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Florida State Plays Host To Duke In ACC Men’s Basketball Action Sunday

Feb. 1, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State returns to the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center to play host to the No. 3 ranked Duke Blue Devils. The Seminoles are playing their first home game since Jan. 21 when they defeated Clemson, 60-59. Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Duke with an 8-3 mark at home with victories coming against Iowa of the Big Ten and Miami of the Big East among others. First-year head coach Leonard Hamilton led the Seminoles to victories in their first three home games and six of their first seven before beginning ACC play at home against North Carolina. Following Sunday night’s game against Duke the Seminoles play two of their next three games at home with match-ups against Maryland (Feb. 12) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 15). Florida State begins its second half of the ACC season as it travels to North Carolina Feb. 8.


TIM PICKETT IN THE NCAA STATISTICS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett, only the second 60-60 player (at least 60 steals and at least 60 3-point field goals made) in school history was ranked tied for second in the nation in steals per game (3.5) and tied for 21st place in the nation in 3-point field goals made (3.2) in the NCAA statistics released Jan. 27. Pickett ranks first in both categories in the ACC statistics. Overall, Pickett’s 59 steals at the beginning of the week ranked second behind only Alexis McMillan of Stetson (72 steals in 17 games, 4.2 spg) and is tied for 15th in the nation in total 3-point field goals made (55). Demona Brown of Charlotte leads the NCAA with an average of 4.9 3-point field goals made per game.


FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Florida State ranks seventh in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.382) and 15th in steals per game (10.3) in the NCAA statistics released Jan. 27. The Seminoles were ranked 1st in the nation in field goal percentage defense in the first NCAA report of the season and have ranked among the nation’s leaders in steals per game throughout the entire season. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton led Miami to the No. 1 national ranking in field goal percentage defense during the 1997-98 season.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its second ACC game of the season with a victory over Duke. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, 60-59, Jan. 21;
…Defeat a ranked team for the first time since Feb. 15, 2002 when the Seminoles defeated then No. 15 Virginia, 66-59, in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Defeat a ranked Duke team for the second time in the last two years. Florida State defeated No. 1 ranked Duke, 77-76, Jan. 6, 2002 in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Defeat a ranked team for the fifth time in the last four years. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 Duke (Jan. 6) and No. 15 Virginia (Feb. 15) last season, beat No. 18 Maryland (Feb. 14, 2001) two years ago and No. 21 North Carolina (Jan. 22, 2000) three years ago.


SEMINOLES’ 3-POINT FIELD GOAL SHOOTING
Florida State tied its season high with nine 3-point field goals made against Virginia Tuesday night and enters its game against Duke averaging 6.5 3-point field goals made per game. Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett led the Seminoles’ barrage from the bonusphere with a career-high six field goals made from long range. Florida State has now made nine 3-point shots from beyond the arc in five different games this season. In addition, the Seminoles shot .450 from the arc against the Cavaliers marking the fourth time this season the team has shot .450 or better from long range.


FLORIDA STATE AMONG THE TOP ACC TEAMS IN STEALS
Florida State enters Sunday night’s game against Duke averaging 10.1 steals per game in its 18 games this season. The single-season school-record for team steals per game is 9.5 by the Seminoles’ 1977-78 team that finished with a 23-6 record, played in the Metro Conference Tournament championship game and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Florida State recorded seven steals to Virginia’s four Wednesday night marking the fifth time in seven ACC games it had recorded more steals than its opponent.


SEMINOLES IN THE ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE STATISTICS…
…Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense with a .386 mark. The Seminoles held North Carolina to a .364 shooting percentage when the Tar Heels came to Tallahassee Dec. 21;
…Florida State is ranked second in the ACC in steals with a 10.1 steals per game average. The Seminoles recorded eight steals against Maryland and allowed the Terps only four steals when the two teams met in College Park Jan. 11. Maryland leads the ACC with an 11.4 steals per game average;
…Florida State is ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring defense as it allows only 66.4 points per game. The Seminoles held Clemson to 59 points in its 60-59 victory Jan. 21 in Tallahassee;
…Florida State is ranked fourth in the ACC with an assist:turnover ratio of +2.83. Florida State has had fewer turnovers than its opponent in four of its first seven ACC games;
…Florida State is ranked fifth in the ACC in total 3-point field goals made with 117. The Seminoles made its ACC season-high of nine 3-point shots against Virginia Tuesday night.


SEMINOLES’ KEEPING THE BALL IN THEIR HANDS
Florida State committed its ACC season-low of 12 turnovers against Virginia Tuesday night and is averaging 12.9 turnovers in its last eight games. The Seminoles’ season-low of 12 turnovers marked the third time in ACC play (also against NC State and Maryland) the team had committed 12 turnovers.


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 Jan. 21 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ second-half come from behind victory 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 the TLCCC.


NOTING TIM PICKETT’S THREE POINT FIELD GOALS AGAINST VIRGINIA
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett made a career-high six 3-point shots against Virginia Tuesday night. His six 3-pointers made tied the school record for an ACC game (Sam Cassell also made six in three different ACC games) and is tied for seventh all-time in 3-pointers made in a single game in school history.

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