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FSU VS. NO. 10 WAKE FOREST

WHEN/WHERE: 1 today; Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center.

RADIO: WQYK-AM 1010.

RECORDS: Wake 11-3, 2-2 ACC; FSU 13-5, 2-3.

COACHES: Wake _ Skip Prosser (57-22, third season; 222-100 overall); FSU _ Leonard Hamilton (27-20, second season; 227-230).

KEY PLAYERS: Wake _ Eric Williams, C, 6-9 So. (14.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg); Justin Gray, G, 6-2 So. (14.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg); Chris Paul, PG, 6-0 Fr. (11.9 ppg, 5.5 apg, 2.8 spg). FSU _ Tim Pickett, G, 6-4 Sr. (14.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 spg); Anthony Richardson, F, 6-7 Jr. (9.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg); Alexander Johnson, C, 6-10 Fr. (9 ppg, 3.6 rpg).

NOTES: The Seminoles snapped a four-game skid Thursday with an improbable 90-81 overtime win against visiting No. 7 North Carolina, overcoming a 24-point first-half deficit. Hamilton said his team needs to show the same intensity and tenacity today to "prove we're making steps in the right direction." Pickett ended a three-game shooting slump, hitting 8-of-17 and scoring a season-high 30. But Richardson, out of the starting lineup for two straight games, continues in a funk; he played nine minutes against UNC. Said Hamilton: "The important part here is we need him to be on top of his game in order for us to be the best team we can become. Him not being on the court could adversely affect us." The Demon Deacons have lost three straight, but those were at then-No. 18 Texas, at then-No. 2 Duke and at home against No. 11 Georgia Tech. A good sign from the Tech loss, however, was hobbled star F Vytas Danelius (high ankle sprain) had his first double double (13 points, 11 rebounds) of the season. Wake Forest has won seven straight against FSU and leads the series 17-11.

_ Compiled by Brian Landman.

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