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Florida State Men’s Basketball Team Travels To Play At Virginia Tech Saturday

Jan. 2, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays its first true road game of the season as it travels to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech. The Seminoles opened the season with a school record eight game homestand before traveling to play Boston University and Davidson College at the Fiesta Bowl Classic Tournament hosted by the University of Arizona. The Seminoles face the Hokies in the third of three consecutive road games. Florida State plays host to Texas A&M Corpus Christi Jan. 6 before hitting the road for two more games away from home at Maryland (Jan. 11) and at Georgia Tech (Jan. 14). The Seminoles play five of their eight games during the month of January away from the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.


PICKETT IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked second in the nation in steals with a 3.8 steals per game average. He trails only Alexis McMillan of Stetson who averages 3.9 steals in nine games. In head-to-head competition, Pickett had three steals to McMillan’s two as Florida State defeated Stetson, 93-76, Dec. 18. Pickett’s 38 steals trails only Demetrice Williams’ 40 steals for the overall national lead. Williams plays for South Alabama.


PICKETT NEARLY CLAIMS SECOND FLORIDA STATE TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett came within three steals of recording only the second triple-double in school history against Davidson Monday as he scored a career-high 32 points, pulled down a career-high tying 11 rebounds and was credited with a career-high seven steals. Since the ACC began play in the 1953-54 season, 15 different players, including the Seminoles’ Bob Sura, have recorded 19 triple-doubles. Sura scorched NC State for 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists Jan. 15, 1995. Pickett nearly notched the first ACC triple-double that included double figures in points, rebounds and steals.


PICKETT NAMED TO FIESTA BOWL CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett was named to the Fiesta Bowl Classic All-Tournament for his performance in the two-game event. Pickett averaged 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.5 assists against Boston University and Davidson College. Pickett’s 32 points against Davidson rank tied for the fifth best single-game effort in Fiesta Bowl Classic history while his seven steals tied the tournament record for most steals in a game. Pickett was joined on the all-tournament team by Arizona’s Hassan Adams (MVP), Luke Walton, Salim Stoudamire, Davidson’s Ian Johnson and Boston University’s Billy Collins.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its fifth consecutive game against Virginia Tech. The Seminoles defeated the Hokies, 78-49, last season in the first game between the two teams since 1991;
…Win its fourth consecutive game at Cassell Coliseum on the Virginia Tech campus. The Seminoles defeated the Hokies in each of the final three games at Cassell during their final three years as members of the Metro Conference;
…Play and win its first game of the season on an opponents’ home court. The Seminoles played their first eight games of the season at home and played two neutral site games in last week’s Fiesta Bowl Classic Tournament at the University of Arizona.


NOTING ALL-ACC CANDIDATE TIM PICKETT…
…Pickett’s 32 points against Davidson Dec. 30 are the most by an ACC player this season;
…Pickett’s seven steals against Davidson Dec. 30 are the most by an ACC player this season;
…Pickett’s six steals against Savannah State Nov. 24 are the second most by an ACC player this season;
…Pickett’s seven steals against Davidson were the most by any player in the NATION Dec. 30;


NOTING FLORIDA STATE…
…The Seminoles’ eight-point halftime comeback against Birmingham Southern is the largest by an ACC team this season;
…The Seminoles’ are one of five teams in the ACC with undefeated records when they lead at halftime this season;
…The Seminoles’ 12 blocked shots against Mercer are tied for the most in a single game by an ACC team this season;


SEMINOLES ON THE DEFENSIVE
Florida State held Davidson, the nation’s third-highest scoring team with a 89.3 points per game average, to 23.3 points fewer than its season-long scoring average in the Seminoles’ 82-66 victory in the second round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic. The Seminoles were ranked third in the nation in scoring defense in the NCAA statistics dated Dec. 16 and enter Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech allowing an average of 61.5 points per game.


SEMINOLES HOLD NINTH OPPONENT BELOW .460 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD
Florida State, which ranked first in the nation in field goal shooting percentage defense in the NCAA statistics dated Dec. 16, has held each of its first ten opponents under .460 shooting from the field. The Seminoles limited Davidson to .397 shooting from the field and limited Boston University to .441 shooting Saturday. It marked the ninth consecutive time this season the Seminoles had held their opponent below .460 shooting from the field. Entering Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech, the Seminoles have held each of their opponents below .460 shooting and are holding their opponents to .355 shooting from the field.


AGAINST DAVIDSON…
…Florida State held the Wildcats to .397 shooting from the field. Davidson had shot under .400 percent from the field only once in its previous eight games and shot .453 against No. 4 ranked Duke Nov. 25;
…Florida State limited the Wildcats to .273 shooting (nine-of-33) from the 3-point line. Davidson entered the game as the nation’s leader in 3-point field goal shooting and shot .679 from beyond the arc against Washington and Lee Nov. 30;
…Florida State held the Wildcats’ top four 3-point shooters to a combined .200 (five-of-25) shooting from beyond the arc. Davidson starters Peter Anderer (.500), Brendan Winters (.550), Wayne Bernard (.500) and top reserve Matt McKillop (.516) all entered Monday’s game shooting above .500 from the bonusphere.


SEMINOLES BLOCKING
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked second in the ACC and among the nation’s top 20 teams in blocked shots. The Seminoles are averaging 6.0 blocked shots per game after swatting away 10 shots against Stetson (Dec. 18) and 11 against North Carolina (Dec. 22) in late December. Florida State is averaging nearly twice as many blocked shots per game this season (6.0) as compared to last season (3.5) and has at least one blocked shot in all 10 games this season. After 10 games of the 2002-03 season, Florida State has 60 blocked shots. The Seminoles did not earn their 60th team block of the 2001-02 season until game 18 against Maryland Jan. 26.


SEMINOLES STEALING
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech ranked third in the ACC and among the nation’s top 20 in steals. The Seminoles are averaging 10.9 steals per game after earning 13 against Davidson in the second round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic. The Seminoles have reached double figures in steals six times in ten games this season after reaching the double figure mark in steals 10 times in 29 games last season. After 10 games of the 2002-03 season, the Seminoles have earned 109 steals. The Seminoles did not earn their 100th steal until the 12th game of the 2001-02 season against South Florida Dec. 2.


SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State is ranked in the upper half of the ACC free throw shooting statistics with a .682 mark. The Seminoles shot a near-season high .806 (25-of-31) against Boston University marking the second time this season the Seminoles had shot above .800 percent from the free throw line (also .818 in their Dec. 2 victory over Iowa). Sophomore Anthony Richardson (seven-of-seven), junior Tim Pickett (four-of-four), and freshman Todd Galloway (six-of-six) were all perfect on at least four shots from the line against the Terriers. The Seminoles were 16-of-19 in the second half including 12 of 14 made free throws in the final 10 minutes of the game.

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