Feb. 9, 2002
SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State, which has won nine of its 12 games overall and three of its four Atlantic Coast Conference games at home this season, plays host to NC State Sunday. The Seminoles have gained victories over No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 6, 77-76), North Carolina (Jan. 16, 81-71) and Clemson (Jan. 24, 68-63) in conference play with four ACC home games (including Sunday’s game against the Wolfpack) remaining on their schedule. Florida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State with an all-time record of 9-2 against the Wolfpack in games played in Tallahassee. Upon joining the ACC, Florida State won eight consecutive home games against NC State and have won 80.0 percent of their home games against the Wolfpack since becoming the ninth current member of the conference in 1991. The Seminoles’ 9-2 home record and 81.8 winning percentage against NC State is their best against any of the current members of the league.
CUMMINGS CONTINUES TO BRING IT
All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings enters Sunday’s game against NC State ranked second in the ACC in field goal percentage (54.8), tenth in free throw shooting (74.0) and 11th in scoring (14.9 ppg). He has led Florida State in scoring 12 times in 21 games (57.1 percent) this season.
DELVON ARRINGTON ENTERS SUNDAY’S GAME WITHIN REACH OF …Second place on Florida State all-time steals list. He enters Sunday’s game against NC State with 207 steals, Bob Sura (1992-95) currently ranks second with 209 career steals,18th place on the ACC all-time steals list. Arrington’s 207 steals trails only Sura’s 209 career steals which currently rank him 18th all-time in conference history,14th place on the ACC all-time assists list. Arrington enters Sunday’s game with 647 steals and trails only Maryland’s Keith Gatlin’s 649 assists which currently ranks him 14th all-time in ACC history,28th place on Florida State’s all-time scoring list. Arrington enters Sunday’s game against NC State ranked in a tie for 28th-place with Mitchell Wiggins. Arrington and Wiggins have totaled 1,067 career points.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TOWin its fourth ACC game of the season. It would match Florida State’s regular season conference victory total from last season. The Seminoles won their fourth ACC game of the season on March 3 of last season against Clemson.Win its third game of the regular season against an ACC team from the state of North Carolina. It would mark the first time the 1997-98 season that Steve Robinson has led the Seminoles to at least three victories over North Carolina-based ACC team,Outrebound its fourth ACC opponent in five home games. The Seminoles have outrebounded Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest and hold a +8.9 rebounding margin in games played at the Leon County Civic Center,Improve to 7-1 at home following a loss on the road.
AGAINST DUKE THIS SEASONFlorida State is the only team to beat the once defeated and No. 1 ranked Blue Devils this season. The Seminoles defeated the Blue Devils, 77-76, Jan. 6 in Tallahassee,Florida State held the Blue Devils to 27 points in the first half of Thursday night’s game in Durham and to 28 points during the first half of Florida State’s win in Tallahassee Jan. 6. The 27 and 28 points are the two lowest scoring totals for a half by the Blue Devils this season,Florida State forced the Blue Devils into a season-high 21 turnovers Thursday night.
SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE ACCFlorida State enters Sunday’s game against NC State with a 3-1 record in ACC games played at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles have already won more ACC games at home this season, three, than they did at home last season, two. Florida State most recently won four ACC home games during the 1999-00 season when it finished with a 4-4 record in league games at home. The school record for conference home victories is seven during the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC STATISTICSFlorida State’s 52-point victory over Savannah State (93-51) is the largest margin of the victory of any of the nine ACC teams this season. During that game, the Seminole defense held the Tigers to an ACC season opponent low 23.8 field goal percentage shooting from the field.
SEMINOLES ON THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THE LEDGERFlorida State is enjoying a productive season on the court so far this year and has improved in nearly every statistical category across the board when comparing the 2001-02 season to the 2000-01 season. Not only do the Seminoles have more wins this season (ten) than they earned all of last season (nine), but their statistics are markedly improved as well