Nov. 18, 2003
Florida State plays host to the Maine Black Bears as it begins the second year of the Leonard Hamilton era and the 57th season of basketball at Florida State University at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. Florida State, which finished the 2002-03 season with a 14-15 record, enters the 2003-04 regular season after a perfect 2-0 record during the exhibition season. The Seminoles defeated Global Sports, 83-68, and Nike Elite, 75-65. Both games were played in the Civic Center. The Seminoles began the 2002-03 season, Hamilton's first in Tallassee with a 79-46 victory over Savannah State Nov. 24, 2002.
FLORIDA STATE IN SEASON OPENERS Florida State has won 10 of its last 13 season openers dating to the opening game of the 1990-91 season. Entering Friday's game against Maine, the Seminoles have won 10 of their last 11 and 38 of 39 all-time season home openers.
Florida State In The First Game of the Season Category Record Winning Percentage Home Openers 38-1 .974 Road Openers 5-10 .333 Neutral Site Openers 1-1 .500 Season Openers 44-12 .786
NOTEWORTHY SEMINOLE NOTES... ...Florida State won its season opener last year with a 79-46 victory over Savannah State Nov. 24 in the Civic Center; ...Florida State is 44-12 in season openers dating to a 39-36 victory over Spring Hill (Fla.) College Dec. 10, 1947 - the first game in Seminole history; ...Florida State is 52-4 in its home openers during the first 56 years of the Seminole basketball program. The Seminoles have won two consecutive and 42 of their last 43 home openers; ...Florida State is playing a team from the state of Maine for the first time in school history; ...Florida State assistant coach Mike Jaskulski was an assistant coach at Maine from 1989 through 1993. The Black Bears appeared in the North Atlantic Conference tournament championship game during the 1991 season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO... ...Win its season opener for the second consecutive season and the second straight time under second-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles defeated Savannah State, 79-46, to begin the 2002-03 season; ...Win for the 39th time in 40 games when the season opener is also the home opener. The Seminoles won their first 37 season openers when the first game of the season came at home; ...Play a member of the America East conference for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles played Boston University in the first round of the University of Arizona Tournament Dec. 28, 2002 in Tucson, Ariz.
HAMILTON IN SEASON OPENERS Second-year head coach Leonard Hamilton enters Friday night's game against Maine having won eight consecutive season openers as a head coach on the collegiate level. He guided Florida State to a 79-46 victory over Savannah State to begin his Seminole coaching career last season and led Miami to seven consecutive season opening victories from the season opener in 1993-94 through the season opener in 1999-00. Hamilton has a 10-5 record (.667) during his collegiate career in season openers.
Hamilton Successful In Season Openers Date School Opponent Outcome 1986-87 Oklahoma State at Pepperdine L, 61-79 1987-88 Oklahoma State at BYU-Hawaii L, 59-62 1988-89 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh L, 75-93 1989-90 Oklahoma State at North Texas W, 94-66 1990-91 Miami vs. George Mason L, 91-97 1991-92 Miami vs. Barry University W, 80-67 1992-93 Miami vs. Florida International L, 64-72 1993-94 Miami vs. Florida Atlantic W, 85-53 1994-95 Miami vs. NE Illinois W, 66-48 1995-96 Miami vs. NE Illinois W, 81-58 1996-97 Miami vs. Buffalo W, 78-61 1997-98 Miami at Southern Illinois W, 73-61 1998-99 Miami at Florida Atlantic W, 97-73 1999-00 Miami at Central Florida W, 81-54 2002-03 Florida State vs. Savannah State W, 79-46
PICKETT AS FLORIDA STATE'S LEADING SCORER Senior All-ACC and All-America candidate Tim Pickett led the Seminoles in scoring a team-high 18 times last season including his game-high 16-point performance against Savannah State. Pickett enters Friday night's opener against Maine looking to become the first player to lead the Seminoles in scoring in a season opener in back-to-back seasons since Ron Hale topped Florida State in scoring to begin both the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Hale scored 19 points against Sam Houston State (Nov. 13, 1998) in a season opening win over the Bearkats and totaled 24 points against Florida (Nov. 19, 2000) in consecutive opening night games. Current senior Michael Joiner announced his presence as a freshman for the Seminoles as he led Florida State in scoring in his first career game against Florida (Nov. 17, 2000) to begin the 2000-01 season.
PICKETT EARNS PRE-SEASON ALL-ACC HONORS BY ACSMA Florida State senior guard Tim Pickett was named to the preseason All-ACC First Team in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association at the annual Operation Basketball event. An All-ACC second-team selection as a junior, Pickett was included on the five-man team of the top players in the nation's top conference entering the 2003-04 season. Pickett was named to the preseason All-ACC team along with Raymond Felton of North Carolina, Julius Hodge of N.C. State, J.J. Redick of Duke and Vytas Danelius of Wake. Felton was selected as the preseason conference Player of the Year while Duke's Luol Deng was voted the preseason Rookie of the Year. Pickett is only the third player in Seminole men's basketball history to earn preseason All-ACC honors. Sam Cassell (prior to the 1992-93 season) and Bob Sura (prior to the 1994-95 season) were the first two Seminoles to earn preseason All-ACC honors. Both Cassell and Sura earned All-ACC second team honors following those respective seasons. As a junior, Pickett was named to the ACC second team and the conference's all-defensive team in a vote of the leagues nine coaches and also by the media covering the conference.
PICKETT MERITS PRE-SEASON ALL-ACC HONORS Florida State University senior guard Tim Pickett, who averaged 17.1 points and ranked fourth in the nation with a 2.83 steals per game average as a junior, enters the 2003-04 season as a consensus pre-season All-ACC First-Team selection. He has been named to the pre-season all-conference team by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the Sporting News and ESPN.com among many of the number of national publications who have selected the top players in each college basketball conference.
EVERYBODY IN THE SCORING COLUMN All 10 Seminoles who earned playing time against Global Sports scored at least two points and all 11 players who earned playing time against Team Nike also scored at least two points. Each player who earned playing time in both games scored in both preseason games.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE F #1 Michael Joiner (6.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg in two exhibition games; 8 points vs. Global All-Stars) F #54 Anthony Richardson (12.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg in two exhibition games; 19 points vs. Global) C #33 Mike Mathews (6.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 6 points vs. Global and Nike) G #10 Nate Johnson (10.0 ppg, 4.0 apg in two exhibition games; 17 points vs. Global) G #22 Tim Pickett (13.5 ppg; 6.0 rpg in two exhibition games; 23 points vs. Nike) AND TOP RESERVES G #4 Todd Galloway (3.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg in two exhibition games; 4 points vs. Global) G #21 Benson Callier (2.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 3 points vs. Global) G #23 Von Wafer (9.5 ppg, 2.5 apg in two exhibition games; 19 points vs. Global) F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 11 points vs. Nike) F #51 Adam Waleskowski (5.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg in two exhibition games; 7 points vs. Nike)
SEMINOLES PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH AT ACC OPERATION BASKETBALL The Florida State men's basketball team was selected to finish sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings at the annual Operation Basketball event. It marks the first time since the 1994 season, when the Seminoles were picked to finish fifth, that Florida State has been picked to finish higher than seventh in the conference standings. The Seminoles finished just behind Maryland (fifth) and NC State (fourth) and ahead of Georgia Tech (seventh), Virginia (eighth) and Clemson (ninth) in the voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Duke, with 53 of 55 first-place votes, was tabbed as the pre-season favorite. The Blue Devils were followed by North Carolina and Wake Forest. Since joining the ACC to begin the 1991-92 season, Florida State has been selected to finish sixth or better four times (including this season) in 13 years. The Seminoles were picked to finish third in 1993 (and finished second), fifth in 1994 (and finished seventh) and sixth in 1992 (and finished second).
NOTING THE SEMINOLES TWO-GAME EXHIBITION SEASON ... Florida State utilized the same starting lineup (Michael Joiner, Anthony Richardson, Mike Mathews, Nate Johnson and Tim Pickett) in its two preseason victories as it readied itself for the 2003-04 regular season which begins Nov. 21 against Maine in the Leon County Civic Center; ...Florida State held its two preseason opponents to .366 (48-131) shooting from the field. The Seminoles held Global Sports to .358 field goal shooting (24-67) and held Team Nike to .375 shooting from the field (24-64). Florida State's opponents shot .391 from the field during the 2002-03 season; ...Florida State allowed an average of only 66.5 points per game in its two preseason games - 68 by Global Sports and 65 by Team Nike. The Seminoles ranked seventh nationally and led the Atlantic Coast Conference as they allowed only 66.6 points per game during the 2002-03 season.