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Game Preview: Seminoles at Wake Forest



Feb. 8, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State, which is ranked second in the ACC in conference road wins with three, looks for its fourth of the season as it travels to play at Wake Forest at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in a game beginning at 12 Noon. The Seminoles arrive in Winston-Salem fresh off its third buzzer-beating win of the season as All-American Michael Snaer - the nation's leader in buzzer-beating, game-winning shots -- made a lay-up at the buzzer to top Georgia Tech, 56-54 on Tuesday night in Atlanta. The buzzer-beating, game-winning shot was Snaer's third of the season (also against Clemson on January 24 and against Maryland on January 30) and the fifth of his career. All five of Snaer's buzzer-beating, game-winning shots have come in the last 2.4 seconds of the five games and all five gave Florida State a victory. Florida State enters its game against Wake Forest having won two of its last three and three of its last five games since defeating Clemson (60-57, January 24) in Tallahassee and has won four consecutive games against the Demon Deacons. The Seminoles' four consecutive wins over Wake Forest ranks as its longest winning streak over the Deacons since a five game winning streak that began with one win in 1973 and continued with the first four games (all Florida State wins) between the two teams when the Seminoles joined the ACC for the start of the 1991-92 season. Following Saturday's game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles play host to No. 8/11 Miami (February 13, 7:00 p.m.) and Boston College (February 16, Noon).

QUINTESSENTIAL Michael Snaer
All-American Michael Snaer made what is believed to be his college basketball record fifth game-winning buzzer-beating shot in the Seminoles' 56-54 win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night at the McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. Snaer ended the game with a lay-up at the buzzer (the play was quickly reviewed by the officials) to give the Seminoles the ACC road win. The game-winner at the buzzer was Snaer's third in 13 days and came on the heels of his buzzer-beating game-winners against both Clemson (January 24) and Maryland (January 30) in the last two weeks.

SNAER IN THE ACC STATISTICS
All-American Michael Snaer enters Saturday's game against Wake Forest ranked first in the ACC in game-winning, buzzer-beating shots (three this season, five for his career), fifth in free throw percentage (.802), fifth in 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.398), seventh in 3-point field goals made (2.0 per game) and 12th in scoring (13.9 ppg). He leads the Seminoles in scoring (13.9 ppg) AND assists (2.5 apg) and is one of only three players (also Joe Harris of Virginia and Erick Green of Virginia Tech) in the ACC to lead his team in two of the top point producing statistics maintained by the ACC.

FLORIDA STATE ON THE ROAD IN THE ACC
Florida State enters Saturday's game against Wake Forest with a 3-2 record on the road in the ACC (wins at Clemson, Maryland and Georgia Tech) and a 12-9 record on the road in ACC play in the last three seasons.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Wake Forest and win its fifth consecutive game against the Demon Deacons. It would tie the Seminoles' school record for consecutive wins against the Demon Deacons - a winning streak that ran from 1973 through 1993 and included the Seminoles' first four games against Wake Forest when they joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season; ...Defeat Wake Forest and win its third consecutive game played between the two teams in Winston-Salem. The Seminoles have won two consecutive games in Winston-Salem on January 19, 2011 and January 25, 2012 and will play their third consecutive road game against the Demon Deacons. The Seminoles will play host to Wake Forest on February 26, 2013 which will mark the Demon Deacons first trip to Tallahassee since February 1, 2011.

ANOTHER SNAER BUZZER BEATER TO CONSIDER
For all of the well-deserved attention that All-American Michael Snaer is earing for his five career buzzer-beating, game-winning shots, please don't forget his buzzer-beating, potential game-winning blocked shot with two seconds remaining in the Seminoles' win over Maryland on January 9, 2013 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. Snaer extended himself and blocked a potential game-tying 3-point shot by Seth Allen to preserve the Seminoles' 65-62 win.

SEMINOLES' HALFTIME COMEBACKS
Florida State outscored Georgia Tech, 30-27, in the second half of Tuesday night's game in Atlanta to take a 56-54 win over the Yellow Jackets after trailing the game, 27-26 at halftime. It marked the Seminoles' fourth halftime comeback of the season with three coming in ACC play. The Seminoles trailed at the half at Maryland (36-27 on January 9) and rallied to win the game as junior Okaro White scored 15 consecutive second half points, 65-62; trailed Clemson at home at the intermission (29-21 on January 24) before winning the game on a game-winning, buzzer-beating shot by Snaer and defeated the Tigers by a 60-57 margin and topped Georgia Tech on a game-winning, buzzer-beating lay-up by Snaer after trailing 27-26 after the first 20 minutes. The Seminoles were tied, 34-34, at halftime against Maryland before surging ahead of the Terps to win 60-57 on a buzzer-beating, game-winning 3-point shot by All-American Michael Snaer.

FLORIDA STATE RECENTLY IN THE SECOND HALF
Florida State has outscored each of its last three opponents (Maryland, Duke and Georgia Tech) in the second half and has outscored its opponent in 14 of 22 games this season after halftime.

FLORIDA STATE IN CLOSE GAMES
Florida State is 6-3 in games decided by five points or less this season - including three straight wins (over Clemson, 60-57, Maryland, 73-71, and Georgia Tech, 56-54) and six wins in their last seven games decided by five points or less.

SEMINOLES SHOOT WELL FROM THE FIELD AGAINST GEORGIA TECH
Florida State is 4-0 when it shoots .500 or better from the field as it did in its victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night in Atlanta. The Seminoles made 20 of 40 attempts from the field (.500 percent) in their win over the Yellow Jackets. It marked the fourth time this season and first time since their win over Saint Joseph's in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn that that Seminoles had made at least half of their shots in a single game. The Seminoles shot a combined .574 percent (93 of 162) in three consecutive games (all wins) against Buffalo, BYU and Saint Joseph's early in the season.

FLORIDA STATE IMPROVING ITS ASSIST:TURNOVER RATIO
Florida State recorded 18 assists on 20 baskets (one assist for nearly each basket) in its win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night to mark the second time in the last three games the Seminoles had averaged nearly one assist for every basket they scored. The Seminoles totaled 14 assists on 22 baskets in their win over Maryland on January 30. During the last three games, the Seminoles have an assist:turnover ratio of 1.5:1 (41 assists as compared to only 27 turnovers) as compared to their overall 0.8:1 A:TO ratio for their first 22 games of the 2012-13 season.

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