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Florida State Men’s Basketball Team Travels To NC State For Tuesday Game

Feb. 17, 2003

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Florida State travels to play at NC State in search of its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victory. The Seminoles enter Tuesday night’s game fresh from a victory over Georgia Tech Saturday in Tallahassee. Florida State has won two of its last four games including three of its last four at home in the Leon County Civic Center. In defeating Georgia Tech, the Seminoles won their 12th game of the season – matching their win total in 29 games from the 2001-02 season. Their next ACC victory would match their conference win total – four – from a season ago. Florida State’s game against NC State is its first of two consecutive conference road contests. After Tuesday night’s game at NC State, the Seminoles will play at Clemson Saturday before returning to Tallahassee to play host to Wake Forest (Feb. 26) and Virginia in back-to-back home games. The Seminoles’ game against the Cavaliers will serve as the annual senior night at the Civic Center. Florida State’s final game of the regular season will take place on the road at Duke (March 6).

Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Tuesday’s game against NC State tied for third in the nation with a 3.1 steals per game average. He has 68 steals in 22 games. Pickett’s 68 steals are ranked 10th for a single season in school history. The junior has recorded at least four steals in nine different games including five times in 11 ACC games. Pickett has ranked among the nation’s top three in steals throughout the season.

NCAA Steals Leaders (Through Feb. 16)
Rank Player, School GP Steals SPG

1. Alexis McMillan, Stetson 22 87 4.0
2. Zakee Wadood, E. Tennessee State 20 65 3.3
T3. Tim Pickett, Florida State 22 68 3.1
Robby Collum, Western Michigan 21 66 3.1
Eric Bush, Alabama Birmingham 21 65 3.1

Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett, who leads the Seminoles in scoring (16.8 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and steals (3.1 spg) enters Tuesday night’s game against NC State looking to become only the second player in school history to lead Florida State in all three categories during the same season. The only other Seminole to lead the team in all three was Bob Sura who averaged 21.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals during the 1993-94 season.

…Win its 13th game of the season and surpass its victory total from the 2001-02 season. The Seminoles have not won more than 12 games in a single season since the 1998-99 season;
…Win its fourth ACC game of the season to match its total from the 2001-02 season. The Seminoles have won four games in each of the last two conference seasons and have won at least four conference games each year they have been in the ACC;
…Win its first conference road game since March 3, 2001 when it defeated Clemson, 75-63, in Clemson, S.C. A victory would snap a 13-game ACC road losing streak;
…Gain a victory at NC State for the first time since Jan. 3, 1998. The Seminoles have lost both of their games in the Wolfpack’s newly opened RBC Center.

Florida State limited Georgia Tech to .354 field goal shooting in its victory over the Yellow Jackets Saturday. It marked the fourth consecutive time the Seminoles defense, which is ranked fourth in the nation and second in the ACC, has held its opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field. In succession, the Seminoles have now held Duke (.347), North Carolina (.367), Maryland (.383) and Georgia Tech (.354) under 40 percent shooting from the field. Florida State has now held five of its 11 ACC opponents under .400 shooting from the field. The last time Florida State held its opponent below .400 from the field for a full season was during the 1956-57 season.

Florida State Tough On Defense
Opponent FGM FGA Pct. Notes

Duke 25 72 .347 Seminoles shoot 60% in victory over No. 5 Duke
at North Carolina 18 49 .367 Fewest FG allowed in ACC game this season
Maryland 23 60 .383 Only the fourth time Maryland shoots below .400
Georgia Tech 23 65 .354 Georgia Tech shot .479 in first meeting this season
Totals 89 246 .361 Seminoles rank fourth nationally in FG% defense

Led by two 3-point field goals from Adam Waleskowski and Todd Galloway, Florida State shot .500 from the 3-point line in its victory over Georgia Tech. The Seminoles were six-of-12 from the bonusphere against the Yellow Jackets. The Seminoles’ .500 mark from beyond the arc marked the second time this season the team had connected on at least half of its long range shots.

Seminole Bombers
Opponent 3FGM 3FGA Pct. Notes

Stetson 6 10 .600 Seminoles defeat Hatters, 93-76
Georgia Tech 6 12 .500 Seminoles defeat Yellow Jackets, 71-64

Florida State led Georgia Tech, 45-30, at halftime of Saturday’s victory over the Yellow Jackets. It marked the second time in three ACC victories this season the Seminoles had led at halftime. Florida State led Duke, 41-36, in defeating the Blue Devils Feb. 2 but trailed Clemson, 36-33, before outscoring the Tigers, 27-23, in the second half to gain the win.

Florida State has already blocked more shots this season (106) in 22 games than it did in 29 games last season (102). The Seminoles’ 106 blocked shots this season are the most since the 1999-00 season when Florida State blocked 120 shots. Florida State is averaging 4.8 blocked shots per game as compared to 4.1 per game last season.

Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against NC State with 210 steals and needs only 13 steals to surpass last year’s total of 222. The Seminoles are averaging 9.5 steals per game this season after averaging 7.6 steals per game last season.

Seminoles Stealers
Season Steals SPG Notes

2002-03 210 9.5 Double figure steals in nine of 22 games
2001-02 222 7.6 Season-high 12 steals

Florida State’s bench outscored Georgia Tech, 27-3, in its victory over the Yellow Jackets. It marked the third consecutive game the Seminole bench had scored at least 27 points. Florida State’s bench outscored Maryland, 33-18, Wednesday night in Tallahassee and outscored North Carolina’s bench, 18-8, Feb. 8 in Chapel Hill. Sophomore Adam Waleskowski, who scored 12 points as a reserve against Georgia Tech, helped lead the Seminoles to victory Saturday. At least one Seminole has scored in double figures coming off the bench in each of the last five games. Senior Trevor Harvey (19 points) and guard Todd Galloway (10) both scored in double figures off the bench for the Seminoles against Maryland. Galloway leads Florida State with eight double figure scoring efforts as a reserve player. Florida State has received 17 double figure scoring games from non-starters in its first 22 games of the season including six of its 11 ACC games.

Florida State was credited with 18 assists in its victory over Georgia Tech. The Seminoles’ assist total is tied for their fourth highest of the season and was the most since their 24 assist performance against Stetson Dec. 18. Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against NC State with 308 assists and a 14.0 assists per game average for the season. The Seminoles were credited with 382 assists and a 13.2 assists per game average last season.

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