Jan. 27, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, which defeated both 10th ranked North Carolina and seventh ranked Wake Forest last week, travels to play at No. 1ranked Duke Thursday night at 9 p.m. in a game televised nationally on espn2. The Seminoles enter the game against the Blue Devils having won two consecutive ACC games for the first time since the 1998-99 season when they defeated Georgia Tech (Jan. 9, 75-56) and Clemson (Jan. 12, 70-64) early during their conference schedule. Florida State enters the game with a 3-2 record against ranked teams with victories over then No. 24 ranked Maryland (Dec. 28, 79-75), then No. 7 ranked North Carolina and then No. 10 ranked Wake Forest. The Seminoles have two road games this season with victories at Miami (Dec. 14, 67-58) and at Stetson (Dec. 30, 87-72). Following tonight’s game against Duke, the Seminoles play host to Savannah State (Feb. 1) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 3) in their next two games.
PICKETT NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week Jan. 26 by a vote of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. It marks the second time this season and the third time during his career he had earned the honor. Pickett averaged 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting .500 from the field, .438 from the 3-point line and .867 from the free throw line in leading the Seminoles to victories over No. 10 North Carolina and No. 7 Wake Forest to mark the first time in school history Florida State has defeated a pair of top-10 ranked teams in consecutive games. Pickett scored 30 points including 22 after halftime and six in overtime to lead the Seminoles to a 90-81 overtime victory over North Carolina Thursday night in Tallahassee. It marked the third time during his 47-game Seminole career the guard had scored at least 30 points in a single game.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat a top-10 ranked team for the third consecutive game for the first time in school history. The Seminoles defeated No. 7/11 North Carolina (Jan. 22, 91-80 in overtime) and No. 7/10 Wake Forest (Jan. 25, 75-70);
…Defeat a No. 1 ranked Duke team for the second time in school history. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 ranked Duke during the 2001-02 season (Jan. 6, 2002, 76-75). It marked the first time the Seminoles had defeated a No. 1 ranked team in school history;
…Win its 15th game of the season and surpass its victory total from the 2002-03 season. The Seminoles were 14-15 last season;
…Win its fourth ACC game of the season and tie its conference victory total from last season. The Seminoles were 4-12 in ACC play last season and have won four conference games in each of the last three seasons;
…Win its third consecutive ACC game for the first time since the 1994-95 season when the Seminoles defeated NC State (Jan 15, 107-79), Clemson (Jan. 18, 67-66) and Duke (Jan. 21, 78-75) in consecutive games;
…Win at Duke for the first time in school history. The Seminoles are 0-13 against the Blue Devils since their first game in Durham during the 1953-54 season;
…Win its first ACC road game of the season and its first since March 3, 2001 when it defeated Clemson at Clemson (March 3, 75-63). The Seminoles have lost 18 consecutive ACC road games.
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.
FIRST TWO YEARS OF THE Leonard Hamilton ERA – VISIBLE RESULTS
Leonard Hamilton, who is in his second year as the head basketball coach in Florida State, has begun the process of returning the Florida State men’s basketball team to nation’s elite. Only 48 games into his career at Florida State, Hamilton has given the rest of the college basketball world many reasons to stand up and notice his Seminoles.
NOTING THE SEMINOLES UNDER Leonard Hamilton…
…The Seminoles enter Thursday night’s game against Duke having defeated two top-10 ranked teams in consecutive games for the first time in school history. The Seminoles defeated No. 7 North Carolina Jan. 22 and No. 10 Wake Forest Jan. 25;
…The last time Florida State defeated at least two top-10 teams in the same season was during the 1996-97 season when Florida State defeated No. 5 Maryland (Jan. 29, 1997, 74-70), No. 8 Clemson (Feb. 23, 1997, 67-65) and No. 5 Wake Forest (March 1, 1997, 59-55);
…Florida State enters Thursday’s game against No. 1 ranked Duke with a 3-2 record against ranked teams. The last time the Seminoles had a winning record against ranked teams was during the 1971-72 season when the Seminoles played in the national championship game of the NCAA Tournament;
…Florida State’s three victories over ranked teams marked the most by the Seminoles since the 1997-98 season when they also defeated three ranked teams. It was also the last season the Seminoles played in the NCAA Tournament;
…Florida State was ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll during the week of Dec. 29 following its victories over then No. 24 ranked Maryland and Stetson;
…Florida State enters Thursday’s game against No. 1 ranked Duke with a 3-3 record in the ACC after six games for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
SPREADING THE MINUTES
Leonard Hamilton’s system is one where a lot a players play a lot of minutes in order to keep fresh bodies and quick legs on the court throughout each and every game. This season, only senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett is averaging 25 or more minutes played per game while the Seminoles’ remaining four starters and averaging between 20 and 25 minutes played per game. A year ago, two Seminoles (Pickett and Nate Johnson) averaged 30 or more minutes per game while two more players (Richardson and Joiner) averaged more than 25 minutes played per game.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against Duke as the league leader in both 3-point field goals made and 3-point field goal percentage. The Seminoles have made 166 shots from long range through the first 19 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 has made more than twice as may 3-point shots as both Clemson and Maryland.
SEMINOLES CRASH THE BOARDS AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA
Florida State won the battle of the boards against North Carolina by a 40-31 margin (+nine) to marking one of three times in six ACC games the Seminoles have outrebounded their opponent. The Seminoles also outrebounded both Virginia and NC State and enter Thursday’s game against Duke with a +3.7 rebound margin for the season.
SEMINOLES SCORING ON OFFENSE
Florida State defeated North Carolina 90-81 Jan. 22 in Tallahassee marking the second time this season the Seminoles had scored 90 points.