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FSU Men’s Hoops Takes On No. 3 Duke Thursday Night

Jan. 2, 2001

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Florida State Seminoles (4-8, 0-0 ACC)
Vs.
No. 3 Duke Blue Devils (11-1, 0-0 ACC)
Thursday, January 4, 2001, 7:00 P.M.
Leon County Civic Center (12,200)
Tallahassee, Florida
Seminole Radio Network
ESPN2 National Television

SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State begins its ACC schedule as it plays host to Duke on Thursday night at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles begin ACC play for the 10th time in school history with their first ACC schedule during the 1991-92 season. Florida State finished in second place and advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals in its inaugural year in the ACC. Thursday night’s game against Duke marks the fourth time in school history that the Seminoles open their ACC schedule at home in Tallahassee.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO

  • Win its third consecutive game of the season and establish a season-best winning streak,
  • Win its ACC opener for the third consecutive year. The Seminoles defeated Wake Forest (66-64 on Jan. 4, 2000) and Virginia (72-69, Dec. 1, 1999) in their last two conference openers,
  • Defeat a ranked team for the first time since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated No. 21 North Carolina, 76-71, in Chapel Hill, N.C.,
  • Defeat a ranked team for the sixth time in Steve Robinson’s four-year tenure at Florida State,
  • Defeat a team ranked in the top five of the national polls for the second time in Steve Robinson’s Florida State tenure and for the first time since Dec. 23, 1997. The Seminoles defeated No. 5 Arizona, 84-79, in Tallahassee.

    MICHAEL JOINER — ACC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE
    Freshman Michael Joiner, an ACC Freshmen-of the-Year candidate, enters Thursday night’s game as one of only three conference freshmen to be averaging in double figure scoring. He is ranked among the top three ACC freshmen in seven different statistical categories and is the only player to be ranked first in four of the categories.


    “I think that Michael Joiner will be one of the better players in the ACC. He’s as good as any freshman we’ll probably face this year. He’s outstanding.”

    Billy Donovan
    Head Coach
    University of Florida
    Nov. 17, 2000

    Joiner’s Rankings Among ACC Freshmen

    Category	No./Rank
    Rebounding	5.8/1st	Field Goals Made	48/2nd
    Field Goal Percentage	52.2/1st	Scoring	10.2/3rd
    Double/Doubles	2/T1st	Free Throw Percentage	79.3/3rd
    Minutes Played	29.8/1st
    

    Florida State University Men’s Basketball By the Numbers
    1 Freshman Michael Joiner leads the Seminoles’ starting five in both field goal shooting percentage (52.2) and free throw shooting percentage (79.3).

    1.2 Senior Adrian Crawford is averaging 1.2 steals in the last five games. He has more steals in the last five games (six) than he had in the first seven games of the season (five).

    4 Florida State is undefeated, 4-0, when it outscores its opponents.

    4 Florida State has placed at least four players in double figure scoring in each of the last four games.

    5 A season-high five players scored in double figures for the Seminoles against both Cleveland State and Jacksonville.

    5.9 Senior Delvon Arrington averages 5.9 assists per game (422 assists in 71 career games) during his Florida State career.

    13.5 Senior Delvon Arringon leads the Seminoles with a 13.5 points per game average in the Seminoles’ four victories this season.

    14.3 Florida State holds a +14.3 rebound margin in its four victories.

    30 Florida State’s tri-captains (Delvon Arrington, Adrian Crawford and Antwuan Dixon) are averaging a combined 30.0 points per game.

    50.0 Florida State was 4-4 (50.0 percent winning percentage) in ACC games at home last season. The Seminoles defeated Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Virginia in the Leon County Civic Center in Steve Robinson’s third season at FSU.

    52.8 Florida State has won 52.8 percent of its ACC games (38 of 72) in the Leon County Civic Center since joining the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season.

    64 Senior Delvon Arrington will start his 64th consecutive career game Thursday night against Duke.

    72.6 Florida State’s starting five is shooting a combined 72.5 percent (119-164) from the free throw line.

    73.9 Sophomore forward Nigel Dixon is shooting 73.9 percent (17-of-23) in Florida State’s four victories this season.

    1.000 Freshman Andrew Wilson is a perfect six-of-six (1.000) from the free throw line in Florida State’s four victories.


    PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
    F #4 Antwuan Dixon (9.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 10 pts., 11 rebs, vs. Jacksonville, 12/27/00)
    F #1 Michael Joiner (10.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 22 pts., 12 rebs., vs. Cleveland State, 12/19/00)
    F #33 Mike Mathews (7.3 ppg, 2.1 bpg, 14 pts., 6 rebs., vs. Jacksonville, 12/17/00)
    G #5 Adrian Crawford (10.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, Career-high 25 points vs. Vanderbilt, 12/9/00)
    G #10 Delvon Arrington (10.7 ppg, 4.9 apg, 14 pts., 7 asts., vs. Binghamton., 12/21/00)

    AND TOP RESERVES
    G #12 Ryan Lowery (0.9 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 3 pts., 4 asts., vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
    G #20 Andrew Wilson (4.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 11 points, 1 turnover vs. S. Fla., 12/7/00)
    G #30 Monte Cummings (9.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 18 pts., 5 rebs., vs. Cleveland St., 12/19/00)
    C #34 Nigel Dixon (8.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 23 pts., 10 rebs. vs. Rhode Island, 11/25/00)
    C #50 David Anderson (1.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 4 pts., 1 blk., vs. Ohio State, 11/23/00)

    FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE – A SERIES HISTORY

    The Series: Duke leads, 17-2

    Last Game: Feb. 16, 2000, Duke 101, Florida State 68

    Last Florida State Win: Jan, 21, 1995, Florida State 78, Duke 75

    Last Duke Win: Feb. 16, 2000, Duke 101, Florida State 68

    Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan, 21, 1995, Florida State 78, Duke 75

    Last Duke Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 16, 2000, Duke 85, Florida State 54

    Florida State vs. Duke, Streak: Duke has won 11

    Steve Robinson vs. Duke: 0-7

    FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
    Feb. 16, 2000 Jan. 16, 2000 Feb. 17, 1999 Jan. 16, 1999
    at Duke 101 Duke 85 Duke 85 at Duke 98
    Florida State 68 at Florida State 54 at Florida State 59 Florida State 75

    FLORIDA STATE IN ACC OPENERS – A SERIES HISTORY

    The Series: 4-5

    Last Game: Jan. 4, 2000 – Florida State 66, Wake Forest 64

    Last Florida State Win: Jan. 4, 2000 – Florida State 66, Wake Forest 64

    Florida State vs. In ACC Openers, Streak: Florida State has won 1

    Steve Robinson vs. In ACC Openers: 2-1

    TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS
    Tonight’s referee is Andre Patillo and the umpires are Michael Kitts and Bob Donato

    MICHAEL JOINER IS ENJOYING A FABULOUS START TO HIS FSU CAREER

  • He has recorded two double/doubles (against Rhode Island and Cleveland State) in the first 12 games of his career. He is tied for fourth among all ACC players in double-doubles this season and has more double-doubles this season than the five current players in the ACC who have earned All-ACC first-team honors during their careers,
  • He has scored in double figures in six of Florida State’s 12 games and has led the Seminoles in scoring twice already this season,
  • He has grabbed double figure rebounds in three of Florida State’s 12 games this season and has led the Seminoles in rebounding three times already this season,
  • He has started all 12 of Florida State’s games this season and is averaging 29.8 minutes per game.

    JOINER FROM THE FIELD
    ACC Freshman-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner is shooting a stellar 52.2 percent from the field this season. He began the season on a tear with a seven-for-eight performance (87.5) in his first career game against Florida and has been shooting above 50 percent from the field throughout the entire season. He has shot 50 percent or better from the field seven times in the first 12 games of the season.

    Joiner From The Field

    Games	FGM-A	Pct.
    Last 2	7-11	63.6
    First 10	41-81	50.6
    Improvement		+13.0%
    

    Florida State University Men’s Basketball From The Free Throw Line By the Numbers
    1 Senior Delvon Arrington leads the Seminoles in free throws made (44) and attempted (60) entering Thursday night’s game against Duke.

    2.9 Florida State is shooting 2.9 percentage points better from the line this season (71.3) when compared to last season (68.4).

    3 Freshman Andrew Wilson has missed on three of his 24 free throw attempts this season.

    3 Florida State has shot 80 percent or above from the free throw line three times in the first 12 games of the season.

    4 Senior Adrian Crawford has made four consecutive free throws entering Thursday night’s game against Duke. He has not missed from the line since Dec. 7 against South Florida.

    4.3 Florida State is making an average of 4.3 free throws more than last season when 20.1 percent of its total points came from the free throw line. The Seminoles are earning 24.3 percent of their points from the free throw line this season.

    7 Freshman Andrew Wilson has made seven consecutive free throws entering Thursday night’s game against Duke.

    9 Junior Monte Cummings made a career-high nine free throws in a career-high 12 attempts against Morgan State on Dec. 30.

    26 Florida State made a season-high 26 free throws against South Florida on Dec. 7 in Tallahassee.

    69.3 Florida State is shooting 69.3 percent (52-75) from the free throw line in the last five minutes and in overtime of the its first 12 games of the season.

    83.3 Junior Antwuan Dixon is shooting 83.3 percent from the free the last five minutes and in overtime of the Seminoles’ first 12 games of the season.

    88.0 Florida State shot a season-high 88.0 from the free throw line against Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov 29.

    93.3 Freshman Andrew Wilson has made 14 of his last 15 free throw attempts (93.3 percent) since the first half of the Seminoles’ game against South Florida on Dec. 7.

    1.000 Junior Monte Cummings has hit eight consecutive free throw attempts in the last five minutes and overtime of the last six games.

    JOINER ACTIVE ALL OVER THE COURT
    ACC Freshmen-of-the-Year candidate Michael Joiner enters Thursday night’s game against Duke ranked among the team leaders in several statistical categories.

    Joiner Among The Seminoles’ Leaders

    Category	No.	Rank	Category	No.	Rank
    Minutes Played	29.8	2nd	Offensive Rebounds	24	2nd
    Field Goals Made	48	1st	Defensive Rebounds	46	2nd
    Field Goal Percentage	52.2	2nd 	Total Rebounds	70	2nd
    Free Throws Made	23	3rd	Total Points	122	3rd
    Free Throw Percentage	79.3	1st	Average Points	10.2	3rd
    

    IN MICHAEL JOINER LAST TWO GAMES
    Michael Joiner is averaging 2,0 blocked shots, 2.5 steals and is shooting 63.6 percent from the field in Florida State’s last two games.

    Joiner In The Last Two, Blocked Shots Joiner In The Last Two, Steals

    Games	Steals	SPG	Games	Bocks	BPG
    Last 2	5	2.5	Last 2	4	2.0
    First 10	6	0.6	First 10	3	0.3
    Improvement		+1.9			+1.7
    

    A. DIXON AVERAGING A NEAR DOUBLE-DOUBLE
    Junior Antwuan Dixon is averaging a near double-double of 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in the last four Seminoles games. During the span of four games (a 3-1 record for Florida State), Dixon is averaging 31.8 minutes played, 4.3 assists and is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. He has scored in double figures in three of the four games and has grabbed double figure rebounds in two of the four games.

    A. DIXON FROM THE FIELD
    Junior forward Antwuan Dixon has made 39 field goals in the first 12 games of the 2000-01 season. Compare that to his total of 49 field goals made in the first two season’s of his Seminole career and one can notice a tremendous improvement. Through the first 50 games of his Seminole career, Dixon made an average 0.98 field goals per game. Entering Thursday night’s game against Duke, Dixon is averaging 3.3 field goals made per game this season.

    A. DIXON ON THE BOARDS
    Junior Antwuan Dixon enters Thursday night’s game against Duke averaging a career-high and team-leading 6.8 rebounds per games. He is averaging nearly three times as many rebounds per game this season as he did during the first 50 games of his career. He averaged 2.4 rebounds through the first two years (50 games) of his career. His previous single-season career-high is 3.3 rebounds per game during the 1999-00 season.

    Antwuan’s Rebounding Improvement

    Season	Rebounds	Games	RPG
    2000-01 (1 season)	81	12	6.8
    1999-00 (2 seasons)	119	50	2.4
    Improvement			+4.2 rpg
    

    A. DIXON ASSISTING
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has nearly as many assists this season (21) in 12 games as he had during the first two seasons (28) of his career in 50 games.

    A. DIXON BLOCKING
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has more blocked shots this season (six) in 12 games than he had during the first two seasons (five) of his career in 50 games. In addition, he has more blocked shots in the last four games (four) than he had in 29 games last season (two).

    A. DIXON STARTING
    Junior Antwuan Dixon has started more games this season (12) than he did during the first two seasons of his career (nine). He enters Thursday night’s game against Duke with 21 starts in 90 career games.

    Monte Cummings By the Numbers
    1 Monte Cummings attended Manatee Junior College in Manatee, Fla. during the 1995 fall semester.

    2 Monte Cummings lived in Kinston, N.C. for two years and attended his freshman and sophomore years at Kinston High School.

    2 Monte Cummings graduated from Shanks High School in Quincy, Fla. after attending his junior and senior years at the school.

    3 Monte Cummings earned three stripes as a patrol supply specialist during his time in the Army. The three stripes was the highest grade he was eligible to receive during his tour.

    6 Monte Cummings spent six months in Tebela, Hungary during the Bosnian Conflict. His unit was in line to receive orders to go to Bosnia during the conflict. His unit however, was never stationed in Bosnia. They were stationed in Hungary during the final part of the conflict. Cummings and his unit were stationed as a half-way point for U.S. plane refueling and re-supplying. Cummings and the unit saw action in Bosnia as they flew “drop-in” missions into the war-torn area.

    8 Monte Cummings lived in Chapel Hill, N.C. until he finished his eighth-grade academic year.

    24 Junior Monte Cummings was born on Sept. 18, 1976 in Chapel Hill, N.C. and is 24 years old. He was a die-hard North Carolina Tar Heel fan through the first 17 years of his life. He is now a stalwart Florida State fan.

    37 Monte Cummings scored 37 points against Georgetown University as a member of the Armed Forces All-Star team in an exhibition game prior to the beginning of the 1998 season.

    1996 Monte Cummings joined the Army in May of 1996 and completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. He was stationed at Giedelstadt, Germany during his tour of duty.

    CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
    Senior tri-captain Adrian Crawford has made eight 3-point field goals in the last two games to bring his season total to a team-leading 26. He has now made 103 3-points shots during his 57-game Florida State career. He became only the ninth player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots in his career when he made five against Morgan State on Dec. 30.

    Florida States’ Career 3-Point Shots Made Leaders

    Rank	Player, Years	3-Point Shots Made
    1.	James Collins, 93-97	255
    2.	Bob Sura, 91-95	214
    3.	George McCloud, 86-89	201
    4.	Tharon Mays, 87-90	128
    5.	LaMarr Greer, 94-98	123
    6.	Chuck Graham, 85-89	115
    7.	Ron Hale, 96-00	111
    8.	Sam Cassell, 91-93	108
    9.	Adrian Crawford, 1998-Pr.	103
    

    CRAWFORD FROM THE 3-POINT LINE IN THE LAST TWO GAMES
    Senior Adrian Crawford has made eight of 14 attempts (57.1 percent) from the 3-point arc in the last two games. He made three (on five shots) against Binghamton on Dec. 21 and five (on nine shots) against Morgan State on Dec. 30. He has made three or more 3-point shots four times this season and made a career-high tying seven 3-pointers against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9 in Nashville.

    CRAWFORD FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
    Senior Adrian Crawford, who has made his last four free throw attempts entering Thursday night’s game against Duke, is shooting 71.4 percent from the free throw line this season. He has dramatically improved his free throw shooting this season as compared to his last two seasons. Over the course of the last two seasons (1998-99 and 1999-00, his first two at Florida State) he shot 58.2 percent from the free throw line. Crawford shot a career-high 73.1 percent from the free throw line as a freshman at the University of Tulsa.

    Crawford From The Free Throw Line

    Seasons	FTM-A	Pct.
    2000-01 (1 season)	15-21	71.4
    1999-00 (2 seasons)	46-79	58.2
    Improvement		+13.2%
    

    CRAWFORD STARTING
    Senior Adrian Crawford has started more games this season (11) than he did during the first three years of his collegiate career (10). He started a career-high five games during his injury-shortened junior season (1999-00) at Florida State. He has already played more minutes this season (304) than he did last season (284) in 15 games.

    A HEALTHY CRAWFORD HELPING FLORIDA STATE
    Senior Adrian Crawford is proving that a healthy Adrian Crawford at 100 percent is of much better service than an injured Adrian Crawford at no-where-near 100 percent. Crawford has scored more points (127-79), grabbed more rebounds (34-21), played more minutes (304-284), been credited with more assists (23-13) and more steals (11-3) already this season as compared to last season.

    Adrian Crawford’s Tale Of Two Seasons

    Category	1999-00	2000-01	Improvement
    Minutes/Game	18.9	27.6	+8.7
    Points/Game	5.3	10.6	+5.3
    Rebounds/Game	1.4	2.8	+2.8
    Field Goal Pct.	31.9	38.1	+6.2%
    Free Throw Pct.	61.5	71.4	+9.9%
    3-Pt Field Goal Pct.	27.1	36.1	+9.0%
    Assists/Game	0.9	1.9	+1.0
    Steals/Game	0.2	0.9	+0.7
    Games Started	5	11	+6
    

    Seminole Head Coach Steve Robinson By The Numbers
    1 Steve Robinson was the first basketball player in Radford University history to receive an athletic scholarship.

    1 Steve Robinson was named the Coach-of-the-Year in the Mountain Division of the Western Athletic Conference in 1997. He guided Tulsa to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 24-10 record.

    1/3/98 Steve Robinson gained his first career ACC victory as he led Florida State past NC State, 68-55, on Jan. 3, 1998.

    1/4/99 Steve Robinson led Florida State past Wake Forest, 66-64, exactly one year ago tonight.

    2 Steve Robinson was an assistant coach on two University of Kansas teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four (1991 and 1993).

    3 Steve Robinson has taken three teams (two at Tulsa and one at Florida State) to the NCAA Tournament in his first five years as a head coach.

    6 Steve Robinson was an assistant coach for six University of Kansas teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament.

    6 Steve Robinson was named the sixth head men’s basketball coach in Florida State history on July 1, 1997.

    7 Steve Robinson needs only seven victories to reach 100 for his head coaching career.

    10 In head coach Steve Robinson’s first 17 years as a coach (assistant and head) on the collegiate level, he has accompanied 10 teams to the NCAA Tournament (58.8 percent).

    23 Steve Robinson averaged 23 wins per seasons as the head coach at Tulsa in 1996 and 1997. The Golden Hurricane had a record of 46-18 (71.9 winning percentage).

    93 Steve Robinson has a career record of 93-74 (55.7) during his six years as a head coach on the collegiate level.

    184 Steve Robinson helped guide Kansas to a 184-51 record in seven years as an assistant coach to Roy Williams.

    1980 Steve Robinson was the basketball team captain at Radford in both 1980 and 81.

    1988 Steve Robinson was an assistant coach at Cornell when the Big Red advanced to the NCAA in 1988.

    ARRINGTON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
    Senior point guard Delvon Arrington enters Thursday night’s game against Duke as the Seminoles’ leader in free throws made (44) and attempted (60). He is looking to become the first Florida State point guard to lead the team in free throws made and attempted since Bob Sura during the 1995 season. Sura is Florida State’s most recent All-ACC First-Team selection having earned the honor in 1994. He was a first round draft choice of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1995 and is currently playing for the Golden State Warriors.

    ARRINGTON FROM THE FREE THROW LINE, NOTE II
    Senior Delvon Arrington has made and attempted more free throws this season in 12 games (44-60) than he did in 29 games last season (39-55). His single-season career-highs were established during his freshman season (1998-99) when he went 52-of-74 from the line.

    ARRINGTON AGAINST RRANKED TEAMS
    Senior Delvon Arrington has a 2.5:1 assist to turnover ratio against ranked teams this season. He recorded five assists and three turnovers against No. 11 Florida on Nov. 17 and bettered that mark with five assists and only one turnover against No. 22 DePaul on Nov. 24 in the second round of the Great Alaska Shootout.

    Arrington’s Assist To Turnover Ratio

    Opponents	Assists	Turnovers	A:TO Ratio
    Ranked Opponents (2)	10	4	2.5:1
    Unranked Opponents (10)	49	35	1.4:1
    Improvement	+1.1
    

    ARRINGTON’S LAST FOUR GAMES
    Senior point guard Delvon Arrington is averaging 13.0 points and shooting 50 percent from the field in the last four Florida State games. He has scored in double figures in all four games (three victories) and with a 4.2 assists per game average has led the Seminoles in assists in each game during the four-game stretch.

    Arrington’s Last Four Games

    Category	Last 4 Games	First 8 Games	Improvement
    Points/Game	13.0 (52)	9.5 (76)	+3.5
    Rebounds/Game	5.3 (21)	3.5 (28)	+1.8
    Field Goal Pct.	50.0% (17-34)	30.8 (20-65)	+19.2%
    

    IN FLORIDA STATE’S FOUR VICTORIES

  • Senior Delvon Arrington averages 6.5 assists and has a 1.7:1 assist to turnover ratio,
  • Senior Delvon Arrington is shooting 54.8 percent from the field,
  • Senior Delvon Arrington averages 6.5 assists and 7.8 shots per game.

    IN FLORIDA STATE’S EIGHT LOSSES

  • Senior Delvon Arrington averages 4.1 assists and has a 1.4:1 assist to turnover ratio,
  • Senior Delvon Arrington is shooting 29.4 percent from the field,
  • Senior Delvon Arrington averages 4.1 assists and 8.5 shots per game.

    LOWERY IN RELIEF OF ARRINGTON
    Ryan Lowery, Florida State’s version of the great baseball relief pitcher Rollie Fingers, has performed extremely well this season. He has played in all 12 games and has a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio in nearly 10 minutes per game as the primary back-up to starting point guard Delvon Arrington. He recorded his career-high with four assists against both Florida (Nov. 17) and Rhode Island (Nov. 25).

    MATHEWS ENJOYING ROLE AS STARTER
    Sophomore Mike Mathews, who has started three of the Seminole’s last four games, has performed well in his starters role. He gained his first career start against Jacksonville on Dec. 17 and has led the Seminoles to a 2-1 record since joining the first team.

    A Tale Of Mathews’ Two Seasons

    Category	PPG	RPG	FG%	MPG
    As a Starter	10.6	5.7	44.4	27.3
    As a Reserve	6.0	3.1	38.7	19.0
    Improvement	+4.6	+2.6	+5.7	+8.3
    

    Florida State University
    Men’s Basketball By the Numbers
    UPCOMING MILESTONES

    Steve Robinson
    Career Victories
    93 (current)
    +7 (needs)
    100
    Robinson averages 17.8 victories in his first five years as a head coach.

    Delvon Arrington
    Career Assists
    422 (current)
    +13 (needs)
    435
    to pass Bob Sura and move into fourth place on the Seminoles’ all-time
    career assists list.

    Delvon Arrington
    Career Assists
    422 (current)
    +28 (needs)
    450
    to become the fourth player in school history with 450 or more career assists.

    Delvon Arrington
    Career Steals
    126 (current)
    +7 (needs)
    133
    To pass Tharon Mayes and move into 11th place on the Seminoles’ all-time career steals list.

    Adrian Crawford
    Career 3-Point Shots Made
    103 (current)
    +6 (needs)
    109
    To pass Sam Cassell and move into eighth place on the Seminoles’ all-time 3-point shots made list.

    Adrian Crawford
    Career 3-Point Shots Attempted
    281 (current)
    + 15 (needs)
    296
    To pass Sam Cassell and move into seventh place on the Seminoles’ all-time 3-point shots attempted list.

    David Anderson
    Career Blocked Shots
    57 (current)
    +2 (needs)
    59
    To pass Murray Brown and move into 11th place on the Seminoles’ all-time career blocked shots list.

    Antwuan Dixon
    Single Season Steals
    10 (current)
    +3 (needs)
    13
    To establish a personal single-season best total with 13 steals.

    MATHEWS LEADS SEMINOLE BLOCKING BRIGADE
    Sophomore Mike Mathews has blocked at least one shot in 10 consecutive games in which he has played. He was held without a block in the Seminoles’ season opener against Florida on Nov. 17 and has blocked at least one shot in every game he has played since Florida State’s game against Ohio State in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Mathews blocked a career-high five shots against both Minnesota (Nov. 29) and Furman (Dec. 4) in consecutive games. He also added four blocks in Florida State’s victory over Binghamton on Dec. 21.

    WILSON CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE
    Freshman Andrew Wilson, one of three freshmen who have played in all 12 games this season, enters Thursday’s game against Duke as the Seminoles’ leader from the free throw line. He is shooting 87.5 percent from the line and has made 14 of his last 15 attempts since the first half of Florida State’s game against South Florida on Dec. 7. Wilson played a career-high 20 minutes against Binghamton on Dec. 21 and has scored eight or more points four times this season.

    CUMMINGS BECOMING A PRIME-TIME PLAYER
    Junior Monte Cummings has scored in double figures in each of the Seminoles’ last four games and is averaging 13.3 points per game during that span. He has performed well and upped his statistics in nearly every category as the Seminoles have won three of their last four games.

    Cummings’ Recent Surge

    Games	PPG	RPG	FT%	MPG
    Last 3	13.3	3.5	83.3	25.5
    First 8	5.4	2.0	74.1	20.0
    Improvement	+7.9	+1.5	+9.2	+5.5
    

    CAREER-HIGHS ABOUND FOR CUMMINGS
    Junior Monte Cummings grabbed a career-high five rebounds, was credited with a career-high tying four assists against Binghamton on Dec. 21 and enters Thursday night’s game against Duke with a career-high 9.4 points per game average. He grabbed a career-high two steals, made a career-high nine free throws and attempted a career-high 12 free throws against Morgan State on Saturday.


    N. DIXON CONTINUES TO PLAY BIG
    Sophomore Nigel Dixon, who started the first nine of the first 12 games of the season, enters Thursday night’s game against Morgan State with a bevy of career high statistics.

    Nigel’s Improvement

    Category	00-01	99-00	Improvement
    Points/Game	8.9	1.8	+7.1
    Rebounds/Game	5.6	2.1	+3.5
    Minutes/Game	16.7	6.3	+10.4
    Field Goal Pct.	55.4	42.6	+12.8
    Free Throw Pct.	55.6	41.7	+13.9
    

    N. DIXON DOUBLES HIS FUN
    Sophomore Nigel Dixon recorded his second career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Morgan State on Saturday. He has scored in double figures a career-high six times this season (against Florida, Ohio State, DePaul, Rhode Island, Furman and Morgan State) and has grabbed double figure rebounds a career-high two times this season (against Rhode Island and Morgan State). Florida State is 2-0 when Dixon records a double-double this season.

    Dixon’s Double-Doubles

    Opponent	Points	Rebounds	Outcome
    Rhode Island	23	10	W, 86-71
    Morgan State	11	10	W, 74-64
    

    Seminoles’ Offensive Statistics by the Numbers
    3 Senior Adrian Crawford has led the Seminoles in scoring a team-high three times this season (against DePaul, Vanderbilt and Morgan State).

    6 Six different Seminoles are averaging 8.0 points per game while three Seminoles are averaging 10.0 points per game or more through the first 12 games of the season.

    8 Florida State’s bench has outscored its opponent eight times in 12 games this season.

    10 Florida State made a season-high 10 3-point shots against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9. Senior Adrian Crawford tied his season high with seven 3-pointers made in that game.

    15.3 Florida State’s four wins have all come by double-digits and the Seminoles are averaging a 15.3 margin of victory in their four victories.

    19 Florida State recorded its season-high of 19 assists against Binghamton on Dec. 21. It was the most by a Seminole team since a 21-assist performance against Georgia on Jan. 9, 1999.

    22 Florida State’s 22-point margin of victory over Binghamton on Dec. 21 is its largest of the season.

    25 Adrian Crawford scored a team-high 25 points (with seven 3-points shots made) against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9.

    26 Senior Adrian Crawford has made a team-high 26 3-point shots this season. He has made nearly as many as the rest of the team (30) for the entire season.

    31.0 Florida State’s bench has accounted for 31.0 percent of the team’s total points (269 of 867) this season.

    44 Florida State’s tri-captains (Delvon Arrington, Adrian Crawford and Antwuan Dixon) have combined to make 78.6 (44 of 50) of the Seminoles’ total number of 3-point shots made this season.

    48.3 Florida State is shooting 48.3 percent from the field in its four victories this season.

    54.2 Florida State shot a season-high 54.2 percent from the field against Rhode Island on Nov. 25.

    87 Florida State has hit at least one 3-point shot in 87 consecutive games entering Thursday night’s game against Duke. The last team to hold Florida State without a 3-point shot in a single game was Duke in Tallahassee on Jan. 10, 1998.

    POINTS, POINTS, POINTS
    Florida State enters Thursday night’s game against Duke averaging 72.2 points scored per game. It marks the most average points scored per game during the Steve Robinson tenure at Florida State and the most by a Seminole team since the 1997 season when the team averaged 73.4 points per game. The Seminoles are averaging 7.6 more points per game this season than they did during the 1999-00 season.

    Seminoles’ Scoring Up In The Last Four Games

    Games	Points	Points/Game
    Last 4	313	78.3
    First 8	554	69.3
    Improvement		+9.0 ppg
    

    SEMINOLES FROM THE BONUSPHERE
    Florida State hit a near season-high eight 3-point shots against Morgan State on Saturday. The Seminoles season-high for team 3-points shots made this season is 10 against Vanderbilt on Dec. 9. Entering Thursday night’s game against Duke, the Seminoles have made 15 3-point shots in the last two games. The 15 made from beyond the arc in the last two games marks the best back-to-back performances of the season. The Seminoles enter Thursday night’s game against Duke hitting a season-high 29.2 percent from the 3-point line.

    Seminoles From The 3-Point Line

    Games	3PM-A	Pct.
    11-12	15-37	40.5
    1-10	41-155	26.4
    Improvement		+14.1%
    

    AS EASY AS 1-2-3
    Florida State has hit at least one 3-point shot in all 12 games this season and in 87 consecutive games. The Seminoles streak began on Jan. 13, 1998 and has run consecutively for nearly three years.

    FLORIDA STATE BENCH PROVING ITSELF ALL SEASON LONG
    Florida State’s bench has outscored its opponents bench eight times in the first 12 games of the season and in three of its four victories so far this season. The Seminole bench brigade has contributed at least 20 points in nine different games and scored a season-high 33 points against Minnesota in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge on Nov. 29 in Tallahassee. Junior Monte Cummings has scored in double figures five times as a reserve and totaled a Seminole bench-high 18 points against Cleveland State. Freshman Andrew Wilson has scored in double figures twice (11 against South Florida, 10 against Minnesota) while Mike Mathews scored 16 points in a reserve role against Ohio State in the second round of the Great Alaska Shootout.

    Seminoles Contributing Off The Bench

    Opponent	FSU Bench/Opponent Bench	FSU Bench Percent of Total Points
    Florida	25/20	35.7
    DePaul	22/13	29.7
    Ohio State	22/17	33.8
    Rhode Island	16/8	18.6
    Minnesota	33/30	46.4
    Furman	14/6	17.7
    South Florida	24/35	34.7
    Vanderbilt	12/38	20.0
    Cleveland State	23/6	27.0
    Jacksonville	24/14	32.0
    Binghamton	23/29	29.1
    Morgan State	20/11	27.0
    

    TO GIVE IS JUST AS GOOD AS TO RECEIVE
    Florida State enters Thursday night’s game against Duke averaging 14.3 assists per game. The team was credited with a season-high 19 assists against Binghamton on Dec. 21 and has recorded at least 15 assists seven times this season. The 14.3 assists per game marks the third time in Steve Robinson’s four-year tenure that the Seminoles have averaged 14 or more assists per game.

    Seminoles’ Defensive Statistics by the Numbers
    2 Sophomore Nigel Dixon is ranked second in the ACC with 33 total offensive rebounds.

    2.1 Sophomore Mike Mathews is ranked fourth in the ACC with a 2.1 blocked shots per game average.

    5 Senior Delvon Arrington was credited with a career-high tying five steals against Morgan State on Dec. 30.

    5 Florida State holds a +5 rebounding margin against ranked teams this season.

    6 Junior Antwuan Dixon has more blocked shots this season (six) than he had during his first two seasons combined (five).

    7 Junior Antwuan Dixon leads the Seminoles and is ranked seventh in the ACC with a 6.8 rebounds per game average.

    18 Florida State made more free throws (18) than Morgan State attempted (17) on Dec. 30.

    19 Florida State outrebounded Morgan State by +19 rebounds in its last outing on Dec. 30.

    23 Sophomore Mike Mathews has more blocked shots than the rest of the team for the season (23-21).

    29.5 Florida State holds its opponents to 29.5 rebounds per game in itsr four victories this season.

    32.0 Florida State held Jacksonville to an opponents’ season low 32.0 shooting (16-50) from the field on Dec. 17.

    39.1 Florida State is averaging 39.1 rebounds per game. The Seminoles’ 39.1 rebounds per game is the highest team statistic since the 1994 FSU team averaged 39.9 rebounds per game for its 27 game season.

    43.8 Florida State averages 43.8 rebounds per game in their four victories.

    55 Florida State grabbed a season-high 55 rebounds against Cleveland State on Dec. 19.

    63.2 Florida State holds its opponents to 63.2 points scored per game and a 37.4 shooting percentage in its four victories.

    71.2 Florida State’s starting five (Joiner, A. Dixon, Mathews, Crawford, Arrington) has been credited with 71.2 percent (52 of 73) of the Seminoles’ total steals through the first 12 games of the season.

    LIKE STEALING CANDY
    Florida State is averaging 12 steals the last two games and was credited with a season-high 13 steals against Morgan State. The season-high 13 steals followed up an equally impressive performance of 11 steals against Binghamton on Dec. 21. The back-to-back attack of double figure steals marked the first time this season that the Seminoles had swiped 10 or more steals in consecutive games. Florida State enters Thursday night’s game against Duke averaging a season-high 6.1 steals per game.

    13 Seminoles Swiping

    Games	Steals	Steals/Game
    11-12	24	12.0
    1-10	49	4.9
    Improvement		+7.1 spg
    

    SEMINOLE BLOCK PARTY
    Led by sophomore Mike Mathews‘ four blocked shots, Florida State blocked a team-high eight shots against Binghamton on Dec. 21. It marked the third time Mathews had blocked four or more shots and the fourth time he had recorded multiple blocked shots in a game this season. Mathews has 23 of the Seminoles 44 (52.3 percent) blocked shots this season and has more than the rest of the team combined (23-21).

    SEMINOLES ON THE GLASS

  • Florida State is ranked second in the ACC with an average of 39.1 rebounds per game,
  • Florida State is ranked second in the ACC with a +6.3 rebounding margin,
  • Florida State has outrebounded its last four opponent and eight of its 12 opponents this season,
  • Florida State has grabbed at least 40 rebounds five times this season,
  • Florida State earned its season-high rebounding margin of +22 against Rhode Island on Nov. 25,
  • Florida State has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 11.8 rebounds per game in the last four games,
  • The Seminoles have been outrebounded only four times this season and only once by a ranked team. The Seminoles outrebounded No. 22 DePaul 40-29 (+11) on Nov. 24 and were outrebounded by No. 11 Florida by one rebound (31-32) on Nov. 17.

    SEMINOLES WORKING ON DEFENSE
    Florida State has held its last four opponents to a combined 38.5 field goal shooting percentage in winning three of its last four games. During that span, the Seminoles have allowed their opponents to both make and attempt fewer shots.

    Tightening The Defense

    Games	FG% Defense	Opponent Shots Made	Opponent Shots Attempted
    1-8	47.4 (219-462)	27.3	57.8
    9-12	38.5 (86-223)	21.5	55.8
    Improvement	-8.9%	-5.8 smpg	-2.0 sapg
    

    SEMINOLES DEFENSE FINDS WINNING FORMULA
    Florida State is holding its opponents to a significantly lower total field goal shooting percentage (from the field and on 3-point shots) and holds a much higher rebound margin in their four victories when compared to their eight losses.

    On The Defensive

    Games	FG Defense	3FG Defense	Rebound Margin
    4 Games Won	37.4	32.1	+14.3
    8 Games Lost	47.9	45.8	+2.3
    Increase in Games Won	+10.5%	+13.7	+12.0
    
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