Feb. 8, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State plays its fifth Atlantic Coast Conference road game of the season as it travels to Charlottesville to play its first of two games against Virginia Wednesday at 7:30 at University Hall. The Seminoles and Cavaliers will meet for the second time during the season in the final regular season game for both teams in Tallahassee (March 6, 2 p.m.). The Seminoles have split their last two ACC road games with a victory at NC State (Jan. 26, 70-64) and a last-second loss at Georgia Tech (Feb. 2, 64-61). Florida State has been successful in true road games this season with victories at Minnesota (Nov. 30, 70-69), at Ole Miss (Dec. 4, 69-64) and at NC State. Florida State is the only team in the nation to win on a Big Ten court (Minnesota), an SEC court (Ole Miss) and an ACC court (NC State). A fourth road win for the Seminoles would be the most since the 1997-98 team earned a 6-6 road record (including a 3-5 ACC record and a win at Virginia) on their way to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles’ game against Virginia is their seventh of eight consecutive games against teams who either ranked among the nation’s top 25 or have been ranked among the nation’s top 25 during the 2004-05 season. Virginia was ranked as high as No. 19 in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls during the week of Dec. 6. Following Wednesday’s game at Virginia, the Seminoles will play at No. 5/5 Wake Forest before traveling to Amherst, Mass., to face Massachusetts (Feb. 15, 7 p.m.) in their final non-conference regular season game. Florida State’s next home game comes as it plays host to Georgia Tech (Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m.).
WAFER CONTINUES HIS HOT SHOOTING FROM THE 3-POINT ARC
Sophomore Von Wafer made four 3-point shots against North Carolina Sunday and enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia ranked No.3 in the ACC in 3-point field goals made per game (2.75), No. 3 in 3-point field goal percentage (.433) and No. 4 in total 3-point field goals made with 55. He is shooting even better from the bonusphere in ACC games only with 3.33 3-point field goals made and a .448 3-point field goal shooting percentage in nine conference games. One of the ACC’s most improved 3-point shooters this season as compared to last season, Wafer made 43 3-point field goals, averaged 1.34 3-point field goals made per game and shot .326 from the 3-point line as a freshman. He ranked 15th in the ACC in 3-point field goals made per game.
RICHARDSON APPROACHING 1,000 CAREER POINTS SCORED MARK
Senior Anthony Richardson, who scored 13 points against North Carolina on Sunday, enters Wednesday’s game against Virginia having scored 943 career points and needs only 57 to become only the 38th player in school history to 1,000 or more career points. He averages 8.6 points during his 110-game Seminole career. Richardson is Florida State’s fourth-leading scorer with 138 points and a 6.9 points per game average this season.
LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO…
…Defeat Virginia and win its fourth ACC game of the season. The Seminoles have won at least four conference games in each of the first 13 years they have been members of the ACC;
…Defeat Virginia and win their second ACC road game of the season. The Seminoles won at NC State, 70-64, on Jan. 26;
…Defeat Virginia and gain its first win in Charlottesville since Dec. 1, 1998 – a span of five consecutive non-wins in University Hall.
FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
The Seminoles have made at least one 3-point field goal in all 84 games of the Leonard Hamilton era and have made at least one shot from the bonusphere in 218 consecutive games entering Wednesday’s game against Virginia. The last time the Seminoles failed to make a 3-point shot was against Duke on Jan. 10, 1998.
NOTING FLORIDA STATE FROM THE 3-POINT LINE
…Florida State is shooting .525 (31-of-59) and averaging 10.3 3-point field goals made from the 3-point line its three ACC wins and is shooting .324 (35-of-108) and averaging 5.8 3-point field goals made form the 3-point line in its six ACC losses.
SEMINOLES’ BLOCKING SHOTS
Florida State has blocked at least one shot in all 22 games this season after being credited with one blocked shot against North Carolina. Senior Anthony Richardson leads Florida State with 13 blocked shots and has upped his career total to 79. He is currently ranked 10th in the Florida State record book.
FLORIDA STATE SHOOTING WELL FROM THE FREE THROW LINE RECENTLY
Florida State enters Wednesday’s game ranked ninth in the ACC in free throw shooting percentage category but has shot well from the line since the change of the calendar year. The Seminoles have shot better than 72 percent as a team including five games during the stretch of nine games when they have shot 73 percent or better from the line.
Seminoles Finding Their Stroke From The Line
Opponent FTM FTA Pct. Notes
Florida 19 28 .689 Seminoles 8-of-10 in jumping to 45-32 halftime lead
Virginia Tech 18 23 .783 First ACC win of season, 77-70, over Hokies
Clemson 16 23 .696 Alexander Johnson makes career-high 9 FT
at Miami 5 5 1.000 Seminoles perfect from line on the road
Wake Forest 13 19 .684 Seminoles 4-of-6 in overtime in victory over Deacons
Duke 14 19 .737 Von Wafer a perfect 5-of-5 against No. 5 Duke
at NC State 18 22 .818 17-of-20 in second half to clinch road victory
at Georgia Tech 4 9 .444 Ant Richardson a perfect 2of-2 on road vs. Jackets
North Carolina 11 15 .733 Adam Waleskowski 4-of-4 from line vs. Heels
Totals 118 163 .733 .765 FT Pct. in 3 ACC wins (49-64)
Florida State has won two games in a row three times and has not lost more than two consecutive games during the 2004-05 season.
SEMINOLES ALL EVEN ON THE ROAD IN CONFERNECE PLAY
Florida State won it first ACC road game of the season as it defeated NC State, 70-64, in the RBC Center in Raleigh on Jan. 26. The Seminoles own a +6 point margin of victory in ACC road games (+six points against NC State) and have lost their three road games by a total of six points. Florida State lost at Maryland in overtime by two (90-88), lost at Miami by one on a field goal by Guillermo Diaz (64-63) and fell at Georgia Tech on a 3-point shot by Will Bynum (64-61.
Seminoles On The Road In ACC Play
Opponent FG% Score Points Scored Points Allowed
at Maryland .436 88-90 88 90
at Miami .397 63-64 63 64
at NC State .489 70-64 70 64
at Georgia Tech .448 61-64 61 64
Totals .439 282 (70.5) 282 (70.5)
FLORIDA STATE SCORING FROM THE BENCH
Florida State’s bench has outscored its opponents bench in 18 of its first 22 games of the season. The Seminoles have received at least 30 points from the bench 12 times including five of nine ACC games entering Wednesday’s game against Virginia. Sophomore Al Thornton, who has played in 20 of Florida State’s 22 games (all in a reserve role), is the team leader with 166 points off the bench (8.3 ppg). He has scored in double figures seven times including a career-high 26 points in the Seminoles’ victory over Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 91-83 in overtime). Senior Adam Waleskowski totaled his career-high of 24 points off the bench against South Alabama (Dec. 16, 83-52) and scored his ACC career-high of 23 against Maryland (Dec. 19, 88-90 in overtime). Florida State has received 29 double figure scoring performances off the bench this season. The Seminoles’ bench averages 34.8 points per game (767 total points) as compared to their opponents’ 17.8 points per game (392 total points). Florida State’s leading scorer has come off the bench 10 times including two ACC games against Maryland (Waleskowski, 23) and Duke (Isaiah Swann, 13).
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg; 3 pts and 3 rebs vs. Virginia, 1/16/04
F #54 Anthony Richardson (6.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg; 17 pts and 3 rebs vs. Virginia, 1/29/03)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg; 16 pts and 3 rebs vs. Virginia, 1/16/04)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.7 ppg, 2.7 apg; 12 pts and 8 asts vs. Virginia, 1/29/03)
G #22 Von Wafer (14.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 17 pts and 8 rebs vs. Virginia, 1/16/04)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.2 ppg, 2.1 apg; First career game vs. Virginia)
G #10 Ralph Mims (3.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Virginia, 1/16/04)
G #21 Jason Rich (5.0 ppg, 1.9 apg; First career game vs. Virginia)
F #25 Diego Romero (4.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg; First career game vs. Virginia)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg; 15 pts and 8 rebs vs. Virginia, 2/17/04)
PROBABLE STARTERS VIRGINIA
F #32 Jason Cain (2.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg; 0 pts and 1 reb vs. Florida State, 1/18/04)
F #33 Devin Smith (17.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg; 21 pts and 6 rebs vs. Florida State, 1/18/04)
F/C #43 Elton Brown (14.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg; 16 pts and 7 rebs vs. Florida State., 2/17/04
G #2 J.R. Reynolds (11.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg; 8 pts and 4 rebs vs. Florida State, 2/17/04)
G #44 Sean Singletary (9.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg; First career game vs. Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – A SERIES HISTORY
The Series: Virginia leads, 15-11
Last Game: Feb. 17, 2004; Florida State 76, Virginia 57
Last Florida State Win: Feb. 17, 2004; Florida State 76, Virginia 57
Last Virginia Win: Jan. 18, 2004; Virginia 76, Florida State 67 (OT)
Last Florida State Win In Charlottesville: Dec. 1, 1998; Florida State 72, Virginia 69
Last Virginia Win In Charlottesville: Jan. 18, 2004; Virginia 76, Florida State 67 (OT)
Florida State vs. Virginia, Current Streak: Florida State has won 1
Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia: 2-2 (all at Florida State)
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – THE LAST FOUR GAMES
Feb. 17, 2004 Jan. 16, 2004 March 1, 2003 Jan. 29, 2003
at Florida State 76 at Virginia 76 (OT) at Florida State 73 at Virginia 85
Virginia 57 Florida State 67 Virginia 59 Florida State 72
FLORIDA STATE VS. VIRGINIA – THE LAST MEETING
Nate Johnson scored eight points during an 11-0 run to open the second half, a burst that helped carry Florida State past Virginia 76-57 Feb. 17, 2004 in Tallahassee. Alexander Johnson had 16 points and Adam Waleskowski added 15 for the Seminoles. Nate Johnson scored all 13 of his points in the second half for Florida State, which moved into a three-way tie for third place in the ACC. The game was tied at 27 at halftime, before he sandwiched two 3-pointers around another jumper to start the second-half spurt. Elton Brown had 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds for Virginia. Brown shot seven-for-10 for the Cavaliers, but the rest of his teammates combined to shoot only 13-for-45 (28.9 percent). Virginia was within three at one point in the second half, and trailed just 49-45 following Gary Forbes’ 3-pointer with 9:40 remaining. Florida State answered with an 11-2 run over the next 4:15, pushing the margin to 60-47 and maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. The Seminoles shot 71.4 percent after halftime and finished the game at 49.1 percent overall.