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Florida State plays host to Virginina Saturday On Senior Day For Men’s Basketball Team.

Feb. 28, 2003

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TALLAGASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Virginia in its final regular season home game of the 2002-03 season. The Seminoles will honor a quartet of senior players – center Trevor Harvey, guard Marcell Haywood, center Mike Mathews and forward Nate Moran. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia looking to even its ACC home record at 4-4. The Seminoles have gained home victories against Clemson (60-59, Jan. 21), No. 5 Duke (75-70, Feb. 2) and Georgia Tech (71-64, Feb. 15). Florida State has an overall record of 10-5 (.667) in games played this season at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center with victories over Iowa (80-67, Dec. 2) and Miami 72-55, Dec. 8). The Seminoles are the only team in the nation to have defeated an ACC team (Duke), a Big East team (Miami) and a Big Ten team (Iowa) on their home court. Florida State’s 10 victories at home match a six-year season-high with 10 wins at home also coming last season. Following Saturday’s game against Virginia, the Seminoles close out their regular season schedule as they travel to play Duke (March 6, 7 :30 p.m.) before participating in the 50th annual ACC Tournament in Greensboro (March 13-16).


PICKETT MOVES UP; CURRENTLY IN FOURTH PLACE NATIONALLY IN STEALS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett earned three steals against Wake Forest to move into fourth place in the nation and solidified his mark as the ACC leader in steals with 72. Pickett has recorded at least three steals in 14 of Florida State’s 25 games and recorded his career-high of seven against Davidson Dec. 30.


National Steals Leaders
Rank Player School Steals Next Game

1. Alexis McMillan Stetson 87 Out Season/ACL Injury
2. Zakee Wadood E. Tennessee St. 78 Sat/at App. State
3. Eric Bush Alabama Birmingham 75 Sat/at Marquette
4. Tim Pickett Florida State 72 Sat/vs Virginia


FLORIDA STATE AMONG THE NATIONAL LEADERS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia ranked seventh in the nation in field goal percentage defense with a .391 mark. The Seminoles have been ranked among the nation’s top 10 during each week of the 10-week reporting season and were ranked as the nation’s top team in the category during the week of Dec. 16. St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia leads the category with a .360 mark. The Seminoles are also ranked 19th in the nation in steals with a 9.4 team steals per game average.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its 13th game of the season with a victory over Virginia. The Seminoles won 12 games during the 2001-02 season and have not won 13 games in a season since the 1998-99 season;
…Win its fourth ACC game of the season to match its conference victory total from the last two seasons. The Seminoles have won at least four conference games each season since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season;
…Defeat Virginia for the second consecutive season in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles defeated No. 15 Virginia, 66-59, Feb. 20, 2002. The Seminoles have won two of the last three games played in Tallahassee against the Cavaliers.


FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State made a season-high 10 3-point field goals Wednesday night against Wake Forest. It marked the most 3-point shots made by the Seminoles against an ACC team making 11 in the quarterfinals of the 2002 ACC Tournament against Clemson. The last time the Seminoles made at least 10 3-point field goals in a regular season ACC game was against Georgia Tech March 2, 2002. Florida State’s single game ACC record for 3-point shots made is 13 which has occurred twice but most recently against NC State, Feb. 15, 1995. The Seminoles’ 29 3-point shot attempts against Wake Forest ranks as the fifth highest total in school history.


FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE II
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia having made 158 field goals from the 3-point arc for an average of 6.5 per games. The Seminoles have made nearly as many 3-point field goals this season (158) in 25 games as it did during the 2001-02 season (169). The Seminoles averaged 5.8 3-point shots made per game last season.


Seminoles From The Bonusphere
Season 3FGM 3FGA Pct. Notes

2002-03 158 447 .331 Season-high 10 3FGM against Wake Forest, Feb. 26, 2003
2001-02 169 503 .336 Season-high 11 3FGM vs. Maryland, March 8, 2002


SEMINOLES STEALING IN ACC PLAY
Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s three steals, Florida State recorded 10 steals against Wake Forest Wednesday night to tie its ACC season high. The Seminoles also recorded 10 steals in its 60-59 victory over Clemson Jan. 21 at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Florida State is ranked second in the ACC with a 9.4 steals per game average. The Seminoles have more steals this season (235) than they had last season (222). In addition, the Seminoles’ 235 steals is the most by the team in a single season since the 1998-99 season when the Seminoles were credited with 264 steals.


FLORIDA STATE HOLDING ONTO THE BALL IN THE SECOND HALF
Florida State has committed only 23 total turnovers in the last two games for an average of 11.5 turnovers per game. More interestingly than the limited number of turnovers is the division of those turnovers between the first and second halves of the Seminoles’ most recent nine ACC games. Florida State has fewer turnovers in the second half of each of its nine games including one in the second half of its narrow, two-point loss to Maryland Feb. 12.


Seminoles Holding Onto The Ball
Date Opponent Total Turnovers 1st Half 2nd Half
Jan. 26 Wake Forest 14 11 3
Jan. 29 Virginia 12 8 4
Feb. 2 Duke 17 9 8
Feb. 8 North Carolina 16 11 5
Feb. 12 Maryland 13 12 1
Feb. 15 Georgia Tech 15 8 7
Feb. 18 NC State 15 8 7
Feb. 22 Clemson 12 8 4
Feb. 26 Wake Forest 11 6 5
125/13.9 81/9.0 44/4.9


SEMINOLE NOTES…
…Florida State has at least six steals in 14 consecutive games. The Seminoles have recorded double figure steals three times in ACC competition – against Georgia Tech (11, Jan. 14), Clemson (10, Jan. 21) and Wake Forest (10, Feb. 26);
…Florida State’s 13 offensive rebounds against Wake Forest was the most by the Seminoles since pulling down 13 against Georgia Tech (Jan. 14) and marked the 13th time the Seminoles have pulled down double figures in offensive rebounds in a single game.


SEMINOLES FINDING THEIR STROKE FROM THE LINE
Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s .938 free throw shooting percentage in the last six games (15-o-f-16), the Seminoles are shooting .712 from the line as a team during that stretch. The Seminoles have shot at least .750 from the line in four of the six games and were a perfect five-o-five at North Carolina (Feb. 8). Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia averaging 12.2 made free throws per game.


Seminoles’ Improvement From The Line
Games FTM FTA Pct. Notes

Last 6 67 94 .712% 1.000 vs. N. Carolina/.833 at NC State
First 19 239 363 .658% .917 at Virginia Tech/.929 at Ga. Tech
Improvement +054% Shooting .670 in 02-03; Shot .656 in 01-02
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