Feb. 13, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has a 13-1 record at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center this season, plays host to Clemson Saturday at Noon. The Seminoles’ game against the Tigers marks their first at home since defeating No. 15 Georgia Tech (Feb. 3, 81-65) and Savannah State (Feb. 1, 88-73) in back to back games. Florida State’s 13 wins at home this season are the most since winning 13 during the 1996-97 and mark the ninth time in school history it has won at least 13 games during its home schedule in a single season. The school record for home wins in a season is 15 by the Seminoles’ 1974-75 team that finished with a 15-1 record (.938 winning percentage). The Seminoles’ 1986-87 team had a 14-2 record in the TLCCC. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson having won five of the last six games played against Clemson including both of the last two played here in Tallahassee. Overall, the Seminoles have a 12-3 record at home against the Tigers including a 9-2 record at home against Clemson since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Following Saturday’s game against Clemson, the Seminoles play host to Virginia (Feb. 17, 7 p.m.) before traveling to play at No. 14/17 North Carolina (Feb. 21).
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett
Senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett enter Saturday’s game against Clemson ranked in the top five of five different ACC statistical categories. The outstanding guard is ranked first in the conference in 3-point field goals made (74) and 3-point field goals made per game (3.08), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.413), steals per game (2.42) and total steals (58) and fifth in scoring (15.9 ppg). Pickett is the only ACC player to rank in the top five of each of those statistical categories. Pickett has been named the ACC Player of the Week twice this season and is one of only two conference players to score 30 or more points twice in a single game this season. Both of Pickett’s 30-point scoring efforts came against ranked teams with 33 points coming in an 81-65 victory over No. 15 ranked Georgia Tech (Feb. 3) and 30 points coming against No. 7 ranked North Carolina (Jan. 22).
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its 17th game of the season with a victory over Clemson. The Seminoles have already surpassed last season’s victory total of 14 and are approaching their recent six-year high of 18 wins which came during the 1997-98 season when the team finished with an 18-11 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament;
…Win its fifth ACC game of the season to mark its highest victory total in the conference since winning five during the 1998-99 season when the Seminoles finished with a 5-11 league record. Florida State won a school record 12 ACC games during the 1992-93 season;
…Defeat Clemson for the third time during the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers at home last season (Jan. 21, 2003; 60-59) and in last season’s ACC Tournament (March 13, 2003; 72-61);
…Win its’ 14th game of the season at home to come within one of tying the school record for wins at home in a single season. The last time the Seminoles won 14 games at home was during the 1986-87 season. The school record for home wins in a single season is 15 during the 1974-75 season.
SEMINOLES NEARING 3-POINT SHOTS SCHOOL RECORD
Led by senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett’s 74 3-point shots made, Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson having made a near school record 209 3-point shots. The single season school record for 3-point shots made is 211 during the 1994-95 season. The Seminoles have scored more than 36 percent of their points (.366, 627 of 1,714 points) from the 3-point line. During the 1994-95 season, James Collins (72 3-point field goals made) and Bob Sura (51 3-point field goals made) led the Seminoles from the bonusphere as Florida State scored more than 31 percent of its points (.312, 633 of 2,027 points) from long range.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE…
…Florida State leads the ACC in 3-point field goals made (209) after ranking sixth in the conference with 186 3-point shots made last season (186);
…Florida State ranks first in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.387) after ranking ninth in the conference last season (.333);
…Florida State has attempted 540 3-point shots this season – the fourth highest single season total in school history. The single-season school record is 580 during the 1994-95 season;
…Florida State leads the ACC in 3-point field goal shooting with a .387 success rate. If the season were to end right now, that mark would rank as the third highest percentage in school history. The school record is .437 during the 1987-88 season;
…Tim Pickett (74), Von Wafer (32) and Nate Johnson (31) have all made 30 or more 3-point shots this season. It marks the seventh time in school history and first time since the 2001-02 season that three Seminoles have made at least 30 3-point field goals in the same season.
…Florida State has made 10 or more 3-point field goals in nine different game and made a school-record 17 in its victory over Stetson Dec. 30.
SEMINOLES OVER 200 MARK IN STEALS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE SEASON
Led by senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett’s three steals against NC State, Florida State has earned 215 steals this season (8.9 spg). It marks the third consecutive season the Seminoles have earned 200 or more steals in a season. Florida State’s school record for steals in a season is 322 during the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles were credited with 322 steals in their way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. That was the only time in school history the Seminoles have earned 300 or more steals in a single season. Sam Cassell, an NBA All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks this season, led Florida State with a single-season school record 97 steals that season.
SEMINOLES IN THE GIVING MOOD
Florida State has been in the giving mood recently and has recorded more assists than turnovers in each of its last four games. The Seminoles recorded a season-high 25 assists in their victory over Savannah State (Feb. 1) and have dished out more assists than their opponents in each of their last three ACC games. Led by All-ACC candidate Nate Johnson’s 4.5 assist per game average since Feb. 1, Florida State is averaging 17.5 assists per game in the last four games (as compared to 15.2 for the entire season) and only 12.3 turnovers per game (as compared to 16.0 per game for the entire season). The Seminoles have a 1.4:1 assist:turnover ratio since Feb 1 as compared to a ratio under 1.0 for the entire season (0.99:1).
FLORIDA STATE AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has defeated four ranked teams this season It marks the first time the Seminoles have defeated four ranked teams since the 1996-97 season. Each of the four ranked teams the Seminoles defeated that season were conference teams as the Seminoles gained victories over No. 19 North Carolina, No. 5 Maryland, No. 8 Clemson and No. 5 Wake Forest.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE NATIONAL STATISTICS…
…The Seminoles are ranked 13th in the nation in 3-point field goals/game with an 8.7 average;
…The Seminoles are ranked 21st in the nation in field goal percentage defense with a .396 mark through the first 24 games of the season;
…The Seminoles are ranked 28th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage with a .387 mark;
…Tim Pickett is ranked 18th in the nation with a 3.2 3-point field goals made per game average;
…Tim Pickett is ranked 30th in the nation with a 2.4 steals per game average.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs against Clemson, 1/24/02)
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 7 pts and 2 asts against Clemson, 1/31/01)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (9.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 9 pts and 3 rebs against Clemson, 1/13/04)
G #10 Nate Johnson (4.8 ppg, 4.0 apg; 18 pts and 2 asts against Clemson, 3/13/03)
G #22 Tim Pickett (15.9 ppg, 2.4 spg; 22 pts and 12 rebs against Clemson 3/13/03)
AND TOP RESERVES…
G #4 Todd Galloway (3.5 ppg, 2.5 apg; 11 pts and 2 asts against Clemson, 2/22/03)
F #12 Al Thornton (3.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 1 reb and 1 stl against Clemson, 1/13/04)
G #23 Von Wafer (8.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 8 pts and 2 stls against Clemson, 1/13/04)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 13 pts and 4 rebs against Clemson, 3/3/01)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 8 pts and 6 rebs against Clemson, 3/7/02)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 12 pts and 6 rebs against Clemson, 1/21/03)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR CLEMSON
F #12 Olu Babalola (8.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs against Florida State, 3/13/03)
F #43 Chris Hobbs (8.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs against Florida State, 1/21/03)
C #5 Sharrod Ford (12.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg; 11 pts and 8 rebs against Florida State, 1/21/03)
G #14 Chey Christie (9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 8 pts and 3 rebs against Florida State, 3/13/03)
G #22 Shawan Robinson (11.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs against Florida State, 1/13/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. CLEMSON — A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 23-18
Last Game: Jan. 13, 2004; Clemson 53, Florida State 48
Last Florida State Win: March 13, 2003; Florida State 72, Clemson 61
Last Clemson Win: Jan. 13, 2004; Clemson 53, Florida State 48
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 21, 2003; Florida State 60, Clemson 59
Last Clemson Win in Tallahassee: March 8, 2001; Clemson 66, Florida State 64
Florida State vs. Clemson, Current Streak: Clemson has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Clemson: 2-4 (2-2 at Florida State)