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Seminoles Prepare For Home Game Against Wake Forest

Feb. 1, 2002


FSU vs. Wake Forest
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SETTING THE SCENE

Florida State, who is a perfect 3-0 at home in Atlantic Coast Conference games, plays host to Wake Forest as the second half of the conference season gets underway for the Seminoles. The Seminoles have gained victories at home this season over previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked Duke (77-76, Jan. 6), North Carolina (81-71, Jan. 16) and Clemson (68-63, Jan. 24). It marks the first time Florida State has defeated Duke and North Carolina in the same season. The Seminoles begin the second half of the ACC season with a home game as they play five of their remaining eight ACC games here in Tallahassee.

ARRINGTON RANKED SEVENTH IN THE NATION

Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, an All-ACC candidate, is ranked seventh in the nation in assists per game entering Saturday’s game against Wake Forest. He began the week averaging a career-high 7.0 assists (126 assists in 18 games) and has been credited with nearly as many assists this season (132) as he was last season (143). Arrington is Florida State’s all-time career assist leader and ranks 16th in ACC history with 632 career assists.

CUMMINGS GOES EVEN HIGHER AGAINST LEAGUE OPPONENTS

All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings, who enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest averaging a career-high 15.2 points, is ranked among the conference leaders in numerous statistical categories. One of the more interesting statistical comparison sees Cummings averaging more points in league play (17.6) than he is over the course of the entire season (15.2). He averaged 13.3 points (133 points in 10 non-conference games) during the Seminoles pre-conference schedule. It marks the second year Cummings’ has taken his play to a higher level against ACC opponents. He averaged 11.5 points in 15 ACC games and 9.9 in 14 non-ACC games during his first season at Florida State.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

  • Win its fourth consecutive ACC home game for the first time since the 1992-93 season – the Seminoles’ second as a member of the conference,
  • Win its sixth consecutive home games in the same season for the first time since the 1996-97 season,
  • Win its’ 10th home game of the season to reach double figures in home victories for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

    SEMINOLES AT HOME IN THE ACC

    Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with a 3-0 record in ACC games played at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles have already won more games at home this season, three, than they did at home last season, two. Florida State most recently won four ACC home games during the 1999-00 season when it finished with a 4-4 record in league games at home. The school record for conference home victories is seven during the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

    SEMINOLES IN THE ACC STATISTICS

    Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest ranked in the top five in seven different ACC team statistical categories. The Seminoles’ highest rankings come in the areas of rebounding defense (2nd, 33.9 per game) and offensive rebounds (2nd, 15.57 per game). The Seminoles’ highest team ranking in the in a single category in the final ACC statistics last season was fourth (rebounding defense). Florida State ranked eighth or ninth in 13 ACC team statistical categories last season.

    IN THE FRIENDLY CONFINES OF THE LEON COUNTY CIVIC CENTER

    Florida State owns a 9-2 record in games played at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center this season with victories coming against No. 1 Duke and North Carolina. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Wake Forest on a five-game home court winning streak – its longest since Steve Robinson’s first season at Florida State (1997-98) when the Seminoles defeated Loyola (Md.), Utah State, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville and UNC Asheville in consecutive home games from Nov. 17 through Dec. 17. The Seminoles’ victories over Loyola and Utah State helped propel Florida State to the championship game of the Pre-Season NIT.

    THE LAST TIME

  • Florida State won five consecutive home games was during the 1997-98 season. Victories came over Loyola (Md.), Utah State, Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville and UNC Asheville,
  • Florida State won six consecutive home games was during the 1996-97 season when the Seminoles defeated Rice, Florida Atlantic, Tennessee State, Marist, Butler and NC State in succession from Nov. 29 through Jan. 4,
  • Florida State won three consecutive ACC home games was during the 1996-97 season. The Seminoles defeated North Carolina (Jan. 22), Maryland (Jan. 25) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 9) in three consecutive home games,
  • Florida State won four consecutive ACC home games was during the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech (Jan. 31), Virginia (Feb. 8), Wake Forest (Feb. 10) and Clemson (Feb. 20) over a span of four consecutive home dates. The Seminoles’ four-game home-winning streak was part of a seven consecutive ACC home game-winning streak that carried the Seminoles to a 12-4 conference record a second place finish in the conference standings.

    CUMMINGS CURRENTLY RANKED FIFTH

    All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings has scored in double figures in a team-leading and career-high 13 games entering Saturday’s game against Wake Forest. He is currently ranked fifth in the ACC with active double figure scoring streaks.

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