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Men’s Basketball Prepares For South Florida

Jan. 7, 2000

Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000 at 7:00 pm

Sun Dome (10,411), Tampa, FL

Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles are coming off a 66-64 come-from-behind win at Wake Forest on Tuesday night in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Ron Hale led FSU with a career-high 37 points, leading a rally from 45-27 down with 15 minutes to play. Hale’s effort set a school record for points in an ACC game and tied for 11th on the program’s single game scoring list…Florida State hit 7-of-15 from three-point range at Wake, led by Hale’s 4-of-5 performance. The Seminoles lead the ACC in three-point percentage, making 38.9 percent of their attempts (65-of-167). Hale also leads the league in three-point percentage, hitting 47.1 percent from beyond the arc (16-of-34)…Senior forward Oliver Simmons has hit 11 of his last 14 from the floor (78.6 percent) and is averaging 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in his last two games…Senior forward Damous Anderson has slumped since spraining his ankle in practice on Dec. 8. Since the injury, Anderson is averaging just 6.3 points on 8-of-19 shooting (42.1 percent), including 1-of-7 from three-point range, and 4.3 rebounds.

Game 12
Thursday, December 30
Florida State 77, The Citadel 51
Tuesday, January 4
Florida State 66, Wake Forest 64
Saturday, January 8 7:00 pm
at South Florida (SC-Florida)
Wednesday, January 12 7:00 pm
vs. Clemson (No TV)
Sunday, January 16 4:00 pm
vs. Duke (RJP)

South Florida Bulls

The Bulls opened Conference USA play on Wednesday with an 88-69 home win over Alabama-Birmingham to stretch their win streak to three games. Sophomore forward Altron Jackson came off the bench to score a career-high 29 points while junior Cedric Smith matched his with 21…Sophomore forward B.B. Waldon leads the Bulls in scoring and rebounding at 21.0 points and 8.2 rebounds per game…USF hit 12-of-22 from three-point range against UAB and leads C-USA in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 41.0 percent (96-of-234). Three players are making at at least 50 percent from beyond the arc with a minimum of 13 three-pointers made (Jackson, Smith and Waldon).

The Game

Saturday’s game marks the 29th meeting between Florida State and South Florida. The Seminoles own a 19-9 advantage in the series, which dates back to Jan. 29, 1973…FSU is 5-7 all-time against USF in Tampa and has dropped three straight in the Sun Dome. In Florida State’s last trip there, Oliver Simmons missed a short follow at the buzzer as the Bulls edged the Tribe 70-68 on Jan. 31, 1998…Seven of the last 13 games in the series have been decided by six points or fewer…The teams have split the last six meetings. USF’s three wins have come by a total of eight points while FSU’s have come by an average of 13.0 points…This is the Seminoles’ final non-conference game of the season. Florida State is 5-5 outside the Atlantic Coast Conference this year.

The Series
FSU leads 19-9
Last Meeting
@ FSU 77, USF 66
Feb. 2, 1999

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