WHEN/WHERE: 8, Entertainment and Sports Arena, Raleigh, N.C.
TV/RADIO: Ch. 32; WDAE-AM 620.
RECORDS: Florida State _ 8-10, 3-4. North Carolina State _ 14-4, 4-3.
COACHES: Florida State _ Steve Robinson (39-41, third season; 85-59 overall). North Carolina State _ Herb Sendek (67-48, fourth season; 130-74 overall).
KEY PLAYERS: Florida State _ Ron Hale, G/F, 6-9 Sr. (17.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg); Damous Anderson, F, 6-7 Sr. (14.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg); Delvon Arrington, PG, 5-11 Jr. (8.6 ppg, 6.8 apg, 4.6 rpg). North Carolina State _ Anthony Grundy, G, 6-2 So. (13.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg); Damon Thornton, F, 6-8 Jr. (10.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg); Damien Wilkins, F, 6-6 Fr. (9.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg).
NOTES: After back-to-back ACC losses (Virginia and Maryland), the Seminoles hit the midpoint of the league season tonight. Although they have lost four of their past five overall, they are 2-2 in league road games. Hale, the former Largo High star, has been at his best on the road. He's averaged 22.8 points on 55.9 percent in four league road games. But the Wolfpack is 13-0 at home, the longest home winning streak since 1988-89. FSU continues to live _ or die _ from the perimeter; it leads the ACC in three-point shooting, 37.3 percent. The Wolfpack allows 61.4 points (first in the league) on 40.1 percent shooting. FSU leads the series 14-11; 12-7 since joining the league in 1991-92.
_ Compiled by Brian Landman