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Seminoles Prepare For Virginia Tech

Dec. 22, 2001


Florida State vs. Virginia Tech
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SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State plays host to Virginia Tech in a late December non-conference home game for the Seminoles. The Seminoles are 4-2 at home this season and 23-9 at home in non-conference home game during the Steve Robinson era. The Florida State vs. Virginia Tech matches two of the original members of the old Metro Conference. Florida State was a member of the Metro Conference from 1977 through 1991 when it joined the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles and the Hokies met 27 times as members of the Metro Conference with the Florida State winning seven of the last eight games during the series that was last played in the semifinals of the Metro Conference Tournament on March 8, 1991. Florida State defeated Virginia Tech in that game and defeated Louisville one night later to claim the conference championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

ARRINGTON CONTINUES HIS CLIMB UP THE ACC CHARTS
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, who dished out a near career-high 12 assists against American, enters Thursday night’s game against Virginia Tech with 564 career assists. He ranks 24th in ACC history and needs only 12 assist to pass former Duke guard Quinn Snyder and former Wake Forest guard Derrick McQueen and move into 23rd place. In addition, he needs only 13 assists to move past former Clemson guard Terrell McIntyre and move into 21st place.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

  • Defeat Virginia Tech for the fourth consecutive time and first time since March 8, 1991,
  • Defeat a team from the Big East for the second time in the last three meetings. The Seminoles defeated then No. 11 ranked Connecticut (Nov. 26, 1997, 67-60) in Steve Robinson’s fourth game as the head coach at Florida State before falling to Seton Hall, 79-56, on Dec. 11, 1999,
  • Win its first game directly after Christmas Day for the third consecutive season and fourth time during the Steve Robinson era at Florida State.

    ON THE BASKETBALL COURT AND IN THE BOWL GAME
    Steve Robinson’s basketball Seminoles play host to the Virginia Tech basketball Hokies Thursday night only five days before Bobby Bowden’s football Seminoles play the Virginia Tech football Hokies in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville. It marks only the second time in school history the Seminole basketball team has played the Seminole football teams’ bowl game opponent during the same season.

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