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Seminoles Play Host To No. 4 Duke Saturday At 6 P.M.

Jan. 21, 2005

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State, which defeated No. 3 ranked Wake Forest Tuesday night in Tallahassee, plays host to its second top-five ranked team as No. 4 ranked Duke visits the Donald L. Tucker Center Saturday Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. It marks the first time in school history the Seminoles will play host to a pair of top-five ranked teams in consecutive games and the sixth time they will play a pair of top-five ranked teams in consecutive games. Most recently, Florida State played No. 4 ranked Wake Forest (in Winston-Salem, Jan. 25, 1997) and No. 5 ranked Maryland (in Tallahassee, Jan. 29, 1997) during the 1996-97 conference season. The Seminoles’ victory over No. 3 ranked Wake Forest Tuesday marked the 33rd ranked team they have defeated since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season. In addition, Florida State has now defeated eight nationally ranked teams at home in the last four seasons. The Seminoles are 8-3 at home this season and 34-11 at home during the four-year tenure of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Following Saturday’s game against Duke, the Seminoles travel to Raleigh, N.C., to play NC State in their third conference road game of the season (Jan. 26, 7:00 p.m.)

A HAUNTED HOUSE FOR TOP RANKED TEAMS IN THE ACC
Florida State enters Saturday night’s games against Duke 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). The Seminoles also defeated the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils during the 2002-03 season (Feb. 2, 2003, 75-70).

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Duke and gain its second consecutive victory over a nationally ranked team. The Seminoles defeated No. 3 Wake Forest Tuesday in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Duke and gain a victory over a top-five ranked Duke team for the third time in the last four seasons in Tallahassee. The Seminoles defeated No. 1 Duke during the 2001-02 season and the No. 5 ranked Blue Devils during the 2002-03 season in Tallahassee;
…Win its third ACC game of the season and even its conference record at 3-3. The Seminoles were also 3-3 after six conference games last season.

MORE ON BEATING RANKED OPPONENTS IN TALLAHASSEE
In addition to defeating seven ranked ACC teams in the last three years at home in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked team in 14 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. Florida State then continued its streak in their first ever ACC game with a win over No. 5 ranked North Carolina (Dec. 15, 1991, 86-74) in its first trip to the Dean Smith Center as an ACC member. With its victory over Wake Forest, the Seminoles have now defeated 33 ranked teams since becoming a member of the ACC for the 1991-92 season.

Seminoles’ Wins Over Ranked Teams In Last 14 Years
Ranking Wins Team of Note Most Recent Win

1-5 7 No. 1 Duke (Jan. 6, 2002) No. 3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 2005)
6-10 6 No. 10 N. Carolina (Feb. 27, 1992) No. 7 Wake Forest (Jan. 25, 2004)
11-15 4 No. 11 Connecticut (Nov. 26, 2997) No. 15 Georgia Tech (Feb. 3, 2004)
16-20 9 No. 15 W. Kentucky (March 13, 1998) No. 18 Maryland (Feb. 14, 2001)
21-25 8 No. 21 N. Carolina (Jan. 22, 2000) No. 24 Maryland (Dec. 28, 2003)

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)

THREE SEMINOLES SCORE CAREER-HIGHS IN WIN OVER WAKE FOREST
Led by Von Wafer’s career-high 30 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Wake Forest, three different Seminoles earned their career-high total for points in a single game against the Demon Deacons. In addition to Wafer’s 30, sophomore Al Thornton totaled a career-high 26 points and junior Todd Galloway scored his career-high of 21. Already this season, 11 of the 13 Seminoles on the roster have established new personal records for career-high point totals for a single game.

SEMINOLE SCORING IN ACC PLAY
Led by Von Wafer’s 17.8 points per game average in ACC play, three Seminoles are averaging in double figures in Florida State’s first five ACC games. Wafer is atop the Seminoles’ scoring sheet and is followed by senior Adam Waleskowski (10.4 ppg) and sophomore Al Thornton (10.2 ppg). Two current Seminoles – Anthony Richardson (13.1 ppg in 16 ACC games during the 2002-03 season) and Alexander Johnson (10.1 ppg in 16 ACC games during the 2003-04 season) have averaged in double figures in ACC play for an entire season during their careers.

FREE BASKETBALL
Including its overtime victory over Wake Forest Tuesday night, the Seminoles have won three consecutive overtime games at home. In addition to the Demon Deacons, the Seminoles defeated North Carolina in extra time last season (Jan. 22, 2004; 90-81) and were victorious against Clemson in Tallahassee during the 2000-01 season (Jan.31, 2001; 88-84. Florida State defeated Duke, 89-88 in overtime, on Jan. 24, 1993 here in Tallahassee and are 1-1 in overtime games against the Blue Devils during the 27-game series history between the two teams.

SEMINOLES FINDING THEIR SHOOTING SPOTS FROM ALL OVER THE FLOOR
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Duke shooting very well from all over the floor. In the last five games, the Seminoles are shooting .486 (126-of-259) from the field, .463 (44-of-95) from the 3-point line and .724 (71-of-98) from the free throw line. The Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better from the field three times in the last five games (in victories over Florida, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest), 50 percent or better from the 3-point line three times in the last five games (in victories over Florida, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest) and 70 percent from the line twice in the last five games (against Virginia Tech and Miami). The Seminoles shot a combined .513 from the field (59-115) in their victories over the Blue Devils during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

MORE ON THE SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Florida State is shooting .750 from the free throw line (24-of-32) since the beginning of the second half of their game against Clemson on Jan. 12. The team was a perfect five-of-five (1.000 percent) against Miami (Jan. 15). Florida State shot .703 (19-of-27) from the free throw line in two games against Duke during the 2003-04 season.

FLORIDA STATE NOTES FROM ITS VICTORY OVER NO. 3 WAKE FOREST…
…Florida State shot 50 percent from the field in its victory over Wake Forest. It marked the eighth time the Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better from the field in a game this season. Florida State is 8-0 when it shoots 50 percent or better from the field this season;
…Florida State led Wake Forest 46-32 at halftime of its victory over Wake Forest. The Seminoles had led three of their five games at halftime and won two of them (against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech);
…Florida State made a season-high 12 3-point field goals in its victory over Wake Forest. The Seminoles are averaging 11.5 3-point field goals made in their two ACC victories this season. In its 10 wins this season, Florida State is averaging 7.9 3-point field goals made while averaging only 5.0 3-point field goals made in its eight losses;
…Florida State made its ACC season-high of 33 field goals in its victory over Wake Forest. The Seminoles are averaging 26 made field goals in their 18 games this season.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 11 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, 2/4/01)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (9.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 8 pts and 3 rebs vs. Duke, 2/2/03)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Duke, 2/29/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.0 ppg, 2.6 apg; 13 pts and 5 rebs vs. Duke, 2/2/03)
G #22 Von Wafer (13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 8 pts and 2 rebs vs. Duke, 1/29/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.5 ppg, 2.5 apg; First career game vs. Duke)
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game vs. Duke)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg; 2 pts and 1 blk vs. Duke, 2/29/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg; First career game vs. Duke)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.6 ppg, 1.6 apg; First career game vs. Duke)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 15 pts and 5 rebs vs. Duke, 3/6/03)

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR DUKE
F #13 Lee Melchionni (7.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg; 0 pts and 0 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/29/04)
F #23 Shelden Williams (15.9 ppg, 11.9 rpg; 14 pts and 9 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/29/04)
G #4 J.J. Redick (21.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg; 24 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, 1/29/04)
G #5 Daniel Ewing (16.8 ppg, 4.2 apg; 15 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/29/04)
G #15 Sean Dockery (6.4 ppg, 2.3 apg; 2 stls and 2 assts vs. Florida State, 1/29/04)

FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Duke leads the series, 23-4
Last Game: Feb. 29, 2004; Duke 70, Florida State 65
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 2, 2003; Florida State 75, Duke 70
Last Duke Win: Feb. 29, 2004; Duke 70, Florida State 65
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 2, 2003; Florida State 75, Duke 70
Last Duke Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 29, 2004; Duke 70, Florida State 65
Florida State vs. Duke, Current Streak: Duke has won 3
Leonard Hamilton vs. Duke: 1-3 (all at Florida State)

FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Feb. 29, 2004 Jan. 29, 2004 March 6, 2003 Feb. 2, 2003
Duke 70 at Duke 56 at Duke 72 at Florida State 75
at Florida State 65 Florida State 49 Florida State 56 Duke 70

FLORIDA STATE VS. DUKE – THE LAST MEETING
Freshman Luol Deng scored 20 points and the fifth-ranked Blue Devils converted their last 12 free throws to beat Florida State 70-65 Feb. 29, 2004 in Tallahassee. Chris Duhon nailed a pair of critical 3-pointers, one in the first half as the time clock ran and the other that broke a 40-40 tie early in the second half. Successive dunks by Shelden Williams midway through the second half gave Duke a 51-47 lead and the Blue Devils never looked back. Florida State’s Tim Pickett led all scorers with 24 points, and Michael Joiner and Alexander Johnson added 10 apiece. The Blue Devils made 24-of-29 free throw tries to offset a 39.2 percent shooting effort (20-for-51) from the field and just 6 of 25 from 3-point distance. Daniel Ewing added 15 points and Williams had 14 before fouling out with 3:06 left. Deng and Williams each had a game-high nine rebounds. Florida State used an 18-7 run midway through the half to take a 23-21 lead on Pickett’s second straight 3-pointer, a shot banked off the backboard.

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