Jan. 24, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to play Wake Forest looking for its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victory for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 season. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech (69-59, Feb. 28, 2001) and Clemson (75-63, March 3, 2001) in back-to-back games to finish the ACC season with a 4-12 record. Florida State earned its first ACC victory of the 2002-03 season with a 60-59 victory over Clemson Tuesday in Tallahassee. First-year Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton will face Wake Forest for the second time in his career after leading his Miami Hurricanes against the Demon Deacons during the 1990-91 season. Florida State is playing its first of two consecutive ACC road games against Wake Forest and will travel to play at Virginia (Jan. 26) before returning home to play Duke (Feb. 2). Sunday’s game against Wake Forest is the Seminoles’ third of four road games in the first half of their ACC schedule.
SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest ranked in the nation’s top 30 in three different statistical categories – field goal percentage defense (seventh, .376), steals per game (16th, 10.4 per game) and blocked shots (27th, 5.1 per game). The Seminoles ranked first in the nation in field goal percentage defense in the first national statistics release with a .332 mark in statistics dated Dec. 16, 2001. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton led Miami to the No. 1 national ranking in field goal percentage defense during the 1997-98 season.
Florida State’s National Rankings
Category Rank Mark National Leader Mark
Field Goal Defense 7th .376 Maryland .360
Steals 16th 10.4 E. Tennessee State 13.4
Blocked Shots 27th 5.1 Connecticut 8.2
PICKETT RANKED THIRD NATIONALLY IN STEALS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest ranked third in the nation with 55 steals and a 3.4 steals per game average. He was credited with four steals against Clemson and has now recorded four or more steals seven times in the Seminoles’ first 16 games. Pickett trails only Alexis McMillan of Stetson (60 steals, 4.0 spg) and Zackee Wadood of East Tennessee State (51 steals, 3.6 spg) in the national rankings.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its second ACC game of the season. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, 60-59, Tuesday night in Tallahassee;
…Win its 11th game of the season. The Seminoles enter Sunday nights game with a 10-4 record; …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 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, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson, 75-63, in Clemson, S.C.
FLORIDA STATE ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Florida State has a 1-1 record in games played on Super Bowl Sunday. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech, 96-77, on Super Bowl Sunday in 1993 (XXVII) and fell to the Yellow Jackets, 81-68, on Super Bowl Sunday in 1995 (XXIX).
Super Sunday Seminoles
Date Super Bowl FSU Result Super Bowl Result
Jan. 31, 1993 XXVII FSU def. Georgia Tech, 96-77 Dallas 52, Buffalo 17
Jan. 29, 1995 XXIX Georgia Tech. def. FSU, 81-68 San Francisco 49, San Diego 26
SUPER BOWL SEMINOLES
Florida State is well represented in Sunday’s Super Bowl with eight former Seminoles represented in the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. Linebacker Derrick Brooks, the NFL Defensive MVP, will represent Tampa Bay along with quarterback Brad Johnson, safety Dexter Jackson and defensive end Greg Spires. A total of three Seminoles will play for the Raiders including safety Derrick Gibson, fullback Zack Crockett and kicker Sebastian Janiksowski. Defensive end Tony Bryant is on the injured list and will not participate in the game. Johnson will be the first Seminole to start at quarterback in the Super Bowl.
SEMINOLE VOICE AT THE SUPER BOWL
Gene Deckerhoff, the long-time voice of Florida State basketball and football, will miss Sunday’s game against Wake Forest, as he becomes the “ninth” Seminole to participate in the Super Bowl. Deckerhoff is also the voice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will call his first Super Bowl as the Bucs play the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
COMING BACK FROM A HALFTIME DEFICIT
Florida State outscored Clemson, 27-23, in the second half to claim its 60-59 victory over the Tigers Tuesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ second-half comeback to win was its second of the season (they also trailed Birmingham Southern, 33-25, at halftime before rallying to win, 56-47). It was the first, second half comeback in an ACC game since recovering from a 32-28 deficit to defeat No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Duke, 77-76, Jan. 6, 2002. Both games were played at home in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
STEALING AGAINST CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett led Florida State with four steals and the Seminoles recorded 10 steals as a team in its victory over Clemson. It marked the second time in three games Florida State had recorded double figures in steals against an ACC opponent. The Seminoles earned 11 steals against Georgia Tech and have earned at least seven team steals in each of their first 16 conference games of the season. Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest ranked second in the ACC in steals with a 10.4 steals per game average.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
On the heels of Tuesday night’s last second free throws by Anthony Richardson to give Florida State its victory over Clemson, the Seminoles are shooting .705 percent from the free throw line as a team in the last three games. The Seminoles shot .929 (13-of-14) against Georgia Tech and were once again above 70 percent (.706, 12-of-17) against Clemson.
Seminoles’ Last Three Games From The Free Throw Line< Date Opponent FTM-A Pct. Notes>
Jan. 14, 02 at Georgia Tech 13-15 .929 Anthony Richardson is a perfect 10-of-10
Jan. 18, 02 NC State 11-20 .550 Richardson, Pickett perfect from FT Line
Jan. 21, 02 Clemson 12-17 .706 Starters go 10-of-13 (.769) from line
Totals 36-51 .705 Pickett leads team with .869 (46-of-53) mark
FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC’S TOP 3-POINT SHOOTING TEAMS
Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s team and ACC leading 51 3-point shots, Florida State has made nearly 102 3-point shots in its first 16 games of the season. The Seminoles made their ACC season-high of eight 3-point shots against NC State and are averaging more than five 3-point shots made per game against ACC competition. The Seminoles have made at least four 3-point shots in 14 of their 16 games and are averaging 6.4 made per game. The NCAA began keeping 3-point shot statistics during the 1986-87 season.
SEMINOLES’ FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE STILL AMONG NATION’S BEST
Florida State has held 10 of its 16 opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field and ranks second in the ACC with a .380 field goal percentage defense mark. The Seminoles ranked first in the nation in the NCAA statistics Dec. 16 and have ranked among the nation’s leaders throughout the entire season. The Seminoles ranked fourth in the nation (and second in the ACC) in last week’s statistics. Florida State is holding its opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field for the first time since the 1957-58 season when it limited its opponents to a .395 shooting mark from the field under head coach Bud Kennedy. The mark under Leonard Hamilton would stand as the third best mark in school history.