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How They Could Lose It All

Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page G10

The Seminoles have never won more than one game in the ACC tournament since joining the conference in 1992. After losing 12 of 16 conference games this season, there's little reason to believe that will change.

Florida State was considered a dark horse to advance to the NCAA tournament this season, but the Seminoles never figured out how to win the close games. They narrowly missed getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament last season, but took several steps back this year.

Coach Leonard Hamilton returned an experienced lineup, led by seniors Anthony Richardson and Adam Waleskowski, but the Seminoles struggled to replace Tim Pickett's scoring (he averaged 16.5 points per game during the 2003-04 season) and playmaking.

Hamilton was hoping for big things from junior college transfers Diego Romero and Antonio Griffin, but neither has provided much of a spark. Romero is averaging 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds; Griffin has played in only eight games. Florida State doesn't rebound well, doesn't block shots, doesn't create turnovers and turns over the ball too much. With that as a recipe, the Seminoles probably won't be around for Friday, let alone Sunday.

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