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Seminoles Aren't Feeling Satisfied; FSU Could Win 20th at Wake, but Knows Work Needs to Be Done

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Seminoles Aren't Feeling Satisfied; FSU Could Win 20th at Wake, but Knows Work Needs to Be Done

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Byline: IRA SCHOFFEL

TALLAHASSEE -- Twenty wins doesn't guarantee an NCAA Tournament berth. Florida State found that out two years ago when it was left home despite reaching that plateau during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

But picking up a 20th victory in mid-February, which the Seminoles could do today at Wake Forest, would likely be an entirely different story. Just don't expect Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton or any of his players to look that far ahead.

"We don't have any reason to be satisfied," Hamilton said. "We are winning games, and we are pleased. But it is not like we are blowing folks out and have any reason to become complacent. We are still a work in progress."

Hamilton has good reason to take a conservative approach. Though the Seminoles are one of the surprise teams in college basketball this season -- they were picked in preseason to finish 10th in the ACC and currently are tied for third -- they understand the challenge before them.

Wake Forest (18-4, 5-4 in the ACC) is ranked No. 7 in the country and as recently as last month was ranked No. 1 -- the Demon Deacons got off to a 16-0 start before dropping four of their past six games.

"They have all the ingredients," Hamilton said. "And they will be playing with even more of a sense of urgency now that they've lost four games. I'm sure that they feel they are better than their conference record.

"Whatever their best shot is, that's what we anticipate we're going to get."

The game should feature a contrast in styles. Led by guard Jeff Teague, who is the second-leading scorer in the ACC, the Demon Deacons rank second behind only North Carolina in scoring offense. They average 81.7 points per game.

The Seminoles (19-5, 6-3), meanwhile, are equally efficient on defense.

FSU ranks second among conference teams in points allowed per game (62.8), field-goal percentage defense (37. …

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