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Seminoles Play Host To Wake Forest Tuesday At 7 P.M.

Jan. 17, 2005

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays its second ranked team of the season as it plays host to No. 2/3 Wake Forest Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. It marks the second ranked team the Seminoles will play this season after taking the No. 19/23 Maryland Terrapins to overtime before falling in their first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season (Dec. 19; 90-88, OT). The Seminoles game against the Demon Deacons marks their first of two consecutive home games against teams ranked in the nation’s top five as they will play host to No. 5/5 Duke Saturday night. The game for the Seminoles is the second of eight consecutive against teams who are either ranked or who received votes in both of this week’s national polls. Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest with a 7-3 record at home this season with victories in five of its last six games in the friendly confines of the Tucker Center. The Seminoles have a 33-11 record (.750) record at home under third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton and have won six of their last eight and seven of their last 11 ACC games here.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Wake Forest and gain a victory over a ranked team for the first time this season. The Seminoles are 0-1 against ranked teams this season after falling to No. 19/23 Maryland, 90-88 in overtime, Dec. 23 in College Park;
…Defeat Wake Forest and gain a victory over a top-10 ranked Demon Deacon team here in Tallahassee for the second consecutive season. The Seminoles defeated then No. 7 ranked Wake Forest, 75-70, Jan. 25, 2004;
…Defeat Wake Forest and earn a victory over a ranked ACC team for the seventh consecutive season. The Seminoles have defeated at least one ranked ACC team each season since the 1998-99 season;
…Defeat Wake Forest and gain a victory over a ranked ACC team for the fifth time in the last two seasons. The Seminoles gained wins over No. 24 Maryland, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 7 Wake Forest and No. 10 Georgia Tech last season.

SEMINOLES HAVE HISTORY WITH RANKED WAKE FOREST TEAMS
Florida State has 26 wins over ranked ACC teams since joining the nation’s top league for the 1991-92 season. Included in those wins are six against North Carolina and five against Wake Forest. All five of Florida State’s victories over ranked Wake Forest teams since becoming a member of the ACC have come in Tallahassee giving the Seminoles a 5-4 record over ranked Demon Deacons teams at home since the 1991-92 season.

TALLY TOWN OR UPSET-CITY?
Florida State enters Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest with seven wins over nationally ranked teams at home in Tallahassee in the last three years. Included in those seven victories are a win over No. 7 Wake Forest (Jan. 25, 2004; 75-70) and the first victory in school history over a No. 1 ranked team as the Seminoles beat Duke during the 2002-03 season (Jan. 6, 2003; 77-76).




Seminoles’ Victories Over Nationally Ranked Teams At Home in Last Three 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


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 its 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. Florida State has defeated 32 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 6 No. 1 Duke (Jan. 6, 2002) No. 5 Duke (Feb. 2, 2003)
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 SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FREE THROW LINE
Including its perfect five-of-five performance from the free throw line against Miami, the Seminoles enter Tuesday night’s game against Wake Forest shooting .720 from the line in the last seven games. The Seminoles have shot better than 70 percent from the line in four of the last seven games including a .783 (18-of-23) performance in their victory over Virginia Tech (Jan. 8, 77-70) in Tallahassee. In the last 40 minutes of basketball (two halves) the Seminoles have made 11 of 13 free throw attempts (.846) with sophomore Alexander Johnson leading the way (10-of-12, .833). Florida State made 31 of 41 attempts (.756) in two games last season against Wake Forest. The Seminoles were 15-of-17 from the line (.882) against the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem (Feb. 25, 2004).

Breaking Down The Seminoles From The Free Throw Line
Games FTM FTA Pct. Notes

Last 7 98 136 .720% Shooting .723 in first four ACC games of season
First 10 148 240 .617% Shot .635 in 13 non-conference games
Improv. +.103%

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 79 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 213 consecutive games entering Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998. Florida State has made at least one 3-point field goal in each of the 28 games its has played against Wake Forest since joining the ACC.

SEMINOLES FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS FROM 3-POINT RANGE
Florida State, which enters Tuesday night’s game ranked third in the ACC in field goal shooting percentage with a .378 mark, is averaging eight made 3-point field goals and is shooting .451 from the bonusphere in the its last four games. The Seminoles shot a season-high .600 from the 3-point line (nine-of-15) in their victory over Florida (Jan. 2). Florida State finished second in the ACC during the 2003-04 season with a .376 percentage. Florida State shot .434 from the 3-point line and averaged 11.5 3-point field goals made in two games against Wake Forest during the 2003-04 season.

Breaking Down The Seminoles From The 3-Point Line
Games 3FGM 3FGA Pct. Notes

Last 7 52 128 .406% Average 7.4 3FGM in last 7 games
First 10 55 155 .354% Averaged 5.5 3FGM in first 10 games
Improv. +.052%

SEMINOLES CUTTING OFF THE PATH TO THE BASKET
Florida State enters Tuesday’s game against Wake Forest holding its opponents to a .399 shooting percentage from the field. The field goal percentage defense statistic is one of Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s favorites and one statistic in which his teams annually rank among the nation’s leaders. Hamilton’s 1997-98 team at Miami led the nation with a .379 defensive field goal percentage. The Seminoles’ 2003-04 team, which ranked second in the ACC with a .401 defensive field goal percentage, was the first Hamilton-coached team since his 1995-96 season Miami team to allow its opponents to shoot better than 40 percent from the field for a single season.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/10/01)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (9.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 16 pts and 6 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/25/04)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg; 10 pts and 5 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/25/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.1 ppg, 2.5 apg; 9 pts and 2 asts vs. Wake Forest, 1/26/03)
G #22 Von Wafer (12.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg; 7 pts and 1 reb vs. Wake Forest, 2/25/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.8 ppg, 2.5 apg; First career game vs. Wake Forest)
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg; First career game vs. Wake Forest)
F #12 Al Thornton (7.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg; 1 pt and 1 reb vs. Wake Forest, 1/25/04)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg; First career game vs. Wake Forest)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.9 ppg, 1.6 apg; First career game vs. Wake Forest)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (7.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 14 pts and 5 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 3/14/03)

PROBABLE STARTERS WAKE FOREST
F #10 Jamal Levy (8.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg; 8 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/25/04)
F #13 Vytas Danelius (6.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 5 pts and 2 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/25/04)
C #31 Eric Williams (14.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg; 10 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/25/04)
G #1 Justin Gray (17.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 31 pts and 2 asts vs. Florida State, 1/25/04)
G #3 Chris Paul (15.0 ppg, 6.5 apg; 21 pts and 8 asts vs. Florida State, 1/25/04)

FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Wake Forest leads, 18-12
Last Game: Feb. 25, 2004; Wake Forest 90, Florida State 87 (OT)
Last Florida State Win:Jan. 25, 2004; Florida State 75, Wake Forest 70
Last Wake Forest Win: Feb. 25, 2004; Wake Forest 90, Florida State 87 (OT)
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Jan. 25, 2004; Florida State 75, Wake Forest 70
Last Wake Forest Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 26, 2003; Wake Forest 60, Florida State 56
Florida State vs. Wake Forest, Current Streak: Wake Forest has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Wake Forest: 1-5 (1-1 in the last two games)

FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Feb. 25, 2004 Jan. 25, 2004 March 14, 2003 Feb. 26, 2003

at Wake Forest 90 at Florida State 75 vs. Wake Forest 69 Wake Forest 60
Florida State 87 (OT) Wake Forest 70 Florida State 61 at Florida State 56

FLORIDA STATE VS. WAKE FOREST – THE LAST MEETING
Justin Gray scored a career-high 31 points – including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:22 left in overtime – and the 11th-ranked Demon Deacons rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Florida State 90-87 Feb. 25, 2004 in Winston-Salem, N.C.. Gray went 10-for-21 from the field and drained two 3-point shots in the overtime for the Demon Deacons who won their fifth straight game and avenged an earlier loss to the Seminoles. Chris Paul added 21 points, six rebounds and eight assists for Wake Forest, while Taron Downey had 17 points. Tim Pickett scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half for the Seminoles. The Demon Deacons fell behind early and trailed 60-45 on a 3-point shot from Pickett with 11:50 to play. The Demon Deacons closed the second half with a 30-15 run, including nine straight points at the end of regulation. Gray scored the last three of those points, hitting a spinning lay-up to cut the deficit to 75-74 with 1:40 left. He then hit the tying free throw 21 seconds later to send it to overtime tied at 75. Von Wafer’s desperation 30-footer at the horn hit the front of the rim, giving the Demon Deacons the comeback win despite 20 turnovers.

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