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Preview: Noles At Wake Forest

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Saturday, February 19th – 1:00 p.m. EST
Lawrence Joel Coliseum | Winston-Salem, NC
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Game Notes
Key Players

Derwin Kitchen

30.2
Min / Game
30.7

Travis McKie

9.9
Pts. / Game
12.3
3.6
Ast. / Game
1.0
5.6
Reb. / Game
7.5
50.0
FG %
48.1
35.7
3PT %
31.1
76.1
FT %
74.5
Head to Head

Florida State Seminoles

(18-7) (8-3 ACC)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

(8-18) (1-10 ACC)

Scoring‘NolesDeacons
Points/Game
70
69
FG %
43.0
43.0
3PT %
32.9
38.3
FT %
66.1
75.6
Defense‘NolesDeacons
Rebounds/Game
40
33
Steals/Game
9
5
Blocks/Game
6
6

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Florida State, which has won seven of its last nine games, travels to play at Wake Forest in the second of two games between the Seminoles and the Deacons on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston Salem, N.C. The Seminoles won the first meeting between the two teams (85-61 on Feb. 1) in a game played earlier this season in Tallahassee. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest having won 13 of its last 17 ACC games (.765) since defeating Boston College on Feb. 14, 2010 and are 7-4 (.636) in ACC games during the month of February in the last two seasons. Florida State has developed into one of the most consistent programs in the nation and is the THIRD WINNINGEST PROGRAM IN THE ACC IN THE LAST SIX SEASONS in ACC regular season and ACC tournament games. The Seminoles have won at least eight ACC games in each of the past six seasons and have won 10 regular season games in both of the last two seasons. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest with a 3-1 record against ACC teams from the state of North Carolina with wins over No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 12, 66-61), NC State (Jan. 15, 84-71) and Wake Forest (Feb. 1, 86-61) and need only a win over North Carolina on March 2 to earn at least one win over each of the Tobacco Road teams in the same season for the first time in school history. Following Saturday’s game at Wake Forest, the Seminoles will play their only game of the season against Maryland on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 9:00 p.m. before playing host to Miami on Feb. 26.

THE SINGLETON CAMPAIGN
Junior forward Chris Singleton is an All-American candidate, a candidate for the Naismith Award as the nation’s top player, the top candidate for the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defender, an All-ACC candidate and the top candidate to win the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive season. He is one of only two players (also Reggie Jackson of Boston College) who have earned ACC Player of the Week honors multiple times this season.

MIDSEASON AWARDS INCLUDE SEMINOLES’ SINGLETON AND HAMILTON
Florida State’s junior All-American candidate Chris Singleton was named to the Mid Season All-ACC First Team by Ken Tysiac of the Raleigh News and Observer along with Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler of Duke, Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech and Jordan Williams of Maryland. Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton was named as the Mid Season Coach of the Year for guiding the Seminoles to the top of the ACC standings. Singleton was an All ACC Third Team selection and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

SINGLETON UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY ON RIGHT FOOT
Junior forward Chris Singleton underwent successful surgery on his right foot on Feb. 14. The procedure was performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bill Thompson of the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. Singleton’s rehabilitation will begin immediately; no timetable has been established for his return to the court.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Wake Forest and gain its ninth ACC win of the season. It would mark the school record third consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least nine ACC games;
…Defeat Wake Forest and gain a season sweep of the two game regular season series against the Demon Deacons. The Seminoles have not taken both regular season game against the Deacons since the 2002 season and have won the regular season series only three times since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season;
…Defeat Wake Forest and wins its 19th game of the season. It would mark the school record sixth consecutive season the Seminoles have won at least 19 games in a season under head coach Leonard Hamilton.

FLORIDA STATE’S SUCCESS IN THE ACC
Consistency. It’s what every program strives for and under Leonard Hamilton it’s what the Seminoles have achieved at a very high level. Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last six years (since the start of the 2005-06 season) in total ACC regular season and ACC Tournament games. The Seminoles have won 55 games against ACC competition. Florida State played in the 2009 ACC Championship game and is one of only two teams in the ACC (they are joined by Duke) who has finished with double digit wins and in the top four of the final ACC standings in BOTH of the last two seasons. Including their eight wins in ACC play this season, the Seminoles average more than nine wins per year since the start of the 2005-06 season with five games plus the ACC Tournament still remaining on their schedule.

FLORIDA STATE’S WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS
Florida State is the third winningest program in the ACC in the last three years (since the start of the 2008-09 season) in total games played with 65 wins. The Seminoles averaged 23.5 wins per season with records of 25-10 (2008-09) and 22-10 (2009-10) in the last two seasons and have won 17 of their first 24 games of the 2010-11 season. Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia having won 17 of 24 games this season (.708 winning percentage) and 22 of their last 32 games since defeating Boston College on Feb.14, 2010.

SEMINOLES AGAINST RANKED TEAMS THIS SEASON
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Wake Forest as one of only two teams in the ACC that has played at least five ranked teams and is one of only two teams in the league that has defeated at least two ranked teams. The Seminoles have played five ranked teams (No. 14 Florida, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 15 Baylor, No. 1 Duke and No. 23 North Carolina) and defeated two of them (No. 15 Baylor on Dec. 25, 68-61 and No. 1 Duke on Jan. 16, 66-61). Only Maryland (5, 0-5) has played as many ranked teams and only Duke has defeated more ranked teams (4, 4-0) so far this season among league teams. Florida State has won two games against ranked teams this season – with the entire ACC having defeated a total of eight ranked teams.

FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD IN ACC PLAY
Florida State has 11ACC road wins in the last three seasons – tied for the second highest total of road wins in conference play since the start of the 2008-09 season. The Seminoles were 5-3 on the road in 2009-10 with wins at Georgia Tech, at Boston College, at Virginia, at North Carolina and at Miami. Earlier this season the Seminoles won at Miami and at Georgia Tech and next play on the road at Wake Forest on Feb. 19.

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