March 8, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays NC State in the first round of the 52nd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Thursday at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The No. 10 Seminoles are facing the No. 7 Wolfpack in the first round of the event for the second consecutive season with NC State taking a 78-71 victory March 11, 2004 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Florida State and NC State have met four times previously in the ACC Tournament with the Wolfpack holding a 3-1 advantage. The winner of Thursday’s game between the Seminoles and the Wolfpack will face No. 2 seed Wake Forest on Friday at 7 p.m. The Seminoles enter the 2005 ACC Tournament fresh from their regular season ending victory over Virginia (March 10, 68-63) in Tallahassee. Florida State’s victory over Virginia allows the Seminoles to enter the ACC Tournament with a victory in their final regular season game for the first time since 2001 when they ended the season with a 69-59 win over Georgia Tech.
WALESKOWSKI PLAYS HIMSELF INTO THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK
Senior forward Adam Waleskowski will play his 122nd career game against NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament and will move into a first place tie with Rodney Dobard (1989-93) for games played by a Seminole player. Waleskowski has not missed a single game during his four year career and has earned 22 starting assignments. He has started three ACC Tournament games during his career including the Seminoles’ game against NC State in the 2004 tournament (March 12, 2004)
SEMINOLES AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL
The Florida State men’s basketball team has a record of 2-0 and will play the third game in its history in the District of Columbia. The Seminoles are 2-0 against George Washington (with wins on Dec. 27, 1967 and Jan. 25, 1979) in games played in the nation’s capital. Third-year Seminole head coach knows Washington, D.C and the MCI Center well as he was the head coach of the Washington Wizards during the 2000-01 season. Hamilton was assisted by current Seminole Associate Head Coach Stan Jones on the Wizards’ bench. In addition, the Seminoles’ current sophomores, juniors and seniors practiced at the MCI Center on Jan. 10, 2003 prior to their regular season game at Maryland the next day and current Seminole freshman guard Isaiah Swann is from Gaithersburg, Md. – a mere 35 minutes from Washington, D.C.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat NC State and win its first round game in the ACC Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons. The Seminoles defeated Clemson in the first round of the 2002 (March 7, 2002; Florida State 91, Clemson 84 in overtime) and 2003 (March 13, 2003; Florida State 72, Clemson 61) tournaments;
…Defeat NC State and win its sixth game in 14 years of playing in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles have a 5-13 record (.384 winning percentage) in the event since winning their first ever ACC Tournament game against NC State in 1992;
…Defeat NC State and win its second consecutive game against the Wolfpack. It would mark the first time the Seminoles have won two games against NC State since sweeping the regular season series in 1998.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO FIND THEIR WAY FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against NC State in the ACC Tournament shooting a season-high .667 from the free throw line as a team. The Seminoles have shot nearly 80 percent from the free throw line in their last two games including an .800 percent mark against North Carolina (eight-of-10). Florida State shot .788 (26-of-33) from the line in its last two regular season games. Led by four-of-four free throw shooting performances by Todd Galloway and Von Wafer, Florida State shot a season-high .818 percent (18-of-22) in its 70-64 victory over NC State Jan. 26 in Raleigh.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 92 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 226 consecutive games entering Thursday’s game against NC State in the ACC Tournament. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE
Led by sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer’s single-season career-high 65 3-point field goals made, the Seminoles have made 197 3-point field goals as a team in their 30 games during the 2004-05 season. That total ranks as the fourth highest single-season team total in school history. Entering Thursday’s game against NC State in the ACC Tournament, the Seminoles are ranked fifth in the ACC with their .365 shooting percentage mark from the 3-point line and fifth in the league with 197 total 3-point shots made. Led by Von Wafer’s five 3-point shots in their win over NC State on Jan. 26, the Seminoles shot .500 percent (eight-of-16) from the 3-point line.
Florida State’s Top Four 3-Point Field Goals Made Seasons
Rank Season 3FGM Rank Season 3FGM
1. 2003-04 296 3. 2004-05 197
2. 1994-95 211
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE II
During the regular season Florida State shot .427 (35-of-82) and averaged 8.8 field goals made from the 3-point line in its four ACC victories, while shooting only .330 (75-of-227) and averaging 6.3 field goals made from the 3-point line in its 12 ACC losses.
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against NC State in the ACC Tournament with 210 steals as a team. The Seminoles recorded their ACC season high of 10 steals against North Carolina (March 3) to surpass the 200 steals plateau for the fourth consecutive season. The Seminoles have earned at least 200 steals each season since the 2001-02 season and ranked third in the ACC with 291 steals during the 2003-04 season.
Sophomores Al Thornton and Alexander Johnson lead the Seminoles with 16 blocked shots each. They have helped the Seminoles block 96 shots during the Seminoles’ 30 games this season. Florida State needs to block four more shots during the remainder of the season to reach the 100 blocked shots plateau for the fifth time in the last six years and for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons. Four different players blocked one shot as the Seminoles blocked four shots in their victory over NC State Jan. 26. The four blocked shots was only one away from tying their ACC season high of five blocks against Maryland.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against NC State in the ACC Tournament shooting .455 from the field for the season. The Seminoles are one of only six teams in the conference shooting better than 45 percent from the field for the season.
SEMINOLES PASSING THE BALL ENTERING THE ACC TOURNAMENT
Florida State enters the 2005 ACC Tournament displaying its ability to both pass the basketball to teammates and keep it away from its opponents. The Seminoles recorded their ACC season-high of 20 assists against North Carolina (March 3) and nearly tied their ACC season low with only 10 turnovers in their season-ending victory over Virginia (March 6). Florida State turned the ball over a season-low nine times in its 91-83 overtime victory over No. 3/3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18 in Tallahassee). The Seminoles have registered a positive assist:turnover ratio in both it their last two games.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 8 pts and 8 rebs against NC State, 3/12/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 19 pts and 6 rebs against NC State, 1/8/02)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 11 pts and 2 rebs against NC State, 1/26/05)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.0 ppg, 3.1 apg; 13 pts and 3 asts against NC State, 1/18/03)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 4 pts and 2 rebs against NC State, 1/26/05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.2 ppg, 2.0 apg; 0 pts and 0 rebs against NC State, 1/26/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs against NC State, 1/26/05)
F #12 Al Thornton (9.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 12 pts and 7 rebs against NC State, 1/26/05)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg; 7 pts and 2 rebs against NC State, 3/12/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (12.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 23 pts and 3 rebs against NC State, 1/26/05)
F #25 Diego Romero (3.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs against NC State, 1/26/05)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NC STATE…
F #24 Julius Hodge (17.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg; 15 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/1104)
F #40 Andrew Brackman (7.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 7 pts and 0 rebs against Florida State, 1/26/05)
G #3 Ilian Evtimov (9.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg; 17 pts and 5 rebs vs. Florida State, 3/12/04)
G #14 Engin Atsur (9.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 20 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/10/04)
G #22 Tony Bethel (8.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb against Florida State, 1/26/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: NC State leads, 22-15
The Series In The ACC Tournament: NC State leads 3-1
Last Game: Jan. 26, 2005; Florida State 70, NC State 64
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 26, 2005; Florida State 70, NC State 64
Last NC State Win: March 12, 2004; NC State 78, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win In ACC Tournament: March 13, 1992; Florida State 93, NC State 80
Last NC State Win In ACC Tournament: March 12, 2004; NC State 78, Florida State 71
Florida State vs. NC State, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. NC State: 1-5 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Jan. 26, 2005 March 12, 2004 Feb. 10, 2004 Jan. 11, 2004
Florida State 70 NC State 78 at NC State 75 NC State 58
At NC State 64 vs. Florida State 71 Florida State 59 at Florida State 53
FLORIDA STATE VS. NC STATE – THE LAST MEETING
Von Wafer scored 23 points and Florida State earned its first conference road win in nearly four years by beating North Carolina State 70-64 Jan. 26 in Raleigh. Al Thornton scored 12 points for the Seminoles. Alexander Johnson added 11 to give Florida State its first ACC road win since beating Clemson 75-63 on March 3, 2001. Julius Hodge scored 14 points for the Wolfpack which continued its up-and-down ways in conference play. The Seminoles hit 18 of 22 free throws. The Seminoles trailed by eight with about six minutes left in the first half, but used a 20-4 run before the break to take a 33-25 lead at halftime. Wafer then scored eight quick points, hitting two 3-pointers and throwing down a slam off a turnover to push that lead to 45-31 with 17:03 left. Trailing 66-63 in the final seconds, Jordan Collins airballed a 3 from the right wing, and Adam Waleskowski hit two free throws to essentially seal it with 8.7 seconds left. N.C. State didn’t help itself from the free-throw line. The Wolfpack hit 13 of 23 free throws, while Grant, Collins and Hodge combined to go 2-for-6 in the final 1:44