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Florida State Plays Host To NC State In Men’s Basketball Saturday

Jan. 17, 2003

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Florida State continues its ACC schedule as it plays host to NC State in its fourth conference game of the season. The Seminoles’ game against the Wolfpack is the first of a two-game homestand for the Florida State with Clemson coming to Tallahassee Tuesday. Florida State has a 7-2 record at home this season with victories over Iowa of the Big Ten and Miami of the Big East listed among its wins. The Seminoles are enjoying a +13.2 points margin of victory, are holding their opponents to .336 shooting from the field and have allowed only one team (Stetson, Dec. 18) to score more than 70 points during their nine home games this season. Florida State began the season with a school-record eight game homestand during which they had a record of 7-1.

Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett ranks second among major college players in steals per game with a 3.4 steals per game average in this week’s NCAA statistics. The junior entered the week with 44 total steals and earned five against Georgia Tech Monday night to bring his season total to 49 and 3.5 per game. Only Marcus Banks of UNLV with 46 steals and a 3.5 steals per game average was ahead of Pickett heading into this week’s play. Banks and UNLV play at Brigham Young Jan. 16. Overall, Pickett entered the week ranked sixth in the nation in steals per game behind Alexis McMillan of Stetson who had 52 steals in 13 games for a 4.0 steals per game average.

Florida State entered the week of Jan. 13 ranked fourth in the nation in field goal percentage defense with a .366 mark (Maryland ranked first with a .353 mark), 15th in the nation with a 10.6 steals per game average (East Tennessee State leads the nation with a 13.6 steals per game average) and was tied for 22nd in the nation with a 5.4 blocked shots per game average (Connecticut leads the nation with an 8.2 blocked shots per game average)

Sophomore forward Anthony Richardson became only the eighth player in school history to shoot a perfect 100 percent from the free throw line on at least seven attempts when he made all 10 of his attempts against Georgia Tech Tuesday night. He became the first player since Antwuan Dixon, who made eight-of-eight attempts from the free throw line against Virginia Feb. 26, 2000 to achieve perfection from the line in a conference game. Richardson has made 11 consecutive free throw attempts entering Saturday’s game against NC State. Douglas Edwards holds the school record for free throws made without a miss with 14 against Clemson Feb. 8, 1992.

…Win its first ACC game of the season. The Seminoles are playing only their second home conference game of the season with their two most recent ACC games coming at No. 17-ranked Maryland and at Georgia Tech;
…Defeat NC State for the first time since Jan. 23, 1999 – a span of seven consecutive games that have ended in NC State’s favor. The Seminoles most recently defeated the Wolfpack during the 1998-99 season.

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against NC State ranked fourth or higher in six different ACC categories after the first 15 games of the season. Under first-year head coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles have made marked strides in improving both the team offensive and defensive efforts. Florida State ranks among the ACC and national leaders in field goal percentage defense, steals and blocks per game.

Seminoles’ Statistical Improvement
Category 02-03 Mark 02-03 ACC Rank 01-02 Mark 01-02 ACC Rank

Scoring Def. 63.8 ppg 3rd 74.0 ppg 4th
Field Goal Def. .366 2nd .441 4th
Blocked Shots 5.4 T3rd 3.5 6th
Steals 10.6 2nd 7.7 5th
TO Margin +2.9 4th -0.48 7th
D. Rebounds 26.2 4th 23.3 8th

Florida State enjoyed its best free throw shooting night as it made 13 of its 14 shots from the line against Georgia Tech Tuesday night. The Seminoles’ .929 team shooting percentage ranks as the fourth best in an ACC game for the Seminoles and best since the Florida State shot .941 (16-of-17) against Virginia (Feb. 28, 1999). It marked the third time in school history the Seminoles had shot above .900 percent for a single game in its 12-year ACC history.

Seminoles’ Free Throw Percentage Record In ACC Games
Rank Date Pct. FTM-A Notes

1. Jan. 25, 1997 1.000 11-11 Kirk Luchman (5-5) leads FSU vs. Wake
T2. Feb. 28, 1998 .941 16-17 Randell Jackson (7-7) leads FSU vs. Virginia
Jan. 11, 1994 .941 16-17 Kirk Luchman (5-5) leads FSU vs. Maryland
4. Jan. 14, 2003 .929 13-14 Anthony Richardson (10-10) leads FSU vs. Ga. Tech
5. Jan. 20, 2001 .900 9-10 Monte Cummings (6-6) leads FSU vs. N. Carolina

Senior center Trevor Harvey blocked a career-high tying three shots against Georgia Tech as Florida State continued its season-long assault on the Seminoles’ all-time blocked team shot record. Harvey led the Seminoles with three of their five blocked shots against the Yellow Jackets. Florida State enters Saturday night’s game against NC State with 75 blocked shots and has nearly twice as many blocks as its opponents (41) through its first 14 game of the season. The Seminoles have already blocked more shots than six Florida State teams in complete years, most recently the 1988-89 team that appeared in the NCAA Tournament. Florida State is ranked fourth in the ACC with a 5.4 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles blocked 102 shots for a 3.5 blocked shots per game average during the 2001-02 season. Florida State is looking to average 5.0 blocks or more for a single season for only the fourth time in school history.

Seminoles’ Top Shot Blocking Seasons
Season Blocks Blocks/Game Notes

1994-95 167 6.2 Corey Louis leads FSU with 74 blocks/2.7 bpg
1992-93 210 6.0 Rodney Dobard leads FSU with 111 blocks/3.1 bpg
2002-03 75 5.4 Trevor Harvey leads FSU with 23 blocks/1.8 bpg
1997-98 165 5.2 Corey Louis leads FSU with 50 blocks/1.6 bpg

Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s 49 steals, Florida State is averaging 10.6 steals per game to rank second in the ACC. The Seminoles earned 17 team steals Jan. 6 against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The Seminoles’ 17 steals are ranked as the second highest total in the ACC this season. In addition, Florida State’s 17 steals mark the fourth time this season the Seminoles have earned at least 15 steals in a game and the seventh time in 12 games they have earned double figures in steals. Florida State has averaged more than nine steals in a single season three times.

Seminoles’ Top Steals Per Game  Seasons
Year Team Steals SPG Individual Team Leader

1977-78 276 9.5 Tony Jackson, 73 steals (2.5 spg)
1992-93 322 9.2 *Sam Cassell, 97 steals (2.8 spg)
1991-92 230 9.1 *Charlie Ward, 75 steals (2.7spg)
1984-85 266 8.9 Dean Shaffer, 81 steals (2.9 spg)
1998-99 264 8.8 Terrell Baker, 80 steals (2.7 spg)
1996-97 280 8.8 Kerry Thompson, 71 steals (2.2 spg)
* ACC leader
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