March 10, 1998
GAME TIME: Friday, March 13, 1998 at approx. 3:00 pm EST– The Myriad (13,439), Oklahoma City, OK
The Seminoles, seeded 12th in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament, return to the event for the first time since 1993 when they take on fifth-seeded Texas Christian…Florida State is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and has posted an 11-9 record in the event. FSU’s best tournament run came in 1972 when the Seminoles advanced to the Final Four before falling to UCLA 81-76 in the championship game. Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight in its last trip to the NCAA tourney, losing to Kentucky 106-81 in the Southeast Region championship game…First-year FSU coach Steve Robinson, in his third season as a head coach, is taking his third straight team to the NCAA Tournament and owns a 1-2 mark in the event…Just one eligible Seminole has NCAA Tournament experience – Oliver Simmons, who was a member of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team.
The Horned Frogs enter the NCAA Tournament as the Midwest Regional’s No. 5 seed, are 27-5 on the year and became the first team in Western Athletic Conference history to go undefeated in league play during the regular season…TCU is the nation’s highest-scoring team, averaging 97.6 points per game, and boasts two of the country’s top 15 scorers in junior Lee Nailon (3rd, 24.6 ppg) and senior Mike Jones (14th, 21.4 ppg). Jones set a school record by scoring 51 points in a game in December which was broken nine days later when Nailon scored 53…Texas Christian is 1-5 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament, defeating New Mexico and losing to the Lobos twice, Kansas, Syracuse and Oklahoma State.
Friday’s game marks just the second meeting between the two schools with TCU winning the first 66-60 on Dec. 12, 1963…Florida State head coach Steve Robinson is familiar with the Horned Frogs, facing them three times while he was at Tulsa last year. Robinson went 2-1 against Texas Christian last season…This will be FSU’s first game in the state of Oklahoma since Dec. 13, 1986 when the Seminoles fell to Oklahoma 109-92 in Norman. That Sooner team was coached by current TCU mentor Billy Tubbs…The winner will face either fourth-seeded Mississippi or No. 13 Valparaiso in the second round on Sunday.
FLORIDA STATE Texas Christian No. Name (Ht, Wt, Class) PPG RPG Pos. No. Name (Ht, Wt, Class) PPG RPG 12 Kerry Thompson (6-0, 195, Sr.) 8.3 3.9 G 10 Prince Fowler (5-10, 170, Jr.) 8.3 2.8 24 Terrell Baker (6-6, 200, Jr.) 12.6 4.3 G 24 Mike Jones (6-5, 205, Sr.) 21.4 5.8 20 LaMarr Greer (6-5, 225, Sr.) 10.7 4.6 F 23 Malcolm Johnson (6-4, 190, Sr.) 18.8 4.9 14 Randell Jackson (6-11, 210, Jr.) 12.3 5.4 F 44 Dennis Davis (6-9, 235, Sr.) 7.5 9.8 52 Corey Louis (6-9, 235, Sr.) 10.4 6.8 C 54 Lee Nailon (6-9, 225, Jr.) 24.6 8.9 Steve Robinson (Radford, '81) Head Coach Billy Tubbs (Lamar, '58) (63-31 in 3 yrs, 17-13 in 1st year at FSU) (519-244 in 24 yrs, 80-44 in 4th yr at TCU)
Baker Injured at ACC Tourney; Should Play at NCAAs
Florida State junior guard Terrell Baker suffered a slight separation of his left shoulder in the Seminoles’ first round ACC Tournament loss to NC State last Thursday. Baker was injured when he was trying to fight through a screen on defense in the first half. He tried to keep playing with the injury but ended up playing just 13 minutes, did not score and took just one shot. Baker did not practice on Monday or Tuesday but will play Friday when FSU takes on TCU.
Florida State Overcomes Obstacles to Make Field
By being seeded 12th in the Midwest Regional, FSU is the lowest seed of all 34 teams that received at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles also became the first ACC team to go 6-10 in league play and receive an at-large bid and are the second team in NCAA Tournament history to finish four games below .500 in conference play and still get invited to the tourney. Iowa State was the first when it went 5-9 in the Big 8 in 1992. Florida State’s .567 winning percentage (17-13) is tied for the fifth lowest for at-large teams since the field was expanded to 64 schools in 1985.
Simmons the Only ‘Nole with NCAA Tournament Experience
FSU sophomore reserve forward Oliver Simmons is the only eligible Seminole who has previously participated in the NCAA Tournament. Simmons originally enrolled at Kentucky and was a member of the Wildcats’ 1996 national championship team as a freshman. He transferred into the FSU program in January of 1997. Sophomore Adrian Crawford, who transferred to Florida State last summer, played on Tulsa’s NCAA Tournament team last year but is not eligible to play for the Seminoles this season.
Against NCAA Tournament Teams
Florida State posted a 3-9 record versus teams that made the NCAA Tournament field. The Seminoles wins came against Arizona, Connecticut and Utah State. Their losses were to North Carolina (twice), Duke (twice), Kansas, Maryland (twice) and Clemson (twice). FSU’s first round tournament opponent, Texas Christian, was 1-5, beating New Mexico and losing to the Lobos twice, Kansas, Syracuse and Oklahoma State.
Baker a Difference Maker
Florida State head coach Steve Robinson knew very little about junior college transfer Terrell Baker when he took the reigns of the Seminole program last summer. But Robinson now knows that Baker is his kind of player. The Lawnside, NJ native has capably filled the shoes of the departed James Collins (FSU’s third all-time leading scorer now with the Los Angeles Clippers). Baker is FSU’s leading scorer at 12.6 points per game, is hitting 51.9 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three-point range. In addition, he is averaging 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Robinson has continually referred to Baker as the “heartbeat of the team” this season.
Taking Care of the Ball
Florida State posted its first positive assist-to-turnover ratio in two months (17 games) when it had 14 assists and a season-low nine turnovers against Virginia on Feb. 28. The last time the Seminoles were on the positive side of that ratio was on Dec. 29 at Southwestern Louisiana when Kerry Thompson posted a career-high 11 assists and FSU finished with 18 assists and 16 turnovers. Florida State is averaging 17.0 turnovers per game and has had at least 16 in 20 of its 30 games. The Seminoles will have to protect the ball in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Texas Christian as the Horned Frogs are forcing their opponents to 20.8 miscues per game.
FSU One of Two to Beat Two No. 1 or No. 2 Seeds, Other Schedule Notes
Florida State is just one of two teams in the country – Duke is the other – to defeat two different NCAA Tournament No.1 or No. 2 seeds. The Seminoles beat Connecticut (East No. 2) on Nov. 26 and Arizona (West No. 1) on Dec. 23. Duke beat Arizona and North Carolina (East No. 1). FSU’s schedule is rated as the second toughest in the nation, according to this week’s Sagarin Ratins and the eighth most difficult by the RPI. Florida State played six games against NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds, seven against No. 1 or No. 2 seeds and nine versus the tournament’s top 16. The Seminoles played seven games against teams that either won their conference regular season or tournament championship.
Louis Playing His Best Ball
Corey Louis is closing his Florida State career on a high note. Louis has been the Seminoles’ most consistent performer and has been playing the best basketball of his career over the last two months. The Miami native is averaging 13.0 points on 55.9 percent shooting (33-of-59) in the last seven games and is rebounding at a 8.9 clip in his last 10 games. For the year, Louis is averaging 10.4 points on 56.3 percent shooting, 6.8 rebounds (6th in the ACC) and 1.6 blocks (2nd in the ACC) per game. For his career, he ranks among Florida State’s all-time leaders in scoring (26th, 1,097), rebounding (10th, 733) and blocked shots (2nd, 194).
Hale Finding a Groove Off the Bench
Sophomore forward Ron Hale is beginning to touch the surface of his vast potential. After starting the season strong, then tailing off during the middle portion of the schedule, the Largo, FL native is picking it back up down the stretch. He had a 10-point effort in 24 minutes against Virginia, his first double figure scoring performance since hitting for 10 against defending national champion Arizona on Dec. 23, in the regular season finale. Hale is averaging 7.8 points in his last five games, has hit nine of his last 16 from the field (including 7-of-12 from three-point range) and has grabbed at least five rebounds in four of his last six games.
Tribe Heating Up From the Perimeter
Florida State continued its improved three-point shooting in its ACC Tournament loss to NC State. The Seminoles hit 5-of-11 from outside the arc and have hit 13 of their last 27 (48.1 percent) from three-point range. The last two games marked just the second time this season that FSU has had back-to-back games of at least 40 percent shooting from three-point range. Still, Florida State ranks last in the ACC in both three-point percentage (28.9 percent) and three-pointers per game (3.9).
Baker Provides the Stops
In addition to leading Florida State in scoring, junior Terrell Baker has earned the reputation as the Seminoles’ defensive stopper. Baker has limited some of the nation’s best players while guarding them. Here are a few examples: Dion Glover of Georgia Tech (an 18-points per game scorer) was held to nine and 10 in two matchups with FSU; Arizona’s Mike Bibby scored 22 in the first half against FSU, then just four in the second half when Baker was assigned to him; NC State’s C.C. Harrison had just nine points on Jan. 28, his only single digit effort in the last 16 games, versus Baker on Jan. 28; Khalid El-Amin, Connecticut’s freshman sensation, scored just 10 points on 3-of-18 shooting against Baker on Nov. 26.
NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Information (all times Eastern) March 13 & 15 - The Myriad, Oklahoma City, OK Friday, March 13 12:30 p.m. -- (4) Mississippi vs. (13) Valparaiso 3:00 p.m. -- (5) Texas Christian vs. (12) Florida State 7:50 p.m. -- (8) Rhode Island vs. (9) Murray State 10:15 p.m. -- (1) Kansas vs. (16) Prairie View A&M Sunday, March 15 2:20 p.m. -- 4/13 winner vs. 5/12 winner 4:50 p.m. -- 1/16 winner vs. 8/9 winner March 13 & 15 - United Center, Chicago, IL Friday, March 13 12:30 p.m. -- (6) Clemson vs. (11) Western Michigan 2:50 p.m. -- (3) Stanford vs. (14) College of Charleston 7:55 p.m. -- (2) Purdue vs. (15) Delaware 10:15 p.m. -- (7) St. John's vs. (10) Detroit Sunday, March 15 2:15 p.m. -- 3/14 winner vs. 6/11 winner 4:40 p.m. -- 2/15 winner vs. 7/10 winner
Florida State in the NCAA Tournament
1968 Mideast Regional — Kent, OH
First Round — East Tennessee State 79, Florida State 69
1972 Mideast Regional — Knoxville, TN
First Round — Florida State 83, Eastern Kentucky 81
Regional Finals — Dayton, OH
Sweet 16 — Florida State 70, Minnesota 56
Regional Final — Florida State 73, Kentucky 54
Final Four — Los Angeles, CA
National Semifinals — Florida State 79, North Carolina 75
National Championship — UCLA 81, Florida State 76
1978 Mideast Regional — Knoxville, TN
First Round — Kentucky 85, Florida State 76
1980 Mideast Regional — Bowling Green, KY
First Round — No. 8 Florida State 94, No. 9 Toledo 91
Second Round — No. 1 Kentucky 97, Florida State 78
1988 West Regional — Los Angeles, CA
First Round — No. 5 Iowa 102, No. 12 Florida State 98
1989 Southeast Regional — Nashville, TN
First Round — No. 13 M. Tenn. St. 97, No. 4 Florida St. 83
1991 Southeast Regional — Louisville, KY
First Round — No. 7 Florida State 75, No. 10 USC 72
Second Round — No. 2 Indiana 82, Florida State 60
1992 West Regional — Boise, ID
First Round — No. 3 Florida State 78, No. 14 Montana 68
Second Round — Florida State 78, No. 6 Georgetown 68
Regional Finals — Albuquerque, NM
Sweet 16 — No. 2 Indiana 85, Florida State 74
1993 Southeast Regional — Orlando, FL
First Round — No. 3 Florida State 82, No. 14 Evansville 70
Second Round — Florida State 94, No. 11 Tulane 63
Regional Finals — Charlotte, NC
Sweet 16 — Florida State 81, No. 7 Western Kent. 78 (OT)
Regional Final — No. 1 Kentucky 106, Florida State 81
FSU Head Coach Steve Robinson
Steve Robinson was named the head coach at Florida State on July 1 after a two-year stint at the University of Tulsa. Robinson compiled a 46-18 (.719) record there and led the Golden Hurricane to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, he was named the Western Athletic Conference’s Mountain Division Coach of the Year after leading Tulsa to a 24-10 mark and an appearance in the second round of the NCAAs. In his first year there, the Golden Hurricane went 22-8 and won their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title since 1986. In the seven years prior to his appointment at Tulsa, Robinson was an assistant coach on Roy Williams’ staff at Kansas. At Kansas, Robinson helped the Jayhawks to six NCAA Tournament appearances and coached in two Final Fours (1991, 1993). Robinson was also an assistant coach at Cornell for two years and at his alma mater, Radford, for three seasons. His career coaching mark is now 63-31 (.670). As impressive as his accomplishments have been on the court, the success of his student-athletes in the classroom also deserves mention. While at Kansas, Robinson also served as the basketball program’s academic counselor and saw nine Jayhawks earn Big Eight All-Academic honors while 37 recorded grade point averages of 3.0 or better. At Tulsa, 20 of his players carried GPA’s of 3.0 or better.
Last Time Out – ‘Pack Dumps ‘Noles From ACC Tourney
Ishua Benjamin scored a career-high 25 points and Tim Wells blocked Kerry Thompson’s layup attempt at the buzzer as NC State escaped with a 65-63 win over Florida State in the first round of the ACC Tournament last Thursday in the Greensboro Coliseum. The Seminoles trailed by 10 points (51-41) with 6:30 left but closed to within 64-63 on a LaMarr Greer three-pointer with nine seconds to go. After NC State’s Kenny Inge hit a free throw with six seconds remaining, Thompson raced the length of the court but had his layup attempt swatted away by Wells as time expired. FSU was down 30-25 at halftime but opened the second half with a 16-3 run to take a 41-33 lead. The Wolfpack then scored the game’s next 18 points – nine by C.C. Harrison and seven by Benjamin – to take control. Florida State outshot NC State 42.1-37.8 and outrebounded the ‘Pack 37-32 but committed 17 turnovers and was outscored 28-10 at the free throw line. The loss was FSU’s seventh straight at the ACC Tournament.
The Series With Texas Christian
Friday’s game will mark just the second meeting between Florida State and Texas Christian and the first in more than 30 years. TCU won that first game between the two schools by a 66-60 count in Fort Worth on Dec. 12, 1963. The Seminoles finished the 1963-64 season with a 14-14 mark.
FSU’s NCAA Tournament History
Florida State is making its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament with its at-large invitation to the 1998 event and its first since the 1992-93 season. FSU is 11-9 all-time in the tourney with its best finish coming in 1972 when the Seminoles advanced to the Final Four before falling 81-76 to UCLA in the national title game. Florida State’s second most successful trip to the NCAA Tournament came in its last visit when the Tribe’s season was stopped one game shy of the Final Four. Kentucky beat FSU 106-81 in the championship game of the Southeast Regional. Florida State has advanced to the Sweet 16 in its last two trips to the NCAA Tournament and is 6-3 in the tournament in the 1990’s. The Seminoles have won at least one game in each of their last three visits to the Big Dance and five times in their previous nine trips.
Robinson a Tournament Regular
Florida State first-year head coach Steve Robinson is making his ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He is in his third season as a college head coach and has been to the NCAA Tournament each of those years. Robinson guided Tulsa to back-to-back tourney appearances in 1996 and 1997. He has posted a 1-2 record in NCAA Tournament play as a head coach. His 1996 Golden Hurricane team was the Midwest Regional’s 11th seed and took sixth-seeded Louisville to overtime before falling 82-80 in the first round. Last year, Tulsa was the Midwest’s fifth seed and beat Boston University 81-52 in the opening round before falling to No. 4 Clemson 65-59 in the second round. Prior to accepting the head coaching job at Tulsa, Robinson was an assistant at Kansas for seven years. The Jayhawks went to the NCAA Tournament in his final six seasons there and made the Final Four twice (1991 and 1993).
Last Time in the NCAA Tournament
Florida State’s most recent visit to the NCAA Tournament was a good one as the Seminoles advanced all the way to the Southeast Regional championship game before falling to Kentucky, 106-81. FSU opened its tournament run as the Southeast’s third seed and beat No. 14 Evansville (82-70) and No. 11 Tulande 94-63 in Orlando, FL. In the Sweet 16, the Seminoles beat No. 7 Western Kentucky 81-78 in overtime in Charlotte, NC. That Florida State team featured four future first round NBA draft picks – Sam Cassell, Doug Edwards, Bob Sura and Charlie Ward.
Robinson-Tubbs Have a History
FSU’s first round NCAA Tournament game with Texas Christian provides Seminole head coach Steve Robinson and his coaching staff with a familar opponent. Robinson faced TCU and Billy Tubbs three times last year while Robinson was the head coach at Tulsa. Robinson’s Golden Hurricane went 2-1 against Tubbs’ Horned Frogs last season, sweeping the regular season series before falling in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Tulsa won 96-79 at home, 128-84 on the road and fell 64-59 in the WAC Tournament. Tubbs twice coached against Florida State while he was at Oklahoma. His 1987 Sooner team defeated FSU 109-92 on Dec. 13, 1986 in Norman. The following year, Oklahoma came to Tallahassee and beat the Seminoles 89-87 on Dec. 10, 1987. That Sooner team went on to the Final Four.
Sowing the Seeds
Florida State enters the NCAA Tournament as the Midwest Regional’s 12th-seed and although FSU might like to be seeded higher, 12th seeds in the tournament have had some success. Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 12th seeded teams have: won first round games 15 times (15-37); have advanced to the Sweet 16 nine times (9-6 second round record); won at least one first round game every year except one (1988). No. 12 seeded teams have had the most success in the West Regional, going 8-5 in the first round in that bracket. Midwest and East No. 12’s are 3-10 in the first round while just one No. 12 has won a first round game in the South. Florida State has been a 12th seed one other time in its tournament history. The Seminoles lost to fifth-seeded Iowa 102-98 in the first round of the West Regional in 1988 in Los Angeles.
Greer a Seminole Ironman
FSU senior LaMarr Greer will be appearing in the 116th game of his Seminole career on Friday and will be making his 100th career start. The Cape May, NJ native will move into a tie for eighth place on FSU’s all-time games played list with Maurice Myrick (1981-85) and Aubry Boyd (1984-87). Rodney Dobard is Florida State’s all-time leader in games played with 122.
About the Walk-Ons
Florida State head coach Steve Robinson held open walk-on tryouts last Oct. 19 and two players – freshman point guard Matt Chlebek and junior wing Gibson Pierre – have stuck with the team throughout the season. Chlebek, who prepped at Barron Collier High School in Naples, FL, has appeared in 15 games this year and is averaging 3.9 minutes per game. Pierre has played in five games and attended Edison High School in Miami.
Sophomore point guard Devonaire Deas left the Seminole basketball program on March 4. The 6-5 Albany, NY native was academically ineligible during the fall semester but appeared in 21 games this year upon his return. Deas averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 assists in 7.5 minutes per game this year and played in 52 games in his Seminoles career, starting three. He was a Parade High School All-American two years ago after a standout prep career at St. Thomas Moore Prep School in Oakdale, CT.
Felton Transfers In
James Felton, a 6-10, 230-pound freshman post player from Bayonne, NJ and St. John’s University, transferred into the Florida State basketball program at the beginning of January. Felton enrolled at St. John’s last fall. He appeared in six games with the Red Storm this season and averaged 14.2 minutes per game before deciding to transfer. He is currently practicing with FSU and will be eligible to play at the conclusion 1998 fall semester. Felton was considered one of the nation’s top 50 prep players a year ago.
Arrington, Crawford Waiting in the Wings
This has had to be a tough season for Florida State freshman point guard Delvon Arrington and sophomore wing man Adrian Crawford. Arrington is a partial qualifier and is not eligible to play this year under NCAA regulations while Crawford transferred into the Seminole program from Tulsa last summer. Arrington was a three-year starter at point guard for national prep power St. Anthony’s in Jersey City, NJ. He guided his team to an 81-1 record as a starter, three state titles and USA Today’s National Championship as a junior. Crawford was named to the Western Athletic Conference’s all-newcomer team by the league’s media last year. His father, Coleman, was an assistant on Steve Robinson’s staff at Tulsa and is currently a Seminole assistant coach.
Seminoles in the NBA
Five former Florida State players are currently rostered with NBA teams. George McCloud of the Phoenix Suns is the veteran of the group in his eighth season in the league. Sam Cassell of the New Jersey Nets is next, in his fifth year. New York Knick Charlie Ward is in his fourth season, Bob Sura of the Cleveland Cavaliers is in his third and James Collins is a rookie with the Los Angeles Clippers. Cassell, Ward and Sura, along with Doug Edwards (who was cut by the Vancouver Grizzlies midway through the season), provided the cornerstone of FSU’s last NCAA Tournament team in 1992-93.
The Seminoles wore their gold uniforms for the first time this season in an 88-63 win over Virginia to close the regular season. FSU is 8-6 this season in white and 8-7 in garnet this year…The Seminoles’ 17 regular season wins were their most since winning 22 in 1992-93. That team, FSU’s last in the NCAA Tournament, finished 25-10…Florida State posted two of their four biggest ACC wins in its seven years in the league this season. FSU’s 88-63 win over Virginia on Feb. 28 was third while its 83-59 thumping of Wake Forest was fourth…Florida State’s eight-week run in the Associated Press Top 25 was the school’s first appearance in that poll since the 1993-94 preseason rankings and tied for the fifth longest streak in school history…FSU placed six players in double figures in scoring in its regular season finale against Virginia, marking the most since seven Seminoles hit for at least 10 in a 108-84 win at Jacksonville on Dec. 14, 1996…Florida State’s 78-49 loss to Clemson on Feb. 15 was the worst home loss in the history of the Seminole program. FSU was without two starters that day as both Terrell Baker and Randell Jackson missed the game…The Seminoles’ 103-55 loss at North Carolina on Jan. 24 was the second largest in school history, trailing only a 103-51 loss at West Virginia on Jan. 30, 1958…FSU’s string of 187 consecutive games with a three-point field goal came to an end on Jan. 10 against Duke when the Seminoles were 0-of-9 from long range…The Leon County Civic Center sold out for Florida State basketball on Jan. 10 when 12,231 attended the Duke game. It was the first sellout prior to game day in FSU basketball history and the first capacity crowd for a Seminole basketball game since Feb. 27, 1993 when 13,251 witnessed FSU play North Carolina…Florida State’s 80-71 win at Southwestern Louisiana on Dec. 29 made school history, marking the first time in FSU’s 51 years of basketball that it has reached double figures in victories prior to Jan. 1…The Seminoles’ 84-79 win over No. 5 Arizona equalled the highest ranked team ever defeated by FSU at home. It also marked the first Top 10 non-conference win for FSU since beating No. 8 Alabama on Dec. 6, 1986…LaMarr Greer earned ACC Player-of-the-Week honors on Dec. 29 after his career-high 26-point game in the win over Arizona…Florida State has faced all five members of the Associated Press preseason first team All-America squad. FSU went 1-3 against the three teams represented, losing to Kansas (Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz) and North Carolina (Antawn Jamison) while defeating Arizona (Mike Bibby and Miles Simon). The five All-Americans combined to average 19.8 points and 8.3 rebounds against the Seminoles…FSU set two school records in the first half of its 74-44 win over Jacksonville on Dec. 6. JU scored just 10 points and was held to three field goals…Florida State’s second place finish in the Preseason NIT came in the Seminoles second appearance in the tournament. FSU finished fourth in the event during the 1992-93 season…Seminole head coach Steve Robinson won the 50th game of his coaching career against Connecticut on Nov. 26…The Rice game on Nov. 14 marked the earliest season-opener in school history…The Seminoles were picked to finish seventh in the ACC.
Robinson Making Mark on Tournament Coaching Chart
Florida State head coach Steve Robinson is taking his team to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season, the last two years while at Tulsa. That three-year run marks the ninth longest stretch of consecutive tournament appearances by a coach. Arizona’s Lute Olson leads as his Wildcats are making their 14th straight appearance. Here is who follows Olson: Bobby Knight, Indiana, 13; John Chaney, Temple, 9; Roy Williams, Kansas, 9; Bob Huggins, Cincinnati, 7; Gene Keady, Purdue, 6; Kelvin Sampson, Washington State and Oklahoma, 5; Tubby Smith, Tulsa, Georgia and Kentucky, 5; Robinson, Tulsa and Florida State, 3.
Greer, Jackson Set to Join Louis as 1,000-Point Scorers
Senior LaMarr Greer can become the 32nd player in Florida State basketball history to score 1,000 career points with 10 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Texas Christian. He scored 18 against NC State in the ACC Tournament and currently stands at 990. Classmate Corey Louis became the 31st player in Seminole history to break the 1,000-point barrier earlier in the season at Virginia. He now has 1,097 points in his career and ranks 26th on the all-time list. He can move up to 25th on the list with 11 points against TCU. Junior Randell Jackson has scored 927. If Greer and Jackson reach 1,000 points this season, it will mark just the second time in school history that three players with 1,000 career points have played on the same team. The first occurred when Bob Sura, Doug Edwards and Sam Cassell broke the 1,000-point barrier during the 1992-93 season. Sura is FSU’s all-time leading scorer with 2,130. Edwards ranks fifth (1,604) and Cassell is 19th (1,211).
Jackson Getting Hot
Florida State junior forward Randell Jackson posted his first double-double of the season when he scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against NC State in the ACC Tournament. The Boston native is averaging 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots in the last two games. Jackson played well down the stretch last year in helping FSU to a runner-up finish in the postseason NIT. He averaged 14.8 points and 9.0 rebounds in five NIT games.
Greer Stepping Up, Shooting Better
FSU senior LaMarr Greer posted a Seminole season-high by hitting four three-pointers in the ACC Tournament loss to NC State. Greer scored a team-high 18 points in that game on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He is averaging 14.0 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the floor in Florida State’s last two games. Greer’s recent shooting has been his best since scoring a career-high 26 points on 11-of-13 from the field in the Seminoles’ 84-79 win over defending national champion Arizona on Dec. 23.
FSU Strives for Offensive Balance
Florida State head coach Steve Robinson has implemented a motion offense in his first year in Tallahassee and it has provided chances for everyone in the Seminole lineup. Four FSU players – Terrell Baker (12.6), Randell Jackson (12.3), LaMarr Greer (10.7) and Corey Louis (10.4) – are averaging at least 10 points per game. No Florida State regular is averaging more than 10 shots per game but four are averaging at least eight attempts per contest. Baker, FSU’s leading scorer, is fourth on the team in field goals attempted (231). The Seminoles’ four double figure scorers are the most since the 1992-93 season (when four also averaged in double figures) while Baker’s 12.6 points per game average is the lowest by an FSU leading scorer since the 1951-52 season.