January 13, 2003 - by
Florida State Men’s Basketball Team Plays At Georgia Tech Tuesday At 9 P.M.

Jan. 13, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to Georgia Tech to play its second Atlantic Coast Conference road game in four days as it plays the Yellow Jackets Tuesday night. The game marks the second consecutive conference road game for the Seminoles who play host to N.C. State (Jan. 18) and Clemson (Jan. 21) in their next two games. Florida State leads the all-time series against Georgia Tech, 26-21, while first-year Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton has a 2-0 record against the Yellow Jackets with both victories coming while he was the court boss at Miami. Florida State has won three of the last six games played against Georgia Tech and has a 12-11 record against the Yellow Jackets since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season.


PICKETT IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked fifth in the nation and first in the ACC with a 3.4 steals per game average. Pickett recorded seven steals in Florida State’s victory over Davidson (Dec. 30) and added four more as the Seminoles defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Jan. 6). Pickett is tied for sixth in the nation in total steals with 44 and has at least two steals in 10 of Florida State’s 13 games.


PICKETT IN THE ACC STATISTICS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Tuesday night’s game against Georgia Tech ranked in the top 10 in seven different ACC statistics. Pickett is joined by only Georgia Tech’s Chris Bosh (field goal percentage and offensive rebounds) and Duke’s Chris Duhon (assists and assist:turnover ratio) as the only three players in the ACC who are ranked first in multiple statistical categories.


Pickett In The ACC Statistics
Category Rank Statistic Notes

Steals 1st 3.4 44 steals are 15 more than 2nd place Josh Howard
3-Point FG Made 1st 42 42 3FGM are 10 more than 2nd place J.J. Redick
Defensive Rebs 3rd 5.6 Only guard among ACC top 10 in rebounding
Scoring 5th 18.0 Double figure scoring in all 13 games
Free Throw Pct. 5th .851 .916 (11-of-12) from FT line in last three games
Rebounding 8th 6.7 Career-high 11 rebounds vs. UNC and Davidson
3-Point FG Pct. 9th .304 Pickett with 42 3 PFGM/Clemson team with 48


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO …
…Win its 10th game of the season. The Seminoles enter Tuesday night’s game with a 9-4 record and didn’t win their 10th game of the 2001-02 season until Jan. 24, 2002 with a 68-63 victory over Clemson;
…Win its first ACC game of the 2002-03 season and gain the first ACC win for head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…Win its second road game of the season and surpass its road victory total from last season. The Seminoles defeated only South Florida away from Tallahassee last season;
…Win its first ACC road game since March 3, 2002 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson, 75-63, in Clemson, S.C.


SEMINOLES CONTINUE 3-POINT SHOOTING BARRAGE
Led by All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s 42 made 3-point shots, Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Georgia Tech averaging 6.4 made 3-point baskets per game. The Seminoles have made at least six 3-point shots in 10 of their 13 games and are earning more than 26 percent (249 of 929) of their points from beyond the arc as compared to just over 24 percent (507 of 1,082) last season . Pickett has made as many 3-point shots this season (42) in the first 13 games of the season as last year’s Seminole leader, Delvon Arrington, made in 29 games (also 42).


SEMINOLES UTILIZING THE 3-POINT SHOT AS OFFENSIVE THREAT
Florida State is averaging 19.8 3-point shot attempts through the first 13 games of the season. The Seminoles’ 19.8 3-point shot attempts ranks as the highest per game attempt average since Florida State averaged 21.8 attempts from beyond the arc during the 1994-95 season. Florida State is averaging over 19 3-point shot attempts for only the third time in school history. The NCAA began keeping 3-point shot statistics during the 1986-87 season. The single-season school record for 3-point shots made per game is 7.8 during the 1994-95 season when James Collins and Bob Sura led the Seminoles from the 3-point line.


Seminoles From The 3-Point Arc
Season 3PM/Game 3PA/Game Pct. Notes

2002-03 6.4 19.8 .323 Tim Pickett leads team with 42 3FGM
2001-02 5.8 17.3 .336 Delvon Arrington led team with 42 3FGM
2000-01 4.9 15.5 .319 5 players with double figure 3PFGM
1999-00 6.0 16.9 .357 Arrington led team with .382 3FG%
1998-99 5.9 17.5 .339 3 players with 35 or more 3FGM
1997-98 4.0 13.7 .295 Seminoles advance to 2nd round of NCAA
1996-97 6.1 17.4 .349 James Collins led team with 75 3 FGM
1995-96 6.5 18.7 .349 5 players with 20 or more 3 FGM
1994-95 7.8 21.8 .359 Single-season record for team 3PM/3PA
1993-94 6.1 19.3 .319 Bob Sura led Seminoles with 52 3 FGM


SEMINOLES KEEPING TURNOVERS DOWN
Florida State committed only 12 turnovers in its game against Maryland and is averaging a lowly 10.5 turnovers in the last two games. The Seminoles limited themselves to nine miscues in its victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi Jan. 6. Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Georgia Tech averaging 15.3 turnovers per game for the season but only 11.7 per game in their last three games. Twice last season against ACC opponents (nine against Wake Forest, Feb. 2 and eight against Clemson, March 7) the Seminoles committed fewer than 10 turnovers in a conference game. Florida State’s 12 turnovers against Maryland were the fourth fewest forced by the Terrapins in their 13 games this season.


Seminoles Keeping The Ball
Games TO TO/Game Notes

First 9 164 18.2 20 or more turnovers in three different games
Last 3 35 11.6 Johnson and Galloway with 7 total turnovers
Improvement -6.6 FSU fourth in ACC in turnover margin


SEMINOLES HANDLE THE BALL AGAINST MARYLAND
Florida State committed its ACC-season low of 12 turnovers and allowed Maryland to gain the ball only four times on steals in Saturday’s game against the Terps. Maryland entered the game ranked second in the ACC as it was forcing 18.1 turnovers per game and ranked first in the nation with a 12.4 steals per game average. It marked the fewest turnovers forced by the Terps since it forced George Washington (Dec. 8) into 12 turnovers (and tied for the second fewest in its first 13 games) and the fewest steals by the Terps since they gained only four steals from Florida (Dec. 14). Maryland’s steals total against Florida State was tied for its second lowest total of the season.


FLORIDA STATE CONTINUES BLOCK PARTY
Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Georgia Tech with twice as many blocks (70) as their opponents (35). The Seminole ranks second in the ACC in team blocked shots per game (5.4) and second in total blocked shots (70). Florida State is led by Trevor Harvey (20 blocks for a 1.5 bpg average). The Seminoles are averaging nearly two blocked shots per game more this season (5.4) than they did last season (3.5). The last time the Seminoles averaged more than 5.0 blocks per game was during the 1997-98 season when the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


SEMINOLES GAIN SEASON-HIGH 17 STEALS VS. TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI
Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s 44, Florida State is averaging 10.6 steals per game to ranks second in the ACC. The Seminoles earned 17 team steals Jan. 6 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Seminoles’ 17 steals are ranked as the second highest total in the ACC this season. In addition, Florida State’s 17 steals mark the fourth time this season the Seminoles have earned at least 15 steals in a game and the seventh time in 12 games they have earned double figures in steals. Florida State has averaged more than nine steals in a single season three times.

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