Florida State Seminoles at Duke Blue Devils
Florida State Seminoles Preview
The eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles have won three in a row and are a program-best 10-2 after 12 games in ACC play entering Monday’s contest against the seventh-ranked Duke Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. The Seminoles dispatched rival Miami 99-81 on Saturday in their second-highest scoring game of the season, with five players in double figures while Florida State won the battle of the boards (46-24).
Depth, length and defense are the Seminoles’ calling cards; they use all that to block 5.7 shots per game (10th nationally) and force an average of 17.4 turnovers, the 15th-best mark in the country. Sophomore guard Devin Vassell averages a team-high 13.5 points per game and shoots 41.9 percent from 3-point range (36 of 86), leading FSU’s strong effort (36.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
Duke Blue Devils Preview
Two days after a hitting a pair of buzzer-beaters in a wild overtime victory at North Carolina, the seventh-ranked Duke Blue Devils have to refocus for a top 10 showdown against the eighth-ranked Florida State Seminoles on Monday in Durham, N.C. Point guard Tre Jones was stellar against the Tar Heels. He had only 10 points entering the final minute of regulation but then scored 15 consecutive points for Duke, including a jumper to send the game into overtime.
Jones, who finished with 28 points, is averaging 17.9 in the past nine games. Freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. remains the team’s leading scorer (17.8 points per game) in a high-powered offense that averages 83.1 ppg (second in the country). The Blue Devils can also lock down on defense, holding opponents to 29.1 percent on 3-point tries.