Needing a win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive, No. 7 seed NC State (17-12, 7-9) battles No. 10 seed Florida State (12-18, 4-12) in the ACC Tournament opening round. <P><B><CENTER>
MCI Center in Washington, D.C.
Tip-Off: 2:00 p.m.
Radio: Airtime begins @ 1:30 PM on the Wolfpack Radio Network
NC State Information
Florida State Information
Probable North Carolina State Starters (conference stats)
14 Engin Atsür G 6-3 200 So. 10.5 ppg 2.8 apg
40 Andrew Brackman C 6-10 205 Fr. 5.6 ppg 2.7 rpg
3 Ilian Evtimov F/C 6-7 232 *Jr. 10.7 ppg 4.1 rpg
22 Tony Bethel G 6-2 180 Fr. 10.0 ppg 3.9 rpg
24 Julius Hodge F/G 6-7 205 Sr. 15.6 ppg 7.0 rpg
Florida State's Probable Starters
#20 Andrew Wilson F 3.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg
#51 Adam Waleskowski F 8.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg
#32 Alexander Johnson F 7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
#4 Todd Galloway G 6.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
#22 Von Wafer G 12.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Players to Watch
Julius Hodge -- Hodge must have a big game for NC State. Look for the senior to lead his team past the Seminoles.
Von Wafer -- Wafer put on a show against the Wolfpack in their first matchup. The explosive sophomore leads a potent Seminole scoring attack.
NC State Notes
NC STATE IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT:
NC State enters the 52nd annual ACC
Tournament with a 56-41 (.577) all-time
mark in the event, which dates back to
1954. The Pack is the third-winningest
team in tournament history (behind North
Carolina and Duke) and ranks third in
tournament titles with 10.
THE PACK AS THE SEVENTH SEED: NC State has never won an ACC Tournament
game as the seventh seed, posting
an 0-4 mark in those games. The Wolfpack's seed is its lowest since 2001,
when State fell 61-76 to second-seeded
Duke in Atlanta.
The Wolfpack was also the seventh
seed in 1992, 1984 and 1981.
SENDEK SUCCESSFUL IN ACC TOURNAMENT: Herb Sendek is one of just
three current ACC coaches who posts a
winning record in the ACC Tournament.
In his previous eight year, Sendek has
guide the Wolfpack to an 11-8 mark, including
five wins in the last three years.
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is 36-15 in his
24 trips to the tournament, while Gary
Williams is 14-13.
Under Sendek, the Wolfpack has won
at least one game in the ACC tourney in
seven of the last eight years and has won
at least two games on three occasions.
NC State has posted an 18-14 mark in
overall postseason action Sendek's previous
eight seasons. In addition to the 11-
8 mark in the ACC Tournament, that mark
includes a 2-3 mark in the NCAA Tournament
and a 6-5 record in the NIT.
The Wolfpack has been to three consecutive
NCAA Tournaments and has
made seven postseason appearances in
Sendek's pervious eight seasons.
MAKING THE FINALS: Herb Sendek
has taken the Wolfpack to the ACC title
game three times in his previous eight
years. Of active league coaches, Only
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has been to
more title games (13). Maryland's Gary
Williams is the only other league coach
besides Sendek who has been to the title
game, doing so in 2000 and 2004.
Sendek is just the seventh coach in the
storied history of the ACC to take at least
three of his first seven teams to the ACC
Tournament title game. In 2003, he became
the first coach in the league to accomplish
that feat in 20 years.
Sendek's first Wolfpack squad (1997)
and his 2002 and 2003 units all competed
in the tourney championship game.
Only three coaches in league history
have ever taken four of their first eight
teams to the title game: Duke's Vic
Bubas, Wake Forest's Bones McKinney
and NC State's Norm Sloan.
HODGE AND EVTIMOV LOVE TOURNEYTIME: Senior Julius Hodge and redshirt
junior Ilian Evtimov have both posted
some pretty strong numbers in the ACC
Tournament over their careers. Hodge is
a veteran of eight games in the league
tournament, while Evtimov has played in
Hodge has averaged 18.1 points in the
ACC Tournament, shooting 46% from the
field, 52% from the three-point arc and
82% from the charity stripe.
Evtimov posts a more modest 13.2
scoring average, but has shot lights out in
the ACC Tournament. He has posted a
54% mark from the field and 56% from
behind the three-point arc.
Florida State Notes
WALESKOWSKI PLAYS HIMSELF INTO THE SEMINOLE RECORD BOOK: Senior forward Adam Waleskowski will play his 122nd career game against NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament and will move into a first place tie with Rodney Dobard (1989-93) for games played by a Seminole player. Waleskowski has not missed a single game during his four year career and has earned 22 starting assignments. He has started three ACC Tournament games during his career including the Seminoles' game against NC State in the 2004 tournament (March 12, 2004).
SEMINOLES AND THE NATION'S CAPITAL: The Florida State men's basketball team has a record of 2-0 and will play the third game in its history in the District of Columbia. The Seminoles are 2-0 against George Washington (with wins on Dec. 27, 1967 and Jan. 25, 1979) in games played in the nation's capital. Third-year Seminole head coach knows Washington, D.C and the MCI Center well as he was the head coach of the Washington Wizards during the 2000-01 season. Hamilton was assisted by current Seminole Associate Head Coach Stan Jones on the Wizards' bench. In addition, the Seminoles' current sophomores, juniors and seniors practiced at the MCI Center on Jan. 10, 2003 prior to their regular season game at Maryland the next day and current Seminole freshman guard Isaiah Swann is from Gaithersburg, Md. - a mere 35 minutes from Washington, D.C.
SEMINOLES CONTINUE TO FIND THEIR WAY FROM THE FREE THROW LINE: Florida State enters Thursday's game against NC State in the ACC Tournament shooting a season-high .667 from the free throw line as a team. The Seminoles have shot nearly 80 percent from the free throw line in their last two games including an .800 percent mark against North Carolina (eight-of-10). Florida State shot .788 (26-of-33) from the line in its last two regular season games. Led by four-of-four free throw shooting performances by Todd Galloway and Von Wafer, Florida State shot a season-high .818 percent (18-of-22) in its 70-64 victory over NC State Jan. 26 in Raleigh.
SEMINOLES BLOCKING: Sophomores Al Thornton and Alexander Johnson lead the Seminoles with 16 blocked shots each. They have helped the Seminoles block 96 shots during the Seminoles' 30 games this season. Florida State needs to block four more shots during the remainder of the season to reach the 100 blocked shots plateau for the fifth time in the last six years and for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons. Four different players blocked one shot as the Seminoles blocked four shots in their victory over NC State Jan. 26. The four blocked shots was only one away from tying their ACC season high of five blocks against Maryland.
Anthony Richardson, Von Wafer