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FSU Faces No. 13 Virginia Cavs Tuesday

Jan. 15, 2001

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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (5-11, 0-3 ACC) AT NO. 13 VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (11-3, 1-3 ACC)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2001, 8:00 P.M., UNIVERSITY HALL (8,394), CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA
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“Another game against a North Carolina team, another opposing coach who walked away scratching his head at why he let Michael Joiner get away. The latest was Wake Forest coach Dave Odom, who marveled at length at the exploits of the Florida State freshman forward after Tuesday night’s game.”– Mike Wallace, Tallahassee Democrat

SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State travels to Charlottesville to play the No. 13 Virginia Cavaliers in its fourth Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season. The Seminoles’ game against the Cavaliers marks the fourth consecutive contest against a ranked conference opponent. It is also their second league road game of the season.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

  • Play its third consecutive game against a ranked conference opponent for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The Seminoles defeated No. 19 North Carolina (84-71, Jan. 22) and No. 5 Maryland (Jan. 29, 74-70) and fell to No. 4 Wake Forest (Jan. 25, 58-61) during the three-game stretch
  • Play a ranked Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the fourth consecutive game for the first time in school history
  • Defeat Virginia in Charlottesville for the third time in the last four years. The Seminoles defeated the Cavaliers on the road during the 1997-98 (Feb. 4, 1998, 71-63) and 1998-99 seasons (Dec. 1, 1998, 72-69). The Cavaliers won in Charlottesville during the 1999-00 season (Jan. 26, 2000, 86-81).

FLORIDA STATE SCHEDULE RANKED AS ACC’S SECOND TOUGHEST
Florida State, which has already played four teams currently ranked in the nation’s top 25, enters Tuesday night’s game having played the 21st toughest schedule among all Division I men’s basketball teams. The Seminoles will add to their loaded schedule as they travel to play No. 13 Virginia and play host to No. 6 North Carolina on Saturday in Tallahassee. The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) has been used by the NCAA since 1981 to supplement the selection of at-large teams and the seeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. The list below is an independent duplication of the RPI without input from the NCAA. It is derived from three factors: Division I winning percentage (25%), schedule strength (50%) and opponents’ schedule strength (25%).

JOINER GRABS 17 REBOUNDS AGAINST WAKE FOREST
ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Michael Joiner grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds against Wake Forest on Jan. 9. It was the most rebounds by a Florida State player in an ACC game.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #1 Michael Joiner (10.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, Career-high 17 rebounds vs. Wake, 1/9/01)
F #4 Antwuan Dixon (8.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 10 pts., 11 rebs, vs. Jacksonville, 12/17/00)
C #33 Mike Mathews (6.9 ppg, 3.4 bpg, 14 pts., 6 rebs., vs. Jacksonville, 12/17/00)
G #5 Adrian Crawford (10.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, Career-high 25 points vs. Vanderbilt, 12/9/00)
G #10 Delvon Arrington (9.9 ppg, 4.8 apg, 14 pts., 7 asts., vs. Binghamton, 12/21/00)

…AND TOP RESERVES
G #12 Ryan Lowery (0.6 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 3 pts., 4 asts., vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (4.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 11 points, 1 turnover vs. S. Fla., 12/7/00)
G #30 Monte Cummings (10.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 19 points, 6 rebs., vs. Duke, 1-4-01)
C #34 Nigel Dixon (8.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 23 pts., 10 rebs. vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
C #50 David Anderson (1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 4 pts., 1 blk., vs. Ohio State, 11/23/00)

FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Virginia leads, 10-8
Last Game: Feb. 26, 2000, Florida State 71, Virginia 64
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 26, 2000, Florida State 71, Virginia 64
Last Virginia Win: Jan. 26, 2000, Virginia 86, Florida State 81
Last Florida State Win In Charlottesville: Dec. 1, 1998, Florida State 72, Virginia 69
Last Virginia Win In Charlottesville: Jan. 26, 2000, Virginia 86, Florida State 81
Florida State vs. Virginia, Streak: Florida State has won 1
Steve Robinson vs. Virginia: 4-2 (all at Florida State)

TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS
Tonight’s referee is Michael Kitts and umpires are Charles Range and Ted Valentine.

JOINER ENJOYS ANOTHER STANDOUT WEEK
ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Michael Joiner averaged 10.5 rebounds, 4.0 points, 1.5 steals and 1 assist in two games last week. He established a personal-best and set a Florida State record for rebounds in an ACC game with 17 against Wake Forest. He established a Seminole record for rebounds in an ACC game with 17 at Wake Forest on Jan. 9. He grabbed a career-high five offensive rebounds and a career-high 12 defensive rebounds against the No. 6 ranked Demon Deacons. He also recorded two steals, one blocked shot and one assist in the game. Joiner’s 17 rebounds against Wake Forest surpassed the previous record of 15 for a Seminole in an ACC game. The record had been held by Doug Edwards (15 against Clemson, March 12, 1993) and Rodney Dobard (15 against Maryland, Jan. 18, 1992). In addition, Joiner tied Florida State’s ACC record for defensive rebounds in a game.

JOINER JOINS SELECT SEMINOLE GROUP
ACC Freshman of the Year candidate Michael Joiner became only the fourth player in school history to earn ACC Rookie-of-the Week honors when he earned the award last week. Bob Sura earned the honor a school-record three times during the 1992 season while James Collins (1994) and Corey Louis (1995) earned the honor one time.

CUMMINGS CONTINUES TO STEP HIS GAME UP
Junior Monte Cummings is averaging 13.7 points and 4.3 in the last eight games. He has scored in double figures seven times in those eight games and scored his career-high of 17 points against both Duke (Jan. 4) and UNC Asheville (Jan. 6.).

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