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FSU Prepares To Host No. 2 Maryland

Feb. 26, 2002


FSU vs. Maryland
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SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State plays host to No. 2 ranked Maryland at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles enter Wednesday night’s game looking for their second win in their last three games and their second consecutive victory over a nationally ranked team. Florida State has defeated two nationally ranked teams at home this season. The Seminoles defeated No. 15 ranked Virginia, 66-59, Feb. 20 and No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Duke, 77-76, Jan. 6. It marks the first time since the 1996-97 season the Seminoles have beaten two nationally ranked teams at home and the 12th consecutive year they have defeated at least one nationally ranked team.

ALL ACC-CANDIDATE MONTE CUMMINGS
All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings enters Wednesday night’s game against No. 2 ranked Maryland ranked second in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage (55.6), eighth in free throw shooting percentage (75.5) and 10th in scoring (15.2 ppg). All are career-high statistics for the senior guard. Cummings is joined by only Duke’s Carlos Boozer, NC State’s Anthony Grundy and Wake Forest’s Darius Songaila as the four players ranked in the top 10 of the ACC statistics in field goal shooting and free throw shooting percentage and per game scoring average. Cummings has scored in double figures in 20 of 24 overall games, 12 of 14 ACC games and has scored in double figures against all eight conference opponents at least once this season.

ALL-ACC CANDIDATE DELVON ARRINGTON
Senior guard Delvon Arrington, an All-ACC candidate, enters Wednesday night’s game ranked third in the ACC in assists per game (6.44), sixth in assist:turnover ratio (1.64:1) and 25th in scoring (11.2 ppg). It marks the fourth consecutive season Arrington has ranked in the league’s top three in assists. He has a near single-season career-high 161 assists and will become the first player in Seminole history to lead the team in assists in four consecutive seasons. He is the all-time Florida State career leader with 667 assists.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

  • Play and defeat the nation’s No. 2 ranked team for the first time since March 24, 1972 when the Seminoles defeated No. 2 ranked North Carolina, 79-75, to advance to the NCAA national championship game,
  • Defeat a nationally ranked team for the third time this season. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 Duke, 77-76, Jan. 6 and No. 15 Virginia, 66-59, Feb. 20. Both games were played at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center,
  • Win its fifth ACC game of the year and surpass its conference win total from last season. The Seminoles were 4-12 in the ACC during the 2000-01 season,
  • Defeat a ranked Maryland team for the second time in the last three meetings between the two teams. The Seminoles defeated the No. 18 Terps, 74-71, Feb. 14, 2001 in Cole Field House.

    DEFEATING NO. 1
    Florida State’s victory over No. 1 Duke Jan. 6, marked the first time in school history the Seminoles defeated a team ranked No. 1 in the nation.

    ACC ROKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE ANTHONY RICHARDSON
    ACC Rookie of the Year candidate Anthony Richardson averaged 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds while blocking one shot, earning one steal and being credited with one assist while averaging 15.0 minutes in two games (including a victory over No. 15 Virginia) last week. The slender forward is now averaging 8.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game while totaling double figures in assists (25), steals (19) and blocked shots (12) for the season. Richardson reached double figures for the fifth time in ACC play and ninth time overall this season with a 12 point outing against Clemson. He enjoyed a strong outing from the free throw line with a four-of-six performance while scoring on two-of-three 3-point shot attempts. In addition to his 12 point scoring performance, Richardson totaled five rebounds (two offensive) and blocked one shot. Richardson has now scored in double figures against five different ACC opponents and hopes to stretch that string to seven as the Seminoles play host to Maryland and Georgia Tech this week.

    IN FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORIES OVER RANKED TEAMS…

  • The Seminoles are shooting 47.2 percent (52-of-110) and averaging 71.5 points scored per game,
  • The Seminoles are shooting 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from the 3-point line,
  • The Seminoles are holding their opponents to 34.9 percent shooting (22-of-63) from the 3-point line,
  • The Seminoles are holding their opponents to 40.2 percent (49-of-122) shooting from the field and allowing an average of 67.5 points per game,
  • The Seminoles are averaging 10.5 steals and allowing only 7.0 steals by their opponents,
  • The Seminoles are outrebounding their opponents by a +10.5 rebounds per game (39.5-29) margin,
  • The Seminoles have won the battle of the offensive boards and have outscored their opponents 26-24 on second-chance opportunities,
  • The Seminoles are shooting 67.3 percent (33-of-49) from the free throw line while holding their opponents to 48.3 percent (15-of-31) shooting from the free throw line,
  • The Seminoles have made more free throws (33) than their opponents have attempted (31),
  • The Seminoles have outscored their opponents by an average of 37.0-24.0 in points scored in the paint,
  • The Seminoles have outscored their opponents by an average of 20.5-17.5 in point off turnovers.
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