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How They Could Win It All

Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page G10

The Seminoles proved they are capable of pulling an upset when they beat Wake Forest, 91-83 in overtime, in Tallahassee on Jan. 18. That victory was Florida State's sixth over a nationally ranked opponent in Coach Leonard Hamilton's three seasons.

Need a reason to be optimistic about a team that went oh-for-February? Of the Seminoles' eight losses that month, five were by 10 points or less, and two were by just a point. For the season, FSU lost four games by one point; two others by two points and two by three.

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Sophomore Von Wafer has emerged as one of the league's better players, averaging nearly 13 points per game. Wafer, who finished second to LeBron James in the slam dunk contest in the 2003 McDonald's All-American game, runs the floor well and can shoot three-pointers, too. Hamilton, former coach of the Washington Wizards, uses a deep bench -- 10 players average 15 minutes or more. Reserves have accounted for nearly half of the team's scoring, and they totaled 61 points in a 90-88 overtime loss to Maryland on Dec. 19.

Though no Seminole averages five rebounds a game, the team does have two 6-foot-10 players in Alexander Johnson and Diego Romero.


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