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Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State Seminoles Pick & Prediction JAN 18TH 2022

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Duke has discovered the joys of scoring close to the basket and it has proven quite beneficial the past couple of games.

Maintaining that production in the lane will come with a different challenge Tuesday night when the No. 8 Blue Devils visit Florida State for an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Tallahassee, Fla.

The Seminoles boast a huge front line that frequently proves bothersome to opponents.

Duke racked up a season-high 58 points in the paint in defeating North Carolina State on Saturday. That included a season-high nine dunks.

"Our big guys were terrific," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Mark (Williams) almost had a triple-double. Theo (John) really contributed well in the first half when we got a little lead. We got 29 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks from our bigs. Let's get that every game."

Those numbers are complemented by versatile Paolo Banchero, the freshman who collects his points a variety of ways.

Duke (14-2, 4-1 ACC) will be venturing out of its home state for the first time since November.

Awaiting will be the Seminoles (10-5, 4-2), who have won three games in a row. Each of those outcomes has come by a single-digit margin.

"We've played enough games that we were a little more relaxed mentally and emotionally," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "I think we're just showing a little growth and maturity. That's what you like to see from your kids this time of year."

Duke has played four games since coming off a COVID-related pause. So, Krzyzewski senses there have been strides made.

"I know we're not in the physical shape that we will be in, but we're getting there," he said.

A lineup change has put freshman AJ Griffin in the starting lineup the past two games.

"We're changing a little of that identity while getting better," Krzyzewski said.

It also means Trevor Keels has shifted to handle more duties associated with point guard. The freshman delivered a season-best nine assists against NC State.

"We put a lot on him, and maybe we can take a little off so he's not playing so tired," Krzyzewski said. "In the last six minutes of the game, I thought he was our best player."

Florida State's lineup could be impacted by the absence of Malik Osborne. He missed Saturday's win at Syracuse because of an ankle injury, and Hamilton said he doubts Osborne will be ready for the visit from Duke.

Osborne is the top rebounder and second-leading scorer for the Seminoles, whose reserves outscored Syracuse's bench players by a combined 29-4. That type of depth could be critical against Duke.

Helping fill in for Osborne was Harrison Prieto, who logged 15 minutes after not getting off the bench in the first two games of the winning streak.

"For him to come in and have that impact on the game was great," teammate RayQuan Evans said. "I truly believe that he changed the game for us. Immediately when he came in, the tempo changed and everything."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Duke Blue Devils
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70
Florida State Seminoles

Duke Blue Devils vs. Florida State Seminoles

Cam Reddish drilled an open 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds to play off an inbounds pass as top-ranked Duke escaped with an 80-78 victory against No. 13 Florida State on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee, Fla.

Reddish converted his fifth 3-pointer in eight attempts after the Seminoles failed to corral a critical rebound.

RJ Barrett scored 32 points and fellow freshman Reddish added 23 as the Blue Devils (14-1, 3-0 ACC) won their ninth straight despite playing without first-year standout Zion Williamson in the second half. Williamson was poked in the eye late in the first half and did not return, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Mfiondu Kabengele had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Phil Cofer scored 21 points to lead the upset-minded Seminoles (13-3, 1-2), who went without a field goal for the final 7 1/2 minutes of the game.

Florida State's PJ Savoy scored 10 points, including two free throws with 15.8 seconds remaining for a 78-76 lead.

At the other end, Barrett was fouled at the 5.1-second mark, making the first foul shot but coming up short on the second -- his only misfire on nine free throws in the game. The rebound was knocked off a Florida State player, giving Duke another chance with 2.8 seconds left as Reddish took advantage.

Duke was 11-for-24 on 3-pointers in its second true road game of the season and the first such outing that was out of its home state.

Florida State led for a stretch in the second half before Barrett scored seven consecutive points to help even the score at 61-61. From there, it was back-and-forth for the final nine minutes.

Florida State, which trailed by 10 points, surged to a 39-38 halftime lead on the strength of an 8-0 run. Duke scored on only one of its final six possessions before the break, managing only two points in more than 3 1/2 minutes.

Barrett and Williamson combined for 24 first-half points. That was matched by Kabengele and Cofer for the Seminoles, who had 11 turnovers by halftime and finished with 17.

While Florida State shot 39.4 percent in the opening half, it was aided by 6-for-17 shooting from behind the arc.

--Field Level Media

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