Florida State (23-6, 11-5) at Duke (22-7, 10-6)
When: Tuesday, February 28th 2017
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC
Time: 7:00 ET | TV: ESPN
The Duke Blue Devils will try and regain their momentum when they host the 17th-ranked Florida State Seminoles on Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke hit their stride over the last month by reeling off seven straight victories, but recent injury problems to key stars Grayson Allen (ankle) and Amile Jefferson (foot) have contributed to the Blue Devils losing their last two games. Both will be game-time decisions against Florida State as Allen missed Saturday’s 55-50 setback at Miami. It’s obvious that the Blue Devils are not the same team when Allen (15 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists) is not at full strength as they found out earlier this season when he was suspended for two games. Allen’s presence helps open up perimeter looks for backcourt mate Luke Kennard (19.9 points, 5.2 rebounds), who has hit at least one 3-pointer in 32 straight games – the longest active streak in the ACC. Freshman Jayson Tatum (16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds) has emerged as Duke’s best post scorer, but the team still relies heavily on Jefferson (11.1, 8.5) for his rebounding and post defense. Duke is tied with Miami for fifth in the conference standings, one game behind three teams that are tied for second.
One of those second place teams is Florida State, who will end their season on Saturday against the Hurricanes. The Seminoles have won two straight following a two-game slid and are coming off a 76-74 win at Clemson for just their third victory in eight ACC road contests. The Seminoles average 84.1 points a game (14th in nation) with explosive guard Dwayne Bacon (16.6 points) and freshman forward Jonathan Isaac (12.8, 7.3 rebounds) leading the way. Isaac has recorded at least one blocked shot in 11 straight games. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (10.3 points, five assists) is the leader, though, as he scored a team-high 15 points while dishing out seven assists against Clemson. Florida State’s most glaring weakness is at the foul line, where it is shooting just 69.0% – 211th in the country. The Seminoles shot 53.0% en route to an 88-72 win over Duke in Tallahassee back on January 10th and held Allen to nine points on 2-of-6 shooting.
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