Feb. 19, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has defeated four nationally ranked teams this season, travels to play at No. 16/19 North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m. The Seminoles entering the game against the Tar Heels having won two consecutive games with victories over Clemson (Feb. 14, 65-52) and Virginia (Feb. 17, 76-57) and are looking to sweep the season series against North Carolina for the first time in school history. Florida State staged a stellar come-from-behind victory over North Carolina in Tallahassee Jan. 22 to win the first game of the season between the two teams 90-81 in overtime. The Seminoles trailed by as many as 24 points with 5:38 remaining in the first half before outscoring the Tar Heels 72-39 over the final 30:38 of the game including 12-3 in the overtime period. The comeback is considered to be one of the greatest in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles are 4-3 in conference play (5-3 overall) since defeating North Carolina in January and enter Saturday’s game with a 6-6 record in ACC play. Saturday’s game at North Carolina begins the homestretch of the regular season as the Seminoles play at North Carolina (Feb. 21), at No. 15/15 Wake Forest (Feb. 25), and at No. 16/18 (March 6) while playing host to No. 3/3 Duke (Feb. 29). The Seminoles defeated the Tar Heels, Demon Deacons and Yellow Jackets in the first round of ACC play with a 3-3 record.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett
Senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina ranked first in the ACC in 3-point field goals made (80), 3-point field goals made per game (3.08), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.419), second in total steals (62), second in steals per game (2.38), seventh in scoring (15.6 ppg), and 10th in field goal shooting percentage (.435). In Florida State’s victory over North Carolina earlier this season, Pickett scored 30 points as he made eight field goals (three from 3-point range) and 11 free throws, scored eight first half points, 16 in the second half and six in the overtime period. He also added two assists, two steals and nine rebounds in the victory.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a sweep of the season series between the Seminoles and Tar Heels for the first time in school history;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a sweep of one of the “Tobacco Road” teams in the ACC for the first time since taking the regular season series from Wake Forest during the 2000 season;
…Win in the Dean Dome for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000 when Florida State defeated North Carolina, 76-71. The Seminoles have won twice in the Dean Dome since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season including their very first conference game – an 86-74 win on Dec. 15, 1991;
…Win their seventh ACC game of the season. It would mark the highest number of conference wins since the Seminoles won 12 league games and finished in second place in the ACC standings during the 1992-93 season. Florida State won 11 games during their inaugural ACC season and averaged 11.5 ACC victories per season during its first two years in the league;
…Win its first ACC road game since March 3, 2001 when the Seminoles won at Clemson (75-63). The Seminoles enter Tuesday’s game against NC State looking to break a 21-game road losing streak against ACC teams.
FLORIDA STATE AT .500 IN THE ACC STANDINGS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina with a 6-6 record for a .500 winning percentage. It marks the latest date (Feb. 21) and most games (6-6, 12) the Seminoles have been at .500 or better in the conference standings since the 1998-99 season when they were at .500 on Feb. 7, 1999 after a loss to North Carolina to fall even after 10 games in the ACC standings.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LEAD ACC FROM 3-POINT RANGE
Led by Senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett’s 80 3-point field goals made, the Seminoles have made a single-season school record 223 3-point field goals made this season. The Seminoles surpassed the former record of 215 in their victory over Clemson (Feb. 14) and enter Saturday’s game against North Carolina averaging 8.6 field goals from the bonusphere this season. The Seminoles lead the ACC in 3-point field goals made (223), 3-point field goals made per game (8.58) and 3-point field goal percentage (.384). The Seminoles have made nearly as many 3-point field goals this season as Maryland (110) and Clemson combined. Florida State is ranked first in the ACC in all three 3-point shooting categories after ranking in the bottom third of the ACC statistics in each of the last two seasons.
SEMINOLES’ 3-POINT RECORD
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina having made a school record 223 3-point shots this season. The team surpassed the previous record of 215 in last Saturday’s win over Clemson.
FLORIDA STATE LIMITING OPPONENTS’ SCORING CHANCES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against North Carolina ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense as it allows a scant 62.4 points per game. The Seminoles had held both of their last two opponents (Clemson, 52, and Virginia, 57) to a combined 109 points (54.5 points per game). The Seminoles’ 52 points allowed against Clemson are tied for the second fewest points allowed in an ACC game in school history and was only one point from tying the school record for fewest points allowed in ACC games. The Seminoles defeated NC State, 71-51, Jan. 4, 1997 to mark one of 17 times since Florida State joined the ACC that they have held a conference opponent under 60 points scored. The Seminoles are allowing fewer points per game this season (62.4) than it did last season (66.6) when Florida State ranked first in the ACC and 16th in the nation.
WINNING BY DOUBLE FIGURES
Florida State has defeated Virginia 76-57 (+19) and Clemson 65-52 (+13 points) by double figures in its last two games. The Seminoles have won each of their last three ACC games by double figures and are averaging a +16.0 margin of victory in its last three ACC wins. The Seminoles’ 19-point victory (76-57) over Virginia is the second ACC victory by 16 or more points this season — the Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech (81-65, +16) Feb. 3 in the TLCCC.
FLORIDA STATE VS. RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has defeated four nationally ranked teams – then No. 24 Maryland (Dec. 28), then No. 7 North Carolina (Jan. 26), then No. 10 Wake Forest (Jan. 25) and then No. 15 Georgia Tech (Feb. 3). It marks the first time since the 1996-97 season the Seminoles have defeated four ranked teams and the first time since that same season the Seminoles have defeated four ranked ACC teams in the same season. Florida State’s school record for wins over ranked teams is seven during the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles defeated seven ranked teams including four ranked ACC teams. The Seminoles have defeated four ranked ACC teams four times in one season four times – this season (2003-04) and the 1991-92, 1992-93 and 1996-97 seasons.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 12 pts and 8 rebs vs. N. Carolina, 2/8/03)
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. N. Carolina, 2/22/01)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (9.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs against North Carolina, 1/22/04)
G #10 Nate Johnson (5.0 ppg, 4.1 apg; 6 pts and 1 ast against North Carolina, 1/22/04)
G #22 Tim Pickett (15.6 ppg, 2.4 spg; 30 pts and 9 rebs against North Carolina, 1/22/04)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (3.7 ppg, 2.4 apg; 7 pts and 4 asts against North Carolina, 1/22/04)
F #12 Al Thornton (3.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 7 pts in 13 mins against North Carolina, 1/22/04)
G #23 Von Wafer (8.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 6 pts and 3 rebs against North Carolina, 1/22/204)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. N. Carolina, 2/17/02)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (6.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 6 pts and 5 rebs against North Carolina, 1/22/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 17 pts and 4 rebs vs. North Carolina, 2/8/03)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NORTH CAROLINA
F #21 Jawad Williams (13.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 15 pts and 3 rebs against Florida State, 1/22/04)
F #32 Rashaad McCants (19.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 26 pts and 3 rebs against Florida State, 1/22/04)
C #42 Sean May (15.1 ppg, 10.1 rpg; 11 pts and 10 rebs against Florida State, 1/22/04)
G #1 Melvin Scott (11.6 ppg, 2.8 apg; 14 pts and 5 rebs against Florida State, 1/22/04)
G #2 Raymond Felton (11.3 ppg, 7.6 apg; 13 pts and 9 asts against Florida State, 1/22/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA — A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: North Carolina leads, 30-8
The Series In Chapel Hill: North Carolina leads, 16-3
Last Game: Jan. 22, Florida State 90, N. Carolina 81 (OT)
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 22, Florida State 90, N. Carolina 81 (OT)
Last North Carolina Win: Feb. 8, 2003; N. Carolina 61, Florida State 60
Last Florida State Win In Chapel Hill: Jan. 22, 2000; Florida State 76, North Carolina 61
Last North Carolina Win in Chapel Hill: Feb. 8, 2003; N. Carolina 61, Florida State 60
Florida State vs. N. Carolina, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. North Carolina: 1-3