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Feb. 16, 2007


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The Game
Virginia enters today’s Atlantic Coast Conference game against Florida State with a 17-7 overall record and an 8-3 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers are coming off a 90-49 win over Longwood (Feb. 13) at the John Paul Jones Arena.

Florida State is 17-9 overall and 5-7 in the ACC this season. The Seminoles have lost their last three games and are coming off a 63-57 home loss to Georgia Tech (Feb. 13).

Saturday’s game will be televised by the Raycom-Lincoln Financial Network. Tim Brant will handle the play-by-play. Mike Gminski is the analyst.

All UVa games are heard on the Virginia Sports Network originating at the Charlottesville Radio Group and WINA-AM/WWWV-FM in Charlottesville. Mac McDonald calls the play-by-play. Jim Hobgood provides the analysis.

The Series vs. Florida State
Virginia holds a 16-14 lead in the series with Florida State. The Seminoles won both meetings last season and have won three consecutive match-ups and four of the last five. Neither team has won more than three consecutive games in the series.

Florida State won the first meeting of the 2005-06 season 87-82 in overtime (Jan. 11) at University Hall and earned its first season sweep since 1997-98 with a 76-62 win (Feb. 18) in Tallahassee. UVa’s home loss halted a streak of eight consecutive games in which the home team won.

UVa split a pair of meetings with the Seminoles in the 2004-05 season with both teams winning on their home floors. It marked the fourth consecutive season (and seventh time overall) the two schools split the season series. Virginia won the initial meeting of the 2004-05 season 56-55 (Feb. 9) on Devin Smith’s three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining. Florida State earned a split in the season series with a 68-63 victory (Mar. 6) in Tallahassee.

In 2003-04, UVa won 76-67 in overtime (Jan. 18) in the first meeting in Charlottesville, while the Seminoles won 76-57 (Feb. 17) in Tallahassee.

UVa has won the first meeting of the season series with Florida State 11 times in 15 tries, including six consecutive until its loss to the Seminoles in the first meeting last season.

The Cavaliers have won eight of the last 15 meetings after FSU won three consecutive contests (71-63 and 88-63 in the 1997-98 season and 72-69 in the 1998-99 campaign).

Virginia is 10-5 versus Florida State in Charlottesville and has won six of its last seven home contests against the Seminoles after losing the previous two. Prior to last season’s win, the Seminoles’ last win over Virginia in Charlottesville was a 72-69 triumph (Dec. 1) in the 1998-99 season.

Overall in the series, 10 of UVa’s 16 wins over the Seminoles have been by nine points or less, while six of its losses have been by 14 or more points. In addition, seven of FSU’s last 11 wins have been by fewer than nine points. Nine of the last 16 meetings (dating back to the 1998-99 season) have been decided by seven points or less. The Cavaliers have won four of those nine close games.

Three-point field goals
J.R. Reynolds has made 202 three-point field goals in his career and is in third place on UVa’s all-time three-point field goals list. Harold Deane (1994-97) holds the second spot with 237 threes and Curtis Staples (1995-98) is UVa’s all-time leader with 413.

Reynolds is currently second behind Virginia Tech’s Zabian Dowdell as the ACC’s active leader in three-point field goals. Dowdell has 204 career threes, while NC State’s Engin Atsur is third with 201.

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