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Seminole Men’s Basketball Team Travels To Play Clemson Saturday

Feb. 20, 2003

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Florida State travels to Clemson in its final road game of the month of February and one of its two final road games of the regular season. The Seminoles play at Duke (March 6) to conclude the regular season. The Seminoles arrive in Clemson looking to defeat the Tigers for the second time this season after winning the first meeting between the teams, 60-59, in Tallahassee Jan. 21. Florida State enters Saturday’s game having won two of their last five games and losing by a combined 12 points in their three losses. The Seminoles nearly defeated North Carolina (losing by one, 61-60 on the road) and almost defeated their second ranked team of the season when it fell to No. 16 Maryland (74-72 at home). The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech, 71-64, Saturday in Tallahassee and enter Saturday’s game against Clemson playing for their fourth ACC win of the season to tie their conference victory total from last season. Following its game against Clemson, Florida State plays host to Wake Forest (Feb. 26) and Virginia (March 1) to close out the home portion of its regular season schedule.

Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett enters Saturday’s ranked third nationally with 69 steals. He is the ACC leader with 69 take-aways and is looking to become only the 10th player in school history to record 70 or more steals in a single season. Pickett is also looking to become the first Seminole to lead the ACC in steals since Sam Cassell led the nation’s toughest conference in steals with 97 and a 2.8 steals per game average.

National Division I Steals Leaders
Rank Player School Games Steals

1. Alexis McMillan Stetson 22 87
2. Eric Bush Alabama-Birmingham 22 72
3. Tim Pickett Florida State 22 69

Florida State, which has ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams in field goal percentage defense, is ranked fifth in this weeks NCAA statistics with a .382 mark. The Seminoles are ranked second in the ACC and fifth behind national leader St. Josephs’ (Pa.) who began the week with a .363 mark. The Seminoles are also ranked 20th in the nation with a 9.5 steals per game average. The Seminoles are ranked second in the ACC and 20th behind national leader Alabama Birmingham who averaged 12.2 steals per game entering the week.

…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;
…Win for the second time in three games at Clemson’s Littlejohn Coliseum. The Seminoles won their last ACC road game at Littlejohn to close out the 2001 season.

Florida State, which is ranked seventh in the ACC in rebounding margin, has outrebounded two consecutive and three of its last five opponents. The Seminoles have been outrebounded in only one of the last five games with positive margins against Duke (Feb. 2), Georgia Tech (Feb. 15) and NC State (Feb. 18) and an even result against North Carolina (Feb. 12). Florida State plays Clemson Saturday that ranks second in the ACC with a +4.0 rebound margin. The Tigers outrebounded the Seminoles by only one in the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

Chairmen Of The Boards
Opponents FSU Margin Notes

vs. Duke +3 FSU 38 rebounds is their second most in ACC games this year
at North Carolina — UNC outrebounded FSU by seven in first meeting of season
vs. Maryland -3 UM outrebounded FSU by 12 in first meeting of season
vs. Georgia Tech +2 Ga. Tech ranks third in ACC in rebound margin at +4.0
at NC State +2 NC State outrebounded FSU by seven in first meeting of season

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson averaging 35.7 rebounds per game in its first 23 games of the season. The Seminoles have surpassed that average in three of the last five games with a near ACC season-high of 38 coming in their 75-70 victory over Duke Feb. 2 in Tallahassee. For the Seminoles, three of their top rebounding games of the season have come in the last four games.

Rebounding Is All About Effort
Rank Opponent FSU Rebs Margin Notes

1. vs. North Carolina 39 -7 Game tied at 30-30 at halftime
2. vs. Duke 38 +3 Seminoles defeat No. 5 Duke, 75-70
3. vs. Maryland 37 -3 Seminoles tied with UM with 3:14 left
4. vs. Georgia Tech 36 +2 Ga. Tech ranked T3rd in ACC in reb margin

Florida State has made at least five 3-point field goals six times in the last seven games and enters Saturday’s game against Clemson averaging 6.3 field goals per game from beyond the arc. Junior All-ACC candidate Tim Pickett leads the Seminoles with 68 3-point shot made with three Seminoles having made at least 20 shots from long each. Florida State is averaging 6.3 3-point field goals made this season as compared to 5.8 made per game last season.

Seminoles From the Bonusphere
Season 3FGM 3FGA Per/Game Notes

2002-03 146 437 6.3 Pickett leads Seminoles with 68 3FGM
2001-02 223 612 5.8 Delvon Arrington led FSU with 42 3FGM

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Clemson with 219 steals and needs only four steals to surpass its total of 223 during the 2001-02 season. The Seminoles are ranked second in the ACC with a 9.5 steals per game average and have accumulated at least four steals in all 23 games this season.

Under first-year head coach Leonard Hamilton, the Seminoles are playing smothering defense this season. The Seminoles are holding their opponents to less than .400 shooting from the field and have posted huge numbers in steals and blocked shots per game.

Defense, Defense
Season FG% Def. Steals/Game Blocks/Game Notes

2002-03 .387 219/9.5 107/4.6 FSU No. 4 in ACC in scoring defense
2001-02 .441 222/7.7 102/3.5 FSU No. 4 in ACC in scoring defense

Florida State shot .833 (15-of-18) from the free throw line against NC State and are shooting a combined .758 from the line in its last four games. The Seminoles were perfect against North Carolina Feb. 8 (five-of-five) and have been above .750 in three of the last four games. Florida State made more free throws (15) than NC State attempted (13) in Wednesday night’s game.

Straight Shooting Seminoles
Opponent FTM FTA Pct. Notes

at North Carolina 5 5 1.000 1st perfect performance from line
Maryland 16 21 .762 FSU above .750 five times this season
Georgia Tech 11 18 .611 FSU more attempts (18) than Ga. Tech (17)
at NC State 15 18 .833 Seminoles miss only three times from line
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