Jan. 29, 2002
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SETTING THE SCENE
Florida State, which has won six of its last nine games including victories over previously undefeated and no. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 6, 77-76) and North Carolina (Jan. 16, 81-71), travels to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech. The Seminoles’ game against the Yellow Jackets marks the final game of the first half of the conference schedule for both teams. Florida State has won three of the last four games its has played against Georgia Tech and leads the all-time series by a 26-19 margin. The Seminoles are 11-11 against the Yellow Jackets in games played in Atlanta. Florida State’s game against Georgia Tech is the second of two consecutive road games for the Seminoles – the only time during the regular season the team plays consecutive games on the road.
ARRINGTON RANKS SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN ASSISTS PER GAME
Senior point guard Delvon Arrington, an All-ACC candidate, is ranked seventh in the nation in assists per game entering Wednesday night’s game against Georgia Tech. He is averaging a career-high 7.0 assists (126 assists in 18 games) and has been credited with nearly as many assists this season (126) as he was last season (143). Arrington is Florida State’s all-time career assist leader and ranks 16th in ACC history with 632 career assists.
CUMMINGS CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES
All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings, who is featured in this weeks’ issue of ESPN The Magazine, enters Wednesday night’s game against Georgia Tech as Florida State’s leading scoring with a career-high 15.1 points per game average. He has scored in double figures a career-high 12 consecutive times and ranks 10th in the ACC in scoring, third in field goal percentage and eighth in free throw percentage. Cummings has scored at least 20 points five times in the last 12 games.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Win its fourth conference game of the season and tie its ACC total from last season. Florida State had a 4-12 record in the ACC last season,
…Defeat Georgia Tech in Atlanta for the first time since the 1999 season,
…Win its first ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles are 3-0 at home with victories over No. 1 Duke, North Carolina and Clemson but are 0-4 in conference games away from Tallahassee.
SEMINOLES AT THE BREAK
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech with a 3-4 record in its first seven ACC games. The Seminoles are looking for a split in the first half of their conference schedule as they travel to play Georgia Tech. Most recently, the Seminoles were 5-3 at the turn during the 1998-99 season and record a program best 6-2 after the first eight games during the 1992-93 season.
SEMINOLES IN THE ACC STATISTICS
Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Georgia Tech ranked in the top five in nine different ACC team statistical categories. The Seminoles’ highest rankings come in the areas of rebounding defense (2nd, 33.9 per game) and offensive rebounds (2nd, 15.61 per game). The Seminoles’ highest team ranking in the in a single category in the final ACC statistics last season was fourth (rebounding defense). Florida State ranked eighth or ninth in 13 ACC team statistical categories last season.
CUMMINGS CURRENTLY RANKED FIFTH
All-ACC candidate Monte Cummings has scored in double figures in a team-leading and career-high 12 games entering Wednesday game against Georgia Tech. He is currently ranked fifth in the ACC with active double figure scoring streaks.
IN THE LAST YEAR…
…Florida State has defeated both Maryland (Feb. 14, 2001) and Duke (Jan. 6, 2002) – a pair of teams who played in the 2001 NCAA Final Four.
FLORIDA STATE IS…
…Joined by only Duke, North Carolina and NC State as the only ACC teams which have played for a national championship – the Seminoles played UCLA in the 1972 NCAA Tournament final game.
SEMINOLES GETTING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game against Georgia Tech ranked third in the ACC with a +6.1 rebound margin and is averaging 39.9 rebounds per game. The Seminoles’ 39.9 rebounds per game is the highest team average since the 1993-94 season when Florida State averaged 39.9 rebounds per game.