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Florida State Travels To Play At Miami Saturday At Noon

Jan. 13, 2005

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which has won four of its last six games, travels to play Miami in its fourth Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season. The Seminoles are traveling to play in Coral Gables against the Hurricanes in their second conference road game of the season. The Seminoles’ game against the Hurricanes marks the second consecutive season Leonard Hamilton has taken a team to South Florida to play Miami. Florida State defeated Miami, 67-58, December 14, 2003 in the Convocation Center. The game is a homecoming for Hamilton who was Miami’s head coach from 1991-00 and led the Hurricanes to 114 wins, three NCAA Tournaments and two NIT tournaments. Florida State’s game at Miami marks the Seminoles’ fourth game (and first since playing at Maryland Dec. 19) on an opponents’ home court. The Seminoles are 2-1 in true road games with victories at both Minnesota (Nov. 30, 70-69) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and at Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64). The Seminoles are playing away from the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee for the first time since Dec. 30 in Saturday’s game and return home for two home games following Saturday’s game against the Hurricanes. Florida State plays host to Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 7 p.m.) and Duke (Jan. 22, 6:00 p.m.) in a pair of games against teams ranked among the top five in the nation.

SEMINOLES FINDING SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
Florida State enters Saturday’s game at Miami with a 2-1 road record this season. The Seminoles rallied from a 14-point deficit with seven minutes remaining to win at Minnesota, 70-69, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Florida State went on the road less than a week later and won at Ole Miss, 69-64, in the informal ACC/SEC Challenge. The Seminoles never trailed and led by as many as 17 in defeating the Rebels.

NOTING THE SEMINOLES AGAINST MIAMI
Florida State is 14-8 against Miami in games played during the month of January including 11-2 in games played since 1961.

SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
Florida State is shooting .511 from the 3-point line (24-of-47) in its last three games. In averaging eight 3-point field goals in their last three games, the Seminoles are making nearly two 3-point field goals more then they have averaged during the first 16 games of the season (6.2).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Miami and win its second conference game of the season. A victory would even the Seminoles conference record at 2-2 after four ACC games for the second consecutive season;
…Defeat Miami and win in Coral Gables for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes, 67-58, Dec. 14, 2003 in the Convocation Center;
…Defeat Miami and break its’ 25-game ACC road losing streak. The Seminoles last defeated an ACC team on the road with a 75-63 victory over Clemson on March 3, 2001;
…Win its third true road game of the season and match its road win total from the last three seasons.

IN ITS FIRST THREE ACC GAMES OF THE SEASON…
…Florida State has limited its opponents to .394 shooting from the field. The Seminoles held Clemson to .351 shooting from the field (20-of-57) and limited Maryland to .400 (30-75) shooting from the field. The Seminoles are one of four ACC teams holding their opponents below 40 percent shooting from the field in conference games only;
…Florida State has lost its first two ACC games by a total of four points. The Seminoles fell at Maryland, 90-88, in overtime (Dec. 19) and against Clemson, 56-54, in regulation (Jan. 12). The Seminoles led the Terps, 84-80 early in the overtime period and were tied with Clemson, 54-54, with 2:44 remaining the game;
…Florida State is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (.486) in its first three ACC games. The Seminoles shot a season-high .585 (24-of-41) in their victory over Virginia Tech, 77-70, in Tallahassee (Jan. 8). The Seminoles are ranked third in the conference statistics in field goal percentage shooting in conference games only;
…Florida State is shooting .426 from the 3-point line in its first three ACC games. The Seminoles made a season-high 11 3-point field goals in their victory over Virginia Tech (11-of-19).

SEMINOLES CUTTING OFF THE PATH TO THE BASKET
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami holding its opponents to a. 398 shooting percentage from the field. The field goal percentage defense statistic is one of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s favorite and one statistic that his teams annually rank among the nation’s leaders. Hamilton’s 1997-98 team at Miami led the nation with a .379 defensive field goal percentage. The Seminoles’ 2003-04 team, which ranked second in the ACC with a .401 defensive field goal percentage, was the first Hamilton-coached team since his 1995-96 season Miami team to allow its opponents to shoot better than 40 percent from the field for a single season. Florida State has limited Miami to a .320 shooting percentage from the field in the last two game between the in-state rivals (40-125) including holding the Hurricanes to a .283 mark in the Seminoles’ 72-55 win on Dec. 8, 2002.

Hamilton’s Teams Holding Their Opponents Down
Season School Oppt. FG Pct. National Rank

1996-97 Miami (Fla.) .380 6th
1997-98 Miami (Fla.) .379 1st
1998-99 Miami (Fla.) .384 13th
1999-00 Miami (Fla.) .394 22nd
2002-03 Florida State .391 7th
2003-04 Florida State .401 21st
2004-05 Florida State .398 48th

A STATISTICAL BAROMETER FOR THE SEMINOLES
Florida State, which enters Saturday’s game ranked third in the ACC with a .382 3-point field goal shooting percentage, is shooting .447 percent and averaging 7.4 3-point field goals made in its nine victories this season. The Seminoles are shooting higher from the bonusphere this season (.382) than they did last season (.376) when they ranked second in the ACC and utilized the outside shooting talents of All-ACC First-Team selection Tim Pickett. Pickett ranked first in the ACC in 3-point field goals made per game (3.3) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (.407). Florida State is shooting .412 (14-of-34) from the 3-point line in the last two games against Miami. The Seminoles shot .474 (nine-of-19) in their 72-55 victory over the Hurricanes on Dec. 8, 2002.

Seminoles From The 3-Point Line
Games 3FGM 3FGA Pct. 3FG/G Notes

In 9 Wins 67 150 .447% 7.4 11 3-point FGM in win vs. Va. Tech
In 7 Losses 32 109 .293% 4.6 5 3-point FGM in overtime game at Md.
Difference +.154% +2.8 Ranked third in ACC in 3-point FG Pct.

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 78 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 212 consecutive games entering Saturday’s game against Miami. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998. Florida State averages 7.2 3-point field goals made in ACC games (35) during the Leonard Hamilton era at Florida State.

SEMINOLES FINDING THEIR WAY AT THE LINE IN ACC PLAY
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Miami shooting .705 from the free throw line in its first three ACC games. The Seminoles shot a season-high .783 (18-of-23) from the line in their victory over Virginia Tech and made 21-of-32 attempts (.656) in their overtime loss to Maryland (Dec. 19, 90-88). Florida State’s starting five (Alexander Johnson, Adam Waleskowski, Andrew Wilson, Todd Galloway and Von Wafer) are shooting a combined .756 (34-of-45) in the first three ACC games of the season. Florida State shot .702 (33-of-47) from the free throw line in its games against Miami on Dec. 8, 2002 and Dec. 14, 2003.

<PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 4 pts and 1 stl vs. Miami, 12/8/02)
F #25 Diego Romero (5.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg; First career game vs. Miami)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 7 pts and 6 rebs against Miami, 12/14/03)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.4 ppg, 2.6 apg; 11 pts and 4 asts vs. Miami, 12/8/02)
G #22 Von Wafer (11.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 2 pts and 1 asts vs. Miami, 12/14/03)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.6 ppg, 2.1 apg; First career game vs. Miami)
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg; First career game vs. Miami)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg; 4 pts and 3 rebs vs. Miami, 12/14/03)
G #21 Jason Rich (6.2 ppg, 1.7 apg; First career game vs. Miami)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 9 pts and 6 rebs vs. Miami, 12/14/03)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 15 pts and 6 rebs vs. Miami, 12/14/03)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR MIAMI
F #34 William Frisby (9.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg; First career appearance vs. Florida State)
C #50 Anthony King (6.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg; 2 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State. 12/14/03)
G #12 Anthony Harris (2.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/14/03)
G #13 Guillermo Diaz (17.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg; 8 pts and 8 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/14/03)
G #22 Robert Hite (19.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Florida State, 12/14/03)


FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Florida State leads, 29-23
Last Game: Dec. 14, 2003; Florida State 67, Miami 58
Last Florida State Win: Dec. 14, 2003; Florida State 67, Miami 58
Last Miami Win: Jan. 18, 1990; Miami 90, Florida State 89
Last Florida State Win In Coral Gables: Dec. 14, 2003; Florida State 67, Miami 58
Last Miami Win In Coral Gables: Jan. 18, 1990; Miami 90, Florida State 89
Florida State vs. Miami, Current Streak: Florida State has won 3
Leonard Hamilton vs. Miami: 2-0 (both at Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Dec. 14, 2003 Dec. 8, 2002 Feb. 17, 1990 Jan. 18, 1990
Florida State 67 at Florida State 72 at Florida State 92 at Miami 90
at Miami 58 Miami 55 Miami 73 Florida State 89

FLORIDA STATE VS. MIAMI – THE LAST MEETING
Anthony Richardson scored 15 points, including five in a game-ending 13-0 run that helped Florida State match its best start in school history by beating instate rival Miami 67-58 December 14, 2003 in Miami. Florida State forced six turnovers and held Miami scoreless over the final seven minutes – a stretch that proved to be the difference in the game. The Hurricanes led 58-54 before missing their final seven shots. Florida State’s leading scorer, Tim Pickett scored 12 points after the break and started the comeback with a steal and a lay-up with 4:28 remaining. Alexander Johnson had a dunk, Richardson hit a free throw and Johnson added a lay-up to make it 61-58. Richardson and Pickett combined to go for six-for-six from the free-throw line in the final minute to seal the victory. Miami had three consecutive chances to take a lead trailing 59-58, but Darius Rice had a turnover and then Armondo Surratt missed a lay-up and a 3-pointer. Rice led the Hurricanes with 20 points. Surratt scored 15 during the game

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