Feb. 5, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays its second consecutive ranked opponent as it plays host to the No. 2/2 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The game will be televised lived as part of Fox Sports Net’s ACC Sunday Night Hoops Package. The Seminoles game against the Tar Heels is their seventh against a team which is currently or which has been ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams at one point during the 2004-05 season. Florida State is 3-3 against teams who have been ranked this season with victories over Florida (Jan. 2, 89-62; Gators were ranked as high as No. 18 in Associated Press poll of Nov. 29), Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83 in overtime; Deacons were ranked No. 1 for two weeks in November) and NC State (Jan. 26, 70-64; Wolfpack was ranked as high as No. 12 for two weeks in December). Florida State’s game against the No. 2 ranked Tar Heels comes against the highest ranked opponent at the time of the game for the Seminoles – their win over Wake Forest came when the Deacons were ranked No. 3 nationally. The Seminoles’ game against the Tar Heels is their first at home since Jan. 22 when they played host to Duke and 13th of the season and at home where they have an 8-4 record. Following Sunday’s game against North Carolina, the Seminoles play three consecutive road games – at Virginia (Feb. 9, 7 p.m.), at Wake Forest (Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m.) and at Massachusetts (Feb. 15, 7 p.m.). Florida State’s game against Massachusetts is its final non-conference regular game of the season.
BEATING RANKED OPPONENTS IN TALLAHASSEE
In addition to defeating eight ranked ACC teams in the last four years at home in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team in 15 consecutive seasons. The Seminoles defeated No. 22 South Carolina on their way to the Metro Conference tournament championship in their final year in the Metro to begin their 14-year streak in the ACC.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and gain its second victory over a ranked team this season. The Seminoles defeated No. 3 Wake Forest at the Donald L. Tucker Center earlier this season;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain a victory over a ranked North Carolina team for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated the No. 7 ranked Tar Heels, 91-80 in overtime, Jan. 22, 2004 here in the Donald L. Tucker Center. Florida State overcame a school-record 24-point first-half deficit and a 14-point halftime margin to gain the victory;
…Defeat North Carolina and gain its second all-time victory over the nation’s No. 2 ranked team. The last time the Seminoles defeated the No. 2 team in the nation came against the Tar Heels and advanced Florida State to the Championship Game of the 1972 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles defeated the Tar Heels (March 24, 1972, 79-75) before falling to UCLA in the National Championship Game (March 26, 1972, 81-76);
…Defeat North Carolina and beat a ranked Tar Heel team for the seventh time since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season and ninth time in the history of the program.
A HAUNTED HOUSE FOR TOP RANKED TEAMS IN THE ACC
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against North Carolina with eight wins over nationally ranked teams at home in Tallahassee in the last four years. Included in those eight victories are two victories over top-five ranked Duke teams including the first victory in school history over a No. 1 ranked team as the Seminoles beat Duke during the 2001-02 season (Jan. 6, 2002; 77-76). In addition, the Seminoles defeated No. 7 ranked North Carolina. The Seminoles also defeated the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils during the 2002-03 season (Feb. 2, 2003, 75-70).
Seminoles’ Victories Over Nationally Ranked Teams At Home In The Last Four Years
Date Opponent Ranking Final Score
Jan. 6, 2002 Duke No. 1 Florida State 77, Duke 76
Feb. 20, 2002 Virginia No. 22 Florida State 65, Virginia 59
Feb. 2, 2003 Duke No. 5 Florida State 75, Duke 70
Dec. 28, 2003 Maryland No. 24 Florida State 79, Maryland 75
Jan. 22, 2004 North Carolina No. 7 Florida State 90, North Carolina 81 (OT)
Jan. 25, 2004 Wake Forest No. 7 Florida State 75, Wake Forest 70
Feb. 3, 2004 Georgia Tech No. 15 Florida State 81, Georgia Tech 65
Jan. 18, 2005 Wake Forest No. 3 Florida State 91, Wake Forest 83 (OT)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE 24-POINT COMEBACK LAST SEASON
Florida State erased a 24-point deficit and stunned No. 7 North Carolina 90-81 in overtime on Jan. 22, 2004 in Tallahassee. Tim Pickett scored six of his 30 points in overtime for Florida State, which scored the first 11 points of the extra period. Seminole point guard Todd Galloway tied the game on a 3-pointer from the corner with 7.2 seconds remaining in regulation, tying the game for the first time since the opening tip. Galloway’s clutch shot to even it at 78 was set up when Florida State’s Alexander Johnson blocked a shot by Sean May. Rashad McCants and Melvin Scott each hit four 3-pointers in the first half for North Carolina. They keyed a 21-0 run that gave the Tar Heels their big early lead. The Seminoles scrambled back to trail 49-35 at halftime on a basket by Galloway, who raced the length of the court and was going up for a lay-up when the red light came on the backboard. The basket was ruled good and later became an important two points. Florida State made two big runs in the second half. The Seminoles closed to 53-43 early in the half, but North Carolina built an 18-point lead, 67-49, with 12:33 left. Then Pickett went to work, driving to the basket often and getting to the foul line. He made 11 of 13 free throws and led the Seminoles with nine rebounds.
SEMINOLES ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Florida State plays host to North Carolina on Super Bowl Sunday as the New England Patriots battle the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville. The Seminoles are 2-2 on Super Bowl Sunday with its most recent game – an 88-73 victory over Savannah State last season – coming in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are playing on Super Bowl Sunday for the third consecutive season and are 1-0 (last season’s victory) when they play on Super Bowl Sunday when the New England Patriots are playing for the championship.
Date Seminoles’ Score Super Bowl Score
Jan. 31, 1993 FSU 96, Georgia Tech 77 Dallas 52, Buffalo 17 (XXVII)
Jan. 29, 1995 Georgia Tech 81, FSU 68 San Francisco 49, San Diego 26 (XXIX)
Jan. 26, 2003 Wake Forest 71, FSU 60 Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21 (XXXVII)
Feb. 1, 2004 FSU 88, Savannah State 73 New England 32, Carolina 29 (XXXVIII)
FLORIDA STATE AT HALFTIME
Florida State has led five of its first eight ACC games at halftime including a 46-32 (+14) intermission lead over No. 3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18). The Seminoles are 3-2 in ACC games when leading at the half with victories over the Demon Deacons, Virginia Tech and NC State. Florida State is 2-0 when leading at the half in home conference games as it was able to take halftime leads against both Virginia Tech (44-38 at halftime and won 77-70) and Wake Forest (46-32 at halftime, 76-76 after regulation and won 91-83 in overtime). Another indication of the Seminoles’ overall team improvement is the fact that Florida State led at the intermission of five of their first eight ACC games last season but was only able to hang on and win two of those games.
FLORIDA STATE’S SCORING MARGIN IN ACC GAMES
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against North Carolina with a 3-5 record in conference play. The Seminoles have lost four of their five ACC games by a total of eight points including their three point loss to Georgia Tech. Twice this season the Seminoles have lost an ACC game on the final shot of the contest by their opponent (a field goal with 7.8 seconds remaining at Miami and a 3-point shot with 2.7 seconds remaining at Georgia Tech). The Seminoles have lost by two in overtime to Maryland, two against Clemson, one at Miami and three at Georgia Tech. By comparison, Florida State’s first five ACC losses came by a total of 34 points.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
…Florida State is shooting .525 (31-of-59) and averaging 10.3 3-point field goals made from the 3-point line its three ACC wins and is shooting .299 (26-of-87) and averaging 5.2 3-point field goals made form the 3-point line in its five ACC losses;
…Florida State is shooting .430 (31-of-72) from the 3-point line in four ACC home games and is shooting .351 (26-of-74) from the 3-point line in four ACC road games.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 14 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, 2/21/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 17 pts and 4 rebs vs. North Carolina, 2/8/03)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs vs. North Carolina, 1/22/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.7 ppg, 2.7 apg; 7 pts and 4 asts vs. North Carolina, 1/22/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (14.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 6 pts and 3 rebs vs. North Carolina, 1/22/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.4 ppg, 2.2 apg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 7 pts and 0 rebs. Vs. North Carolina, 1/22/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg; First career game vs. North Carolina)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.2 ppg, 1.8 apg; First career game vs. Carolina)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 5 pts and 6 rebs. Vs. North Carolina, 1/22/04)
PROBABLE STARTERS NORTH CAROLINA
F #21 Jawad Williams (16.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg; 15 pts and 3 rbs vs. Florida State 1/22/04)
F #32 Rashad McCants (16.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 26 pts and 3 rbs vs. Florida State 1/22/04))
C #42 Sean May (15.1 ppg, 9.2 rpg; 11 pts and 10 rbs vs. Florida State 1/22/04)
G #02 Raymond Felton (10.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 13 pts and 2 rbs vs. Florida State 1/22/04)
G #05 Jackie Manuel (6.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rbs vs. Florida State 1/22/04)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: North Carolina leads 31-8
Last Game: February 21, 2004; UNC 78, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win: January 22, 2004; Florida State 90, UNC 81 (OT)
Last North Carolina Win: February 21, 2004; UNC 78, Florida State 71
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: January 22, 2004; Florida State 90, UNC 81 (OT)
Last North Carolina Win In Tallahassee: December 22, 2002; UNC 69, Florida State 48
Florida State vs. North Carolina, Current Streak: North Carolina has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. North Carolina: 1-4 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Feb. 21, 2004 January 22, 2004 Feb. 8, 2003 Dec.22, 2003
at N. Carolina 78 at Florida State 90 at N. Carolina 61 at Florida State 48
Florida State 71 N. Carolina 81(OT) Florida State 60 N. Carolina 69
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE LAST MEETING
Rashad McCants scored 21 points to help No. 16 North Carolina hold off Florida State 78-71 on Feb. 21, 2004 in Chapel Hill. Raymond Felton had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Tar Heels. North Carolina, which led by 18 points early in the second half, weathered a Florida State charge that got the Seminoles within 65-64 with 4:01 left, managing to hold on by going eight-of-nine from the free throw line down the stretch. Tim Pickett had 25 points and Andrew Wilson added a career-high 24 for the Seminoles. After a 3-pointer by Wilson pulled the Seminoles within one, McCants grabbed a deflected pass and made a 3 on the other end to make it 68-64 with 3:29 remaining. He then stole the ball from Pickett on Florida State’s ensuing possession. Felton was six-of-eight from the free throw line over the final three minutes to help the Tar Heels hold on.