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Undefeated Seminoles Play Pittsburgh Monday at 7 P.M.

Dec. 21, 2003

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
With its record setting best start in school history already at hand (10-0), Florida State sets its sights on tying the all-time school record for longest winning streak (11 straight games) as it plays Pittsburgh in the final round of the University of Pittsburgh Holiday Hoops Classic Monday at 7 p.m. in the Peterson Events Center. The Seminoles are 10-0 for the first time in school history and are riding their longest winning streak since winning 10 straight during the 1971-72 season – the year Florida State played UCLA in the National Championship game of the NCAA Tournament. The longest wining streak in school history – 11 games – came during the 1969-70 season when the Dave Cowens-led Seminoles won 11 consecutive games from Jan. 5 through Feb. 14, 1970. Following Monday night’s game, the Seminoles will break for the holiday season before hosting Maryland in their ACC opener Dec. 28 in Tallahassee.


PICKETT’S FAST HANDS HELP SEAL SEMINOLE WIN OVER CHICAGO STATE
Senior All-America candidate Tim Pickett scored five points and had two steals to help Florida State to its victory over Chicago State Saturday. It was his second steal of the game with 2:21 and his outstanding defense during the final five minutes of the game that helped the Seminoles gain their 10th victory of the season. Pickett recorded two steals – giving him 110 for his 39 game Seminole career (2.82 spg).


SEMINOLES AMONG WINNINGEST TEAMS IN AMERICA
Florida State enters Monday night’s game as one of 18 unbeaten teams in the nation and are tied for first nationally in victories with 10. The Seminoles are tied with Monday night’s opponent Pittsburgh with 10 victories. The Seminoles were the first team in the nation to win 10 games as they defeated Chicago State Saturday afternoon. Pittsburgh joined Florida State with its victory over Murray State.


LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its 11th consecutive game and run its record to 11-0 with a victory over Pittsburgh in the final game of the Holiday Hoops Classic. It would mark the first time in school history the Seminoles would have an 11-0 record and would continue the ongoing record for best start to a season in school history;
…Tie the school record for longest winning streak in school history. Florida State won 11 games from Jan. 5 through Feb. 14, 1970;
…Defeat a ranked team for the first time this season and defeat at least one ranked team for the 14th consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated No. 5 Duke, 75-70, Feb. 2, 2003 for their last win over a ranked team;
…Defeat a ranked team on their court for the first time since beating No. 18 ranked Maryland, 74-71, Feb. 14, 2001 in College Park, Md.;
…Win on the home court of a Big East Opponent for the second time this season and for the third time in the last two years. The Seminoles won at Miami, 67-58, Dec. 14, 2003 and defeated Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, 76-69, Jan. 4, 2003.


FLORIDA STATE’S BEST STARTS
With its perfect 10-0 start, Florida State is enjoying its best start to a season in school history. Its best start after 11 games is 10-1 during the 1988-89 season as the team won 16 of its first 17 games to begin with a 16-1 record. The Seminoles’ 1988-89 team finished with a 22-8 record, played in the championship game of the Metro Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in school history.


SEMINOLES ON THE ROAD
Florida State enters Monday’s game against Pittsburgh looking to win its third road game and second on an opponents’ home court during the 2003-04 season. A victory over Pittsburgh would give the Seminoles more victories on an opponents home court (two) and more victories away from home (three) than they had during the entire 2002-03 season. Florida State won at Virginia Tech (Jan. 4, 76-69) and defeated Davidson at the University of Arizona Tournament (Dec. 30, 82-66) for its only wins away from the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center during year one of the Leonard Hamilton regime. Including its victory at Miami this season (Dec. 14, 67-58), the Seminoles have won three games on an opponents’ home court during the last three seasons.


WINNING WITH LESS THAN 50 POINTS SCORED
Florida State defeated Chicago State, 47-42, Saturday in the third round of the Holiday Hoops Classic. It marked the first time since Jan. 25, 1973 that the Seminoles were victorious when they scored less than 50 points.


SEMINOLES ON THE DEFENSIVE
Florida State limited Chicago State to .298 shooting from the field and limited the Cougars to 42 points in its victory Saturday in the third round of the Holiday Hoops Classic. The Seminoles held the Cougars scoreless over the final 4:03 of the contest. Florida State’s shutout streak against Chicago State came on the heels of its victory over Miami during which the Seminoles held the Hurricanes scoreless over the final 6:59 of that game. During the Holiday Hoops Classic, the Seminoles have held their three opponents (Georgetown College, Wagner and Chicago State) to an average of 57.0 points and to a .327 field goal shooting percentage .


DEFENSIVE NOTES FROM FLORIDA STATE’S VICTORY OVER CHICAGO STATE…
…Florida State limited Chicago State to four second-half field goals including only two in the final 17:07 of the game. The Seminoles’ defense held the Cougars without a field goal from the 17:07 mark to the 9:05 mark (a span of 8:02) and during the final 4:03 of the game;
…Florida State held Chicago State to .298 shooting from the field. It marked the third time the Seminoles had held an opponent under .300 shooting from the field this season. Florida State held South Carolina State to .231 shooting and Fairleigh Dickinson to .295 shooting from the field;
…Florida State limited Chicago State to 14 field goals – the second fewest scored by a Seminole opponent this season. South Carolina State was limited to 12 field goals by the suffocating Florida State defense;
…Florida State outrebounded the Cougars to mark the ninth consecutive opponent the Seminoles had outrebounded. The only team to finish with more rebounds than the Seminoles was Maine in the season opener Nov. 21.


SEMINOLE POWER OFF THE BENCH
Florida State’s reserves scored 26 of Florida State’s 47 points (.553 percent) in its victory over Chicago State Saturday. It marked the sixth time in ten games the Seminoles’ bench has outscored its starting five. The Seminoles’ bench scored 50 of the teams 81 points (.617 percent) in their Nov. 24 victory over Georgetown and 43 of the teams 66 points (.576 percent) in their 66-60 victory over Ole Miss Dec. 3. Freshman Alexander Johnson led the Seminoles in scoring with 19 points against Ole Miss and Adam Waleskowski led the team with nine points against Chicago State.


Strength In Reserve Numbers
Opponent Starters Scoring Bench Scoring High Scorer High Rebounder

Maine 50 19 Pickett (S) Joiner (S)
Georgetown 31 50 Pickett (S) Rich (S)/Waleskow (B)
Nicholls State 49 50 Pickett (S) Rich (S)/Thornton (B)
S.C. State 38 43 Pickett (S) Rich (S)/Thornton (B)
Northwestern 51 20 Richardson (S) A. Johnson (B)
Ole Miss 28 38 A. Johnson (B) Richardson (S)
FDU 36 47 Pickett (S) Waleskowski (B)
Miami 38 29 Richardson (S) Rich (S)/AJ, Awal (B)
Wagner 43 40 Pickett (S) Waleskowski (B)
Chicago State 21 26 Waleskowski (B) A. Johnson (B)


SEMINOLES KEEPING OPPONENTS OFF THE SCOREBOARD
Florida State limited Chicago State to a season-low 42 points Saturday and rank first in the ACC in scoring defense with a 53.3 points per game average. It marked the fourth time this season the Seminoles have held their opponent under 50 points this season.


PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg; Needs 214 points to reach 1,000 for his career)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (12.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg; Team leader in rebounding with 5.2 average)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; Has started a career-high 10 games this season)
G #10 Nate Johnson (3.2 ppg, 4.5 apg; Leads the ACC in A:TO ratio – 5:1)
G #22 Tim Pickett (14.4 ppg, 2.8 spg; Averages 3.0 3-point field goals made per game in 03-04)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (4.9 ppg, 3.1 apg; Ranked fourth in ACC in A:TO ratio – 2.2:1)
F #12 Al Thornton (4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg; 12 points in 18 minutes against SC State)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg; Has played in 9 games this season – 6 in last 2 years)
G #23 Von Wafer (7.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg; ACC Rookie of the Week, Dec. 1)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 8 points and 8 rebounds vs. Chicago State)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg; Seminoles fifth leading scorer with career-high avg.)


FLORIDA STATE VS. PITTSBURGH —  A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Pittsburgh leads, 6-1
Last Game: Dec. 28, 1987, Pitt. 72, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 21, 1984; Florida State 83, Pitt 76
Last Pittsburgh Win: Dec. 28, 1987, Pitt. 72, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win At Pittsburgh: NA
Last Pittsburgh Win At Pittsburgh: Dec. 28, 1987, Pitt. 72, Florida State 71
Florida State vs. Pittsburgh, Current Streak: Pittsburgh has won 2
Leonard Hamilton vs. Pittsburgh: 8-12 (all at Miami)


FLORIDA STATE VS. PITTSBURGH – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Dec. 28, 1987 Dec. 21, 1985 Dec. 21, 1984 March 18, 1984
at Pitt 72 at Pitt 88 Florida State 83 Pitt 66
Florida State 71 Florida State 75 Pitt 76 Florida State 63
at Orlando, Fla. NIT/Greensboro, N.C.


FLORIDA STATE AGAINST THE BIG EAST
Florida State has a 62-54 (.534 winning percentage) record against 10 teams currently playing as members of the Big East Conference. The Seminoles are 29-23 against Miami (Fla.) including a 67-58 victory over the Hurricanes Dec. 21 and are 19-15 against Virginia Tech. Both the Hurricanes and the Hokies are scheduled to join the ACC for the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles also have winning records against Connecticut (4-2), Georgetown (3-0), Rutgers (1-0) and Seton Hall (3-1).


FLORIDA STATE AGAINST TEAMS FROM THE KEYSTONE STATE
Florida State has 10-11 (.476 winning percentage) record against eight teams from the state of Pennsylvania. The Seminoles are 3-1 against Penn State and 1-0 against Robert Morris, Lafayette and St. Joseph’s during the history of the program. Florida State’s most recent game against a team from the state of Pennsylvania came as a win for the Seminoles, 105-87, against Lafayette Jan. 2, 1994.


ALL-TIME SCHOOL VICTORIES
Florida State enters Monday’s game against Pittsburgh with 889 victories during the 58-year history of the program and needs only 11 victories to reach the 900 win plateau.


ALWAYS UP FOR A BLOCK PARTY
Led by senior Mike Mathews’ four blocked shots, Florida State blocked a season-high 10 shots in its victory over Chicago State. It marked the fourth time this season the Seminoles had blocked at least five shots in a single game and the fourth time during the Leonard Hamilton era the team had blocked 10 or more shots in a single game. Florida State has blocked as many or more shots than its opponent in nine of its ten games this season. The only team to out-block the Seminoles has been Fairleigh Dickinson in the Seminoles 83-46 victory Dec. 6 in Tallahassee.

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