Jan. 9, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State travels to play at Maryland in its first Atlantic Coast Conference road game of the season. The Seminoles, who enter the game with a 9-3 record, played host to then No. 23 ranked North Carolina Dec. 22 in Tallahassee. Saturday’s game against Maryland marks only the second true road game of the season for the Seminoles after playing on Virginia Tech’s home court in Blacksburg, Va., Jan. 4. Florida State began the season with a program-record eight game homestand that saw it forge a 6-2 record. The Seminoles then traveled to the Fiesta Bowl Classic Honoring Bobbi Olson at the University of Arizona where they played two neutral site games against Boston University and Davidson. Following Saturday’s game at Maryland, the Seminoles travel to Georgia Tech (Jan. 14, 9 p.m.) before returning home to face NC State (Jan. 18, 8 p.m.). For Florida State, two of its next three games will be played in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.
PICKETT IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Saturday’s game against Maryland ranked fifth in the nation and first in the ACC with a 3.5 steals per game average. Pickett recorded seven steals in Florida State’s victory over Davidson (Dec. 30) and added four more as the Seminoles defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Jan. 6). Pickett is tied for third in the nation in total steals with 42 and has at least three steals in nine of Florida State’s 12 games.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the NCAA statistics through games of Jan. 5 (prior to the Seminoles’ victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi) Florida State is ranked second in the nation in field goal percentage defense with a .355 mark (behind only Pittsburgh with a .349 mark), 15th in blocked shots with a 5.8 blocked shots per game average (Connecticut is ranked No. 1) and tied for 24th in the nation in steals per game with a 10.3 steals per game average (East Tennessee State is ranked No. 1).
SATURDAY’S FLORIDA STATE VS. MARYLAND GAME FEATURES…
…The top two ACC teams in terms of team field goal shooting percentage defense. Florida State ranks first in the ACC with a .352 mark while Maryland is second with a .354 mark;
…The top two ACC teams in terms of team steals. Maryland ranks first in the conference with a 12.4 steals per game avg. while Florida State ranks second with a 10.8 steals per game average.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Become the first ACC team to win in Maryland’s newly opened Comcast Center. The Seminoles were the last team to win in the venerable Cole Field House when they defeated then No. 18- ranked Maryland, 74-71, Feb. 14, 2001;
…Defeat a ranked Maryland team for the second time in the last three years. The Seminoles defeated then No. 18 ranked Maryland two seasons ago in Cole Field House;
…Defeat a ranked team for the fourth time in the last three years. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 Duke (Jan. 6) and No. 15 Virginia (Feb. 15) last season, beat No. 18 Maryland (Feb. 14, 2001) two years ago and No. 21 North Carolina (Jan. 22, 2000) three years ago.
…Win its second road game of the season and surpass its road victory total from last season. The Seminoles defeated only South Florida away from Tallahassee last season;
…Win its first ACC road game since March 3, 2002 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson, 75-63, in Clemson, S.C.
SEMINOLES GAIN SEASON-HIGH 17 STEALS VS. TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI
Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s four steals, Florida State earned 17 team steals Monday against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and enters Saturday’s game against Maryland averaging 10.8 steals per game. 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 is on school-record pace with its 10.8 steals per game average. The current school record for steals per game in a single season is 9.5 during the 1977-78 season. That was the first season the NCAA kept steals as an official statistic. Florida State has averaged more than nine steals in a single season three times and more than eight steals per game 12 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
SEMINOLES ON THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THE TURNOVER MARGIN
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Maryland with a +2.8 margin. The Seminoles are averaging just over 15 turnovers per game while forcing their opponents into more than 18 a contest. It marks the first time since the 1998-99 season Florida State has a positive turnover margin.
FLORIDA STATE AMONG THE NATION’S LEADERS IN FIELD GOAL DEFENSE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game ranked second ion the nation in field goal percentage defense. The Seminoles were ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NCAA statistics dated Dec. 16. Florida State held five consecutive opponents below 37 percent shooting including then No. 8 ranked Florida and then No. 23 ranked North Carolina. Florida entered the game shooting .493 percent from the field and was held nearly 15 percentage points under its season average while North Carolina entered the game against Florida State shooting .479 from the field and was held nearly 12 percentage points below its average.
Seminoles Holding Their Opponents Down
Opponent FG% Entering Game FSU Defensive Effort Notes
Savannah State First Game .298 One of three under .300
Mercer .531 .276 Opponent low 16 FGM
Iowa .455 .455 Only team with no drop
Florida .493 .345 Still season low for Gators
Miami .444 .283 Canes with 7 FG in 1st half
B. Southern .479 .346 BSC with 6 FG in 2nd Half
Stetson .374 .347 Most pts. (76) vs. FSU
N. Carolina .479 .364 UNC with 11 FG in 1st half
Boston Univ. .393 .441 12 FGM in 2nd Half
Davidson .495 .397 9-33 (.273) from 3-pt. range
Virginia Tech .428 .362 Second fewest FG made (21)
Texas A&M CC .452 .308 8 FG in 1st Half/8 FG in 2nd
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Maryland averaging 6.4 3-point field goals made per game. The Seminoles’ 6.4 3-point field goals made per game average marks the fifth time in the last 10 years that Florida State has averaged six or more field goals from beyond the arc.
Seminoles From The 3-Point Line – A 10-Year History
Season 3FGM 3FGM/Game Notes
2002-03 77 6.4 Season-high 9 3FGM five times
2001-02 169 5.8 D. Arrington (42) and A. Dixon (41) both over 40 3FGM
2000-01 148 4.9 Adrian Crawford leads team with 58 3-point shots made
1999-00 175 6.0 Fifth-highest team 3-point shooting pct. in school history
1998-99 178 5.9 Fourth-highest total for team 3-point shots attempted
1997-98 129 4.0 Seminoles advance to 2nd round of NCAA Tournament
1996-97 195 6.1 Second-highest single-season team total in school history
1995-96 175 6.5 James Collins leads team with 69 3-point shots made
1994-95 211 7.8 Single-season school record for 3-point shots made
1993-94 166 6.1 Bob Sura leads team with 52 3-point shots made