March 5, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays host to Virginia in the final regular season game for both teams Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Donald L. Tucker Center. The game is the final home game of the season for the Seminoles marking the annual “Senior Day” Celebration for Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski. The senior pair will be celebrated by Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff prior to the start of Sunday’s game against the Cavaliers. Florida State plays host to Virginia at home where its has earned two of its biggest victories of the 2004-05 season with wins over both No. 3/3 Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83 in overtime) and Florida (Jan. 2, 82-69) and where it has won eight games this season. Following its game against Virginia, the Seminoles will play in 52nd Annual Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Florida State’s seed in the event will be determined following Sunday’s game against Virginia.
FLORIDA STATE HONORS RICHARDSON AND WALESKOWSKI
Head Coach Leonard Hamilton and the Florida State men’s basketball program will honor seniors Anthony Richardson (Raleigh, N.C.) and Adam Waleskowski (Kettering, Ohio) prior to Sunday’s game against Virginia. Richardson and Waleskowski helped lead the Seminoles to the second round of the NIT in 2004, and to eight victories over nationally ranked teams including No. 1 ranked Duke 77-76 (Jan. 6, 2002). The Seminoles victory over the top-ranked Blue Devils was the first in school history over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team.
SEMINOLES’ RECORD IN THE FINAL HOME GAME OF THE SEASON
Florida State has a 40-17 record (.702 winning percentage) in its’ final home game of the regular season during the history of the program.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and gain its fourth consecutive home victory over the Cavaliers. The Seminoles have defeated the Cavaliers in 2002 (Feb. 20, 2002, 66-59), 2003 (March 1, 2003, 73-59) and 2004 (Feb. 17, 2004, 76-57) in games played in Tallahassee;
…Defeat Virginia and up its home record against the Cavaliers to 8-6. The Seminoles and Cavaliers have met each season since Florida State joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season. The two teams did not meet in the sport of men’s basketball before playing as ACC foes on Jan. 4, 1992;
…Defeat Virginia and increase its record to 2-0 against Virginia in games played in the month of March. The Seminoles defeated the Cavaliers during the month of March during the 2002-03 season (March 1, 2003, 73-59);
…Defeat Virginia and win its third “Senior Day” game in the last five seasons. The Seminoles have won six times during the final home game of the season since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season;
…Defeat Virginia and improve its record to record to 3-0 against Virginia on “Senior Day”. The Seminoles defeated the Cavaliers on the event of the final home game of the season during the 1997-98 season (Feb. 28, 1998, 88-63) and the 2002-03 season (March 1, 2003, 73-59;
…Defeat Virginia and win its fourth ACC game of the season. The Seminoles have won at least four ACC regular season games during each of their first 13 years as members of the ACC.
SINCE JOINING THE ACC FOR THE 1991-92 SEASON…
…Florida State has a winning record at home with a 7-6 record against Virginia. The Seminoles also have a winning record at home against Clemson (10-4) and Georgia Tech (8-6) at home since becoming a member of the ACC;
…The Seminoles have won six times in their final game of the season leading into the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles defeated Virginia (Feb. 28, 1998, 88-63) in their final home game of the 1997-98 season. The Seminoles are 6-7 in their final regular season game since become a member of the nation’s top conference.
THE RECENT HISTORY OF THE FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA SERIES
Florida State and Virginia have split the last six games played between the two teams with each team winning on its home court. The teams have alternated wins and losses since the second game of the home and home series during the 2001-02 season. Since that game (Jan. 20, 2002, a 91-74 Virginia win in Charlottesville), the teams have played a series that has been determined by L-W-L-W-L-W-L (on the Seminoles’ side of the ledger).
IN THE SEMINOLES LAST THREE HOME GAMES AGAINST VIRGINIA…
…The Seminoles have defeated the Cavaliers by an average of 13.0 points per game. The largest margin of victory against Virginia during that span was a +19 point margin (Feb. 17, 2004, 76-57) at home last season;
…The Seminoles have held the Cavaliers to less than 60 points scored in three consecutive home games. The Seminoles’ defense held Virginia to 59 points during both the 2002 and 2003 games in Tallahassee and 57 points during the 2004 game at home.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 91 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 225 consecutive games entering Sunday’s game against Virginia. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.
SEMINOLES FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE
Led by sophomore sharpshooter Von Wafer’s single-season career-high 65 3-point field goals made, the Seminoles have made 193 3-point field goals as a team in their 29 games during the 2004-05 season. That total ranks as the fourth highest single-season team total in school history. Entering Sunday’s game against Virginia, the Seminoles are ranked fifth in the ACC with their .374 shooting percentage mark from the 3-point line and fifth in the league with 193 total 3-point shots made.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE NOTE II
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 .330 (75-of-227) and averaging 6.3 field goals made from the 3-point line in its 12 ACC losses.
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Virginia with 206 steals as a team. The Seminoles recorded their ACC season high of 10 steals against North Carolina to surpass 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 16 blocked shots. He has helped the Seminoles block 92 shots during the Seminoles’ 29 games this season. Florida State needs to block eight 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.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FIELD
Florida State enters Sunday’s game against Virginia shooting .456 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.
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE…
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg; pts and 8 rebs against Virginia, 2/17/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (5.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg; 17 pts and 3 rebs against Virginia, 1/29/03)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (7.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 16 pts and 3 rebs against Virginia, 1/16/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (6.0 ppg, 3.1 apg; 12 pts and 8 asts against Virginia, 1/29/03)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb against Virginia, 2/9/05)
…AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.4 ppg, 2.0 apg; 6 pts and 0 rebs against Virginia, 2/9/05)
G #10 Ralph Mims (2.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg; First career game against Virginia)
F #12 Al Thornton (9.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs against Virginia, 2/9/05)
G #20 Andrew Wilson (3.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs against Virginia, 1/16/04)
G #22 Von Wafer (13.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 17 pts and 8 rebs against Virginia, 1/16/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 1 pt and 0 reb against Virginia, 2/9/05)
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR VIRGINIA…
F #32 Jason Cain (2.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 4 pts and 1 reb against Florida State, 2/9/05)
F #33 Devin Smith (17.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg; 21 pts and 6 rebs against Florida State, 1/18/04)
G #02 J.R. Reynolds (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 12 pts and 5 rebs against Florida State, 2/9/05)
G #15 T.J. Bannister (4.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg; 2 pts and 2 rebs against Florida State, 2/9/05)
G #44 Sean Singletary (10.1 rpg, 2.9 rpg; 9 pts and 5 rebs against Florida State, 2/9/05)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA- A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Virginia leads, 16-11
Last Game: Feb. 9, 2005; Virginia 56, Florida State 55
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 17, 2004; Florida State 76, Virginia 57
Last Virginia Win: Feb. 9, 2005; Virginia 56, Florida State 55
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 17, 2004; Florida State 76, Virginia 57
Last Virginia Win In Tallahassee: Feb.17, 2001; Virginia 69, Florida State 66
Florida State vs. Virginia, Current Streak: Virginia has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia: 2-3 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Feb. 5, 2005 Feb. 17, 2004 Jan. 18, 2004 March 1, 2003
at Virginia 56 at Florida State 76 at Virginia 76 (OT) at Florida State 73
Florida State 55 Virginia 57 Florida State 67 Virginia 59
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – THE LAST MEETING
Devin Smith hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left to give Virginia its only lead and the Cavaliers beat Florida State 56-55 on February 9 in Charlottesville. The Seminoles led throughout after scoring the first nine points. They built their advantage as high as 14 early in the second half, then didn’t make a field goal in the final 8:08 of play and didn’t score after Von Wafer hit a pair of free throws with 3:54 to go. An acrobatic lay-up by J.R. Reynolds got Virginia within 55-52 with 3:04 left, and Smith hit one of two free throws with 2:13 to play to make it 55-53. Several scoreless possessions later, after Wafer was called for a charge with 31.3 seconds left, the Cavaliers rebounded their own miss, found Smith on the right wing and his high-arcing swish won it. Elton Brown led Virginia with 13 points despite not starting for the second straight game. Wafer led the Seminoles with 16 points. Trailing 41-27 after Florida State started the second half on a 10-4 run, the Cavaliers used an immediate 9-2 run to close within seven, cut it to five at 46-41 on Sean Singletary’s 3-pointer with 9:26 left and to within 53-50 with 4:23 to play on Smith’s first 3-pointer in six tries.