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Florida State Men’s Basketball Team Travels To Play At North Carolina Saturday

Feb. 6, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to play at North Carolina to begin the second half of its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule. The Seminoles and Tar Heels are playing for the second time this season after meeting Dec. 22 in Tallahassee. Florida State is taking to the court for the first time since it defeated No. 5 Duke, 75-70, Sunday in Tallahassee. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina with an 11-8 mark with victories coming against Duke of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Iowa of the Big Ten and Miami of the Big East among others. Following Saturday’s game against North Carolina, the Seminoles play host to No. 8 ranked Maryland (Feb. 12) in their second consecutive home game against a top-10 opponent and Georgia Tech (Feb. 15) as they play two ACC consecutive home games for the second of three times this season.


TIM PICKETT AGAINST DUKE
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett led the Seminoles in scoring (15 points), rebounds (nine rebounds), assists (four assists) and was tied for the team lead in steals (two steals) and blocked shots (one blocked shot) in Sunday’s victory over Duke. It marked the first time this season Pickett had led (or tied for the team lead) in all five categories.


TIM PICKETT IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett is ranked third in the nation in steals with a 3.3 steals per game average in the NCAA statistics through games of Feb. 2. Pickett, who had two steals against Duke in Sunday’s victory over the Blue Devils, is ranked second in the nation in total steals with 62. Pickett is ranked first among major college players in both steals and steals per game.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina for the second time in four meetings. The Seminoles defeated the Tar Heels, 81-71, Jan. 16, 2002 in Tallahassee;
…Gain its first victory in the Dean Smith Center since Jan. 22, 2000 and its fourth overall in the facility;
…Win its third ACC game of the season. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, 60-59, Jan. 21 and Duke, 75-70, Feb. 2 — both games were in Tallahassee;
…Win its 12th game of the season to match its victory total from the 2001-02 season;
…Win its first ACC road game of the 2002-03 season and gain the first ACC road win for head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…Win its first ACC road game since March 3, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson, 75-63, in Clemson, S.C.
…Win its second road game of the season and surpass its road victory total from last season. The Seminoles defeated only South Florida on the road during the 2001-02 season.


FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Florida State is ranked sixth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.384) and 17th in the nation in steals per game (9.9). The Seminoles are ranked sixth behind St. Joseph’s (Pa.) in the field goal percentage defense category. The Hawks lead the nation with a .361field goal percentage defense mark. Florida State is 17th behind East Tennessee State in the steals per game category. The Buccaneers average 12.4 steals per game to lead the nation.


NOTING THE SEMINOLES’ PERFORMANCE AGAINST DUKE…
…Florida State outrebounded No. 5 Duke in its 75-70 victory over the Blue Devils Sunday night. It marked the first ACC opponent the Seminoles had outrebounded this season. The Seminoles entered the game with a – 6.9 rebounding margin in conference games and beat the Blue Devils on the boards, 38-35;
…Florida State led Duke, 41-35, at halftime to mark its first ACC halftime lead of the season. The Seminoles were tied with North Carolina, 30-30, Dec. 22 in their first ACC game of the season;
…Florida State made its ACC season-high of 30 field goals against Duke. The Seminoles held a field goal advantage of 30-25 in the victory, the third time this season the Seminoles scored more field goals than their opponents in a conference game this season;
…Florida State limited Duke to a .347 field goal percentage – the lowest allowed in an ACC game by the Seminoles this season. The Seminoles held North Carolina to a .364 field goal shooting percentage in their first meeting with the Tar Heels in December;
…Florida State held Duke to 70 total points – the second lowest amount of points its allowed to an ACC team this season. Duke entered the game as the ACC’s highest scoring team with an 86.8 points per game average. It marked only the second time this season the Blue Devils were held below 80 points in a game.


FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State made 12 free throws in 21 attempts in its victory against Duke Sunday night. It marked the second time in four games the Seminoles had made and attempted more free throws than their opponents. In making 12 of 21 from the line, Florida State committed 19 fouls and sent Duke to the line only 14 times where the Blue Devils made only eight attempts.


SEMINOLES PLAY WELL IN LAST SEVEN MINUTES AGAINST DUKE
Florida State secured its victory over No. 5 Duke Sunday night with strong play and solid shooting during the final seven minutes of the game. The Seminoles outscored Duke, 19-14, and were nine-of-10 from the free throw line in the final 5:58.


NOTES FROM THE FINAL 7 MINUTES OF SUNDAY’S NIGHT’S VICTORY OVER DUKE
…Duke ties the game at 56-56 with 6:48 remaining on a 3-pointer by Lee Melchionni;
…From that point on, Florida State outscores Duke, 19-14, to gain the victory;
…Florida State was 10-14 (.714 percent) from the line in the second half;
…Florida State was five-of-six (.883 percent) in the final 1:42 of the game and nine-of-ten (.900 percent) in the last 5:58 of the game;
…Florida State made five field goals and nine free throws while Duke made four field goals five free throws in the final 5:58.


SEMINOLES HIT THE BOARDS
Florida State pulled down 38 total team rebounds in its victory against Duke Sunday, a total that ranks as their second highest of its ACC season. Florida State totaled its ACC season-high of 39 in its first game against North Carolina Dec. 22. The Seminoles entered Sunday’s game averaging 31. 9 rebounds per game in their first seven ACC games.


FLORIDA STATE SHOOTS .600 FROM THE FIELD AGAINST DUKE
Florida State shot its ACC season-high of .600 percent (30-of-50) from the field in its victory over Duke. It marked the highest field goal shooting percentage in an ACC game this season and the second highest field goal shooting percentage by an ACC team this season. The Seminoles shot an ACC season-high .685 from the field in its victory over Stetson Dec. 18. Florida State’s .600 shooting percentage against Duke marked its highest in an ACC game since Jan. 20, 1999 when the Seminoles shot .615 against Wake Forest. It marked the fifth time in program history the Seminoles has shot 60 percent or better from the field in an ACC game. Florida State is 5-0 in ACC games all-time when it shoots 60 percent or better from the field.

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