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Seminoles Play Chicago State In Pittsburgh Saturday at 4:00

Dec. 19, 2003

PITTSBURGH, Pa. –
Florida State plays Chicago State in the third round of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic – an does so with a perfect 9-0 record to start the 2003-04 season. The Seminoles’ 9-0 start is the best in school history – bettering two previous 8-0 starts (1977-78 and 1988-89). Florida State defeated Miami (Dec. 14, 67-58) to tie the previous school record and topped Wagner (Dec. 18, 83-62) in the second round of the Holiday Hoops Classic Thursday night in Tallahassee to establish the new school record. The Seminoles are 2-0 in the Holiday Hoops Classic with victories over Georgetown (Ky.) College (Nov. 24, 81-67) and Wagner with both games coming in Tallahassee. Florida State’s game against Chicago State marks only the second time this season the Seminoles will play on the road after playing their first six games at home. Following Saturday’s game against Chicago State, the Seminoles will play Pittsburgh – the host institution – in the final game of the event (Dec. 22, 7 p.m.). Following a short break for the holiday season, Florida State begins ACC action as it plays host to Maryland (Dec. 28, 5:35).


NO TELEVISION FOR FLORIDA STATE – CHICAGO STATE
Florida State’s game against Chicago State will not be shown on television. It can be heard only on the Seminole radio network.


PICKETT CONTINUES TO PLAY WELL IN SEASON OPENING WINNING STREAK
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett scored 14 points, earned five steals, three rebounds and two assists in helping lead Florida State to its 83-62 victory over Wagner Thursday night. He scored eight second half points and accumulated all five of his steals in the second half as the Seminoles stretched a seven-point halftime lead to a 21-point victory. Pickett enters Saturday’s game against Chicago State with a 15.4 points per game average and has scored 139 points in the first nine games of the season. He has now scored 634 career points and needs only 366 to become only the 37th player in school history to score 1,000 or more career points. After only 38 career games, Pickett is ranked 74th in school history in total scoring.


SEMINOLES IN THE ACC STATISTICS
Florida State is ranked in the top two in seven different Atlantic Coast Conference statistical categories. The Seminoles led the league in 3-point field goals made per game (9.00) and 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.411) and are tied for first in scoring defense as they are allowing 55.0 points per game. The Seminoles are ranked second in field goal percentage defense (.345/Georgia Tech), field goal shooting percentage (.494/Georgia Tech), rebounding defense (31.1/Duke) and rebounding margin (+7.1/Clemson).


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its 10th game of the season in only its 10th outing of the year and keep its perfect start to the 2003-04 season alive. The Seminoles 9-0 start is the new school record for wins without a loss to begin a season;
…Extend its non-conference winning streak to 13 consecutive games. After winning its final three non-conference games of the 2002-03 season, Florida State has won nine straight to open the 2003-04 season;
…Win its 10th game of the season during the month of December to mark the first time in school history the Seminoles have reached double figures in victories before the beginning of the month of January.


SEMINOLES IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
Florida State earned votes in both national polls for the second consecutive week and is ranked 32nd in the writers’ poll (Associated Press) and 31st in the coaches’ poll (ESPN/USA Today). It marks the second consecutive week the Seminoles received votes in both polls and the third straight week they have received votes in the AP poll. The last time the Seminoles were ranked in the AP poll was Jan. 18, 1998 when they placed 20th on their way to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A total of five ACC teams (Duke, No. 4; North Carolina, No. 5; Georgia Tech, No. 6; Wake Forest, No. 14 and Maryland, No. 25 are ranked in the top 25 of this week’s AP poll. Florida State is scheduled to play seven teams currently ranked in the AP top 25 and six teams currently ranked in the ESPN/USA Today top 25.


SEMINOLES ON THE REBOUND
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Chicago State ranked second in the ACC in both rebounding defense (31.1) and rebounding margin (+7.1). The Seminoles have outrebounded eight consecutive and eight of their nine opponents this season. The only team the Seminoles lost the rebounding battle to was Maine in Florida State’s season-opening victory over the Black Bears. Since falling in the rebounding edge in game one (by a mere one rebound), the Seminoles have outrebounded their last eight opponents by an average of 8.1 rebounds per game.


Florida State Crashing The Boards
Season Rebound Average Notes

2003-04 38.2 40 or more rebounds 3 times in eight game
2002-03 34.6 40 or more rebounds 4 times in 29 games
Improvement +3.6 rpg 44.5 rpg in two Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops games


FLORIDA STATE HOLDS ONTO THE BASKETBALL
Florida State committed a season-low 11 turnovers in its victory over Wagner Thursday night in Tallahassee. The Seminoles were especially strong in the second half as the committed only five miscues. The limited number of turnovers continued a trend for the Seminoles as they committed 14 or fewer turnovers for the third time in the last four games.


Florida State Keeping Possession
Games T0 TO/G Opponents’ Points Off Turnovers

First 5 86 17.2 58 (15 by Georgetown, Nov. 24)
Last 4 58 14.5 42 (13 by Wagner, Dec. 18)
Improvement -2.7 to/game +2.8 turnover margin for season


SEMINOLES LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Chicago State averaging 77.8 points scored per game. The Seminoles area averaging nearly 10 points scored more per game this season as compared to the 2002-03 season. Including their 83-point scoring performance against Wagner Thursday night, the Seminoles have scored 80 or more points five times in their first nine games of the season.. Florida State has won five games by 20 points or more so far this season easily eclipsing its total of two victories by 20 or more points last season. The Seminoles’ five victories by 20 or more points this season is the most since Florida State won eight games by 20 or more points during the 1996-97 season.


FLORIDA STATE SUCCESSFUL FROM 3-POINT ARC
Florida State made a near school record 13 3-point shots in its victory over Wagner Thursday night in Tallahassee. It marked the second time this season (Florida State also made 13 3-point shots in its victory over Nicholls State, Dec. 26) the Seminoles have made 13 shot from the bonusphere and the third time it had made 12 from long range in a single game this season. The single-game school record is 14 against Jacksonville Dec. 14, 1996. The Seminoles’ 31 3-point shot attempts against Wagner are tied for the third highest single-game total in school history. The single-game school-record for 3-point shots attempted in a single game is 34 against Maryland Feb. 11, 1995.


SEMINOLES CONTINUE THEIR STEALING WAYS
Led by senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett’s five steals, Florida State earned 12 steals in its victory Thursday over Wagner. It marked the fifth time in nine games this season the Seminoles had earned 10 or more steals in a single game. With a 10.22 steals per game average, Florida State is ranked third in the ACC in steals. The Seminoles are averaging nearly one full steal more than they did last season (10.2 in 2003-04 as compared to 9.4 in 2002-03) when they ranked second in the conference in steals.


Seminoles Stealing
Games Steals SPG Notes

Last 3 34 11.3 Pickett averages 3.3 steals/game (10 steals)
First 6 58 9.7 Pickett averages 2.7 steals/game (16 steals)
Improvement +1.6 Pickett first in total steals (26) in ACC


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg; Needs 214 points to reach 1,000 for his career)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (12.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg; Top 25 in ACC in scoring and rebounding)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; Has started all eight games at center this season)
G #10 Nate Johnson (3.2 ppg, 5.5 apg; Leads the ACC in A:TO ratio – 4.9:1)
G #22 Tim Pickett (15.4 ppg, 2.9 spg; Leads ACC in 3FGM, 29, and total steals, 26)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.4 ppg, 2.1 apg; Ranked fourth in ACC in A:TO ratio – 2.5:1
F #12 Al Thornton (5.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 12 points in 18 minutes against SC State)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg; Has played in 8 games this season – 6 in last 2 years)
G #23 Von Wafer (7.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg; ACC Rookie of the Week, Dec. 1)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (9.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg; Seminoles third leading scorer as a reserve)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 8.7 ppg average in last three games)


FLORIDA STATE VS. CHICAGO STATE —  A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: First Meeting
Last Game: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win: First Meeting
Last Chicago State Win: First Meeting
Last Florida State Win On Neutral Court: First Meeting
Last Chicago State Win On Neutral Court: First Meeting
Florida State vs. Chicago State, Current Streak: First Meeting
Leonard Hamilton vs. Chicago State: 2-0 (at Miami)


THE PITTSBURGH HOLIDAY HOOPS CLASSIC
Florida State plays its second of four games in the inaugural University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic as it plays host to Wagner Thursday night. The event features six schools – Florida State, Pittsburgh, Chicago State, Georgetown College, Murray State and Wagner – in a round robin format. The Seminoles play four games in the exempt tournament that, according to NCAA scheduling rules, count as only one game against their regular season limit of 27. The four games in the event allow the Seminoles to play a school-record 30 games during the regular season.


HOLIDAY HOOPS CLASSIC TO USE EXPERIMENTAL RULES
Because the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic is an exempt tournament according to the NCAA, Thursday night’s game against Wagner will be played using experimental rules. The experimental rules being utilized in this tournament (as well as all exempt tournaments this season) are the extended 3-point line and the trapezoid lane. The 3-point line is extended from 19’9″ to 20’6″ and the trapezoid lane starts with its normal 12-foot width at the free throw line and extends out to a graduated 19’8″ width at the baseline.


FLORIDA STATE’S IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT HISTORY
Florida State has an illustrious history in in-season tournaments with 10 championships dating to the 1962 season. The Seminoles’ most recent tournament championship came in 1986 at the Red Lobster Classic during which they defeated Alcorn State and Tennessee to win the championship. Most recently, the Seminoles participated in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl Classic Honoring Bobbi Olsen, the 2000 Great Alaska Shootout and the 1998 Rainbow Classic.


Seminoles’ Tournament Championships
Date Tournament Date Tournament

1962 Savannah Invitational 1973 Big Sun Classic
1968 Florida Sunshine Classic 1975 Big Sun Classic
1971 Florida Sunshine Classic 1977 Birmingham Classic
1971 Far West Classic 1980 Cotton States Classic
1972 Senior Bowl Classic 1986 Red Lobster Classic


SEMINOLES FIND SUCCESS UNDER HAMILTON ABOVE THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Chicago State ranked first in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage (.411) and 3-point field goals made per game (9.00). The Seminoles have utilized their 3-point shot prowess to their advantage under Leonard Hamilton and are scoring nearly 35 percent of their points from beyond the arc this season.


Many 3-Pointers
Season 3PM 3PA 3FG% 3FGM/G

2003-04 81 197 .411 9.0
2002-03 186 559 .332 6.4
2001-02 169 503 .336 5.8
2000-01 148 464 .319 4.9
1999-00 175 490 .175 6.0

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