March 1, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays its final regular season road game as it travels to play at No. 2/2 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Thursday at 9 p.m. The game is the Seminoles’ first 9 p.m. start of the season. The Seminoles enter Thursday’s game looking for its second win over a ranked team this season after defeating No. 3/3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83 in overtime) in their fourth ACC game of the season. Florida State’s most recent victory over North Carolina came in Tallahassee during the 2003-04 season (Jan. 22, 2004) when the its rallied from a 24-point deficit (14 points at halftime) to stun the Tar Heels , 90-81, in overtime. The Seminoles last win in Chapel Hill came during the 1999-00 (Jan. 22, 2000) season as they defeated North Carolina, 76-71. Following Thursday night’s game against North Carolina, the Seminoles close out their regular season schedule Sunday as they play host to Virginia on Senior Day. A pair of Seminole seniors – Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski — and their families will be celebrated. Florida State then begins play in the 52nd annual ACC Tournament at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. on March 10.
SEMINOLES AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS UNDER HAMILTON
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against North Carolina with eight wins over nationally ranked teams in the last four years and six in the last three years under third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton. 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 (Jan. 22, 2004; 90-81 in overtime)
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat North Carolina and gain its first win in Chapel Hill since Jan. 22, 2000 when the Seminoles defeated the Tar Heels, 76-71. The victory was one of two ACC road victories that season;
…Defeat North Carolina and beat a ranked team on the road for the first time since Feb. 14, 2001 when the Seminoles defeated Maryland, 74-71, in Cole Field House. The win for the visiting Seminoles was the final win by an opponent in Cole before the Terps moved to the Comcast Center;
…Defeat North Carolina and win a game against a top-5 ranked team away from Tallahassee for the first time since March 24, 1972 when the Seminoles defeated the No. 2 ranked North Carolina in UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion to advance to the NCAA Championship game in 1972;
…Defeat North Carolina and win the first game in the history of the Seminole program against a top-ranked team on its opponents’ home court;
…Win its second game of the season in the state of North Carolina. The Seminoles defeated NC State (Jan. 26, 70-64) in Raleigh for its first ACC road win of the season. Florida State has won once in Chapel Hill and Raleigh in the same season since joining the ACC – the 1991-92 season. That season was the Seminoles first season in the ACC.
SEMINOLES FIND SUCCESS AGAINST NATIONALLY RANKED TEAMS
Florida State has earned eight victories over nationally ranked teams since the start of the 2001-02 season. The Seminoles have defeated three top-five teams including No. 1 ranked Duke (Jan. 6, 2002; 77-76) and two more teams who were ranked in the top-10 at the time of the game including No. 7 North Carolina (Jan. 22, 2004; 91-80 in overtime) in the last three years.
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)
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE I
Led by sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer’s single-season career-high 65 3-point field goals made, the Seminoles have made 182 3-point field goals as a team during the first 28 games of the 2004-05 season. That total ranks as the sixth highest single-season team total in school history. Entering Thursday’s game at North Carolina, the Seminoles are ranked fifth in the ACC with their .370 shooting percentage mark from the 3-point line and fifth in the league with 182 total 3-point shots made.
Florida State’s Top 11 3-Point Field Goals Made Seasons
Rank Season 3FGM Rank Season 3FGM
1. 2003-04 296 4. 1992-03 187
2. 1994-95 211 5. 2002-03 186
3. 1996-97 195 6. 2004-05 182
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE II
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 90 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 224 consecutive games entering Thursday’s game against North Carolina. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE III
Florida State is shooting .525 (31-of-59) and averaging 10.3 field goals made from the 3-point line in its three ACC wins, while shooting only .317 (65-of-205) and averaging 5.9 field goals made from the 3-point line in its 11 ACC losses.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against North Carolina 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. Since joining the ACC the Seminoles have shot better than 45 percent from the field only four times.
Florida State enters Thursday’s game against North Carolina with 196 steals as a team and is looking to reach 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.
Sophomore Al Thornton leads the Seminoles with 15 blocked. He has helped the Seminoles block 91 shots through the first 28 games of the season. Florida State needs to block nine 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.
SEMINOLES IN DOUBLE FIGURES
Von Wafer, who has scored in double figures in 17 of Florida State’s 28 games, heads a list of 12 Seminoles who have scored in double figures at least once this season. Of the 13 players on the Seminole’s roster, 12 have scored in double figures at least once this season and during their careers.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 9 pts and 5 rebs against N. Carolina, 2/6/05)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (7.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs against N. Carolina, 1/22/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.9 ppg, 3.1 apg; 5 pts and 4 asts against N. Carolina, 2/6/05)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 24 pts and 3 rebs against N. Carolina, 2/6/05)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs against N. Carolina, 2/6//05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.2 ppg, 2.0 apg; 0 pts and 0 rebs against N. Carolina, 2/5/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb against N. Carolina, 2/5/05)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 8 pts in 7 mins against N. Carolina, 2/5/05)
G #22 Von Wafer (13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 14 pts and 4 rebs against N. Carolina, 2/5/05)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 5 pts and 3 rebs against N. Carolina, 2/5/05)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (5.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 17 pts and 4 rebs against N. Carolina, 2/8/03)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR NORTH CAROLINA…
F #2 Jackie Manuel (5.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg; 7 pts and 3 asts against Florida State, 2/5/05)
F #5 Raymond Felton (11.9 ppg, 6.9 apg; 14 pts and 4 stls against Florida State, 2/5/05)
C #42 Sean May (15.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg; 13 pts and 8 rebs against Florida State, 2/5/05)
G #21 Jawad Williams (14.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg; 15 pts and 3 rebs against Florida State, 1/22/04)
G #32 Rashad McCants (15.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 16 pts and 6 rebs against Florida State, 2/5/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: North Carolina leads, 32-8
Last Game: Feb. 5, 2005; N. Carolina 81, Florida State 60
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 22, 2004; Florida State 90, N. Carolina 81 (OT)
Last N. Carolina Win: Feb. 5, 2005; N. Carolina 81, Florida State 60
Last Florida State Win In Chapel Hill: Jan. 22, 2000; Florida State 76, N. Carolina 71
Last N. Carolina Win In Chapel Hill: Feb. 21, 2004; N. Carolina 78, Florida State 71
Florida State vs. N. Carolina, Current Streak: North Carolina has won 2
Leonard Hamilton vs. North Carolina: 1-5
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Feb. 5, 2005 Feb. 21, 2004 Jan. 22, 2004 Feb. 8, 2003
North Carolina 81 at North Carolina 78 at Florida State 90 (OT) at North Carolina 61
at Florida State 60 Florida State 71 North Carolina 81 Florida State 60
FLORIDA STATE VS. NORTH CAROLINA – THE LAST MEETING
Rashad McCants’ dunk ignited a 25-6 run down the stretch and No. 2 North Carolina beat Florida State 81-60 on Feb. 5 in Tallahassee. Florida State clawed back from an 18-point first-half deficit to within 49-48 on Diego Romero’s 3-pointer with 14:16 left. But McCants, who led all scorers with 16 points, dunked a pass from Raymond Felton 20 seconds later. Within nine minutes the Tar Heels were up 74-54. McCants capped a 16-2 run in the first half with a layup that helped North Carolina to a 38-20 lead before Florida State closed out the half with nine straight points. Felton added 14 points while Sean May and Marvin Williams each had 13 for the Tar Heels. North Carolina shot just 40 percent, but committed only nine turnovers for the second straight game. Von Wafer led Florida State with 14 points and Adam Waleskowski added 13.