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Seminoles To Face The Challenge Versus Northwestern

Nov. 26, 2001

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FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
(2-1, 0-0 ACC)
AT NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS
(3-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
3RD ANNUAL ACC/BIG TEN CHALLENGE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2001, 8:30 P.M. CST
WELSH-RYAN ARENA (8,117)
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
SEMINOLE RADIO NETWORK
ESPN2 NATIONAL BROADCAST


“That may have been the best game (against Elon) that I have seen him (Delvon Arrington) play as a point guard since he has been at Florida State. I’m talking about the complete game – running the team both offensively and defensively – he was as good I ever have seen him. In terms of getting the team where we needed to be, making calls and making decisions. That’s the kind of performance he has to give this basketball team.”
Steve Robinson
Florida State University
Nov. 23, 2001


SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State, which is off to its best start since winning two of its first three games to begin the 1999-2000 season, travels to Evanston, Ill., to play Northwestern in the third annual ACC/Big 10 Challenge. The Seminoles are 1-1 during the first two years of the challenge with their victory coming against Northwestern, 60-46, Dec. 1, 1999 and their loss coming to Minnesota, 76-71, Nov. 29, 2000. Florida State meets Northwestern Wednesday for the third time in school history and the second time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge history. The Seminoles lead the all-time series, 2-0. Head coach Steve Robinson gained his 100th career coaching victory as he guided Florida State to an 89-59 victory over Elon Friday night in Tallahassee.


SEMINOLES CLINCH FIRST CHALLENGE TITLE FOR ACC IN 1999
Florida State’s victory over Northwestern in the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge boosted the ACC to the inaugural conference championship in the series. The ACC won five games while the Big Ten won four with the Seminoles gaining the fifth win of the two-night event in 1999. The ACC won the event by a 5-4 margin last season.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…

  • Improve to 3-1with a victory over Northwestern. It would mark the first time since the 1998-99 season that the Seminoles won three of their first four games in a season,
  • Win for the second time on an opponents’ home court in its last three attempts. The Seminoles closed the 2000-01 season with a victory at Clemson and opened the 2001-02 season with a loss at Florida,
  • Defeat a team from the Big Ten for the first time since Dec. 1, 1999 when the Seminoles defeated Northwestern, 60-46. Florida State was 0-2 against teams from the Big Ten last season with games against Ohio State and Minnesota,
  • Win its third consecutive game for the first time since Dec. 22, 1999-Jan. 4, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated Vanderbilt, The Citadel and Wake Forest in consecutive games.


    ROBINSON GAINS VICTORY NO. 100
    Seminole head coach Steve Robinson led Florida State to an 89-59 victory over Elon Friday night for his 100th career coaching victory. Robinson gained his 100th victory in his 188th game – only one game more than it took Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski to reach the milestone. Krzyzewski gained his 100th career victory in his 187th career game during the 1982 season.


    FLORIDA STATE IS…
    Averaging more points (76.3-69.5/+6.8ppg), allowing fewer points (56.0-76.3/-20.3), shooting better from the field (44.6-42.7/+1.9%), grabbing more rebounds (45.3-36.6/+8.7), blocking more shots (7.0-3.4/+3.6), being credited with more steals (10.3-6.2/+4.1) and dishing our more assists (16.2-12.9/+3.4) this season than it did last season.

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