Feb. 6, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has defeated four nationally ranked teams including then No. 24 Maryland (Dec. 28, 79-75) this season, begins the second half of its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule as it travels to play the Terps in College Park. Florida State finished the first half of its ACC schedule with a 4-4 record and in a tie for third place in the conference standings entering Sunday’s game against Maryland. The Seminoles travel to Maryland for their fourth ACC road game of the season and have a pair road wins this season with victories at Miami (Dec. 14, 67-58) and at Stetson (Dec. 30, 87-72) to their credit. Following Sunday’s game at Maryland the Seminoles travel to Raleigh, N.C. for a game against NC State Tuesday night in the RBC Center and return home to play host to Clemson (Feb. 14) and Virginia (Feb. 17) in its next three games.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett scored his career-high of 33 points to lead Florida State over No.15 Georgia Tech, 81-65, Tuesday night in Tallahassee. It marked the second time in the last five games he had scored at least 30 points – he scored 30 points against North Carolina in the Seminoles’ victory over the then No. 7 ranked Tar Heels (Jan. 22, 91-80 in overtime) and the fourth time in his career that he had scored at least 30 points in a single game. Pickett has scored 121 points and is averaging 24.2 points scored per game in his last five games. During that five game span, Pickett is shooting .520 percent from the field (39-of-75), .477 (21-of-44) from the 3-point line and .800 from the free throw line (22-of-25). Pickett enters Sunday’s game against Maryland averaging a team-leading 16.2 points (fourth in the ACC), a team-leading 2.36 steals (second in the ACC), a team-leading 3.14 3-point field goals made per game (first in the ACC) and shooting .404 from the 3-point line (tied for second in the ACC).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its first ACC road game since March 3, 2001 when the Seminoles won at Clemson (75-63). The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Maryland looking to break a 19-game road losing streak against ACC teams;
…Defeat Maryland and complete only its second-ever regular season sweep of the Terps. The Seminoles defeated the Terps twice during the 1993 season on their way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament;
…Win its fifth ACC game of the season to mark its highest victory total in the conference since winning five during the 1998-99 season when the Seminoles finished with a 5-11 league record. Florida State won a school record 12 ACC games during the 1992-93 season;
…Win at Maryland for the first time since the 2001 season when the Seminoles defeated then No.18 ranked Maryland, 74-71. It marked the final win in the venerable Cole Field House for a Terps’ opponent.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Led by senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett’s ACC leading 69 3-point shots made, Florida State has made a near school record 191 3-point shots entering Sunday’s game against Maryland. The Seminoles lead the ACC in 3-point field goals made (191) and 3-point field goal percentage (.387). The single-season school record for 3-point field goals made in a single season is 211 during the Seminoles’ 1994-95 team. The Seminoles have made as many 3-point shots as both Maryland (98) and Clemson (93) combined. Pickett tied his career-high with six 3-point shots made against Georgia Tech as Florida State made 10 shots from the bonusphere. It marked the eighth time this season the Seminoles had made 10 or more 3-point shots in a single game. Florida State made a school record 17 3-point shots in its victory over Stetson (Dec. 30) and averages 8.7 3-point shots made per game this season.
Seminoles’ Top 3-Point Shots Made Seasons
Rank No. Year Notes
1. 211 1994-95 Seminoles average 7.8 3FGM/Game in 27 games
2. 195 1996-97 Seminoles average 6.1 3FGM/Game in 32 games
3. 191 2003-04 Seminoles averaging 8.7 3FGM/Game in 22 games
SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Led by senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett’s perfect seven-of-seven performance from the free throw line against Georgia Tech, Florida State was nearly perfect as a team in shooting .950 percent (19-of020) in defeating the Yellow Jackets. In addition to Pickett, freshman Alexander Johnson (two-of-two), sophomore Todd Galloway (two-of-two) and junior Adam Waleskowski (one-of-one) were all perfect from the line. Junior Anthony Richardson who made five of his six free throw attempts enjoyed a stellar night and enters Sunday’s game against Maryland shooting a career-high .857 from the line for the season. The Seminoles were a perfect 16-of-16 from the line in the second half of their victory over the Yellow Jackets.
MORE SEMINOLE FREE THROW NOTES
Florida State is shooting .740 from the free throw line in the last five games following its near perfect .950 (19-of-20) performance against Georgia Tech. The Seminoles have made at least .667 of their free throw attempts in the last five games and have made 30 more free throws (71) than their opponents have attempted (41) during the span. Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Maryland ranked fourth in the ACC with a .687 free throw shooting percentage.
Seminoles From The Line In The Last Five Games
Date Opponent FTM FTA Pct.
Jan. 22 vs. North Carolina 16 22 .727
Jan. 25 vs. Wake Forest 16 24 .667
Jan. 29 at Duke 6 9 .667
Feb. 1 Savannah State 14 21 .667
Feb. 3 vs. Georgia Tech 19 20 .950
Totals 4-1 record 71 96 .740
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Maryland looking to win the season series against the Terps for only the second time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. The Seminoles have won 14 regular season series since becoming members of the ACC with four coming against Clemson and three each against Georgia Tech, NC State and Wake Forest. The Seminoles’ last regular season series win came against Clemson during the 2001 season.
Seminoles’ Series Sweeps
ACC opponent FSU Sweeps Seasons
Clemson 4 1993, 1994, 1995, 2001
Duke 0 NA
Georgia Tech 3 1992, 1993, 1994
North Carolina 0 NA
NC State 3 1992, 1993, 1998
Maryland 1 1993
Virginia 1 1998
Wake Forest 3 1992, 1993, 2000
SEMINOLES LIMITING TURNOVERS IN RECENT GAMES
Florida State committed 14 turnovers (seven in the first half and seven in the second half) in its victory over No. 15 Georgia Tech Tuesday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ 14 turnovers were their second lowest total in an ACC game – second to only their 12 miscues in their victory over Wake Forest (Jan. 25). Florida State has committed a total of 29 turnovers in the last two games (14.5 per game) as compared to 363 turnovers in 22 games (16.5 per game).
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 10 pts and 4 stls against Maryland, 12/28/03)
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg; 6 pts and 7 rebs against Maryland, 2/14/01)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 14 pts and 3 rebs against Maryland, 12/28/03)
G #10 Nate Johnson (5.1 ppg, 4.1 apg; 14 pts and 6 rebs against Maryland, 2/12/03)
G #22 Tim Pickett (16.2 ppg, 2.4 spg; 15 pts and 2 stls against Maryland, 1/11/03)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (3.6 ppg, 2.5 apg; 10 pts and 2 rebs against Maryland, 2/12/03)
F #12 Al Thornton (3.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 1 pt and 0 rebs against Maryland, 12/28/03)
G #23 Von Wafer (7.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 11 pts and 2 rebs against Maryland, 12/28/03)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 11 pts and 4 rebs against Maryland, 2/14/01)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 10 pts and 7 rebs against Maryland, 2/27/02)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (9.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 14 pts and 6 rebs against Maryland, 1/26/02)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MARYLAND
F #22 Nik Caner-Medley (13.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg; 15 pts and 10 rebs against Florida State, 12/28/03)
F #25 Ekene Ibekwe (5.2 ppg. 3.5 rpg; 6 pts and 8 rebs against Florida State, 12.28.03)
C #1 Jamar Smith (13.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg; 8 pts and 11 rebs against Florida State, 12/28/03)
G #13 Chris McCray (9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 15 pts and 1 stl against Florida State, 12/28/03)
G #11 John Gilchrist (14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 15 pts and 5 asts against Florida State, 12/28/03)
FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND — A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Maryland leads the series, 22-6
Last Game: Dec. 28, 2003; Florida State 79,Maryland 75
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 28, 2003; Florida State 79,Maryland 75
Last Maryland Win: Feb. 12, 2003; Maryland 74, Florida State 72
Last Florida State Win In College Park: Feb. 14, 2001; Florida State 74, Maryland 71
Last Maryland Win in College Park: Jan. 11, 2003; Maryland 89, Florida State 62
Florida State vs. Maryland, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Maryland: 1-2 (all three at Florida State)