FSU hosts Virginia

Florida State, which has won five consecutive ACC home games and has a 14-1 record at home this season, plays host to Virginia tonight at 7 p.m The Seminoles need only one victory in its remaining two home games to tie its single-season record for home wins in a single season, 15, which the 1974-75 team won on its way to an 18-8 record.

Florida State is 5-1 at home in the ACC this season with victories over then No. 24 Maryland (Dec. 28; 79-75), then No. 7 North Carolina (Jan. 22, 90-81 in overtime), then No. 10 Wake Forest (Jan. 25; 75-70) and then No. 15 Georgia Tech (Feb. 3, 81-65) and Clemson (Feb. 14, 65-52). The Seminoles have won more than five ACC home games only one since joining the ACC for the 1991-92 season as the 1992-93 Seminoles finished with a 7-1 conference record and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Florida State has won two consecutive and three of the last home games against Virginia with victories over the Cavaliers in both of the last two years at home. Following Tuesday night's game against Virginia, the Seminoles travel to play at North Carolina (Feb. 21, 1 p.m.) and Wake Forest (Feb. 25, 7 p.m.).

ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE Tim Pickett Senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett, who leads the ACC in 3-point shots made and is ranked fifth or higher in five other major statistical categories, enters Tuesday's game against Virginia averaging a team-leading 15.9 points and a team leading 2.44 steals per game. Pickett has scored in double figures in 21 of 25 games this season including 30 point outings against both North Carolina (Jan. 22, 30 points) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 3, career-high 33 points). He has scored 30 points or more four times during his career including 32 against Virginia last season (March 1, 2003). Pickett averages 20.7 points scored in three career games against the Cavaliers and averages 18.1 points in 15 games at home this season. Pickett has been named the ACC Player of the Week twice this season and is one of only two conference players to score 30 or more points twice in a single game this season.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO... ...Defeat Virginia and win its 18th game of the season. It would mark the most wins for the Seminoles since winning 18 games and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament during the 1997-98 season. The Seminoles have already surpassed their win total of 14 from the 2002-03 season - Leonard Hamilton's first at Florida State; ...Win its sixth ACC game of the season to mark the highest number of conference wins since the 1999-2000 season when the Seminoles finished league play with a 6-10 record; ...Win its sixth ACC home game for the first time since the 1992-93 season when the Seminoles finished with a 7-1 conference record at home. The seven ACC wins at home is the single-season school record for the Seminoles. ...Defeat Virginia for the third consecutive time at home in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center. The Seminoles defeated the Cavaliers last season (March 1, 2003; 72-59) and two years ago (Feb. 20, 2002; 66-59).

FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE UNDER Leonard Hamilton Florida State limited Clemson to .370 shooting from the field in its victory over the Tigers Saturday in Tallahassee and enters Tuesday night's game against Virginia ranked third in the ACC in team field goal percentage defense. The Seminoles' effort against Clemson It marked the 12th time in 25 games this season they have held their opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field in a game. The Seminoles have held 30 or their 54 opponents (.556) during the Leonard Hamilton era under 40 percent shooting from the field. The Seminoles ranked second in the ACC in field goal percentage defense last season.

SEMINOLES' MAKING STRING MUSIC FROM 3-POINT RANGE Florida State made six 3-point shots against Clemson Saturday and enters Tuesday's game against Virginia having made a school record 215 3-point shots this season. The Seminoles have made an average of 8.6 3-point shots per game to rank first in the ACC in 3-point field goals made (215), 3-point field goals made per game (8.6) and 3-point field goal percentage (.386). Florida State has made more 3-point shots than both Maryland (110) and Clemson (104) combined. The previous record was 211 by the Seminoles' 1994-95 team. Senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett pushed the Seminoles to the new record with his third 3-point shot of the first half against Clemson.

WINNING BY DOUBLE FIGURES Florida State defeated Clemson 65-52 (+13 points) marking the second consecutive ACC home game the Seminoles had won by double figure points. The Seminoles defeated Georgia Tech (81-65, +16) Feb. 3 in The TLCCC.

SEMINOLES FROM THE FREE THROW LINE Florida State made more free throws (15) than Clemson attempted (14) in Saturday's victory over the Tigers in Tallahassee. It marks the ninth time this season (including the fourth time against ACC competition) the Seminoles have earned their way to more free throws made than their opponents had attempted.

FLORIDA STATE FROM THE FIELD Florida State attempted a season-low 44 field goals in Saturday's victory over Clemson. It marked the eighth time in 25 games the Seminoles had attempted less than 50 field goals in a single game. Florida State is 5-2 this season when it attempts less that 50 field goals in a single game with victories over Clemson, Chicago State, Miami, Ole Miss and Northwestern.

SEMINOLES ON THEIR SHOOTING MARK AGAINST CLEMSON Florida State shot an even .500 percent from the field against Clemson marking the eighth time this season the Seminoles have shot 50 percent or better from the field. The Seminoles' shot a season-high .559 from the field in its' come-from-behind victory over North Carolina (Jan. 22) in Tallahassee. Florida State rallied from 24 points down during the first half to win that game over the No. 7 ranked Tar Heels. The Seminoles are 7-1 when shooting .500 from the field this season.

SEMINOLES' BENCH FINDINGS SCORING POWER Led by ACC Rookie team candidates Alexander Johnson and Von Wafer, Florida State's bench players have outscored its opponents' bench players in 10 of 11 ACC games this season. The Seminoles have outscored their opponents 27.9 - 17-5 in their first 11 conference games of the season. Johnson, Florida State's second leading overall scorer, has scored all of his 224 points (9.0 ppg) off the bench while Wafer, Florida State's second fourth leading scorer, has scored all 196 (8.2 ppg) off the bench. Junior Adam Waleskowski is the Seminoles' leading rebounder (127 rebounds, 5.1 rpg) off the bench - the only reserve in the ACC to lead his team in rebounds.


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