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Seminoles Play Host To Savannah State Sunday

Jan. 31, 2004


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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, which has won two if its last three games, plays host to Savannah State in its final regular season non-conference game of the season. The Tigers are a Division I independent located in Savannah, Ga. Sunday’s game marks the second consecutive season the Seminoles and Tigers have met in basketball. Florida State won last year’s game, 79-46, in the season opener for both teams. Florida State’s game against Savannah State is its first of two consecutive games against teams from the state of Georgia as its plays host to No. 14 ranked Georgia Tech Tuesday night to close out the first half of its ACC season. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game with two victories in their last three games with wins coming against then No. 7 North Carolina (Jan. 22, 90-81 in overtime) and then No. 10 Wake Forest (Jan. 25, 75-70). Following its game against Savannah State, the Seminoles play nine consecutive ACC games (four at home and five on the road) before playing in the ACC Tournament March 11-14 in Greensboro, N.C.


ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett, who was selected ac the ACC Player of the Week Jan 26, enters Sunday’s game against Savannah State as one of the hottest players in the nation. He has scored in double figures in three consecutive games, totaled his fifth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against No. 1 ranked Duke and is averaging a team-leading 15.0 points per game. Pickett is ranked sixth in the ACC in scoring (he finished sixth in the ACC in scoring last season), first in 3-point field goals made (he finished third last season), fifth in steals per game (he finished first last season), seventh in field goal percentage (he finished 11th last season) and 11th in field goal percentage (he finished 12th last season). He is averaging 21.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in the last three games entering Sunday’s game against Savannah State.


ALL-ACC CANDIDATE Nate Johnson
Senior All-ACC candidate Nate Johnson leads the ACC in assist:turnover ratio (3.59:1) and 3-point field goal percentage (.545). He is one of only three players who lead in the league in multiple statistical categories entering the month of February. J.J. Reddick of Duke leads the ACC in free throw percentage and 3-point field goals made per game while Jamar Smith of Maryland leads the conference in offensive, defensive and total rebounds.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its 15th game of the season and surpass its victory total from last season when the Seminoles finished the season with a 14-15 record. The last time the Seminoles won at least 15 games in a single season was during the 1997-98 season when the team finished with an 18-14 record and played in the NCAA Tournament;
…Win its 12th home game of the season. The Seminoles last won at least 12 home games during the 1996-97 season when they finished with a 13-3 record in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Raise its non-conference home record to 9-0 and close out its first perfect non-conference home schedule since 1996-97 when the Seminoles finished with a 8-0 out of conference record at the TLCCC. The Seminoles perfect record included a victory over Michigan State in the first round of the NIT.


SEMINOLES ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Florida State enters Sunday’s Super Bowl Sunday game against Savannah State with a 1-2 record when playing on the same day as the NFL Championship game. It marks the second consecutive season Florida State has played on Super Bowl Sunday. The Seminoles only victory in Super Bowl Sunday came against Georgia Tech the same day Dallas defeated Buffalo, 51-17, in Super Bowl XXVII.


SEMINOLES IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY IN 2003-04
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Savannah State with an 11-2 record in non-conference games this season including a perfect 8-0 record against non-ACC teams at home. The Seminoles won their first ten games of the season (all non-conference games) before falling to Pittsburgh in the championship game of the Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic. The only two non-conference losses for the Seminoles this season have come against Pittsburgh (currently ranked No. 6 in the nation) and Florida (currently ranked 20th in the nation).


FLORIDA STATE HAS WON…
…12 consecutive non-conference home games. The Seminoles have won eight non-league games this season and won their final four of the 2002-03 season;
…17 of its last 18 non-conference home games dating to Dec. 27, 2001. The Seminoles’ only non-league loss at home during that span came to Florida (Dec. 6, 2002, 58-57);
…15 of 16 non-conference home games during the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles have defeated two Big Ten teams (Iowa and Northwestern), two Big East teams (Miami and Virginia Tech) and an SEC team (Ole Miss).


PICKETT NAMED ESPN’S BIG MAN ON CAMPUS
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett was voted as the national “Big Man On Campus” after last week’s performances and North Carolina and Wake Forest in a vote on ESPN.com. Pickett, the ACC Player of the Week for the second time this season, outdistanced Tony Robbins of Richmond who hit a game winning shot to beat Kansas at Kansas Jan. 22.


FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Savannah State as the league leader in both 3-point field goals made and 3-point field goal percentage. The Seminoles have made 173 shots from long range through the first 20 games of the season – an average of 8.7 made per game. The Seminoles have made 10 or more 3-pointers in a single game seven times this season and made a program record 17 in their victory over Stetson Dec. 30. Florida State had made as many 3-point shots as a team as Maryland (91) and Clemson (82) combined entering this weekend’s slate of games in the ACC.


IN THE STARTING LINEUP
Seniors Michael Joiner, Nate Johnson and Tim Pickett are the only three players who have started each of the Seminoles’ 20 games this season. Johnson and Pickett have started 49 consecutive games each while Joiner has started 36 consecutive games.


NOTING Nate Johnson AT THE POINT
Senior All-ACC candidate has committed only 22 turnovers in 20 games this season for an ACC low 1.1 turnovers per game. He has been credited with 13 assists in the last two games while committing only two miscues. In seven ACC games he has committed only seven turnovers (1.0 to/game) and averages only one turnover for every 26.1 minutes played this season. Against 13 non-conference opponents Johnson has been charged with only 15 turnovers and has a 3.7:1 assist:turnover ratio.


Andrew Wilson FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Sophomore guard Andrew Wilson made his career-high of three 3-point shots against Duke Thursday night. He has now made as many 3-point shots this season (14) as he did during the first three years of his career. Wilson has made 19 field goals this season with 14 (.736 percent) coming from 3-point range.


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebounds against Savannah State, 11/24/02)
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg; 11 pts and 6 rebs against Savannah State, 11/24/02)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg; First career game against Savannah State)
G #10 Nate Johnson (5.7 ppg, 4.0 apg; 6 pts and 4 asts against Savannah State, 11/24/02)
G #22 Tim Pickett (15.0 ppg, 2.2 spg; 16 pts and 6 reb against Savannah State, 11/24/02)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (3.6 ppg, 2.6 apg; 5 pts and 4 asts against Savannah State, 11/24/02)
F #12 Al Thornton (3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg; First career game against Savannah State)
G #23 Von Wafer (7.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg; First career game against Savannah State)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 6 pts and 1 blk against Savannah State, 11/24/02)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 4 pts and 8 rebs against Savannah State, 11/24/02)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (9.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs against Savannah State, 11/24/02)


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SAVANNAH STATE…
F #32 Chris Daniel (1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg; 10 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 11/24/02)
F #42 Donald Carson (7.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg; First career game against Florida State, 11/24/02)
C #54 Sherard Reddick (5.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg; First career game against Florida State)
G #1 Josh Barker (3.4 ppg, 2.3 apg; First career game against Florida State)
G #15 Jamal Daniels (12.5 ppg, 1.6 apg; First career game against Florida State)


FLORIDA STATE VS. SAVANNAH STATE – THE LAST GAME
Tim Pickett scored 16 points to lead Florida State 79-46 over Savannah State in the teams’ 2002-03 season opener Nov. 24, 2002. Andrew Wilson added 11 points and Anthony Richardson 10 in the Seminoles’ non-conference victory at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center. While first-year Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton was pleased to open with a win, it was not indicative of the competition his team faces in the Atlantic coast Conference. Chris Daniel scored 10 and Carlos Smalls, Rafael Sharper and Jamal Daniels added seven each to pace Savannah State. Pickett was one of the team’s best perimeter shooters in the Seminoles’ two exhibition games but hit just two of 12 tries from three-point range. The Seminoles held a 36-18 lead at halftime, and their score remained as large throughout the game.

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