March 5, 2003 - by
Florida State Travels To Play At Duke In Men’s Basketball Thursday Night

March 5, 2003

Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader

Florida State closes out its 2002-03 regular season as it travels to Durham to play No. 10 Duke. The Seminoles enter Thursday night’s game fresh from their 73-59 victory over Virginia Saturday in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles’ victory over the Cavaliers marked the final regular season home game for seniors Trevor Harvey, Marcell Haywood, Mike Mathews and Nate Moran. Florida State’s game against the Blue Devils marks their final game of the regular season before participating in the 50th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament March 13-16 in Greensboro, N.C.

Florida State junior guard Tim Pickett, who averaged 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals as the Seminoles split a pair of conference games last week, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball player of the week as announced by the league office Monday. It marks the first ACC Player of the Week honor for Pickett who ranks first in the ACC in steals (2.9 spg), second in free throw percentage (.880) and sixth in scoring (17.1 ppg). Pickett (Daytona Beach, Fla.) tied a trio of career-highs in the Seminoles’ victory over Virginia with 32 points and 11 rebounds to mark his third double-double of the season. Pickett scored 23 first half points including ALL of the Seminoles’ final 18 of the half. Pickett scored 16 points, pulled down seven rebounds and was credited with four steals as Florida State took ACC leading Wake Forest to the wire before falling, 60-56.

Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett is tied for fourth in the nation with 75 steals. He has recorded three in the Seminoles’ last two games against Wake Forest (Feb. 26) and Virginia (March 1) and leads the ACC with his 75 steals and 2.9 steals per game average.

National Steals Leaders
Rank Player School Steals Next Game

1. Alexis McMillan Stetson 87 Out Season/ACL Injury
2. Marcus Banks UNLV 78 Sun./USC
3. Eric Bush Alabama Birmingham 76 Wed./at Cincinnati
4. Tim Pickett Florida State 75 Thurs./at Duke
Zakee Wadood E. Tennessee St. 75 SoCon Tournament

…Win its 14th game of the season to mark the most wins for the Seminoles since the 1997-98 season when the team had an 18-14 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament;
…Win its fifth ACC game of the season to mark the most conference wins in a single season since Florida State’s 1999-00 team had a 6-10 record in conference play;
…Defeat a ranked team on the road for the first time since Florida State defeated No. 18 Maryland, 74-71, Feb. 4, 2001 in College Park, Md. It was the last victory by an opponent in Cole Field House;
…Defeat a ranked Duke team for the second consecutive game. The Seminoles defeated the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils, 75-70, Feb. 2 in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Duke in Durham for the first time in school history. The Seminoles have defeated the Blue Devils four times with all four victories coming in Tallahassee.

Florida State enters Thursday night’s game against Duke ranked ninth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.390) and 22nd in the national in steals per game (9.4spg).

Florida State has made 21 3-point shots – an average of 10.5 shots made from beyond the arc in the last two games. The Seminoles made a season-high 11 in their victory over Virginia Saturday and hit 10 against Wake Forest. Florida State has made as many 3-point shots in the last two games (21) as it had made in its four previous games (21). The Seminoles attempted a season-high 29 3-point shots against Wake Forest and launched 25 against Virginia. The Seminoles’ 25 attempts against the Cavaliers marked the fourth time this season the team had attempted 25 or more 3-point shots in a single game.

Seminoles From Long Range In Last Two Games
Games 3FGM 3FGA Pct. Notes

Last 2 21 54 .389 Seminoles averaging 10.5 3FGM in last 2
First 24 148 448 .330 Seminoles average 6.2 3FGM in first 24
Improvement +.059 169 3FGM in 02-03/160 3FGM in 01-02

Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s 78 3-point shots made, Florida State has made as many 3-point shots this season in 26 games (169) as it did in 29 games last season (29). The Seminoles are averaging nearly one 3-point shot made per game more than they did last season.

Florida State This Year Vs. Last Year From Long Range
Season 3FGM 3FGA Pct. Notes

2002-03 169 502 .337 All-ACC candidate Pickett leads with 78 3FGM
2001-02 169 503 .336 All-ACC HM Arrington led with 42 3FGM

Florida State, which ranks ninth in the nation in field goal percentage defense, has held its last two opponents to a combined .374 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles held 12th-ranked Wake Forest to .396 shooting (21-of-53) and limited Virginia to .355 shooting (22-of-62). Wake Forest is currently ranked second in the ACC in field goal shooting for the season with a .455 mark while Virginia is ranked sixth with a .448 mark. In Florida State’s victory over Duke Feb. 2, the Seminoles limited the Blue Devils to a .347 shooting from the field that ranks as Duke’s third lowest shooting percentage of the season. The Blue Devils are ranked fourth in the ACC with a .452 field goal shooting percentage for the season and shot less than .400 in a single game only five times this season.

Seminoles’ Field Goal Percentage Defense
Games OFGM OFGA Pct. Notes

Last 2 43 115 .374 Held Wake and Virginia below .400
15 ACC Games 358 854 .419 Ranked third in FG% Def in ACC games only
26 Season Games 583 1,496 .390 Ranked second in FG% Def in all games

Florida State outscored Virginia, 37-22, in the second half of its victory over the Cavaliers Saturday to earn its third halftime comeback win of the season. The Seminoles have earned four ACC victories this season – and have made second half comebacks to win two of those games. In its other two ACC wins, the Seminoles led Both Duke (41-35, Feb. 2) and Georgia Tech (45-30, Feb. 15) at halftime in gaining victories. In addition, the Seminoles trailed Birmingham Southern at the half (33-25) before outscoring the Panthers, 31-14, in the second half to win that game.

Seminoles’ ACC Second Half Comebacks
Date Opponent 1st Half 2nd Half Final Score

Jan. 21 Clemson Clemson, 36-33 Florida State, 27-23 Florida State, 60-59
March 1 Virginia Virginia, 37-34 Florida State, 39-22 Florida State, 73-59

Florida State defeated Virginia, 73-59, to gain a 14 victory over the Cavaliers. It marked the largest margin of victory in an ACC game by the Seminoles since they defeated Virginia, 88-63 (+25) in Tallahassee Feb. 28, 1998. The Seminoles’ victory 14 point victory over Virginia marked the fifth time since the 1996-97 season they had defeated an ACC opponent by 12 or more points.

Seminoles Large Victories
Date Opponent Score Margin

Feb. 28, 1998 Virginia W, 88-63 +25
March 1, 2003 Virginia W, 73-59 +14
Jan. 22, 1997 North Carolina W, 84-71 +13
Jan. 3, 1998 at NC State W, 68-55 +13
Jan. 28, 1998 NC State W, 64-52 +12
Related Articles