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Game Preview: Seminoles vs. Wake Forest



Feb. 25, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State, which has won both of its last two home games against Wake Forest, plays host to the Demon Deacons on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles are 12-6 at home against the Deacons in a series that didn't start in earnest until Florida State joined the ACC for the 1991-92 season and promptly won the first four games of the series - sweeping the regular season series between the two teams in both 1992 and 1993. In hosting Wake Forest, the Seminoles return home for the first time in 13 days -- since a 69-66 victory over Boston College on February 16. Florida State's game against Wake Forest begins a stretch that will see the Seminoles play three of their final four games of the regular season at home - with home games scheduled against Wake Forest (February 26), Virginia (March 7) and NC State (March 9). Following Tuesday's game against Wake Forest, the Seminoles will travel to play at North Carolina on Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised by CBS.

FLORIDA STATE AMONG ACC'S WINNINGEST TEAMS
With 170 overall wins and 71 ACC wins, Florida State is the third winningest team in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Seminoles average 22.3 overall wins and 9.4 ACC wins per season under 11th year head coach Leonard Hamilton since the start of the 2005-06 season.

SNAER CONTINUES TO LEAD SEMINOLES
All-American Michael Snaer, who is averaging 16.3 points scored in the last three games, continues to lead Florida State through the 2012-13 season. The senior leads the Seminoles in scoring (career high 140 points scored per game), minutes played (31.7 mpg), field goals made (111), 3-point field goals made (50) and assists (2.5 apg) and is ranked in the top 25 of 11 different career statistical categories in the Seminoles' all-time record book.

ALL-AMERICAN SNAER SETS SIGHTS ON 1,500 CAREER POINTS
All-American Michael Snaer, who has scored at least 20 point in two of the last three games, enters Tuesday's game against Wake Forest ranked 14th in school history with 1,434 points and needs just 66 points to become only the 10th player in school history with 1,500 or more career points.

WHITE IN THE ACC'S TOP 25 FOR SCORING AND REBOUNDING
Junior Okaro White enters Tuesday's game against Wake Forest ranked in the top 25 for both rebounding (17th, career high 5.9 rebounds per game) and scoring (22nd, career high 12.4 points per game). He is one of 11 players ranked in the top 25 in both scoring a rebounding.

FLORIDA STATE IS...
...9-1 when it leads at halftime this season with ACC victories coming against both Clemson (January 24) and Boston College (February 16) when they lead after the first 20 minutes of play; ...2-0 when it leads at halftime of an ACC game with wins over Clemson and Boston College; ...7-3 in games that have been decided by five points or less with four consecutive wins coming against Clemson (60-57 on January 24); Maryland (73-71 on January 30), Georgia Tech (56-54 on February 5) and Boston College (69-66 on February 16); ...Accustomed to winning close games as each of its last six wins have come by six points or less - each of its ACC wins this season; ...5-1 in games when it has a positive assist:turnover ratio. Most recently, the Seminoles had 14 assists as compared to only 10 turnovers in its win over Boston College on Saturday and 18 assists on 20 field goals made in its win over Georgia Tech on February 5; ...13-2 in games that he has blocked at least five shots. The Seminoles have blocked at least five shots in each of its six ACC wins.

LOOK FOR FLORIDA STATE TO...
...Defeat Wake Forest and close out the month of February with a win in its final game of the month for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Seminoles have won their final game of the month of February in each season but the 2011-12 season since beginning their current streak on February 24, 2007; ...Defeat Wake Forest and win its third consecutive home game against the Demon Deacons. It would mark the Seminoles' second longest home winning streak against Wake Forest since winning four straight at home from 1996-99.

FLORIDA STATE ON THE BLOCKS THIS SEASON
Florida State has blocked at least one shot in 26 of its 27 game this season and has at least five blocked shots in 16 of its 27 games this season.

SEMINOLES WITH MORE BLOCKS THAN THEIR OPPONENTS
Florida State enters Tuesday's game against Wake Forest ranked third in the ACC with a 4.7 blocked shots per game average. The Seminoles have 128 blocked shots as compared to their opponents 88 blocked shots marking the seventh consecutive season the Seminoles have earned more blocked shots than their opponents.

WHEN FLORIDA STATE HOLDS ONTO THE BALL IT FINDS SUCCESS
Florida State was charged with only four turnovers in the second half of its game at Virginia Tech on Sunday night. Holding onto the basketball has meant good things for the Seminoles this season. The Seminoles have totaled single digits turnovers twice this season - with a season low six coming in its win over Maryland (January 30) and only seven coming in its win over Maine (December 9). The Seminoles have committed 10 turnovers or less four times this season (against Maine, 7; North Carolina, 10; Maryland, 6; and Boston College, 10) and are 3-1 in those games.

SEMINOLES FROM THE BONUSPHEREM
Florida State has made nearly seven 3-points shots per game in its last three games (20 of 51, .392) after averaging 3.6 made 3-point shots in its previous seven games. The Seminoles are one of six teams in the ACC who average more than six made 3-point shots per game (6.2) and are ranked fifth in the league standings with a .356 3-point field goal shooting percentage as a team this season.

FLORIDA STATE GOING TO THE BOARDS
Florida State has outrebounded three of its last six opponents including Georgia Tech (February 5) and Miami (February 13) during the month of February. The Yellow Jackets are ranked third in the ACC in rebounding margin (+2.8) while the Hurricanes are ranked fifth in the ACC (+2.2). The Seminoles have outrebounded nine of their opponents this season.

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