March 22, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State, which defeated Wichita State (March 17; 91-84 in double overtime) to advance to the second round of the 2004 Owings Corning NIT, plays host to Iowa State in the second round of the NIT. The Seminoles are 1-0 all-time against Iowa State with a 109-86 victory over the Cyclones in the second round of the 1997 preseason NIT in Tallahassee. Florida State’s appearance in the NIT marks the fourth time the Seminoles have appeared in the event. Florida State advanced to the second round in 1984 and 1987 with 1-1 records and played for the NIT championship in 1997 with victories over Syracuse (March 12, 1997; 82-67), Michigan State (March 17; 68-63), West Virginia (March 19; 67-61) and Connecticut (March 25, 71-65) before falling to Michigan (March 27, 73-82) in the championship game. The Seminoles’ game against the Cyclones marks the first time since the 1997 season the Seminoles will play a team from the Big 12 when the Seminoles fell to Kansas in the Preseason NIT Championship game (Nov. 28, 1997; 58-73). The Seminoles are 9-9 all-time (.500) against teams from the Big 12 and most recently hosted a Big 12 team in Tallahassee when Oklahoma came to Florida’s capital city Dec. 10, 1987. The winner of Tuesday night’s Florida State/Iowa State game plays the winner of Tuesday night’s game between Marquette and Boise State.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett
Senior All-America and All-ACC First-Team selection Tim Pickett scored 25 points (including 18 after halftime and four in overtime), pulled down seven rebounds, was credited with four assists and had two steals to lead Florida State past Wichita State Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT in Wichita, Ks. It marked the second consecutive game and fifth time in the last six games Pickett had scored 20 points or more. Since the Seminoles’ game at North Carolina Feb. 21, Pickett is averaging 21.7 points and shooting .479 from the field (45-of-94) and .439 from 3-point range (29-of-66). He has made at least five 3-point field goals in five of the last six games and averages 4.8 3-point field goals per game during the span. Pickett enters Tuesday’s game against Iowa State with 109 3-point field goals made this season and needs only seven to establish a new single-season Seminole record for 3-point shots made in a single season. George McCloud, a first round lottery selection of the Indiana Pacers in 1989, made a school record 115 shots from the bonusphere in 1989. Pickett and McCloud attended the same high school (Mainland) in Daytona Beach, Fla.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Iowa State and win its second round game in the 2004 Owings Corning NIT. A victory would mark the third time in four NIT appearances the Seminoles the Seminoles have advanced to at least the second round;
…Defeat Iowa State and advance to the second round of the 2004 Owings Corning NIT where they will face the winner of Tuesday’s game between Marquette and Boise State at a date, time and place to be determined.
…Defeat Iowa State and run its home record in the post-season NIT to 3-0. The Seminoles have defeated Rhode Island (March 12, 1987; 107-92) and Michigan State (March 17, 2997; 68-63) in NIT games in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center;
…Win its 20th game of the season to mark the first time the Seminoles have won 20 or more games since the 1996-97 season. The Seminoles have won 20 games in a single season 12 times during the 57-year history of the program.
SEMINOLES RETURN HOME IN ATTEMPT TO SET SCHOOL RECORD
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Iowa State looking to win its school record 16th home game of the season. The Seminoles won their first nine home game of the season – a streak that included a victory over then No. 24/25 ranked Maryland. The Terps won the ACC championship and were a No. 4 seed in the Phoenix Region of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. The only two losses the Seminoles suffered at home came against current No. 6/6 Duke (Feb. 29; 65-70) and current No. 17/15 NC State (Jan. 11; 53-58). Florida State’s victory over Virginia (Feb. 17. 76-57) at home gave them 15 victories at home and tied the school record for wins at home in a single season. The Seminoles’ 1974-75 team also won 15 games at home. Florida State was 9-0 in non-conference home games during the regular season. The Seminoles are 5-2 at home against teams who played in either the 2004 NCAA or NIT Tournaments.
PICKETT SURPASSES 1,000 POINT MARK
All-America candidate Tim Pickett, a 2004 All-ACC First-Team selection, scored 25 points against Wichita State in the first round of the NIT and enters Tuesday night’s game against Iowa State with 1,031 career points. He became on the 37th player in school history to surpass the 1,000 point scored plateau with his 23 point performance against NC State in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament March 12. Pickett’s 1,000th career point came on his third 3-point shot of the second half which put the Seminoles up 40-34 with 18:25 remaining in the game. He has 1,031 career points and ranks 33rd in school history in scoring.
HAMILTON HAS THE STEALS RATE ON THE RISE
Florida State, which averages 9.15 steals per game during the two-year tenure of head coach Leonard Hamilton, is ranked 28th in the nation in team steals per game entering Tuesday night’s game against Iowa State. Florida State is averaging 8.9 steals per game this season and more then nine steals per game during the first 61 games of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee. The Seminoles ranked second in the conference statistics in 2002-03 with a 9.4 steals per game average. Florida State’s 285 steals this season is the third highest single season team total in school history. Under Hamilton in the last two seasons, the Seminoles have recorded two of the top three single season totals in school history.
SEMINOLES FROM BEYOND THE ARC
Florida State has made a single-season school record and ACC leading 288 3-point shots entering Tuesday’s game against Iowa State. The Seminoles are averaging a conference leading 9.0 3-point shots made per game and have made 41 3-point shots more than their closest competition in the ACC – Georgia Tech which has made 232 shots from beyond the arc. In the last six games, the Seminoles have made 65 shots from beyond the arc – an average of 10.8 per game. Florida State made a single-game school record 17 3-point shots against Stetson (Dec. 30, 87-72 victory) and has scored more than 37 percent of its total points this season (864 of 2,300) from beyond the 3-point arc.
FLORIDA STATE IN NON-CONERENCE GAMES UNDER HAMILTON
Leonard Hamilton and Florida State is 13-2 against non-conference opponents this season and were 10-3 against non-ACC opponents last season for a two-year total of 23-5 for a winning percentage of .821. The Seminoles won their first 10 non-conference games of the 2003-04 season with its only losses during thee season coming at Pittsburgh and at Florida. Florida State’s only two non-conference losses last season came at Florida and against Boston University in the University of Arizona Tournament. The Seminoles have won 16 of their last 18 games (.889) against teams who don’t call the ACC home.
FLORIDA STATE IN NON-CONFERENCE HOME GAMES UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State is 16-1 (.941) in non-conference home games and have won 13 straight against non-conference opponents during the two-year tenure of Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton. In the last two years, Hamilton has directed the Seminoles to victories over teams from the Big Ten (Iowa, Dec. 2, 2002 and Northwestern, Dec. 1, 2003), the Big East (Miami, Dec. 8, 2002) and the SEC (Ole Miss, Dec. 3, 2003).
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (6.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg; First career double-double against Wichita State)
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg; Has started 16 consecutive games entering Iowa State)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 3rd FSU player to earn All-ACC Freshman team honors)
G #10 Nate Johnson (5.4 ppg, 3.8 apg; School record 3.13:1 assist:turnover ratio entering Iowa St.)
G #22 Tim Pickett (16.8 ppg, 2.5 spg; 11 games of 20 points ore more scoring in 03-04)
AND TOP RESERVES…
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg; Needs only 62 points to reach 1,000 for his career)
G #4 Todd Galloway (3.3 ppg, 2.3 apg; 170 total assists in 61 games as a reserve in two years)
F #12 Al Thornton (2.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg; Second among all Seminoles with .536 field goal percentage)
G #23 Von Wafer (8.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 43 3-point shots leads all ACC freshmen in 03-04)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg; Fifth all-time in school history with 118 career blocks)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg; One of 2 current ‘Noles on All-ACC Freshman team)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR IOWA STATE
C #51 Jared Homan (11.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg; Tied for single-season Iowa State lead with 71 blocks)
F #4 Jackson Vroman (14.1 ppg, 9.2 rpg; Leads Big 12 in rebounding and All-Big 12 Third Team)
G #50 Marcus Jefferson (6.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg; Serving as team captain in 03-04)
G #1 Curtis Stinson (15.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg; Big 12 Freshman of the Year by coaches and media)
G #0 Jake Sullivan (14.4 ppg, 1.6 apg; Iowa State career leader for 3-point field goals made)
FLORIDA STATE VS. IOWA STATE — A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 1-0
The Series In Postseason NIT: First meeting in postseason NIT
Last Game: Nov. 20, 1992; Florida State 109, Iowa State 86
Last Florida State Win: Nov. 20, 1992; Florida State 109, Iowa State 86
Last Iowa State Win: None
Last Florida State Win In Postseason NIT: First meeting in postseason NIT
Last Iowa State Win In Postseason NIT: First meeting in postseason NIT
Florida State vs. Iowa State, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Iowa State: 5-4 (all while the head coach at Oklahoma State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. IOWA STATE – THE LAST GAME
Florida State defeated Iowa State, 109-86, in the second round of the 1997 Preseason NIT Nov. 20, 1992 in Tallahassee. The victory sent the Seminoles to the Preseason NIT Semifinals where they fell to Indiana (78-81 in overtime) and UCLA (86-83) in the consolation round of the event. Bob Sura led the Seminoles with 34 points while Douglas Edwards scored 22 and Sam Cassell 20. Sura led the Seminoles with 10 rebounds as Florida State outrebounded Iowa State, 48-37. The Seminoles outscored the Cyclones, 56-35, and led by 21 at halftime and scored 53 points in the second half to gin the victory. Florida State shot 60.3 percent from the field for the game (44 of 73) as they made a season-high 44 field goals in the win. Sura and Cassell scored four 3-point field goals each as the Seminoles shot 40.0 percent from the 3-point line. The win propelled the Seminoles to the NIT semifinals in New York’s Madison Square Garden.