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Florida State Travels To Play Virginia In Men’s Basketball

Jan. 27, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference road game as it travels to play Virginia. The Seminoles, who gained their first ACC victory of the season against Clemson Jan. 21, enter Wednesday night’s game in search of their first ACC road win of the season. Florida State’s game against Virginia is its fourth ACC road game of the season and closes out its road schedule for the first half of the ACC season. The Seminoles close out the first half of their conference schedule as they play host to Duke (Feb. 2) in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Including Wednesday night’s game against Virginia, the Seminoles will have played four of their last six conference games on the road.


TIM PICKETT IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Wednesday night’s game against Virginia ranked second in the nation with a 3.5 steals per game average. Pickett has four steals in both of the Seminoles’ last two games (against Clemson and Wake Forest) and has 59 steals on the season. Pickett’s 59 steals rank as the 16th best single-season total in school history. Pickett trails only Alexis McMillan of Stetson (72 steals, 4.2 spg) for the national lead. In head-to-head competition, Pickett recorded three steals to McMillan’s two as Florida State defeated Stetson, 93-76, Dec. 18 in Tallahassee.


TIM PICKETT IN THE ACC STATISTICS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Wednesday night’s game against Virginia ranked among the conference’s top 11 players in eight different statistical categories. He is one of only two players to rank in the ACC’s top five in scoring and steals (along with Josh Howard of Wake Forest).


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Gain its second consecutive victory over Virginia. The Seminoles defeated No. 15 Virginia, 66-59, Feb. 20, 2002 in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Win its second ACC game of the season. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, 60-59, Jan. 21 night in Tallahassee;
…Win its 11th game of the season. The Seminoles enter Wednesday night’s game with a 10-7 record;
…Win its first ACC road game of the 2002-03 season and gain the first ACC road win for head coach Leonard Hamilton;
…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, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated Clemson, 75-63, in Clemson, S.C.


SEMINOLES IMPROVED BALL HANDLING
After committing four turnovers in the first five minutes against Wake Forest, Florida State’s ball handlers settled into a rhythm and were charged with only 10 turnovers over the final 35 minutes of Sunday’s game. With only 14 turnovers against the Demon Deacons, Florida State continued its trend of limiting its turnovers since the beginning of the 2003 calendar year. The Seminoles have committed only 91 turnovers in their most recent seven games (13.0 per game) after committing 164 in their first 10 games (16.4 per game). Florida State committed its season low of 12 turnovers against both Maryland and NC State.


HE ALL-TIME SEMINOLE STATISTICS…
…Florida State is allowing 65.3 points per game through its first 17 games of the season. That statistic, if it held up for the entire season, would rank as the third lowest points per game averaged allowed in a single season;
…Florida State is averaging 10.3 steals per game through its first 17 games of the season. The all-time single season record for average team steals in a single season is 9.5 by the 1977-78 Seminoles;
…Florida State is averaging 6.4 3-point field goals made per game through the first 17 games of the season. The all-time single-season record average for team 3-point field goals made is 7.8 by the 1994-95 Seminoles;
…Florida State is averaging 4.8 blocks per game through the first 17 games of the season. The all-time single-season record for blocked shots in a single season is 6.2 by the 1994-95 Seminoles.


FIELD GOAL NOTES FROM THE SEMINOLES GAME AGAINST WAKE FOREST
Florida State allowed 21 field goals against Wake Forest Sunday – the fewest field goals the Seminoles have allowed in an ACC game this season. In addition, the Seminoles held the Demon Deacons to .420 shooting from the field – the second best field goal percentage defense mark of their six game ACC season. The Seminoles held North Carolina to an ACC season low .364 shooting from the field Dec. 22.


SEMINOLES FROM THE FIELD AGAINST WAKE FOREST
Florida State scored 25 field goals to 21 by Wake Forest in Sunday’s game. It marked the second most field goals made in an ACC game by the Seminoles this season. The team made its ACC season-high of 27 against Georgia Tech Jan. 14.


NG BACK FROM A HALFTIME DEFICIT
Florida State outscored Clemson, 27-23, in the second half to claim its 60-59 victory over the Tigers Jan. 21 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ second-half comeback to win was its second of the season (they also trailed Birmingham Southern, 33-25, at halftime before rallying to win, 56-47). It was the first, second half comeback in an ACC game since recovering from a 32-28 deficit to defeat No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Duke, 77-76, Jan. 6, 2002. Both games were played at home in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.


FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC’S TOP 3-POINT SHOOTING TEAMS
Led by junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett’s team and ACC-leading 55 3-point shots, Florida State has made 108 3-point shots in its first 17 games of the season. The Seminoles made their ACC season-high of eight 3-point shots against NC State and are averaging more than five 3-point shots made per game against ACC competition. The Seminoles have made at least four 3-point shots in 15 of their 17 games and are averaging 6.4 made per game. The NCAA began keeping 3-point shot statistics during the 1986-87 season.


SEMINOLES’ FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE STILL AMONG NATION’S BEST
Florida State has held 10 of its 17 opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field and ranks second in the ACC with a .382 field goal percentage defense mark. The Seminoles ranked first in the nation in the NCAA statistics Dec. 16 and have ranked among the nation’s leaders throughout the entire season. The Seminoles ranked fourth in the nation (and second in the ACC) in last week’s statistics. Florida State is holding its opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field for the first time since the 1957-58 season when it limited its opponents to a .395 shooting mark from the field under head coach Bud Kennedy. The mark under Leonard Hamilton would stand as the third best mark in school history.

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