Hoop It Up

Florida State, which has a 13-1 record at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center this season, plays host to Clemson Saturday at noon. The Seminoles' game against the Tigers marks their first at home since defeating No. 15 Georgia Tech (Feb. 3, 81-65) and Savannah State (Feb. 1, 88-73) in back to back games.

Florida State's 13 wins at home this season are the most since winning 13 during the 1996-97 and mark the ninth time in school history it has won at least 13 games during its home schedule in a single season.

The school record for home wins in a season is 15 by the Seminoles' 1974-75 team that finished with a 15-1 record (.938 winning percentage). The Seminoles' 1986-87 team had a 14-2 record in the TLCCC.

Florida State enters Saturday's game against Clemson having won five of the last six games played against Clemson including both of the last two played here in Tallahassee. Overall, the Seminoles have a 12-3 record at home against the Tigers including a 9-2 record at home against Clemson since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. Following Saturday's game against Clemson, the Seminoles play host to Virginia (Feb. 17, 7 p.m.) before traveling to play at No. 14/17 North Carolina (Feb. 21).


Senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett enter Saturday's game against Clemson ranked in the top five of five different ACC statistical categories. The outstanding guard is ranked first in the conference in 3-point field goals made (74) and 3-point field goals made per game (3.08), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.413), steals per game (2.42) and total steals (58) and fifth in scoring (15.9 ppg). Pickett is the only ACC player to rank in the top five of each of those statistical categories. Pickett has been named the ACC Player of the Week twice this season and is one of only two conference players to score 30 or more points twice in a single game this season. Both of Pickett's 30-point scoring efforts came against ranked teams with 33 points coming in an 81-65 victory over No. 15 ranked Georgia Tech (Feb. 3) and 30 points coming against No. 7 ranked North Carolina (Jan. 22).


…Win its 17th game of the season with a victory over Clemson. The Seminoles have already surpassed last season's victory total of 14 and are approaching their recent six-year high of 18 wins which came during the 1997-98 season when the team finished with an 18-11 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament;
…Win its fifth ACC game of the season to mark its highest victory total in the conference since winning five during the 1998-99 season when the Seminoles finished with a 5-11 league record. Florida State won a school record 12 ACC games during the 1992-93 season;
…Defeat Clemson for the third time during the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles defeated the Tigers at home last season (Jan. 21, 2003; 60-59) and in last season's ACC Tournament (March 13, 2003; 72-61);
…Win its' 14th game of the season at home to come within one of tying the school record for wins at home in a single season. The last time the Seminoles won 14 games at home was during the 1986-87 season. The school record for home wins in a single season is 15 during the 1974-75 season.


Led by senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett's 74 3-point shots made, Florida State enters Saturday's game against Clemson having made a near school record 209 3-point shots. The single season school record for 3-point shots made is 211 during the 1994-95 season. The Seminoles have scored more than 36 percent of their points (.366, 627 of 1,714 points) from the 3-point line. During the 1994-95 season, James Collins (72 3-point field goals made) and Bob Sura (51 3-point field goals made) led the Seminoles from the bonusphere as Florida State scored more than 31 percent of its points (.312, 633 of 2,027 points) from long range.

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