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Seminoles Play Host To Virginia Tech Saturday At 7 P.M.

Jan. 6, 2005

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Florida State, which has won four consecutive home games, plays the first of two consecutive games in the friendly confines of the Donald L. Tucker Center as it plays host to Virginia Tech Saturday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. The Seminoles enter the game fresh from a victory over Florida (Jan. 2, 82-69) at home in its most recent game. The Seminoles are 6-2 at home this season with consecutive wins over South Alabama (Dec. 16, 83-52), Jacksonville (Dec. 21, 101-57), Stetson (Dec. 23, 71-61) and Florida. Florida State’s game against Virginia Tech is its’ first of eight ACC home games and first of 15 conference game remaining in the regular season. The only non-conference game the Seminoles will play is at Massachusetts (Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.). Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech having won seven of their last nine ACC home games. The Seminoles were 6-2 in home conference games during the 2003-04 season and defeated Virginia (March 1, 2003, 73-59) in their final ACC home game of the 2002-03 season. Florida State is 10-6 in ACC home games under Leonard Hamilton. Following Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech, Florida State plays host to Clemson Wednesday night at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech having won four consecutive home games including its 82-69 victory over Florida (Jan. 2). The Seminoles are averaging 84.3 points scored, 59.8 points allowed, a +24.5 margin of victory, are shooting .591 from the field and .418 from the 3-point line in their last four home wins.

Beginning with Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech in Tallahassee, Florida State plays five consecutive games in the state of Florida. The Seminoles play host to Virginia Tech, Clemson (Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m.), Wake Forest (Jan. 18, 7:00 p.m.) and Duke (Jan. 22, 6:00 p.m.) while traveling to only Miami (Fla.) (Jan. 15, Noon) in their next five games.

…Defeat Virginia Tech and improve its conference record to 1-1. The Seminoles fell in an overtime battle at Maryland (Dec. 19, 90-88) to begin their 16-game conference schedule just before the holiday season;
…Defeat Virginia Tech and gain their sixth consecutive victory over the Hokies. The Seminoles defeated the Hokies in Blacksburg during the 2002-03 season (Jan. 4, 2003, 78-69) and in Tallahassee during the 2001-02 season (Dec. 27, 2001, 78-49) in the two most recent meetings between the now conference opponents. Prior to that, Florida State had a 15-12 record as opponents in the Metro Conference from the 1979 season through the 1990-91 season and a 2-3 record as independent opponents from the 1968-69 season through the 1978-79 season;
…Win its fifth consecutive home game. The Seminoles earned home winning streaks of nine and six games during the 2003-04 season.

…Blocked at least one shot in all 14 games this season and in 100 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles did not record at least one blocked shots was in a 78-62 win over Birmingham Southern on Dec. 4, 2001;
…Made a season-high of nine 3-point field goals in its victory over Florida and has made at least one 3-point field goal in 210 consecutive games. The last time the Seminoles did not make at least one 3-point shot was against Duke on January 10, 1998;
…Shot 50 percent or better from the field in six different games this season including finishing with a .509 shooting percentage in its victory over Florida. The Seminoles are 6-0 when they shoot above 50 percent from the field this season and are 11-0 under third-year head coach Leonard Hamilton when shooting 50 percent or better from the field;
…Recorded a double figure rebounding margin in three of its last six games. The Seminoles outrebounded Florida by a season-high 24 rebounds in their win over the Gators Sunday;
…Outrebounded two different opponents – South Alabama (+23) and Florida (+24) — by more than 20 rebounds this season;
…Pulled down more than 40 rebounds in four different games including victories over South Alabama (Dec. 16, 48), Texas Southern (Nov. 19, 46), Florida (Jan. 2, 44) and in its ACC opener against Maryland (Dec. 19, season-high 56). The Seminoles 56 rebounds against the Terps is the fourth highest rebounding total by an ACC team this season and the highest total in a game between two conference teams so far during the 2004-05 season;

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech averaging 73.5 points per game and shooting .479 from the field. The Seminoles’ scoring average is their highest since the 1995-96 season when the team averaged 75.5 points per game and their shooting percentage is at it highest since the 1992-93 season when the team finished with a .495 rate of accuracy on field goal attempts. Florida State shot a season-high .580 from the field and scored a season-high 101 points against Jacksonville (Dec. 21, 101-57 win). Florida State is shooting .519 (120-of-231) from the field and averaging 84.3 points per game in their last four games at home which have all been victories.

Led by sophomore Von Wafer’s 16 3-point shots made (4.0 per game), the Seminoles are averaging 7.3 3-point field goals made and are shooting .403 from beyond the arc as a team in the last four games. The Seminoles made a season-high nine 3-point field goals against Florida and have made eight or more 3-point field goals in four games this season. Florida State has made 13 3-point field goals (6.5 3FG/G) in the last two games against Virginia Tech.

The Seminoles are surrendering an average of only 66.5 points per game through their first 14 games of the season. Florida State limited Florida to 69 points in the Seminoles’ 82-69 victory over the Gators Jan. 2. It was Florida’s lowest point total of the season, the first time it was held below 70 points in any single game and was 16.2 points below its season scoring average of 85.2 points scored per game. After ranking first in the ACC in scoring defense during the 2003-04 season and second in the conference standings during the 2004-05 season, the Seminoles are currently ranked seventh in the conference in scoring defense this season. Florida State has held Virginia Tech to an average of 59 points in the last two meeting between the Seminoles and the Hokies (a 78-49 victory on Dec. 27, 2001 and a 76-69 victory on Jan. 4, 2003)

Florida State has had at least two players score in double figures in 13 of its 14 games this season. Von Wafer led the Seminoles with 17 points as the Seminoles placed a season-high five players in double figure scoring in their 101-57 victory over Jacksonville. Senior Adam Waleskowski, who has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, and Wafer, who has scored in double figures in three of the last four games, share the team lead with five double figure scoring games. Anthony Richardson scored in double figures (14 points) against Virginia Tech on Jan. 4, 2003. He is the only current Seminole who has scored in double figures against Virginia Tech during his career.

F #20 Andrew Wilson (3.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg; Averaging 4.2 ppg in last 5 games; 8 pts vs. Maryland)
F #25 Diego Romero (5.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg; Started each of last five games; 5 pts vs. LSU)
F #32 Alexander Johnson (8.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg; Averaging 9.3 ppg in last 5 games; 16 pts vs. J’Ville.)
G #4 Todd Galloway (5.4 ppg, 2.6 apg; 3.4 asts in last 5 games; 6 assists vs. Florida)
G #22 Von Wafer (11.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg; 15.2 ppg in last 5 games; 22 points vs. Stetson)
G #3 Isaiah Swann (5.7 ppg, 2.6 apg; .833 free throw pct in last 5 games; 12 pts vs. Maryland)
G #10 Ralph Mims (4.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg; .800 free throw pct in last 5 games; 11 pts vs. J’Ville)
F #12 Al Thornton (8.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg; 11.0 ppg in last 5 games; career-high 17 pts vs. Florida)
G #21 Jason Rich (7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg; .909 free throw pct in last 5 games; 10 pts vs. LSU)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg; 13.8 ppg in last 5 games; 23 pts vs. Maryland)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (7.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg; 8.4 ppg in last 5 games; 2 doub-doub in last 5 games)

F #13 Deron Washington (9.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 24 pts and 5 rebs vs. UMES, 11/23/04)
F #32 Carlos Dixon (14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg; 22 pts and 7 rebs vs. St. John’s, 12/8/04)
C #14 Robert Krabbendam (1.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 6 pts and 1 reb vs. UMES, 11/23/04)
G #1 Zabian Dowdell (14.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg; 21 pts and 4 rebs vs. North Carolina, 12/19/04)
G #2 Jamon Gordon (9.7 ppg, 4.6 apg; 20 pts and 6 rebs vs. William & Mary, 11/28/04)

The Series: Florida State leads, 19-15
Last Game: Jan. 4, 2003; Florida State 76, Virginia Tech 69
Last Florida State Win: Jan. 4, 2003; Florida State 76, Virginia Tech 69
Last Virginia Tech Win: Feb. 24, 1990; Virginia Tech 84, Florida State 74
Last Florida State Win In Tallahassee: Dec. 27, 2001; Florida State 78, Virginia Tech 49
Last Virginia Tech Win In Tallahassee: Feb. 24, 1986; Virginia Tech 92, Florida State 82
Florida State vs. Virginia Tech, Current Streak: Florida State has won 5
Leonard Hamilton vs. Virginia Tech: 1-0 (while at Florida State)

Jan. 4, 2003 Dec. 27, 2001 March 8, 1991 Feb. 23, 1991

Florida State 76 at Florida State 78 Florida State 91 at Florida State 91
at Virginia Tech 69 Virginia Tech 49 vs. Virginia Tech 71 Virginia Tech 79

Tim Pickett scored 22 points and reserve Michael Joiner added 16 as Florida State beat Virginia Tech 76-69 Jan. 4, 2003 in Blacksburg. Florida State never trailed and led by as many as 16 in the second half after Pickett made a lay-up to put the Seminoles up 69-53 with 8:13 remaining. The Hokies shot just 36 percent and were led by Terry Taylor with 17 points, Bryant Matthews with 15 and Carlos Dixon and Brian Chase with 13 apiece. Florida State shot 63 percent in the first half, and used a 15-2 run that included five straight points by Trevor Harvey to open a 31-16 lead with less that eight minutes left. The Seminoles pushed their lead as high as 19 and led 47-31 at the half. Anthony Richardson added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Seminoles.

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