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Seminoles Play Host To Ole Miss In ACC/SEC Battle Wednesday At 7

Dec. 2, 2003

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Old Miss in an ACC/SEC battle Wednesday at 7 p.m. that sees the Seminoles looking for their sixth-straight victory of the season. The Seminoles enter the game with a 5-0 record and are looking to stretch their season-opening winning streak to six for the first time since the beginning of the 1988-89 season when they won their first eight games of the season. Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Ole Miss with a 5-0 record for the first time since the start of the 1995-96 season. The Seminoles are hosting Ole Miss in Tallahassee for the second time in school history and the first time since Jan. 9, 1951 when they defeated the Rebels, 63-58, in Montgomery Gymnasium. The Seminoles began playing basketball in Montgomery during the first season at basketball at Florida State (1947-48), moved to Tully Gym in 1956 and into its present home – the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center – in 1981.


ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett ON FIRE
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett enters Wednesday’s game against Ole Miss averaging a team-leading 17.2 points, a team-leading 3.0 steals, having made a team-leading 17 3-point shots and is the only Seminole who has scored in double figures in all five games this season. He scored his season-high of 21 points against Northwestern as the Seminoles defeated the Wildcats in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge to mark the 11th time in 34 career games that he had scored 20 points or more in a single game. Pickett made five 3-point field goals against Northwestern to become only the 11th player in school history to make 100 or more 3-point shots. He enters Wednesday’s game against Ole Miss with 101 3-point firld goals and has 97 career steals.


SEMINOLES OFF TO ONE OF BEST STARTS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Ole Miss with a 5-0 record and looks to improve on its best start since the 1995-96 season as it plays host to Ole Miss. Twice during school history, the Seminoles have won more than five games to open a season – with eight straight wins coming during the 1977-78 season and the 1988-89 season.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its sixth consecutive game of the season to mark only the third time in school history the Seminoles had won more than five games to open a season. The Seminoles won a school-record eight consecutive game to open both the 1977-78 and 1988-89 season;
…Win its sixth consecutive game at any point during a season for the first time since winning eight consecutive from Jan. 31 through Feb. 20, 1993. Included in those wins were six victories against ACC teams and one against both Jacksonville and Connecticut.


SEMINOLES RECEIVE VOTES IN ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
Florida State earned three votes in this weeks Associated Press and were listed among the teams also receiving votes. The Seminoles’ three votes placed them as the nation’s 45th-best team according to the writers and broadcasters who regularly cover college basketball. The last time Florida State received votes in the AP Poll was during the week of Jan. 7, 2002 – the day after the unranked Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Duke, 77-76, in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. It was the first time in school history Florida State had defeated the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.


EARLIEST THE SEMINOLES HAVE EVER REACH FIVE VICTORIES
Florida State defeated Northwestern, 71-53, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Monday night in Tallahassee to earn its fifth victory of the season. The Seminoles victory over the Wildcats came December 1 and marked the earliest date in school history the program had earned its fifth victory of the season. Florida State won its fifth game of the season with a victory over Birmingham Southern during the 2002-03 season on Dec. 15.


WAFER NAMED ACC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Seminole freshman guard Von Wafer, who averaged 11.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 steals while making six 3-point shots in three victories for the Seminoles last week, was named the ACC Rookie of the Week announced the conference office. The heralded freshman scored in double figures in all three games last week and averaged 20.0 minutes played per game as he began his collegiate career. Wafer is Florida State’s fourth leading scorer with a 9.0 points per game average entering Wednesday night’s game against Ole Miss in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Wafer enjoyed his best game as he scored 12 points (on five of 11 shooting from the field) as he helped Florida State past South Carolina State for the Seminoles fourth consecutive victory. He made a season-high five field goals, including a 3-pointer to go along with two rebounds and two assists in the victory.


SEMINOLES SHOOTING 51 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD – FOR THE SEASON
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Ole Miss shooting an even .510 percent from the field. The Seminoles are currently ranked second in the ACC and are one of only three conference teams making at least half of their field goal attempts. Florida State is shooting well to start each game and to end each game. The team is shooting .500 from the field in the first half and .521 in the second half. The Seminoles finished ninth in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage during the 2002-03 season with a .432 mark – the Seminoles are shooting nearly eight percentage points higher through the first five games of the 2003-04 season.


The Shooting Seminoles By Half
Opponent 1st Half 2nd Half Game

Maine .393 .385 .389
Georgetown .517 .469 .492
Nicholls State .621 .500 .551
South Carolina State .500 .615 .554
Northwestern .458 .667 .563
Totals .500 (70-140) .521 (77-148) .510 (147-288)


INDIVIDUAL SEMINOLES FROM THE FIELD
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson leads Florida State’s starting five with a .674 field goal shooting percentage. The athletic forward made a career-high 10 field goals and shot .769 from the field in scoring a career-high 27 points in the Seminoles 71-53 victory over Northwestern in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge. Through the first five games of the season four of Florida State’s five starters are shooting are shooting better than .460 from the field and the quintet is shooting .516 from the field (83-161).


SEMINOLES FINDING SUCCESS FROM LONG RANGE
Florida State’s sharpshooters have twice come within two 3-point field goals of tying the school record for 3-point shots made in a single game. Led by senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett’s 17 3-point shots, the Seminoles made 13 from long range in their victory over Nicholls State and totaled 12 in their win over Northwestern. The single-game school record for 3-point shots made in a single game is 14 vs. Jacksonville Dec. 14, 1996.


SEMINOLES KEEPING OPPONENTS OUT OF BASKET AND OFF THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Ole Miss as the ACC leader in field goal percentage defense as they hold their opponents to a .344 mark from the field. The Seminoles limited South Carolina State to a .231 mark and has held four of its five opponents under .360 percent shooting from the field. Only Northwestern, which shot .571 from the field in the first half Monday night, shot above 40 percent form the field against Florida State. The Seminoles ranked second in the ACC and seventh in the nation in field goal percentage defense last season.


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg; Needs 231 points to reach 1,000 for his career)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (15.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg; Career-high 27 points on 10 FGM vs. NW)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 103 career blocked shots is 6th in FSU history)
G #10 Nate Johnson (3.0 ppg, 5.2 apg; Only 2 turnovers in last three games)
G #22 Tim Pickett (17.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 12 steals in the last 3 games – 4.0 spg average)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.8 ppg, 3.6 apg; 6 assists and 1 turnover against Nicholls State)
F #12 Al Thornton (6.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg; 12 points in 18 minutes against SC State)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (2.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg; Back from injury – has played in 4 of 5 games)
G #23 Von Wafer (5.4 ppg, 3.8 ppg; ACC Rookie of the Week, Dec. 1)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (7.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg; Season-high 13 points against Georgetown)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (4.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg; Season-high 9 points against SC State)


FLORIDA STATE VS. OLE MISS —  A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: The series is tied, 1-1
Last Game: Feb. 14, 1951; OM 79, FSU 75
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 9, 1951; FSU 63, FSU 58
Last Ole Miss Win: Feb. 14, 1951; OM 79, FSU 75
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 9, 1951; FSU 63, OM 58
Last Ole Miss Win In Tallahassee: None
Florida State vs. Ole Miss, Current Streak: Ole Miss has won 1


FLORIDA STATE VS. OLE MISS – THE LAST TWO GAMES
Jan. 9, 1951 Feb. 14, 1951
at Florida State 63 at Ole Miss 79
Ole Miss 58 Florida State 75


FLORIDA STATE VS. OLE MISS – BACK IN 1951
Florida State and Ole Miss split a pair of games during the 1951 season with each team winning on its home court. The Seminoles won, 63-58, on their home court while the Rebels won, 79-75, on their home court. Florida State finished the 1950-51 season with an 18-9 record and played in both the District and National NAIB Tournaments for the first time. The Seminoles’ victory over the Rebels on Jan. 9 was their sixth of the season. Bill Hartman led the Seminoles in scoring with an 18.3 points per game average. Hartman also led the Seminoles with a .388 field goal shooting percentage.


A CLOSER LOOK AT THE STATISTICS SHEET
Florida State has nearly six times as many blocked shots (23) than its opponents (four) through the first five games of the season…Both Mike Mathews (four) and junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson (six) have as many or more blocked shots than their opponents (four)…Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett is shooting a perfect 1.000 from the free throw line (seven-of-seven)…Freshman Alexander Johnson leads the Seminoles in both free throws made (10) and free throws attempted (18)…Florida State has forced 110 total turnovers for an average of 22.0 per game…The Seminoles have a positive assist:turnover ratio with 88 assists and 86 steals.


PICKETT DOING DAMAGE SHOOTING THE BASKETBALL
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett is shooting .477 from the field (up from .382 a season ago), .459 from the 3-point line (up from .324 during the 2002-03 season) and is a perfect 1.000 from the free throw line (up from .865 last season). He ranked 12th in the ACC in field goal shooting, 11th in 3-point field goal shooting and second in free throw shooting last season. Only Pickett and the graduated Drew Nicholas of Maryland ranked among the ACC’s top 15 in all three shooting categories during the 2003-04 season.


PICKETT FILLING UP THE BASKET
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, one of the most dangerous shooters in the nation last season, has improved his accuracy and is even more dangerous this season. Averaging 17.1 points per game and earning All-ACC Second Team honors a year ago, Pickett averaged 5.8 field goals made per game. He is averaging 6.2 field goals made per game this season entering Wednesday’s game against Ole Miss. In addition, Pickett was third in the ACC with 84 3-point field goals made for an average of 3.9 made per game last season. Through the first five games of the 2003-04 season, Pickett is averaging 3.4 3-point field goals made per game. Pickett is shooting better from both the field and the 3-point line as well as averaging more points per game, while playing more than seven minutes less than he did last season.


Pickett From The Field
Season FGM/G 3FGM/G PPG MPG

2003-04 6.2 3.4 17.2 26.0
2002-03 5.8 2.9 17.1 33.1
Improvement +0.4 +0.5 +0.1 -7.1


PICKETT CONTINUES TO PICK IT
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett has four steals in each of the last three games and has 15 steals for a 3.0 steals per game average through the first five games of the season. He enters Wednesday’s game against Ole Miss with 97 career steals and needs only three to reach the century mark for his career. With 97 steals in 34 career games, Pickett averages a school-record 2.85 steals per game for his career.


Pickett On The Defensive
Season Steals SPG Notes

2003-04 15 3.0 Has four steals in three consecutive games
2002-03 82 2.8 At least four steals in 10 game
Totals 97 2.85 Needs only 3 steals to reach 100 for his career


RICHARDSON’S SECOND HALF OUTBURST TIED SEMINOLE RECORD
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson tied a Florida State men’s basketball and a Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center record as he scored 25 points in the second half of the Seminoles 71-53 victory over Northwestern Monday night. His 25 points tied the record of 25 points by Randy Allen against St. Joseph’s of Maine Jan. 7, 1985. In scoring his career high of 27 points during the game, Richardson shot nine of 11 from the field (.818) in the second half to help the Seminoles recover from a 31-26 halftime deficit.


RICHARDSON’S CAREER BESTS AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson established career-highs with 27 points, 10 field goals made and four 3-point field goals made while tying his career high with a perfect 1.000 shooting percentage from the free throw line (three of three).


RICHARDSON FROM THE LINE
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson enters Wednesday night’s game against Ole Miss averaging 15.6 points per game and shooting .674 from the field through the first five games of the season. He has shot a least .500 from the field in ach of the first five games and has finished above .700 from the field twice. Richardson is shooting more than 25 percentage points higher, making 2.6 field goals more per game, averaging 3.2 points – all while playing nearly five minutes fewer per game this season as compared to lat season.


Richardson From The Field
Seasons FGM-A Pct. Notes

2004 (1 year) 31-46 .674 Averaging 6.2 field goals made per game / this season
2002-03 (2 yrs) 204-496 .411 Averaged 3.6 field goals made per game / first two years
Improvement +.263 Averaging 2.6 field goals made per game more this season


RICHARDSON AND HIS OWN PERSONAL BLOCK PARTY
Junior All-ACC candidate Anthony Richardson enters Wednesday’s game against Ole Miss with a team-high six blocked shots. He now has 54 career blocked shots to rank 17th in school history.


TOUGH TO TAKE THE BALL FROM Nate Johnson
Senior guard Nate Johnson, one of the top point guards in the ACC, has an assist:turnover ratio of better than 6:1 entering Wednesday game against Ole Miss. He has accounted for 26 assists and only four turnovers in 118 minutes through the first five games of the season. Johnson has turned in zero turnovers in three of Florida State first five games and was charged with only one in 28 minutes of playing time against Northwestern.


Nate The Dependable
Season Mins. Assists TO A:TO Ratio To/Min

2003-04 118 26 4 6.51 1 TO every 29.5 mins.
2002-03 894 84 48 1.8:1 1 TO every 18.7 mins.
Totals 1,012 110 52 2.1:1 1 TO every 23.1 mins.


THORNTON HAS MOST PRODUCTIVE GAME OF SEASON AGAINST SC STATE
Freshman Al Thornton, who is ranked fifth on the team with a 6.6 points per game average, enjoyed the best game of his young career with 12 points in 18 minutes in Florida State’s victory over South Carolina State Nov. 28. He scored Florida State’s final 10 points of the first half of the game to give the Seminoles a commanding 37-23 lead at the break. He scored on four lay-ups and a dunk in the final 3:04 of the half and added a second half field goal as the Seminoles won their fourth consecutive game of the season.


WAFER FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Freshman Von Wafer, this week’s ACC Rookie of the Week, has made at least one 3-point field goal in each of his first four career games and enters Monday’s game against Ole Miss tied for second on the team with seven 3-point field goals made. He made his season-high of three 3-point shots in Florida State’s victory over Nicholls State and two in his first career game against Georgetown College.


JOHNSON FROM THE FIELD
Freshman forward Alexander Johnson enters Monday night’s game as Florida State’s leading field goal percentage shooter with a .737 mark. He hit nine consecutive shots against Georgetown (making his final three against the Tigers) and Nicholls State (he was a perfect six-of-six) against the Colonels before missing his first shot against South Carolina State. Johnson scored 13 points against Georgetown and 12 against Nicholls State.


JOHNSON GIVES THE SEMINOLES A BULKY PRESENCE IN THE POST
Freshman Alexander Johnson, who has scored in double figures in two of Florida State’s first five games, enters Wednesday’s game against Northwestern ranked fourth on the team with an 7.6 points per game average. Johnson has developed into quite a low post presence for the Seminoles and leads the team in free throws made (10) and attempted (19). He is also among the team leaders in steals (four) and blocked shots (two).


JOINER CONTINUES HIS STEADY PLAY
Senior forward Michael Joiner, who has played in 92 career games for the Seminoles, is off to another of his solid starts for the Seminoles. He is averaging 5.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals through the first five games of the season. He scored his season-high of 10 points against South Carolina State and is shooting .476 (10-of-21) from the field and .833 (five-of-six) from the free throw line. Joiner is shooting significantly higher from the field (.476 vs. his career average of .416) as well as from the free throw line (.833 vs. his career average of .635) during the early part of the season.


GALLOWAY HOLDING AND DISHING
Sophomore point guard Todd Galloway is averaging more assists (3.6 – 3.3) and has a better assist:turnover ratio (2.6:1 – 1.4-1) despite averaging fewer minutes (16.4 – 23.8) this season as compared to last season. Galloway recorded 11 assists and was charged with only two turnovers in his first three games (48 minutes) and dished out a season-high six assists in Florida State’s victory over Nicholls State. He had three assists and only one turnover in 15 minutes of play in Florida State’s victory over Northwestern.


FLORIDA STATE DISPLAYING BALANCE THROUGH FIRST FIVE GAMES
Through the first five games of the season, Florida State has two players averaging in double figures (Tim Pickett and Anthony Richardson), four players averaging at least 7.5 points per game, five players are averaging at least four rebounds per game, 10 players have made at least one 3-point attempt, six players are shooting at least 47 percent from the field and seven players have scored in double figures at least once.

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