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‘Noles Prepare For ACC Battle With Demon Deacons

Dec. 11, 2001

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Florida State opens its 11th Atlantic Coast Conference season as it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C, to play Wake Forest. The game marks the fourth time the Seminoles have opened their ACC schedule in December. Entering Sunday night’s game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles are 2-1 in December ACC games with all three of the games having been played on the road. Florida State played its first ever game as a member of the conference against North Carolina on Dec. 15, 1991 and brought an 86-74 victory over the Tar Heels back home to Tallahassee. In its other two December conference games, Florida State defeated Virginia (72-69, Dec. 1, 1998) and fell to Duke in Durham in overtime (76-66, Dec. 5, 1996).

Senior guard Delvon Arrington enters Sunday’s game against Wake Forest with 536 career assists and needs only three assists to move into 25th place on the all-time ACC assists list. He is looking to pass Georgia Tech’s Brian Oliver who had 538 career assists during his four-year career (1987-90). Former Duke player and current Blue Devil assistant coach Johnny Dawkins (1983-86) is ranked 24th on the list with 555 career assists.


  • Defeat a ranked opponent for the first time since Feb. 14, 2001 when it defeated No. 17-ranked Maryland, 74-71, in College Park, Md.,
  • Defeat a ranked Wake Forest team for the first time since Dec. 8, 1995, when it defeated the Demon Deacons, 69-66, in Tallahassee, Fla.,
  • Win its ACC opener for the second time in three years. The Seminoles defeated Wake Forest, 66-64, on Jan. 4, 2000 in Winston-Salem, N.C.,
  • Win its ACC road opener for the fourth time during head coach Steve Robinson’s tenure at Florida State. The Seminoles enter Sunday’s game against Wake Forest with a 3-1 record in ACC road openers during the Robinson era,
  • Defeat a ranked opponent away from Tallahassee for the fifth time during the Robinson-era. The Seminoles have won at least one road game against a ranked team in three of Robinson’s first four years as Florida State’s head coach.
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