Jan. 24, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which defeated No. 7/11 North Carolina (91-80 OT) Thursday night in Tallahassee plays host to No. 10/13 Wake Forest in its fourth ACC home game of the season. The Seminoles are 2-1 in their first three ACC games in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center with victories over Maryland (Dec. 28, 79-75) and North Carolina (Jan. 22, 90-81 in overtime). Florida State’s victories over Maryland and North Carolina are wins over two programs which have both defeated the nation’s No. 1 team this season. Maryland defeated then No. 1 Florida (69-68, Dec. 10 in Gainesville) and North Carolina defeated then No. 1 Connecticut (86-83, Jan. 17 in Chapel Hill). The Seminoles’ game against Wake Forest marks the first time the team will face two top 10 ranked opponents in consecutive games in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Florida State is 10-1 overall and 2-1 in the ACC at home this season with victories over a pair of ranked teams – the No. 24/25 Maryland and No. 7/11 North Carolina. The Seminoles win their first nine home games of the 2003-04 season and have won 11 of their last 12 games played in the Civic Center. Following Sunday’s game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles travel to play at Duke (Jan. 29) before playing host to Savannah State (Feb. 1).
ANATOMY OF A COMEBACK
Florida State rallied from a 24-point first half deficit to defeat No. 7/11 North Carolina, 90-81 in overtime, Thursday night in Tallahassee. Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett led the Seminoles with a near double-double of 30 points and nine rebounds while freshman Alexander Johnson, making his first career start, scored 15 points and pulled down five rebounds. After falling behind 42-18 (-24 with 5:38 remaining in the first half), the Seminoles outscored the Tar Heels 72-39 over the final 30:38 of the game including 43-29 in the second half and 12-3 in the overtime period. The Seminoles shot .559 for the game — .538 (14-of-26) in the first half, .517 (15-of-29) in the second half and a perfect 1.000 (four-of-four) in the overtime period.
SENIOR ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett scored 30 points including 22 after halftime and six in overtime to lead the Seminoles to a 90-81 overtime victory over North Carolina Thursday night in Tallahassee. It marked the third time during his 47-game Seminole career the guard had scored at least 30 points in a single game. He enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest averaging a team-leading 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and a team-leading 2.3 steals per game.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat a ranked team for the third time this season. The Seminoles have defeated No. 24/25 Maryland (Dec. 28) and No. 7/11 North Carolina (Jan. 22) and are 2-2 against ranked teams this season. The last time the Seminoles defeated at least three ranked teams in a single season was during the 1996-97 season when they defeated four teams included in the nation’s top 20 including then No. 5 Wake Forest (March 1, 1997, 59-55) in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Wake Forest for the first time since Feb. 5, 2000 and break a seven-game streak against the Deacons;
…Defeat a second top-10 team in consecutive games for the first time in school history.
SEMINOLES SCORING ON OFFENSE
Florida State defeated North Carolina 90-81 Thursday night in Tallahassee marking the second time this season the Seminoles had scored 90 points. The Seminoles scored a season-high 99 points in their victory over Nicholls State Nov. 26. The Seminoles’ 90 points against the Tar Heels marked the first time since March 7, 2002 (a span of 25 games) that Florida State had scored at least 90 points against an ACC team. It was the first time the Seminoles scored 90 or more points against a league opponent since scoring 90 against Clemson in the first round of the 2001-02 ACC Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. It marked the first time during a regular season ACC game the Seminoles had scored 90 points or more since Feb. 11, 1989 when they scored 108 points in a 111-108 overtime loss to Bobby Cremins’ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Florida State defeated North Carolina in overtime marking the Seminoles’ seventh overtime victory in 13 games against a conference team since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. It was the first time Florida State and North Carolina had to play extra time to finish a game. The game also marked the second time the Seminoles had played back-to-back overtime games since joining the ACC. Florida State defeated North Carolina Thursday after falling to Virginia 76-67 Sunday in overtime in Charlottesville. The last time the Seminoles played two consecutive overtime games was during the 1991-92 season (the Seminoles’ first in the ACC) when they defeated Wake Forest (Jan. 11, 199, 88-85) and Maryland (Jan. 18, 1995, 91-83) in back-to-back outings. Florida State is 1-1 against Wake Forest in overtime games since joining the ACC. The Seminoles have now played back-to-back overtime games twice during the history of the program but have never played three consecutive games that have gone into overtime.
SEMINOLES FROM THE FIELD
Florida State shot .559 from the field in its victory over North Carolina to mark the seventh time this season the Seminoles have shot better than 50 percent from the field in a game. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Wake Forest ranked fifth in the ACC with a .461 team field goal shooting percentage for the season after ranking ninth in the ACC with a .432 mark during the 2002-03 season. The Seminoles’ strong shooting game against North Carolina marked the third time during the 47-game Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State that the Seminoles shot 50 percent or better from the field against an ACC opponent.
FLORIDA STATE ABOVE THE LAW
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest ranked sixth in the ACC with a 8.8 steals per game average as a team. The Seminoles recorded 11 steals in their 90-81 overtime victory over North Carolina Thursday night. In four games against ranked teams (victories over Maryland and North Carolina and losses to Florida and Pittsburgh), the Seminoles also average 8.8 steals per game. Florida State recorded 14 steals in its victory over Maryland and 11 in its win over North Carolina. The Seminoles average 9.8 steals per game in their 13 wins and 6.2 steals per game in their five losses. Florida State earned six second-half steals while the North Carolina recorded only two second half thefts as the Seminoles outscored the Tar Heels, 43-29, in the second half of Thursday’s victory.
SEMINOLES CRASH THE BOARDS AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
Florida State won the battle of the boards against North Carolina by a 40-31 margin (+nine) to mark the third time in five ACC games the Seminoles had outrebounded their opponent. The Seminoles also outrebounded both Virginia and NC State and enter Sunday’s game against Wake Forest with a +4.7 rebound margin for the season.