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Seminoles Versus Blue Devils, Part II

Feb. 6, 2002


FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
(10-10, 3-6 ACC)
AT
NO. 1 DUKE BLUE DEVILS
(20-1, 8-1 ACC)
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2001, 7:00 P.M.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM (9,314)
DURHAM, N.C.
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Delvon Arrington not only leads by example, but I think he leads by communicating those thoughts to the rest of the players on the team. He is a guy that people congregate to and tend to follow his lead.”

Steve Robinson
Florida State University
Jan. 14, 2002


SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State, the only team in the nation to defeat No. 1 ranked Duke this season, travels to Durham to play the Blue Devils Thursday night. The Seminoles enter the game looking to become the first team since the 1998 North Carolina Tar Heels to defeat the nation’s No. 1 ranked team twice in a single season. The Tar Heels defeated Duke twice on their way to the 1998 NCAA Final Four. Only nine times in the history of the Associated Press poll has one team defeated two No. 1 ranked teams in the poll during the same season. Florida State enters Thursday night’s game looking to become the fifth ACC in history to accomplish the feat.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO

  • Defeat the nation’s No. 1 ranked team for the second time this season. The Seminoles defeated the No. 1 ranked Blue Devils, 77-76, Jan. 6 in Tallahassee,
  • Defeat the nation’s No. 1 ranked team for the second time in school history. The Seminoles are 1-11 all-time against the No. 1 ranked team in the nation,
  • Defeat Duke in consecutive games for the first time in school history. The Seminoles entered the 2001-02 season with an all-time record of 2-19 against Duke in a series that dates back to the 1954 season,
  • Win in Durham for the first time in school history. The Seminoles have defeated the Blue Devils three times in school history with all three victories coming in Tallahassee,
  • Win their 11th overall game and fourth conference game of the season. Florida State won nine games overall and four ACC games during the entire 2000-01 season.


    ALL-ACC CANDIDATE MONTE CUMMINGS
    All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings enters Thursday night’s game against Duke averaging a team-leading and career-high 15.6 points per game. He scored 23 points against Wake Forest Saturday and has scored in double figures in a career-high 14 consecutive games. Cummings has scored in double figures in every Seminole game since Dec. 16 and is averaging 18.5 points during the span. He has scored 20 or more points six times, led the Seminoles in scoring 11 times and led Florida State to victories over No. 1 ranked Duke, North Carolina and Clemson in ACC play and Conference USA front-runner South Florida. Cummings averages more points in ACC competition (18.2 ppg) than he did against non-conference opponents (13.3 ppg).

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