Hoop It Up

Florida State, which has won four games against nationally ranked opponents but still has yet to win a league road game in 22 tries, gets an opportunity at both tonight at Wake Forest. The Seminoles need a victory to help secure an NCAA Tournament berth as the regular-season winds down. If FSU is to win, look for it to rely on defensive pressure -- the Seminoles rank second in the ACC in scoring defense.

This report is provided by FSU sports information department.

The Seminoles have won three of their six games against ranked teams with victories over No. 24/25 Maryland (79-75, Dec. 28), No. 7/11 North Carolina (90-81, Jan. 22), No. 10/7 Wake Forest (75-70, Jan. 25) and No. 15/16 Georgia Tech (81-65, Feb. 3). The Seminoles are one of only five teams in the ACC who have won four or more games against teams ranked among the nation's top 25 at the time of the game.

In addition, Florida State's four victories over ranked teams marks the first time since the 1996-97 season the Seminoles have defeated four ranked teams in the same season. The Seminoles have not earned victories over five ranked teams in a single season since defeating seven top-25 teams on their way to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament during the 1992-93 season. Florida State enters Wednesday's game against Wake Forest with 18 victories - four more than its total during year one of the Leonard Hamilton era. The Seminoles additional four victories is the highest victory jump of the nine ACC teams this season as compared to the 2002-03 season.

Florida State (+4) and Georgia Tech (+3) are the only two teams in the ACC who have more wins at this point in the season when compared to last season's total. Following Wednesday night's game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles play host to No. 3 Duke Sunday night at 8 p.m. in the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.

PICKETT EARNS NABC DISTRICT VI ALL-AMERICA HONORS

Senior All-America and ACC Player of the Year candidate Tim Pickett has been named to the District VI All-America First Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Pickett earned All-ACC Second Team honors as a junior in 2003 and has been one of the top players in the ACC during the last two seasons. He is ranked among the top five in six different individual conference statistics and is bidding to become the first Seminole to lead the ACC in steals in consecutive seasons. He is joined on the team by Justin Reed of Mississippi, Darius Rice of Miami, Anthony Roberson of Florida and Lawrence Roberts of Mississippi State.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO

Defeat Wake Forest and gain a sweep of the Demon Deacons for the first time since the 2000 season and the third time since joining the ACC. The Seminoles also swept the Deacons in 1992 and 1993;
Defeat Wake Forest and gain a sweep of one of the "Tobacco Road" teams in the ACC for the first time since taking the regular season series from Wake Forest during the 2000 season;
Win their seventh ACC game of the season. It would mark the highest number of conference wins since the Seminoles won 12 league games and finished in second place in the ACC standings during the 1992-93 season. Florida State won 11 games during their inaugural ACC season and averaged 11.5 ACC victories per season during its first two years in the league;
Look for Florida State to defeat Wake Forest and gain a victory over a ranked team for the fifth time this season. It would mark the first time since the 1992-93 season the Seminoles had defeated five or more ranked teams in a single season;
Win its first ACC road game since March 3, 2001, when the Seminoles won at Clemson (75-63). The Seminoles enter Wednesday's game against Wake Forest looking to break a 22-game road losing streak against ACC teams.

SEMINOLES TIED FOR ACC LEAD IN RANKED OPPONENT CATEGORY

Wake Forest is the ACC-leading 10th ranked opponent on the Seminoles' 2003-04 schedule. Only Maryland, which has already played 10 ranked teams, will have played as many ranked teams as Florida State when the ACC games of Wednesday night are completed.

SEMINOLES ENTER WEDNESDAY'S GAME WITH FOUR-WIN IMPROVEMENT

Florida State enters Wednesday's game against Wake Forest with an 18-9 record - it has four more wins and six fewer losses this season than it did in 29 games last season. It marks the second consecutive season Leonard Hamilton has improved the Seminoles' win total in his first two seasons as head coach. The Seminoles won 14 games in Hamilton's first season after winning 12 the year before his arrival (+two wins) and have 18 wins this season (+four wins) marking an overall improvement of six wins since his arrival prior to the beginning of the 2002-03 season.

SEMINOLES ONLY THREE WINS FROM 900

Florida State has won 897 games during the 57-year history of the program and needs only three victories to reach the 900 plateau. The Seminoles average 15.7 wins each season and won a program record 27 games during the 1972-72 season when they played UCLA in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. Florida State is one of five current ACC teams that has played in a national championship game during the illustrious history of the program.

IN THE SEMINOLES' RECORD BOOK AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA

Andrew Wilson's career-high seven 3-point field goals made were the most ever made by a Seminole player in an ACC Game. The previous record was six by Sam Cassell (three times) and Tim Pickett (two times); ...Tim Pickett's 13 3-point field goals attempted tied the school record for 3-point shots attempted in an ACC game. James Collins also attempted 13 against Clemson Feb. 17, 1996. Pickett's 13 attempts are tied for the fifth highest total in a Seminole game in school history; ...Florida State's 15 3-point field goals made against North Carolina were the most team 3-point field goals made in a single game since joining the ACC; ...Florida State's 37 3-point field goal attempts were the most attempted in a game in school history. The previous record was 34 against Maryland Feb. 11, 1995.

SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO LEAD ACC IN ALL 3-POINT SHOOTING DEPARTMENTS

Florida State, which made a near school-record 15 3-points shots against North Carolina Saturday, enters Wednesday's game against Wake Forest having made a single-season school-record 238 3-point shots made and a school record 618 3-point shots attempted this season. The Seminoles made a single-game school record 17 3-point shots against Stetson in their 87-72 victory over Stetson Dec. 30. The Seminoles average 8.8 3-point shots made per game this season. Florida State leads the ACC in 3-point field goals made (238), 3-point field goal percentage (.385) and 3-point field goals made per game (8.81). Florida State has made more 3-point field goals than both Maryland (118) and Clemson (112) combined.

SEMINOLES BOAST ACC'S TOP DEFENSE Florida State, which has held 15 of its 27 opponents to less than 63 points scored this season, enters Wednesday's game against Wake Forest ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense. The Seminoles are second by only 0.2 points to Duke who allows its opponents to scored only 62.8 points per game. The Seminoles ranked first in the ACC and 16th nationally in scoring defense last season as the allowed only 66.6 points per game. Florida State is the only team in the ACC ranked in the top three in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense this season.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR FLORIDA STATE
F #1 Michael Joiner (6.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 8 pts and 17 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 1/9/01)
F #20 Andrew Wilson (4.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg; 10 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/10/01)
C #32 Alexander Johnson (9.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 7 pts and 3 stls against Wake Forest, 1/25/04)
G #10 Nate Johnson (4.9 ppg, 4.0 apg; 19 pts and 7 asts against Wake Forest, 1/25/04)
G #22 Tim Pickett (16.0 ppg, 2.4 spg; ; 27 pts and 4 stls vs. Wake Forest, 1/26/03)
AND TOP RESERVES
G #4 Todd Galloway (3.6 ppg, 2.4 apg; 9 pts and 2 asts vs. Wake Forest1/26/03)
F #12 Al Thornton (3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; 1 pt and 1 reb against Wake Forest. 1/25/04)
G #23 Von Wafer (7.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 2 pts and 1 stl against Wake Forest, 1/25/04)
C #33 Mike Mathews (2.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg; 15 pts and 3 rebs vs. Wake Forest, 2/10/01)
F #51 Adam Waleskowski (6.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg; 16 pts and 8 rebs against Wake Forest, 1/25/04)
F #54 Anthony Richardson (8.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg; 14 pts and 1 reb vs. Wake Forest, 2/2/02)


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