After annihilating North Carolina last weekend, the Florida State Seminoles try for an encore against the Duke Blue Devils. No. 4 Duke is the only team undefeated in ACC play, but the Seminoles have won three straight and sit just a game behind them in second place.
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET
ESPN or live stream at ESPN3.com
Florida State: WNLS 1270 AM
Duke: WDNC-AM 620
Not available at this writing.
What’s At Stake?
The Seminoles' non-conference struggles left them on shaky ground for the NCAA Tournament, and a second huge ACC win would be a major boost to their at-large hopes. Fourth-ranked Duke, meanwhile, is in the driver’s seat for the conference title right now, but a home upset would cost them a key edge in trying to hold off North Carolina.
What They’re Saying
Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton doesn’t want his team to get hung up on facing another Top 5 opponent. “This game is more about us right now,” he told Seminoles.com, adding, “It shouldn’t matter who you are playing…if you are focused on doing things the right way.”
Blue Devils shooting guard Andre Dawkins has plenty of confidence in his team’s offense. As he told ESPN after lighting up Wake Forest, “With all of the weapons we have on the perimeter, it’s kind of pick your poison.”
Florida State Player to Watch
Guard Ian Miller missed the first 11 games with unspecified eligibility problems, but has come on strong since returning on Dec. 22. With his 6’3” frame and top-notch defensive instincts (he’s grabbing two steals a game on the season), he’ll be the key to slowing down Duke’s three-point barrage.
Duke Player to Watch
Freshman guard Austin Rivers is growing up fast, but he’s the most likely Blue Devil to struggle in his first meeting with FSU’s grinding defense. A big game against the Seminoles would be a real boost to Rivers’ confidence.
Florida State F Bernard James vs. Duke F Mason Plumlee. At 6’10” and 240 lbs., James is one of the few forwards in the league who can bang with Plumlee. James’ shot-blocking skills will make Plumlee work for every basket.
There isn’t a better six-loss team in the nation than Florida State, but the Seminoles are orders of magnitude more dangerous at home. Check back on Feb. 23 for the competitive version of this game, but tomorrow at Cameron Indoor, Duke’s balanced offense will cruise to an easy win.