Dec. 17, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University men’s basketball team is well represented in this week’s NCAA statistics as it ranks first in field goal percentage defense (.332) and third in scoring defense (53.3 points allowed per game). In addition junior guard Tim Pickett is tied for third nationally in steals with a 3.8 steals per game average.
Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game against Stetson as the ACC and national leader in field goal percentage defense as it is holding its opponents to a .332 field goal shooting percentage. The Seminoles have held five of its six opponents below .350 percent shooting from the field. The last time a Florida State team held its opponents 40 percent (or lower) shooting from the field for a single year was during the 1996-97 season. The Seminoles’ 32 opponents were held to a cumulative .400 shooting (758-1,896) from the field. Florida State’s school record for field goal shooting percentage defense is .362 during the 1952-53 season.
The Seminoles lead the ACC and are ranked third in the nation in scoring defense. Florida State has held each of its first six opponents to less than 70 points scoring. Only Butler (50.9 points allowed per game) and St. Joe’s of Pennsylvania (52.2) are ahead of the Seminoles in the national rankings.
Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett leads the ACC and is tied for third nationally in steals with a 3.83 steals per game average. He is looking to become the first player since Sam Cassell in 1993 to lead Florida State and the ACC in steals in a season. He is one of only three conference players and one of 26 players nationally with a per game steals average above 3.0.
Florida State plays host to Stetson in its third game against a team from the state of Florida this season Wednesday night in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles have also played then No. 8 ranked Florida (Dec. 6, 57-58) and Miami (Dec. 8, 72-55) during the first six games of the season. Florida State and Stetson are meeting for the first time since Jan. 14, 1991 when the Seminoles took a 69-64 victory over the Hatters in a game played in the Orlando Arena. Florida State enters Wednesday night’s game having won five of its first six games for the first time since the beginning of the 1997-98 season – the last time the Seminoles played in the NCAA Tournament.