On The Road

After opening the season with seven consecutive home games, undefeated Florida State (7-0) is at Miami on Sunday. The Seminoles haven't visited UM since Jan. 18, 1990, and the rivalry was renewed for the first time in 13 years last season as FSU won 72-55. With a victory, the Seminoles have the chance to equal their best start in school history -- they began with eight consecutive wins in 1977-78 and 1988-89. Senior <b>Michael Joiner</b> says it's important for FSU to keep its focus.

"The start is great as far as having a 7-0 start at the beginning of the season but we just know as a team and as a program, we still have a long season ahead of us," Joiner said.

"It's good to have a great start, but we have to take it day-by-day and game-by-game to just try to improve and try to get better."

Of course, the road hasn't been kind to the Seminoles. They are 2-18 in away games the past two seasons, including 0-16 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. FSU won its only nonconference road game at last season at Virginia Tech.

Also, Sunday also marks FSU coach Leonard Hamilton's first game back at Miami after coaching the Hurricanes to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances before leaving for the Washington Wizards.

"This will definitely be a true test of our character and our program," Joiner said.

"This, being our first road game, going into Miami, we just will be trying to keep our streak alive in a hostile environment."

This will be the first road game as well for FSU freshmen Alexander Johnson, Von Wafer and Al Thornton. The trio has played quality minutes and averaged a combined 23.6 points per game.

"With the younger guys, the older guys have been trying to tell them they have to bring their intensity every day because the competition is definitely getting tougher," Joiner said.

"As an example, the Florida-Maryland game (Wednesday), how intense that game was. We just need to eliminate our mistakes and try to convert on our opportunities. It's going to be a good challenge for us."


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