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Still-Hungry FSU Plays At Wake

Jan. 24, 2012

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 Game Information
 Date  Jan. 25, 2012
 Time  7 p.m.
 Location  Winston-Salem, N.C.
 TV  ACC Network/ESPN3.com
 Radio  Seminole IMG Network
 Arena  Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial
 Game Notes  FSU vs. Wake Forest
   
 Wake ForestMen’s Basketball
 Location  Winston-Salem, N.C.
 Nickname  Demon Deacons
 2011-12 Record  11-8, 2-3 ACC
 Home/Neutral/Road  7-3/1-2/3-3
 Official Website  WakeForestSports.com
   
 Wake Forest ACC Schedule
 Jan. 7  W, 58-55 vs. Virginia Tech
 Jan. 11  L, 70-64 at Maryland
 Jan. 14  L, 76-40 vs. NC State
 Jan. 19  L, 91-73 at Duke
 Jan. 21  W, 71-56 at Boston College
 Jan. 25  vs. Florida State
 Jan. 28  at Clemson
 Jan. 31  vs. North Carolina
 Feb. 4  at NC State
 Feb. 8  at Virginia
 Feb. 11  vs. Clemson
 Feb. 15  vs. Georgia Tech
 Feb. 18  at Miami
 Feb. 25  vs. Boston College
 Feb. 28  vs. Duke
 March 3  at Georgia Tech

By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com Senior Writer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If the target wasn’t on their backs before Michael Snaer hit that surreal game-winner against Duke, it is now.

If the Florida State men’s basketball team was the hunter before bouncing back from the Clemson loss by winning at Virginia Tech, dismantling North Carolina, beating Maryland, and then stunning the Blue Devils on their home floor, that newly sewn-on target now makes it the hunted.

The outcome of the last 16 days has led to a complete role reversal for a Seminoles (13-6, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) team that went from wondering how it would avoid falling to the bottom of the ACC after a blowout loss to to the Tigers to one that now wonders how it will stay perched atop the conference standings. Four consecutive wins — and the manner in which those games were won — will do that.

With 11 league games still to play until the ACC Tournament in Atlanta, Ga., including Wednesday’s contest at Wake Forest (11-8, 2-3), FSU players are rallying around and feeding off the idea that they haven’t accomplished anything yet.

“The first thing Coach Ham said after Duke was, ‘Nobody has won the ACC Championship with four wins,'” senior Bernard James said. “So we know we’ve got to keep playing and winning. I think if anything it’s made us more hungry to keep it going. I think we are in a good place right now as far as the spirit of our team and how we’re playing together.

“We are going to do whatever it takes to keep that same focus that we have now.”

Maintaining the same level of strong play that the ‘Noles have exhibited over the four-game winning streak means not taking lightly a Wake Forest team that is 2-3 in the ACC with losses to the same Terrapins and Blue Devils squads that FSU recently defeated.

“They can score points at all four positions … They present some challenges for our defense,” Leonard Hamilton said.

Defensively, “they’ll play as much zone as you allow them to,” Hamilton added.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will air on the ACC Network and online at ESPN3.com. To see which affiliate will carry the game in your area, click here.

 Stat Comparison  Florida State Wake Forest
 Scoring Offense 72.2 68.1
 Scoring Defense 62.5 69.7
 Scoring Margin +9.7 -1.6
 Rebounding Margin +4.9 -3.9
 FG Percentage .454 .438
 3FG Percentage .327 .333
 FT Percentage .713 .713
 FG Percentage Defense .369 .427
 3-Pointers Per Game 5.8 5.4
 Assists Per Game 12.2 11.8
 Turnovers Per Game 17.7 13.3
 Turnover Margin -1.2 +1.0
 Blocked Shots Per Game 6.6 4.8
 Steals Per Game 8.8 6.9

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