'Nole Notebook

Florida State's men's basketball team continues its four-game road trip as it travels to Ole Miss on Saturday. The Seminoles are coming off a much-needed 70-69 victory over Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. FSU's showdown at Ole Miss is its fourth game since Nov. 27 and first at Mississippi since 1951.

FSU's trip to the state of Mississippi is its first since the 1991 season when the Seminoles played at Southern Mississippi during their final season of membership in the Metro Conference.

Following Saturday's game against Ole Miss, the Seminoles will not play a game until they play host to Florida International on Dec. 12 at the Civic Center.

The Seminoles will be looking for more offensive punch against the Rebels. FSU currently ranked 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring offense at 70.8 points per game, just in front of last place Miami (67.8).

Additonally, no FSU player ranks in the league's top 25 scorers.

Sophomore guard Von Wafer is the lone Seminole starter averaging in double digits (10.4 ppg).

Wafer scored a career-high of 19 points to lead FSU over Minnesota,

He scored eight points in the final 7:15 of the game as the Seminoles rallied from a 14-point deficit.

During the final 7:15 of the game, Wafer hit a 3-point shot to pull FSU within 11 at 63-52 (4:24 remaining); a jumper to bring the Seminoles within one a 63-62 (3:17 remaining) and a second 3-pooint shot to break a 65-65 tie and put FSU up 68-65 (1:38 remaining).

No Interest?

FSU ticket manager Patrick Martin said Thursday that Seminole fans have already purchased more 7,000 tickets to the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 between the Seminoles and West Virginia.

FSU has fewer than 5,500 tickets remaining for the game and they can be purchased either on-line at seminoles.com or by phone at 1-888-FSU-NOLE.

FSU sold out of its 15,000 tickets to last year's Orange Bowl game against Miami. The Seminoles also completely sold out for the 2002 Sugar Bowl against Georgia, the 2001 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma and the 1999 Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech. The 2001 Gator Bowl that featured Florida State against Virginia Tech drew more than 72,000 fans to Alltel Stadium.

FSU's Gator Bowl tickets are $40.00 each and will be available until all quantities are sold.

Barron earns another honor

Senior offensive tackle Alex Barron was named to the 2004 AFCA COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM on Thursday.

The offensive line also features Oklahoma's Jammal Brown, Virginia's Elton Brown, Tennessee's Michael Munoz, LSU's Ben Wilkerson and Barron.

Oklahoma's Brown is one of three returning All-Americans on this year's AFCA team. He helped clear the way for a Sooner offense that averaged 213.2 yards per game on the ground this season.

Virginia's Brown is part of a Cavalier front five that leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in fewest sacks allowed.

Munoz captains a Volunteer offensive line that is one of the best in the SEC.

Barron allowed only one sack in 11 games this season.

Wilkerson centered an LSU offensive line that helped the Tigers average 400 yards in total offense this season.

Coaching Interest

While the Florida Gators are still awaiting word on whether Ron Zook, who was fired Oct. 25, will agree to coach the Gators' Peach Bowl game, FSU fans are wondering if published reports are accurate.

In Thursday's Pensacola News-Journal and Florida Time Union each reported that UF offensive coordinator Larry Fedora has been contacted by FSU and Clemson.

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