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Game Preview: Florida State at Duke – CalBearsMaven

Florida State broke its 6-game losing streak on Tuesday night against Clemson, now they go to Cameron Indoor for Coach K’s second-to-last game ever in this arena. FSU is banged up, Duke will likely be looking for revenge for the last time these two teams played in the middle of January; there’s a decent chance this one ends up ugly. 

Duke is currently on a three game winning streak, though their last loss was at home to a not-great Virginia squad, and their last game was at home against Wake Forest, who nearly came back from being down 17 points. If not for a late Mark Williams put back, the game would’ve gone to overtime. 

FSU has not won a game in 10-plus years, with the last one being one of the greatest games/finishes in Seminole Basketball history. 

An unranked FSU team coming into Cameron to play a top-10 Duke team….. hm….

This game will be at 6pm on ESPN, live from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC. 

Duke Blue Devils (22-4, 12-3) Breakdown

Coach K’s legendary career is coming to a close, and there will only be one more home game for him after this one. Florida State will be aiming to be the last team to beat Coach K on Coach K Court after Virginia just beat them a couple of weeks ago, and I really don’t see UNC beating them in K’s last game in Cameron. 

Duke has only played three home games since January 25: a 2-point win over Clemson, a 1-point loss to Virginia, and a 2-point win over Wake Forest. If Clemson can compete, FSU can as well, even if Duke is much more talented. This still should be a very motivated Duke team after being beaten in Tallahassee in January, one of their few losses this season. And since these two have already played, we’ll just talk about what happened in that game. 

What Went Well For Duke: Duke was probably little surprised that FSU was punching them in the mouth as much as they did. Once Duke went zone though, things really struggled for Florida State offensively. They went on a 12-2 run over the last 5 minutes of regulation in large part due to the zone defense. If it weren’t for Caleb Mills getting hot in overtime, FSU almost would’ve never scored against the zone. They were also able to hit 3s at a high level (10/23), and Mark Williams had three blocks. They were making life tough for FSU at the rim all game long. 

What Went Wrong For Duke: Florida State dominated the offensive glass with 19 offensive rebounds. Even if the ‘Noles couldn’t really consistently score, they were just unrelenting on the offensive end: McLeod had 6 off. boards, Fletcher and Cleveland each had 3… it’s going to take that kind of effort again. Duke also was dominated in the turnover department: 15 turnovers of their own compared to just 5 for FSU. 

Florida State was able to swarm Duke with their defensive pressure, something I don’t know if we’ll be able to see in this given FSU’s limited depth from injuries. Duke has only had six games all season with a turnover percentage north of 20%, and have lost three of them. If you’re going to beat them, it starts with the turnovers. 

What Am I Expecting to Change: I’m expecting Duke to run a lot more zone defense in this game. Florida State …….

Source: https://www.si.com/college/fsu/basketball/game-preview-florida-state-at-duke

Florida State broke its 6-game losing streak on Tuesday night against Clemson, now they go to Cameron Indoor for Coach K’s second-to-last game ever in this arena. FSU is banged up, Duke will likely be looking for revenge for the last time these two teams played in the middle of January; there’s a decent chance this one ends up ugly. 

Duke is currently on a three game winning streak, though their last loss was at home to a not-great Virginia squad, and their last game was at home against Wake Forest, who nearly came back from being down 17 points. If not for a late Mark Williams put back, the game would’ve gone to overtime. 

FSU has not won a game in 10-plus years, with the l…….

Florida State broke its 6-game losing streak on Tuesday night against Clemson, now they go to Cameron Indoor for Coach K’s second-to-last game ever in this arena. FSU is banged up, Duke will likely be looking for revenge for the last time these two teams played in the middle of January; there’s a decent chance this one ends up ugly. 

Duke is currently on a three game winning streak, though their last loss was at home to a not-great Virginia squad, and their last game was at home against Wake Forest, who nearly came back from being down 17 points. If not for a late Mark Williams put back, the game would’ve gone to overtime. 

FSU has not won a game in 10-plus years, with the l…….

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