Game Day: Duke (23-3) vs. Florida St (18-10)

The Blue Devils can clinch a tie for the ACC regular season crown with a win at Florida State coupled with a NC State loss against North Carolina. Duke heads to Tallahassee trying to break a two game losing streak to the Seminoles in their home gym. <I></I> runs down the match up.

Game Facts:

The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (color) calling the action. Tipoff is set for 8:00 PM.

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                20-3

This will mark the 27th meeting between Duke and Florida State with the Blue Devils holding a 22-4 series lead. Since the Seminoles joined the ACC, Duke has won 20 of 24 meetings, including all 14 contests at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Florida State has defeated Duke in each of the last two seasons at the Leon County Civic Center.

Last Time:

Duke and Florida State first met this season on Jan. 29, 2004, in Cameron Indoor Stadium. With Florida State trailing by just two in the final minute, Chris Duhon drained a three-pointer with 36.4 seconds to play, helping No. 1 Duke defeat the Seminoles, 56-49.

J.J. Redick scored 24 points to lead the Blue Devils, who won their 14 consecutive game overall and 37th in a row in Cameron Indoor Stadium.


  • Duke remains one game up in the loss column in the latest ACC standings. First-place Duke is 11-2 in ACC play while N.C. State is 10-3. Wake Forest is in third place with an 8-5 record

  • Duke is looking to snap a two-game ACC road losing streak on Sunday. After starting the season 5-0 on the road in league play, Duke has dropped consecutive road games to N.C. State (78-74) and Wake Forest (90-84) by a total of 10 points.

  • Florida State has lost only one game at home all season (15-1) and has victories over North Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech on its home court this season.

  • Duke has played as many games away from Cameron Indoor Stadium (13) than it has at home (13) so far this season. The Blue Devils close the 2003-04 regular season with three of their final four games at home

  • Shelden Williams ranks second among active ACC players with 13 career double-doubles (North Carolina's Sean May has 14 to lead the league)

  • Chris Duhon became Duke's all-time steals leader with four thefts vs. Virginia on Feb. 11. Duhon now has 275 career thefts to his credit.

  • The Blue Devils have posted 16 of their last 120 victories by at least 12 points

  • As of Feb. 26, Duke's +17.5 scoring margin ranked second nationally behind only St. Joseph's +17.7

  • Duke has been very balanced offensively this season as six players — J.J. Redick (16.8), Luol Deng (14.5), Shelden Williams (12.3), Daniel Ewing (11.9), Chris Duhon (9.9) and Shavlik Randolph (7.7) — are averaging at least 7.7 points per game.

  • The Blue Devils have limited opponents to a .399 field goal percentage overall, a .327 three-point percentage and 62.8 points per game (modern day school record is 63.2 in 1959-60). In addition, Duke has averaged 6.8 blocked shots (school record is 6.3 in 1998-99) and 17.9 forced turnovers per game this season.

    Eleven of Duke's last 21 opponents have shot .400 or less from the floor, including .318 by 11thranked Texas on Dec. 20, .400 by fifth-ranked Michigan State on Dec. 3, .353 by fourth-ranked Wake Forest on Jan. 17 and .377 by No. 14 Georgia Tech on Jan. 31.

  • Duke has been solid from the free throw line this season. The Blue Devils' free throw percentage is .743 (443-of-596). Duke has made 443 foul shots while its opponents have attempted just 437. The .743 free throw percentage is the best for Duke since connecting on .748 of its foul shots in 1991-92.

    Sophomore J.J. Redick has connected on 108-of-111 foul shots this season for a national best .973 free throw percentage.

  • Shelden Williams has blocked a team- and ACC-best 84 shots this season, while Shavlik Randolph (45) and Luol Deng (27) each have at least 27 rejections so far this year. Williams leads the league in blocked shots, Randolph ranks third and Deng is 10th among the ACC leaders.

    Williams, who could break the school's singleseason blocked shots record (97 by Mike Gminski in 1980), established his career best with eight rejections. He has also had two games with six blocked shots this season.

    Mike Krzyzewski became just the 13th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach 600 victories at one institution when Duke defeated Clemson, 73-54, on Jan. 3 on the road. Coach K's record at Duke currently stands at 613-178.

    Meet the Seminoles:

    Probable Starting Lineup: 
       Nate Johnson (6-3, 183, G, Sr.) – 5.3 ppg, 3.9 apg
       Tim Pickett (6-4, 207, G, Sr.) – 16.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 spg
       Anthony Richardson (6-7, 189, F, Jr.) – 8.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg
       Michael Joiner (6-7, 238, F, Sr.) – 6.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg
       Mike Mathews (6-10, 245, C, Sr.) – 2.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg
    Key Reserves: 
       Alexander Johnson (6-10, 250, F, Fr.) – 9.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg
       Von Wafer (6-5, 210, G, Fr.) – 7.6 ppg
       Adam Waleskowski (6-8, 240, F, Jr.) – 6.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg
       Todd Galloway (5-11, 178, G, So.) – 3.5 ppg, 2.4 apg
       Al Thornton (6-7, 208, F, Fr.) – 2.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg
       Andrew Wilson (6-6, 206, G, So.) – 3.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg

    The Seminoles are looking to bounce back after a pair of losses to North Carolina and Wake Forest last week. The Wake defeat was especially devastating as Florida State blew a 17-point lead before losing in overtime in Winston Salem. Those losses dropped Florida State to 18-10 on the year and 6-8 in the ACC. While the Seminoles have not been good on the road, they have been lights out at home, winning six of seven conference games in Tallahassee.

    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 (16.2 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 over the course of the season.

    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 48% 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.

    Thanks to Duke Sports Information for much of this information; Thanks to the Associated Press Photo Archive for the use of the photo

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