Game Day: Duke (16-1) vs. Florida St (14-5)

The Blue Devils will look for a 14th straight victory when they host the Florida State Seminoles at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The ‘Noles are riding a wave of momentum after two big victories last week. <I></I> takes a look at the match up and runs down the important tidbits.

Game Facts:

The game will be televised by espn2 with Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and Brad Daugherty (color) calling the action. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:02 EST.

LINK: TDD BBS Game Thread

The Series:

Overall                           Duke 21-4
At Cameron Indoor Stadium        Duke 13-0
At Leon County Civic Center       Duke 8-4
In ACC Tournament                 n/a
Current Streak                    Duke W 1
Longest Duke Win Streak           13 (1995-2001)
Longest Florida State Win Streak  1 (four times)
Biggest Duke Win                  100-58 (2/4/01)
Biggest Florida State Win         75-70 (2/2/03)
Duke Under Coach K                19-3

Last Time:

Shelden Williams recorded a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds as 10th ranked Duke forced 24 turnovers in a 72-56 victory over Florida State on March 6, 2003, in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Senior Dahntay Jones added 14 points for Duke in his final home contest.

This will mark the 26th meeting between Duke and Florida State with the Blue Devils holding a 21-4 series lead. Since the Seminoles joined the ACC, Duke has won 20 of 24 meetings, including all 13 contests at Cameron Indoor Stadium by an average of 19.8 points per game.

Under Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is 19-3 vs. the Seminoles.


*- With two wins last week the Blue Devils improved to 163-23 as the nation's top ranked team.

*- Duke's 16-1 start matches the second-best record through 17 games in school history behind only the 17-0 start of the 1991-92 squad.

*- Duke will look for its 14th consecutive victory when it faces Florida State on Jan. 29. The Blue Devils have won their last 13 games by an average of 23.5 points. The Blue Devils have recorded win streaks of 10 or more games nine different times in the past seven seasons.

*- J.J. Redick has put together three 20-point games in the past four contests, including his season-high 26 at Maryland on Jan. 21. He is shooting .600 from the floor overall and .615 from three-point range and averaging 21.0 points during those four games.

*- Duhon stands just five steals shy of becoming Duke's all-time leader. Duhon has 262 career thefts to his credit, and trails only Shane Battier (266) on the Blue Devil chart.

*- Duke currently has a 36-game home winning streak intact — second-longest in the nation behind Pittsburgh — dating back to the 2001-02 season. The 2002-03 campaign in which Duke finished 15-0 at home marked the 14th time in school history the Blue Devils did not lose at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Maryland was the last team to defeat Duke at Cameron — 91-80 on Feb. 27, 2001.

*- Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (16.1), Luol Deng (13.8), Shelden Williams (12.2), Daniel Ewing (11.5), Chris Duhon (10.2) and Shavlik Randolph (8.1) — are averaging at least 8.1 points per game.

Common Opponents:

Maryland: Duke W (68-60), Florida State W (79-75)
NC State: Duke W (76-57), Florida State L (58-53)
Clemson: Duke W (73-54), Florida State L (53-48)
Wake Forest: Duke W (84-72), Florida State W (75-70)
Virginia: Duke W (93-71), Florida State L (76-67)

Meet the Seminoles:

Probable Starting Lineup: 
   Nate Johnson (6-3, 183, G, Sr.) – 5.8 ppg, 3.8 apg
   Tim Pickett (6-4, 207, G, Sr.) – 14.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 spg
   Anthony Richardson (6-7, 189, F, Jr.) – 9.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg
   Michael Joiner (6-7, 238, F, Sr.) – 6.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg
   Mike Mathews (6-10, 245, C, Sr.) – 2.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Key Reserves: 
   Alexander Johnson (6-10, 250, F, Fr.) – 8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg
   Von Wafer (6-5, 210, G, Fr.) – 7.8 ppg
   Adam Waleskowski (6-8, 240, F, Jr.) – 5.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg
   Todd Galloway (5-11, 178, G, So.) – 3.8 ppg, 2.6 apg
   Al Thornton (6-7, 208, F, Fr.) – 3.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg
   Andrew Wilson (6-6, 206, G, So.) – 2.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg

The Seminoles are riding a wave of momentum after beating both North Carolina, courtesy of a 24-point comeback, and Wake Forest in key ACC showdowns last week. Those victories improved Florida State to 14-5 on the year and 3-3 in the ACC, and marked the first time in history the Seminoles had beaten consecutive top ten opponents. While the Seminoles have been very good at home against the conference, they have lost 18 consecutive road conference games.

Head coach Leonard Hamilton is certainly not afraid to utilize his bench this season as 11 players are logging eight or more minutes per game so far. Despite all the depth the Seminoles are only as successful as All Conference performer Tim Pickett allows them to be. The senior is the only player on the roster averaging double figure points (14.9 points per game). Early on Pickett couldn't get his offense going as the ‘Noles quickly fell to 1-3 in the league before he found his stroke to pace his team to the last two victories.

Fellow backcourt running mate Nate Johnson has quickly grown into a solid ACC caliber point guard who is capable of killing you from the perimeter where he's knocking down 57% of his attempts.

The frontcourt starters have included 6-foot-7 junior high flyer Anthony Richardson and 6-foot-7 junior Michael Joiner on the wing and 6-foot-10, 250 pound center Mike Matthews in the middle. While Matthews is the starter, freshman Alexander Johnson and junior Adam Waleskowski are more likely to be in the lineup when the game is on the line. Both are improving rebounders with Johnson being the most polished of the bunch on the offensive end.

The Seminole offense starts with their ability to connect from the outside. So far Hamilton's crew has been effective from the perimeter, leading the ACC in both attempts and conversions from the arc while Duke checks in at the second position in both categories.

Look for Duke to keep an eye on Pickett throughout the game, while the Noles will try to expose Duke's suspect depth past the top seven in the rotation.

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