Feb. 25, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State plays host to No. 12 Wake Forest as the Seminoles return to the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center for the first time since defeating Georgia Tech, 71-64, Feb. 15. The Seminoles are 10-4 overall and have won three of six conference games played at home. Florida State has earned victories over No. 5 Duke (75-70, Feb. 2), Clemson (70-63, Jan. 21) and Georgia Tech. The Seminoles are the only team in the nation to defeat an ACC team (Duke, Clemson and Georgia Tech), a Big East team (Miami, 72-55, Dec. 8) and a Big Ten team (Iowa, 80-67, Dec. 2) on their home court this season. With 10 wins at home this season, the Seminoles have matched their total from last season and are looking to win at least 11 games at home for the first time since the 1996-97 season when they had a 13-3 record at the Civic Center. Following Wednesday night’s game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles play host to Virginia (March 1, Noon) in their final regular season home game before closing the regular season at Duke (March 6, 7:30 p.m. Florida State opens play in the 50th ACC annual ACC Tournament that runs March 13-16 in Greensboro, N.C.
PICKETT CONTINUES HIS STAY IN NATION’S TOP FIVE IN STEALS
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett is tied for fifth in the nation in steals with 69 entering Wednesday’s game against Wake Forest. Pickett recorded four steals against Wake Forest when the Seminoles and Demon Deacons met earlier this season in Winston-Salem. Pickett is looking to become the first Seminole since Sam Cassell in 1993 to lead the ACC in steals and the first non Maryland or Duke Player to lead the conference since Cassell that same season. Pickett enters Wednesday night’s game against Wake Forest looking to become the fifth player in the nation to reach the 70 steals plateau this season.
SEMINOLES’ DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT
Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Wake Forest looking for its 13th win of the season – a win that would surpass the Seminoles’ victory total of 12 from the 2001-02 season. It would mark the most wins for the Seminoles since winning 13 during the 1998-99 season. In addition, the Seminoles enter Wednesday night’s game against Wake Forest with more steals this season (225) than last season (222), more blocked shots this season (108) than last season (102) and are holding their opponents below .400 shooting from the field for the first time since the 1956-57 season. Florida State’s opponents’ shot .441 from the field last season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its second game of the season against a ranked team when it plays host to Wake Forest. The Seminoles defeated No. 5 Duke Feb. 2. Florida State last defeated a ranked Demon Deacon team, 59-55, March 1, 1997 in the Civic Center. Wake Forest was ranked No. 5 in the nation at the time of the game;
…Gain its 13th victory of the season with a win over Wake Forest. The Seminoles won 12 games last season and have not won at least 13 games in a single year since the 1998-99 season when it finished with a 13-17 record;
…Win its fourth ACC game of the season with a win over Wake Forest. The Seminoles have won four conference games in each of the last two years;
…Defeat Wake Forest at home for the first time since Feb. 5, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated the Demon Deacons twice during the regular season.
SEMINOLES HITTING THE BOARDS
Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Wake Forest have outrebounded three consecutive ACC opponents for the first time this season and only the second time in the last two years. The Seminoles came out on the positive side of the rebounding ledger in its victory against Georgia Tech (+2, Feb. 15), NC State (+2, Feb. 18) and Clemson (+2, Feb. 22). It marked the second time this season the Seminoles had outrebounded three consecutive opponents – North Carolina (Dec. 22), Boston University (Dec. 28) and Davidson (Dec. 30). The Seminoles have been on the positive side or even in the rebounding column in five of their past six games.
Florida State Cleaning The Glass
Opponent 02-03 Game 1 02-03 Game 2 Change Notes
Georgia Tech -2 +2 4 Seminoles win, 71-64
NC State -7 +2 9 Harvey leads FSU with 9 rebs
Clemson -1 +2 3 Johnson leads FSU with 5 rebs
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING THE BALL WELL
Florida State is shooting .462 from the field in its last six games and enters Wednesday night’s game against Wake Forest shooting a season-high .437 from the field. The Seminoles are shooting better from the field this season than they did during the 2001-02 season. Florida State shot its ACC season-high of .600 from the field in defeating No. 5 Duke, 75-70, Feb. 2 in Tallahassee and have shot above .470 percent in three of the last six games. In addition, the Seminoles have shot above .400 percent in three consecutive and five of their last six games.
Seminoles Shooting Straight At The Basket
Opponent FGM FGA Pct. Notes
Duke 30 50 .600 Seminoles defeat No. 5 Duke, 75-70
N. Carolina 24 55 .436 Seminoles fall by one at the buzzer on road
Maryland 24 62 .387 Seminoles fall by two to defending national champion
Georgia Tech 27 55 .491 Seminoles won game No. 10 at home over Jackets
NC State 20 50 .400 Seminoles led by Pickett’s seven made field goals
Clemson 22 46 .478 Seminoles shoot .625 in first half against Tigers
FLORIDA STATE ON THE DEFENSIVE
Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game with more blocked shots through the first 24 games of the season (108) than they had in 29 games last season (102). The Seminoles also have more steals this season in 24 games (225) than they had in 29 games last season (222).
FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE LEADERS
Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Wake Forest averaging 6.2 3-point field goals made per game. The Seminoles are average more than six 3-point field goals made per game for a single season for the fourth time since the 1995-96 season. Florida State most recently averaged more than six 3-point field goals made in a single season during the 1999-00 season.
Seminoles Above Six 3-Point Field Goals Made
Season 3FGM/Game Notes
1995-96 6.5 3rd Team All-ACC James Collins leads Seminoles with 69 3FGM
2002-03 6.2 All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett leads FSU with 2.8 3FGM/Game
1996-97 6.1 2nd Team All-ACC James Collins leads Seminoles with 75 3FGM
1999-00 6.0 3rd Team All-ACC Damous Anderson leads FSU with 52 3FGM
SEMINOLES AMONG THE ACC STEALS LEADERS
Florida State has 225 steals for a 9.4 steals per game average through the first 24 games of the season. The Seminoles per game average ranks them second in the ACC behind only Maryland. Florida State’s 9.4 steals per game average ranks as a 10-year high and is first time since the 1992-93 season the Seminoles have averaged more than nine steals per game for a single season. The 1992-93 Seminoles, which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, averaged 9.2 steals per game. Sam Cassell led the Seminoles with a single-season school-record 97 steals that season.
Seminoles’ Top Five Steals Years In The Last 10
Season Steals SPG Notes
2002-03 225 9.4 All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett leads team with 69 steals
1998-99 264 8.8 Terrell Baker leads Seminoles with 80 steals
1996-97 280 8.8 Kerry Thompson leads Seminoles with 71 steals
1995-96 236 8.7 3rd Team All-ACC James Collins leads Seminoles with 62 steals
1993-94 231 8.6 1st Team All-ACC Bob Sura leads Seminoles with 65 steals
Florida State was credited with nine steals against Wake Forest in the first meeting between the two teams Jan. 26. Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett was credited with four steals against the Deacons who surrender an average of 7.3 steals per game to their opponents this season.