Feb. 1, 2002
|FSU vs. Wake Forest|
|Notes, Part I|
|Notes, Part II|
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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.
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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
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.