Dec. 6, 2000
Florida State plays host to South Florida in a non-conference game at the Leon County Civic Center.
Thursday night’s game is the third of three consecutive home games and
the second of five homes games during the month of December.
The game marks the eighth time during the Steve Robinson era that
the Seminoles have played host to a team from the state of Florida.
The Seminoles have won four of the last seven home games against teams
from the Sunshine state. Florida State has won 54 of 63 (85.7)
non-conference games played at the Civic Center since joining the ACC
to begin the 1991-92 season.
Did You Know?
Michael Joiner has hit 14 consecutive free throws entering Thursday night’s game against South Florida. He has not missed in 194:23 since missing his first collegiate attempt against Florida in the first attempt with 5:37 remaining in the first half.
Adrian Crawford leads the Seminoles with 10 3-point shots made this season. He has made 87 3-point shots during his three-year career at Florida State and 113 during his four-year collegiate career. He averages 1.3 3-point shots made per game for his 85 game career.
“I think we have guys who have the ability to play and that gives us more depth. With depth, you can get some guys in the game and keep people fresh. I think our depth will be a factor that will contribute and be a plus for us.”
Florida State University
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO
Win its’ seventh consecutive home game against South Florida. The Seminoles have defeated the Bulls in every game at the Leon County Civic Center since 1987,
Improve its record to 13-1 against South Florida in games played here in Tallahassee,
Defeat a team from the state of Florida at home for the fifth time during the Steve Robinson era,
Extend its December record in non-conference home games to 8-2 during the Robinson era.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE
Florida State enters Thursday night’s game against South Florida with a team free throw shooting percentage of 77.5. The Seminoles have made 87.0 percent (47-of-54) of their free throw shots in the last two games. The Seminoles are shooting 9.1 percent better than they did as a team last season (68.4).
SWAT THAT OUT OF HERE
Sophomore Mike Mathews has recorded 10 blocks in the last two games (five against Minnesota and five against Furman. Mathews enters Thursday night’s game averaging 2.3 blocks per game to rank among the ACC leaders. He has blocked at least one shot in five of Florida State’s six games this season.
JOINER CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Freshman Michael Joiner scored 14 points against Furman and is tied for the team high with an 11.7 points per game average entering Thursday night’s game against South Florida. He has scored in double figures in two of the last three games and in four of the Seminoles’ six games this season.
Florida State University Men’s Basketball By the Numbers
1 Florida State is undefeated, 1-0, when it outscores its opponents.
1.2 Florida State is averaging 1.2 turnovers fewer this season (14.3) than it did last season (15.5).
2 Point guard Ryan Lowery, who has played an average of 9.2 minutes per game is ranked second on the team with a 2.5 assists per game average.
2 Florida State has won two of its last three overtime games during the Steve Robinson era.
3.3 Sophomore Mike Mathews is averaging 3.3 blocks in the last four Seminole games.
5 Florida State committed only five turnovers in the final 30 minutes of Monday night’s game against Furman. The Seminoles were charged with four second half turnovers and only one in the overtime period.
5.0 Mike Mathews is averaging 5.0 blocked shots per game in the last two Seminole contests.
+5.7 Florida State has outrebounded each of its last four opponents and holds a +5.7 rebound margin through the first six games of the season.
6 Senior point guard Delvon Arrington has led the Seminoles in assists in six of the first seven games of the season.
6 Six different players have led the Seminoles in scoring in six games this season (Joiner vs. Florida, Mathews vs. Ohio State, Crawford vs. DePaul, Nigel vs. Rhode Island, Cummings vs. Minnesota, Antwuan vs. Furman.
13 Florida State has recorded 13 blocked shots in the last two games as compared to seven in the first four games of the season.
17 Sophomore Nigel Dixon has more offensive rebounds (17) than defensive rebounds (16) entering Thursday night’s game against South Florida.
58.3 Florida State’s starting five shot 58.3 percent from the field (21-36) against Furman on Monday night.
81 Florida State has hit at least one 3-point shot in 81 consecutive games dating to Jan. 10, 1998.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Florida State’s schedule is currently ranked as the fourth toughest among all ACC schools. Of the Seminoles’ first six opponents, both Florida and DePaul were both ranked among the nation’s top 20 and five of the six had winning records at the time of the game.
ANTWUAN DIXON SEEING DOUBLE
Junior forward Antwuan Dixon, a team tri-captain, scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in recording his first career double/double against Furman on Monday night. The 17 points and 12 rebounds were career high numbers in both statistics. Dixon has now scored in double figures in three of the last five games. He enters Thursday night’s game against South Florida looking to score in double figures in three consecutive games for the first time in his career.
ANTWUAN DIXON ESTABLISHED CAREER HIGHS FOR
Points (17), field goals made (seven), field goals attempted (10), defensive rebounds (nine), total rebounds (12), and steals (three) against Furman on Monday night.
THE SEMINOLES’ FREE THROW STORY
Florida State has shot a combined 87.0 percent from the free throw line in the last two games. The Seminoles’ 88.0 mark (22-of-25) against Minnesota and their 86.2 (25-of-29) marked the first time since the first two games of the 1994-95 season (Nov. 25 against Florida International, 87.5 percent, Nov. 29 against South Florida, 88.5 percent) that the team had shot 80 percent or better from the line in consecutive games.
NIGEL DIXON GETS BACK ON TRACK
Sophomore center Nigel Dixon, who recorded his first career double/double of 23 points and 10 rebounds against Rhode Island on Nov. 25, is averaging a career-high 11.7 points and a career-high 5.5 rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures in five of the Seminoles’ six games this season
IN THE FIRST SIX GAMES OF THE SEASON
Nigel Dixon has established single-game career-highs for points (23 vs. Rhode Island), field goals made (nine vs. Rhode Island), field goals attempted (12 vs. Rhode Island), free throws made (five vs. Rhode Island), free throws attempted (nine vs. Rhode Island), total rebounds (10 vs. Rhode Island) and minutes played (22 vs. Rhode Island).
NIGEL DIXON HAS
Played 102 minutes and scored 70 points in the first six games of the 2000-01 season. He played 178 minutes and scored 50 points in 28 games during the 1999-00 season.
SEMINOLES SIGN PAIR OF TOP NATIONAL PROSPECTS
Florida State University head men’s basketball coach Steve Robinson announced during the early signing period that Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Seminoles beginning in the 2000-01 season. Richardson is ranked among the top 20 players in the nation and Waleskowski is ranked among the top 100 giving the Seminoles one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.
“We are very excited to have Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski join our program,” said Robinson. “Their addition gives us two more high level players which allows us to continue our efforts in transforming Florida State into one of the top programs in the nation.”
Richardson, a 6-7 small forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville High School was the first player to commit to Robinson and the Seminoles this season. He averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game as a junior. Richardson is hailed as one of the top “combo” forwards in the nation and is ranked as the 16th best prospect in the nation by recruiting analyst Brick Oettinger. He ranks as high as No. 4 nationally among small forward prospects nationally.
Richardson selected Florida State over Maryland, NC State and Wake Forest. He becomes the third player from the state of North Carolina to commit to the Seminoles in the last two years. Michael Joiner (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Ryan Lowery (Gastonia, N.C.) are current Florida State team members.
Waleskowski, a 6-9 power forward from Kettering (Ohio) Alter High School signed his National Letter of Intent with the Florida State program following a recruiting visit Nov. 3-5. He is rated among the top 100 prospects in the nation according to All Star Sports Publications. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots as a junior. In addition, he has a 31-inch vertical leap.
“The combination of the recruiting class which entered the university this fall (which was the 13th ranked recruiting class in the nation) and this recruiting class continues the influx of talented players into our program,” Robinson added. “We are continuously working to improve our program in every way and the additions of Anthony and Adam are very positive steps in our goal of becoming a better basketball team.”
CUMMINGS EARNS FIRST CAREER AGAINST FURMAN
Junior Monte Cummings earned his first career start against Furman on Monday and responded with eight points and two rebounds in a career-high 26 minutes of playing time. Cummings started at the two-guard spot in front of Adrian Crawford against the Paladins.
LOWERY IN THE BULLPEN
Freshman Ryan Lowery has proven himself to be an exceptional understudy to Delvon Arrington at the point guard position. He has played in all six games (averaging nearly 10 minutes game) and has a 3:1 assist to turnover ratio. He recorded his career-high of four assists against Florida in the season opener and against Rhode Island in the third round of the Great Alaska Shootout. He has committed only three turnovers in his last 46 minutes over the span of five games.
CAREER-HIGH NUMBERS FOR LOWERY
Ryan Lowery established his career high for minutes played (16) and field goals attempted (two) against Furman, his career-high for points (three) against Rhode Island, his career-high for assists (four) against Florida and Rhode Island, his career-high for rebounds (three) against DePaul, and his career-high for free throws made (two) and attempted (two) against Florida.