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Seminole Men’s Basketball Team Plays Host To Maryland Wednesday Night

Feb. 11, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to No. 15 Maryland as it returns to the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center for the first time since defeating No. 5 Duke, 75-70, Feb. 2. The Seminoles will play their second ranked opponent in three games and will look to gain a victory over a ranked opponent for the second time this season. Florida State has a 9-3 record in home games and has won three of its last four games played at home. Its victories during the span have come against No. 5 Duke (Feb. 2), Clemson (Jan. 21) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Jan. 6). Additional victories in Tallahassee have come this season against Iowa of the Big Ten and Miami of the Big East. The Seminoles’ game against Maryland is the first of two consecutive home games with Georgia Tech making its annual visit to Tallahassee Saturday. Following Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, Florida State plays two consecutive games on the road at NC State (Feb. 18) and at Clemson (Feb. 22).


PICKETT MAINTAINS NATIONAL STEALS STATURE
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Wednesday night’s game against Maryland ranked second in the nation in steals with a 3.3 steals per game average. He recorded four steals against North Carolina in 12 first half minutes and enters the game against Maryland with 66 steals. Pickett’s 66 steals are ranked tied for 10th for a single season in school history. The junior has recorded at least four steals in nine different games including five times in eight ACC games. Pickett has ranked among the nation’s top three in steals throughout the season.


NCAA Steals Leaders (Through Feb. 9)
Rank Player, School GP Steals SPG

1. Alexis McMillan, Stetson 20 82 4.1
2. Tim Pickett, Florida State 20 66 3.3
3. Zakee Wadood, East Tenn. State 18 60 3.3


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its second consecutive game against a ranked opponent in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles defeated No. 5 Duke, 75-70, in its last game at home;
…Win its 12th game of the season and match its victory total from the 2001-02 season when the team finished with a 12-17 record;
…Win its fourth home game against a ranked team in the last two seasons. The Seminoles defeated No. 5 Duke (Feb. 2) this season and beat No. 1 Duke (Jan. 6) and No. 15 Virginia (Feb. 20) last season. Of Florida State’s six home ACC wins in the last two years, three have come against ranked teams;
…Defeat a ranked Maryland team for the second time in three years. Florida State defeated then No. 18 Maryland, 74-71, Feb. 14, 2001 in Cole Field House. It was the last victory by an opponent in Cole.


SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State was a perfect five-of-five from the free throw line against North Carolina Saturday and has made 15 of its last 19 attempts (.789 percent) from the line in the last three halves of basketball. In addition to its perfect outing against the Tar Heels, the Seminoles were 10-of-14 in the second half of their victory against Duke, Feb. 2. The Seminoles made nine of their last 10 in the final six minutes against Duke in defeating the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils in Tallahassee for the second consecutive season.


AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA…
…Florida State allowed its ACC season-low of 18 field goals. The Seminoles allowed a season-low 14 field goals in their victory over Birmingham Southern Dec. 15;
…Florida State made 24 field goals and has made an average of 26.5 field goals in the last four games;
…Florida State finished even on the boards (32-32) to mark the second consecutive game it has either won or battled even in the rebound category. The Seminoles outrebounded Duke by three (38-35);
…Florida State held North Carolina to a .367 shooting percentage from the field to mark the second time in two games this season it held the Tar Heels below .370 shooting from the field. In two regular season games, North Carolina shot .365 (46-of-126) from the field.


ON THE DEFENSIVE END FOR THE SEMINOLES…
…Florida State has blocked 91 shots (4.6 bpg) in the first 20 games of the 2002-03 season and needs only 12 blocked shots to surpass its 2001-02 season total of 102 blocks (3.5 bpg). The Seminoles are averaging 1.1 blocked shots more per game this season than they did last season;
…Florida State has earned 196 steals (9.8 spg) in the first 20 games of the 2002-03 season and needs only 27 steals to surpass its 2001-02 season total of 222 steals (7.6 spg). The Seminoles are averaging 2.2 steals more per game than they did last season;
…Florida State is ranked fifth in the nation and second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense with a .383 mark. The Seminoles ranked fourth in the ACC with a .441 field goal percentage defense mark last season.


INCREASED PRODUCTION FROM THE BENCH
Led by freshman Benson Callier’s 13 points, Florida State’s bench outscored North Carolina’s bench, 18-8 Saturday in Chapel Hill. It marked the fourth time in nine ACC game the Seminoles’ bench had outscored its opponent’s bench. Freshman Todd Galloway, who ranks fifth on the team in scoring with a 7.5 points per game average, has led the Seminoles’ bench in scoring four times in their nine conference games. Saturday’s game against North Carolina marked the second time Callier had led the bench in scoring in an ACC game this season. Callier tied for the bench scoring lead with Mike Mathews (six points) against Georgia Tech Jan. 14.


Seminoles’ Bench Scoring
ACC Opponent FSU Bench Opponent Bench Seminole Leader

North Carolina 18 21 Anthony Richardson, 12
Maryland 37 22 Michael Joiner, 13
Georgia Tech 19 6 Callier/Mathews, 6
NC State 18 10 Todd Galloway, 13
Clemson 11 18 Mathews/Waleskowski, 4
Wake Forest 15 23 Todd Galloway, 9
Virginia 18 21 Todd Galloway, 12
Duke 23 27 Todd Galloway, 13
North Carolina 18 8 Benson Callier, 13
Totals 177 156 Six Different leaders
Averages 19.7 17.3 Outscoring oppt. by +2.4


FLORIDA STATE SHOOTS .600 FROM THE FIELD AGAINST DUKE
Florida State shot its ACC season-high of .600 percent (30-of-50) from the field in its victory over Duke. It marked the highest field goal shooting percentage in an ACC game this season and the second highest field goal shooting percentage by an ACC team this season. The Seminoles shot an ACC season-high .685 from the field in its victory over Stetson Dec. 18. Florida State’s .600 shooting percentage against Duke marked its highest in an ACC game since Jan. 20, 1999 when the Seminoles shot .615 against Wake Forest. It marked the fifth time in program history the Seminoles have shot 60 percent or better from the field in an ACC game. Florida State is 5-0 in ACC games all-time when it shoots 60 percent or better from the field.

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