoles won 12 during the 1997-98 season;
…Win its ninth consecutive game against an unranked, non-conference opponent at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Win its third consecutive game to match its season-high winning streak. The Seminoles won the first three games of the Leonard Hamilton era with victories over Savannah State, Mercer and Iowa (Nov. 24-Dec. 2) and also won three consecutive games against Miami, Birmingham Southern and Stetson (Dec. 8-Dec. 18);
…Defeat a team from the state of Texas for the first time since Nov. 13, 1998 when the Seminoles defeated Sam Houston State, 88-51, in the 1998-99 season opener.


SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO SHOOT WELL FROM LONG RANGE
Led by All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s five 3-point shots made in Saturday’s victory against Virginia Tech, Florida State continues to shoot well from 3-point range. The Seminoles made a season-high tying nine 3-point shots in outscoring the Hokies from the bonusphere. The Seminoles have made at least six 3-point shots in 10 of their 11 games this season and are averaging 6.5 3-point shots per game entering Monday’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.


FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS
Florida State enters Monday night’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi averaging a 10-year high 6.5 3-point field goals made per game. The Seminoles’ 6.5 3-point field goals made per game average marks the fifth time in the last 10 years that Florida State has averaged six or more field goals from beyond the arc.


Seminoles From The 3-Point Line – A 10-Year History
Season 3FGM 3FGM/Game Notes

2002-03 72 6.5 Season-high 9 3FGM four times
2001-02 169 5.8 D. Arrington (42) and A. Dixon (41) both over 40 3FGM
2000-01 148 4.9 Adrian Crawford leads team with 58 3-point shots made
1999-00 175 6.0 Fifth-highest team 3-point shooting pct. in school history
1998-99 178 5.9 Fourth-highest total for team 3-point shots attempted
1997-98 129 4.0 Seminoles advance to 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
1996-97 195 6.1 Second-highest single-season team total in school history
1995-96 175 6.5 James Collins leads team with 69 3-point shots made
1994-95 211 7.8 Single-season school record for 3-point shots made
1993-94 166 6.1 Bob Sura leads team with 52 3-point shots made


SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State came within one missed free throw of tying the school record for best team free throw shooting in a single game against Virginia Tech as the Seminoles shot a season-high .917 from the line against the Hokies. Five Seminoles were nearly perfect from the line in making 11 of 12 shots during their win over the Hokies. Florida State hit its first 10 free throws and did not miss one until 15 seconds remained the game. As a team, the Seminoles enter Monday night’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi shooting a season-high .695 from the free throw line.


Seminoles From The Line
Opponent FTM-A Pct. Notes

N. Carolina 5-7 .714 Johnson and Pickett perfect for a combined 4-4 performance
Boston Univ. 25-31 .806 16-of-19 for .842 in second half against Terriers
Davidson 21-34 .618 Richardson makes 7-of-8 (.875) to lead FSU to win
Virginia Tech 11-12 .917 Only miss comes with 15 seconds remaining in game
Totals 62-84 .738 6 of 11 games with FT Pct. above 70 percent


SEMINOLES TOUGH TO BLOCK
Florida State has taken the ball to the basket well this season and has become one of the toughest teams in the ACC to earn blocked shots against. The Seminoles have not had any shots blocked in three games and have had only an average of 2.4 shots blocked per game this season. In its only ACC game this season, Florida State had only four shots blocked by North Carolina – nearly one blocked shot below the Tar Heels’ season average. Three teams – Stetson, Boston University and Davidson – were unable to record blocked shots against Florida State.


PICKETT FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Monday’s game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi with 35 3-point shots made in the first 11 games of the season. He is averaging 3.2 3-points shots made per game and is ranked first in the ACC in total 3-point shots made (35), second in 3-point shots made per game (3.2, second behind J.J. Redick of Duke) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (.313).


PICKETT FROM LONG RANGE AGAINST RECENT SEMINOLE LEADERS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett is averaging 3.2 3-point field goals made per game to rank among the ACC leaders. In addition to nearly having matched Delvon Arrington’s team-leading total of 42 during the 2001-02 season, Pickett is looking to become the first Seminole to average more than three 3-point shots made per game since George McCloud averaged a school-record 3.8 3-point field goals made per game during the 1988-89 season.

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