2/2 Duke (20-1, 8-0) vs. Florida State (13-5, 4-4)
Durham, N.C. – Cameron Indoor Stadium
12 p.m., FSN
Program Vitals Conference: ACC Nickname: Seminoles Colors: Garnett, Gold, & White Head Coach: Leonard Hamilton (4th year) Career Record at Florida State: 58-53 (258-263 overall) Last Year: 12-19 (4-12 ACC)
Projected Starters: 3 Isaiah Swann (6-1, 197, So.) – 9.2 ppg, 3.1 apg 4 Todd Galloway (5-11, 178, Sr.) – 7.6 ppg, 3.6 apg 21 Jason Rich (6-3, 185, So.) – 10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg 12 Al Thornton (6-7, 208, Jr.) – 15.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg 32 Alexander Johnson (6-10, 25o, Jr.) – 11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg Key Reserves: 20 Andrew Wilson (6-6, 220, Sr.) – 6.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg 25 Diego Romero (6-10, 240, Sr.) – 4.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg 11 Jerel Allen (6-4, 195, Jr.) – 4.4 ppg 41 Uche Echefu (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 2.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg
Information courtesy of Florida State Sports Information
A Strong Start This Season: The Seminoles arrive at Duke fresh from a 69-59 victory over Clemson (Feb. 1, 69-59) in Tallahassee. Florida State has won two of its last three ACC road games with victories at Virginia (Jan. 11, 87-82 in overtime) and at Wake Forest (Jan. 24, 75-68) and have more conference wins on the road than they had in the last four years combined (one). Florida State has already won more games this season (13) than they did all of last season (12) and has as many ACC victories this season (four) as they did in 16 conference games during the 2004-05 season. The Seminoles' 13 victories are more than they had during the 2000-01 season (9-21), the 2001-02 season (12-17) and the 2004-05 season (12-19). The Seminoles are 8-2 at home, 2-0 in games played at neutral sites and 3-3 in true road games this season.
Star Watch: Junior All-ACC candidate Al Thornton scored 15 points, pulled down four rebounds, blocked two shots and earned two steals in leading Florida State to its 69-59 victory over Clemson Wednesday night in Tallahassee. Thornton has scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games and is averaging 17.8 points per game since the Seminoles' victory over Stetson on Dec. 20.
The Series: The Seminoles have never beaten Duke on their home floor, owning a 0-14 record all time in true road games against the Blue Devils. Florida State last beat Duke 75-70 in February of 2003 at home. Since then the Seminoles have dropped four straight to the Blue Devils.
Last season, J.J. Redick scored a season-high 31 points and No. 4 Duke remained unbeaten with an 88-56 victory over Florida State on Jan. 22, 2005 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Blue Devils jumped to an 18-8 lead and steadily building it to as many as 33 late in the game. Redick was nine of 18 from the floor, including eight of 11 from 3-point distance and perfect in five tries at the line. Isaiah Swann came off the bench to lead Florida State with 13 points and Von Wafer added 10, eight in the second half. Daniel Ewing added 14 points, and Shelden Williams contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds to help Duke to a 37-28 advantage on the boards. Shavlik Randolph was five-for-five from the field and finished with 10 points. Florida State started cold, hitting just four of its first 20 field goal tries as Duke bolted to a 31-14 lead. Duke shot 55.4 percent for the game to Florida State's 33.3 percent.
Hot Shooting: Saturday's game between Florida State and Duke matches the ACC's top two field goal shooting teams. The Seminoles enter the game shooting .499 percent and are only one made field goal from shooting an even 50 percent from the field for the season. The Blue Devils are shooting .510 from the field for the season. In their last six games, the Seminoles are shooting .506 from the field with four of their six shooting performances coming in a 50 percent or better.
Tough On the Ball: Florida State enters Saturday's game against Duke ranked third in the ACC in steals. The Seminoles earned 14 in their victory over Clemson (Feb. 1, 69-59) and earned 11 in their victory over Virginia Tech (Jan. 7, 74-68). The Seminoles have 10 or more steals in eight different games in 2005-06 as compared to only three times in 31 games during the 2004-05 season. Florida State has 955 total steals in the first 11-games of the Leonard Hamilton era in Tallahassee and is averaging 8.6 steals per game during that period.
- J.J. Redick scored a game-high 28 points against Boston College on Wednesday night in Chestnut Hill, shooting 8-of-18 from the field, 3-of-6 from behind the arc and 9-of-10 from the line. Redick added a season-high five rebounds, four assists and two steals while playing a complete 40 minute game.
Redick's 10 straight games with 20 points marks just the fourth time in Duke history a player has scored 20 or more in 10 straight games. Bob Verga had 16 consecutive games in 1967, Art Heyman 17 from 1961-62 and Dick Groat 18 from 1951-52.
With three three-pointers, Redick became the fourth player in NCAA history to record 400 three-pointers. Redick continues to rank first in Duke history, second in ACC history and fourth in NCAA history. Radford's Doug Day is third on the NCAA list with 401 career triples while Virginia's Curtis Staples is the ACC and NCAA record-holder with 413 career three-pointers.
Redick's 9-of-10 free throw performance keeps him on pace to set the Duke, ACC and NCAA record. He has now hit 578-of-629 (.920) in his career.
- Josh McRoberts recorded 14 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals while hitting 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, including a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch. McRoberts now has six games with 10 or more points.
- Duke improved to 7-0 this season against ranked teams and the seven straight wins ties the fifth-longest streak in school history. Duke also won seven straight from March 24, 1991 – Jan. 30, 1992. Duke twice had streaks of eight games, one of nine and the school record is 12 straight from March 4, 2001 – Feb. 14, 2002.
- Duke is 20-1 for the fifth time in school history, marking the program's fastest run to a 20-win season. The 1999 team was 37-1 entering the national championship game while the 2003 team was 23-1, the 2004 team 21-1 and the 1990 team 20-1 before losing a second game.
- With seven blocks, Shelden Williams recorded his 28th career five block games, most in Duke history, and eighth of the season. He now owns the top three season marks for five-block games, as he moved out of a tie for third with Mike Gminski (seven in 1978) and trails his 2004 mark of nine and 2005 mark of 10. Duke is (25-3) when he records five or more blocks, and (8-0) this season.
- Duke has started 8-0 in the ACC for the ninth time in school history and sixth under Coach K to go along with three Vic Bubas coached Duke squads. Duke finished with perfect league records twice (16-0 in 1999 and 14-0 in 1963) while the 1964 and 2004 teams both started 10-0, the 1998 and 2000 teams 9-0 and 1992 team won its first eight conference games.
- Duke recorded its 20th win for the 41st time in 101 seasons and Duke has also reached the 20-win plateau in each of the past 10 seasons.
- Coach Mike Krzyzewski improves to 741-247 overall and 668-188 at Duke. He is 12th in NCAA history just five wins away from Phog Allen (746) while he sits in seventh place for most wins at one school and is seven short of Louisville's Denny Crum (675).
- Duke is 127-25 in the ACC since 1997-98 with 30 more victories than any other league team in that time frame (Maryland – 97).
- Duke is now 98-15 all-time at the AP's No. 2 ranked team.