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Florida State Plays Host To Clemson in Men’s Basketball Tuesday Night

Jan. 21, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Clemson in its second consecutive and third of eight Atlantic Coast Conference home games this season. The Seminoles enter Tuesday night’s game against Clemson looking to defeat the Tigers for the fifth consecutive time in games played at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers, 72-67, last season and have an all-time record of 11-3 against Clemson at home. Florida State is 9-2 at home against the Tigers since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 1991-92 season. Following Tuesday night’s game against Clemson, Florida State will head back out on the road for games at Wake Forest (Jan. 26) and at Virginia (Jan. 26) before playing host to Duke (Feb. 2) to begin the month of February.


PICKETT CONTINUES TO LEAD ACC; RANKS NEAR NATION’S TOP IN STEALS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett, the first player in the ACC this season to reach the 50-steals plateau, enters Tuesday night’s game against Clemson ranked first among major college players and third overall in the nation in steals with 51. Pickett has multiple steals in 14 of Florida State’s 15 games, four or more steals in six games and recorded his career-high of seven against Davidson (Dec. 30).


Pickett Among The National Steals Leaders
Rank Player School GP Steals SPG

1. Alexis McMillan Stetson 14 58 4.1
2 Zakee Wadood E. Tenn. State 14 51 3.6
3. Tim Pickett Florida State 15 51 3.4


RICHARDSON’S STAR CONTINUES TO SHINE BRIGHTLY
Sophomore Anthony Richardson, Florida State’s second-leading scorer behind All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett, has scored in double figures in nine consecutive games entering Tuesday night’s game against Clemson. He is averaging 14.6 points per game since the Seminoles defeated Stetson Dec. 18. Richardson scored his career-high of 20 points against Georgia Tech and has scored at leas 14 points six times during his current steak. He has scored in double figures 12 times in Florida State’s first 15 games.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its first ACC game of the season. The Seminoles play host to the Tigers in their third conference home game of the season and second consecutive home ACC game;
…Defeat Clemson for the fifth consecutive time at home. The Tigers have not won in Tallahassee since Feb. 15, 1998;
…Improve their record at home against the Tigers to 12-3 all-time. Florida State defeated Clemson, 74-57, at home for the first time in 1960 and most recently defeated the Tigers, 66-64, Jan. 24, 2002 in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Win its eighth home game of the season. The Seminoles earned a 6-2 record as they opened the season with a school-record eight game homestand and defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 72-56, Jan. 6. Florida State won 10 home games last season and only five during the 2000-01 season.


SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LIMIT TURNOVERS
Florida State committed its ACC season low of 12 turnovers against NC State Saturday and has committed 15 or fewer turnovers in each of its last five games. The Seminoles also limited their turnovers to 12 against Maryland Jan. 11. Florida State is averaging 12.4 turnovers per game in the last five games as compared to 16.4 per game during the first 10 games of the season. Junior Nate Johnson (five turnovers in the last five games) and freshman Todd Galloway, Florida State’s primary ball handlers, have cut limited their turnovers during the Seminoles’ most recent five-game stretch and are one reason why the team turnover rate has been cut dramatically.


INOLES CONTINUE TO LIMIT TURNOVERS
Florida State committed its ACC season low of 12 turnovers against NC State Saturday and has committed 15 or fewer turnovers in each of its last five games. The Seminoles also limited their turnovers to 12 against Maryland Jan. 11. Florida State is averaging 12.4 turnovers per game in the last five games as compared to 16.4 per game during the first 10 games of the season. Junior Nate Johnson (five turnovers in the last five games) and freshman Todd Galloway, Florida State’s primary ball handlers, have cut limited their turnovers during the Seminoles’ most recent five-game stretch and are one reason why the team turnover rate has been cut dramatically.


FLORIDA STATE RAINING 3-POINT SHOTS
Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s team and ACC leading 48 3-point shots, Florida State has made nearly 100 3-point shots in its first 15 games of the season. The Seminoles made their ACC season-high of eight 3-point shots against NC State and are averaging nearly six 3-point shots made per game against ACC competition. The Seminoles have made at least five 3-point shots in 13 of their 15 games and are averaging 6.5 made per game. Florida State is averaging over 20 3-point shot attempts for only the second 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’ FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE STILL AMONG NATION’S BEST
Florida State has held 10 of its 15 opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field and ranks second in the ACC with a .376 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 current mark under Leonard Hamilton would stand as the third best mark in school history.

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