Mike Kryzewski will not allow his Duke Blue Devils to be upset by the surprising Florida State Seminoles.
The Noles have gotten off to a great start in ACC play. After being blasted by 20 points against Clemson to open conference play, they stand at 3-1. The highlight win came against the third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.
They didn't just beat North Carolina; they blew them out. The 90-57 win told the college basketball world the Noles are for real, and barring a blowout loss to Duke, it will probably get them ranked in the top 25.
Will the Blue Devils Blow out Florida State?
The Noles are generally a balanced scoring squad, with three players averaging double figures scoring (Michael Snaer 13.5, Ian Miller 13 and Bernard James 10 points per game).
But against the Tar Heels, the 6'5" senior guard from Lithuania, Deividas Dulkys, was unconscious from three. Dulkys had 32 points on eight three-pointers. Coach K will make sure his perimeter defense doesn't give up that type of scoring outburst.
One huge difference from the matchup with North Carolina is the fact that this game won't be played in Tallahassee. The Noles are only 1-3 on the road this year. The Blue Devils will capture their 46th straight win at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a win over the Noles. Florida State has struggled shooting the ball on the road, shooting under 40 percent in away games.
The Blue Devils have shot 47 percent on their home court. Austin Rivers, Quinn Cook and Andre Dawkins have been averaging 32 points as a group over the past four games, all Blue Devil victories.
The Noles simply don't have the type of prime time player to get tough baskets in a hostile environment like Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke will ground a good Seminoles team, but the Noles will stay in shouting distance and receive a well deserved spot in the Top 25.
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