June 27, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State team won two of its final three games, defeated NCAA Tournament Final Four Participant Maryland (which was ranked No. 4 in the final ESPN/USA Today poll) and displayed the elements of having developed into the most improved team in the Atlantic Coast Conference by seasons end. The Seminoles defeated two NCAA Tournament teams during the final month of the season and lost two other games to nationally ranked teams by a combined total of nine points.
ROBINSON TO JOIN CENTURY CLUB
Head coach Steve Robinson begins his seventh season as a collegiate head coach (and fifth at Florida State) in need of only two wins to reach 100 for his career. He begins the 2001-02 season with a 98-87 (.530 winning percentage) during his head coaching career at Florida State (1998-Pr.) and the University of Tulsa (1996-97). He has guided three teams into the NCAA Tournament and six victories over Top-25 ranked teams during his tenure in Tallahassee. Robinson averages 16.3 victories a season and guided the Golden Hurricane to a pair of 20-win seasons in 1996 and 1997.
Robinson’s Milestone Victories
No. Opponent Date Score
1. North Carolina A&T Dec. 2, 1995 100-51
25. Evansville Nov. 29, 1996 55-51
50. Connecticut Nov. 26, 1997 67-60
75. NC State Jan. 23, 1999 71-59
90. Rhode Island Nov. 25, 2000 86-71
ARRINGTON AND A. DIXON TO SERVE AS TEAM CO-CAPTAINS
Senior guard Delvon Arrington and forward Antwuan Dixon, a pair of Seminole seniors, will serve as team-co-captains for the 2001-02 season. Arrington and Dixon were team tri-captains last season.
ARRINGTON EARNS FOURTH YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY
Senior Delvon Arrington was granted an additional year of eligibility and is the starting point guard for the 2001-02 Seminole men’s basketball team. Citing NCAA rule 22.214.171.124, Florida State asked for and received the fourth year of collegiate eligibility for Arrington. Arrington played three years on the team after sitting out his first year in Tallahassee because he did not qualify academically to participate as a freshman. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management following the first session of summer school at Florida State and will play with the team again this season. In doing so he became the first men’s basketball player in the ACC to enter school as a partial qualifier, earn his bachelor’s degree in four years, and earn his fourth year of eligibility back.
…The Seminoles return 92.3 percent (12 of 13 letterwinners) of the team members who were on their roster during the 2000-01 season. Florida State returns its top two scorers, its top four rebounders, its top six shot blockers, its top four stealers and four of its top five assist-men to its lineup as it begins the 2001-02 season,
…The Seminoles return 85.1 percent (1,774 of 2,085 total points) of their scoring output from the 2000-01 season. Senior guards Delvon Arrington (11.5 ppg) and Monte Cummings (10.7 ppg) are two of only 17 double-figure scorers returning to play in the ACC during the 2001-02 season,
…The Seminoles return 90.2 percent (894 of 991 total rebounds) of their rebounding output from the 2000-01 season. Forwards Michael Joiner, a sophomore, and Antwuan Dixon, a senior, averaged a combined 11.8 rebounds per game last season and form the third highest averaging rebounding duo returning to play in the ACC during the 2001-02 season,
…The Seminoles return 90.1 percent (169 of 186 total steals) of their steals output from the 2000-01 season. Senior guard Delvon Arrington, who ranked eighth in the ACC in steals last season, has ranked among the conference’s top 10 in steals during each of his first three years at Florida State,
…The Seminoles return 88.7 percent (345 of 389 total assists) of their assist output from the 2000-01 season. Senior guard Delvon Arrington is the only player to rank in the top eight in the conference in assists in each of the last three years,
…The Seminoles return 99.1 percent (102 of 103 total blocked shots) of their blocked shots output from the 2000-01 season. Forward Mike Mathews, a rising junior, blocked a team-high 1.5 shots per game to rank fifth in the ACC last season.
The Seminoles list four seniors (Devlon Arrington, Monte Cummings, Antwuan Dixon and David Anderson) on their roster for the upcoming season. It marks the third time during the Steve Robinson era that at least four seniors have been on the roster to begin a season. The 1992-93 Seminoles began the season with six seniors on the roster.
INDIVIDUAL SEMINOLES SHOW DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT
The three starting upperclassmen in the Seminoles’ lineup (Delvon Arrington, Antwuan Dixon and Nigel Dixon) have shown a consistent statistical improvement throughout their careers. Arrington, who has played in 89 consecutive games, has improved his scoring average by 3.4 points per game since his freshman season and averaged a career-high 11.5 points per game during the 2000-01 season. Antwuan Dixon, who scored a career-high 23 points during the 2001 ACC Tournament against Clemson, has improved his scoring average by more than four points and upped his rebounding average by nearly five per game as a junior. Starting center Nigel Dixon, who improved statistically in every category, averaged nearly three points and five rebounds more as a sophomore than he did during his inaugural collegiate season.
Player Category 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 Improvement
Delvon Arrington Scoring 8.1 8.9 11.5 +3.4 ppg
Antwuan Dixon Scoring 4.5 5.7 8.7 +4.2 ppg
Antwuan Dixon Rebounding 1.1 3.3 5.8 +4.7 rpg
Nigel Dixon Scoring — 1.8 6.7 +4.9 ppg
Nigel Dixon Rebounding — 2.1 5.0 +2.9 rpg