Jan. 8, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, which is off to its best 14-game start to a season since winning 13 of its first 14 games to begin the 1988-89 season, plays host to NC State in its second Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season. After winning their first 10 games of the season to establish a school record for wins at the start of a season, the Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against the Wolfpack with a 12-2 record and victories in two of their last three games. The Seminoles were the first team in the nation to reach double figures in wins as they gained the 10th victory of the season Dec. 20 against Chicago State. Following Sunday’s game against NC State, the Seminoles travel to Clemson to play the Tigers Jan. 13.
PICKETT NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, who averaged 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals as the Seminoles split two games last week, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It marks the second time during his career that Pickett has earned the honor. He was named the ACC Player of the Week following the final week of the 2003 regular season. Pickett tied his own personal career-best with six 3-point shots made against No. 12 Florida as he totaled a season high 25 points to mark the fifth time during his career that he had scored 25 or more points in a single game. Pickett was six-of-ten from long range and he made eight field goals during the game.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State for the first time since Jan. 23, 1999 and break a nine-game losing streak against the Wolfpack. A victory over NC State would be the first at home for the Seminoles against the Wolfpack since Jan. 23, 1999 and break a four-game losing streak;
…Improve its ACC record to 2-0 for only the second time in school history. The Seminoles began their conference schedule with a 2-0 record with victories over Wake Forest and Clemson to open their 1999-00 season;
…Win its 13th game of the season to come within one game of tying its victory total from the 2002-03 season. The Seminoles finished with a 14-15 record during Leonard Hamilton’s first season in Tallahassee;
…Win its 11th consecutive game in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles defeated Virginia in their final home game of the 2002-03 season and have won their first nine home games of the 2003-04 season. The last time the Seminoles won 11 consecutive home games was during the 1975-76 (Feb. 7, 1976 vs. South Florida) and 1976-77 seasons (Jan. 22, 1997 vs. South Alabama);
…Continue their perfect record at home in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center this season. The Seminoles have completed four seasons without a loss at home – most recently with a 13-0 record during the 1975-76 season;
…Win its 10th home game of the season for the third consecutive season. The Seminoles won 11 home games in 2002-03 and 10 home games in 2001-02.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Florida State is ranked 28th in this week’s ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll and 31st in this week’s Associated Press writers’ poll. The Seminoles earned their first national ranking of 25th in last week’s ESPN/USA Today poll – their first ranking since January of 1998. Florida State has been among those national teams in the also receiving votes category of the AP poll in each of the last five weeks. The Seminoles have received votes in four of the last five ESPN/USA Today polls and were ranked 25th during the week of Dec. 29. The Seminoles are 1-1 as a ranked team this season with a victory over Stetson and a loss at then No. 12 ranked Florida.
SEMINOLES IMPROVEMENT FROM THE FIELD
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State ranked fourth in the ACC with a field goal shooting percentage of .478. The Seminoles have improved their shooting from the field by 4.6 percentage points as compared to last season when they finished ninth in the ACC with a .432 mark. Florida State has shot 50 percent or better from the field in six different games this season (as compared to five times in 29 games last season) and are ranked fifth in the ACC statistics. The Seminoles’ jump of four spots in the ACC statistics is tied for the second largest in the ACC with North Carolina and behind only Georgia Tech.
SEMINOLES RECENTLY FROM THE FIELD…
…Florida State is shooting .540 (54-of-100) from the field in the last two games. The Seminoles shot .556 (30-of-54) from the field against Stetson and .522 (24-of-46) from the field against Florida.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
…Florida State is shooting .422 (46-of-109) from the 3-point line in the last five games. The Seminoles made a school record 17 3-point field goals against Stetson and are averaging 9.2 made 3-point field goals since their victory over Chicago State Dec. 20;
…Florida State is ranked first in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage with a .415 mark and are the only conference team shooting above 37 percent from the 3-point line. The Seminoles ranked ninth in the ACC in 3-point field goal shooting percentage last season with a .333 mark;
…The Seminoles are ranked first in the ACC in 3-point field goals made and 3-point field goals made per game. The Seminoles have made 127 3-point field goals in 14 games for an average of 9.1 per game. The Seminoles have made more than twice as many 3-point field goals than both North Carolina (61) and Clemson (58) and 35 more than their closest competition in the ACC – Georgia Tech (92). Only Florida State (9.1 3FGM/Game) and NC State (8.0 3FGM/Game) are averaging eight or more 3-point field goals made per game;
…Florida State is ranked third in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage defense with a .288 mark. The Seminoles have limited their last five opponents to a .312 mark (29-of-93) from the 3-point line.
FLORIDA STATE STINGY UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring defense and is one of four conference teams which is allowing less than 60 points per game by its opponents. The Seminoles are surrendering 7.0 fewer points per game this season as compared to last season when they led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense.
SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS (DATED JAN. 5)…
…Florida State is ranked 10th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage with a .415 mark;
…Florida State is ranked 12th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game with a 9.1 mark;
…Florida State is ranked 16th in the nation in field goal percentage defense with a .378 mark;
…Florida State is ranked 25th in the nation in winning percentage with a .857 mark;
…Florida State is ranked 28th in the nation in average margin of victory with a +14.9 ppg mark;
…Tim Pickett is ranked 26th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game with a 3.1 mark.