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Florida State Plays Host To Georgia Tech Saturday In Men’s Basketball

Feb. 14, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Georgia Tech in the Seminoles’ second consecutive game at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against the Yellow Jackets with a 9-4 overall record with two Atlantic Coast Conference victories at home. Florida State is the only team in the nation who has defeated an ACC team (Duke, Feb. 2), a Big Ten Team (Iowa, Dec. 2) and a Big East Team (Miami, Dec. 8) on their home court this season. In addition to its victory over Miami, the Seminoles also defeated a second Big East team – Virginia Tech – on the road (Jan. 4). The Seminoles will play three of their final six games of the season at home where they have a winning percentage of nearly .700 percent. Following Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, Florida State travels to play at NC State (Feb. 18) and at Clemson (Feb. 22) before returning home to face Wake Forest (Feb. 26) in the Civic Center.


FLORIDA STATE RANKED IN TOP FIVE IN NATIONAL STATISTICS
Florida State is ranked fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense with a .383 mark and is 19th in the nation in steals per game with a 9.8 per game average. The Seminoles are ranked second among ACC teams behind Maryland. In the steals category, Florida State is ranked 19th behind East Tennessee State which averages 12.2 steals per game.


Seminoles’ National Rankings (Through Feb. 9)
Rank Team Games Record OFGM OFGA OFG%

1. St. Joseph’s 20 17-3 391 1084 .361
5. Florida State 20 11-9 443 1156 .383


PICKETT MAINTAINS NATIONAL STEALS STATURE
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Saturday’s game ranked second in the nation in steals with a 3.1 steals per game average. He recorded four steals against North Carolina in 12 first half minutes and enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech with 66 steals. Pickett’s 66 steals are ranked tied for 10th for a single season in school history. The junior has recorded at least four steals in nine different games including five times in eight ACC games. Pickett has ranked among the nation’s top three in steals throughout the season.


NCAA Steals Leaders (Through Feb. 9)
Rank Player, School GP Steals SPG

1. Alexis McMillan, Stetson 20 82 4.1
2. Tim Pickett, Florida State 20 66 3.3


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its third ACC game of the season with a victory over Georgia Tech. The Seminoles have defeated Clemson (Jan. 21, 60-59) and No. 5 Duke (Feb. 2, 75-70);
…Win its 12th game of the season to match its mark from the 2001-02 season. The Seminoles won 12 of 29 games last season including 10 at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Defeat Georgia Tech for the third time in four games at home. The Seminoles defeated the Yellow Jackets in both 2000 and 2001 at home.


SEMINOLE NOTES FROM WEDNESDAY’S GAME AGAINST MARYLAND…
…Florida State committed one turnover in the second half of Wednesday night’s game against Maryland with ZERO coming in the final 14:39 of the game;
…Florida State held Maryland to .383 shooting from the field Wednesday night marking only the fourth time the Terps have shot below 40 percent for a single game during the season. Maryland entered the game shooting .464 from the field and was held nearly 10 percentage points below its season average entering the game;
…Florida State outscored Maryland, 39-36, to mark the second consecutive game the Seminoles had outscored their opponent in the second half. The Seminoles also outscored North Carolina, 31-30, in last Saturday’s game;
…Florida State handled the ball very well against Maryland and allowed the Terps only eight steals during the game with ZERO coming in the final 25:36 of the game. Maryland entered the game ranked first in the ACC and fourth in the nation with an 11.3 steals per game average and was held more then three steals below their per game average by the Seminoles. Maryland had zero steals in the second half;
…Florida State held Maryland’s scoring offense, which entered Wednesday night’s game averaging 81.2 points per game. The Seminoles held the Terps more than seven points below their scoring average. Maryland entered the nation ranked 12th in the nation in scoring offense;
…Florida State turned the ball over a near season-low 13 times against Maryland Wednesday. The Terps entered the game ranked first in the ACC as they were averaging 19.3 turnovers forced per game – Florida State cut more than six turnovers off that mark.


FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked second in the ACC and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense. The Seminoles have held each of their last three opponents (and 13 teams of 21 teams for the season) below .400 shooting from the field. The Seminoles have held Duke (.347), North Carolina (.367) and Maryland (.383) under .400 percent shooting in the last three games.


Seminoles On The Defensive
Date Opponent OFGM OFGA OPPFG%

Feb. 2 Duke 25 72 .347
Feb. 8 N. Carolina 18 49 .367
Feb. 12 Maryland 23 60 .383
Totals 66 181 .365


MORE ON FLORIDA STATE’S FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE
Florida State is ranked fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense with a .383 mark. The Seminoles are holding their opponents nearly six percentage points below last year’s mark of .441. Florida State ranks second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense after ranking fourth among league teams during the 2001-02 season.


Seminoles’ Putting A Lid On The Basket
Season OFGM OFGA OFG% Notes

2002-03 466 1,216 .383 5th nationally and 2nd in ACC
2001-02 753 1,709 .441 Unranked nationally and 4th in ACC
Improvement -.058 Only 1 team above 50 percent in 02-03


FLORIDA STATE HAS..
…99 blocked shots this season for a 4.7 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles need only four blocked shots to surpass the team total of 102 blocked shots during the 2001-02 season. Florida State is averaging 1.2 blocked shots per game more this season than it did last season;
…203 steals this season for a 9.7 steals per game average. The Seminoles need only 19 steals to surpass the team total of 222 steals during the 2001-02 season. Florida State is averaging 2.1 steals per game this season more than it did last season.


FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State, which was a perfect five-of-five from the free line throw against North Carolina Feb. 8, is shooting .808 from the free throw line in its last two games. The Seminoles made 16-of-21 form the line against Maryland and have now shot 70 percent or better from the line 10 times this season.


Seminoles Cashing In On The Free Ones
Game FTM FTA Pct. Notes

North Carolina 5 5 1.000 First perfect game of the season
Maryland 16 21 .762 Most FSU FT in ACC game this year
Totals 21 26 .808 Best 2-game stretch of season for FSU


THE TURNOVER STORY AGAINST MARYLAND
Florida State (one) and Maryland (three) combined for four total turnovers in the second half of Wednesday night’s game in Tallahassee.

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