Tip-off is tomorrow at 4:05 pm. Here are links to the game notes and full game notes at GoDuke.com"
TV coverage is on ESPN with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore. The Vegas line has Duke favored by 10.5 points with the over under set at 143 so we should be looking for a score in the neighborhood of 77-66.
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I dunno about the rest of you but this game has me pretty nervous.
We need a strong ball-handling game to avoid giving FSU runouts and easy buckets. The last two games aside, FSU can still struggle to put the ball in the hole. We need to force them to take tough shots, then rebound well to keep them off the offensive glass.
FSU under Hamilton has played Duke really tough, even in Cameron, so I expect a game much like the UVA game that goes down to the wire.
Last edited by Newton_14; 01-20-2012 at 11:23 PM.
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Reminds me so much of an NCAA Tournament first weekend....
Let's say Duke is a #2 seed
They play a #15 seed first on Thursday evening....Wake is about as good as a lower small conference rep
Duke wins by a good margin, subsitutes liberally in 2nd half, and the game gets sloppy
Now comes a tough #7 seed on Saturday afternoon
FSU seems about like a tough #7.....some losses sprinkled in with some impressive wins
Long, physical team; streaky shooters, not a great overall backcourt
To win a game like this, Duke has to play smart, use it's depth, and shoot reasonably well.
Can't let the Seminoles control the boards, have to defend Dulkys
Quick turnaround from Thursday night just like the NCAA tourny....just a guess but I'll say Coach K has pointed out the parallels to the team
The Noles have been playing tough physical defense for years and tomorrow will be no exception. I want to see our guys give that style back to them. Don't let them out tough us. Get in their face and play the best defense we've played year to date. If we hold down their 3 point makes, we should be fine. But it they hit the 3s like they did against the heels, we'll be in trouble. GoDuke!
Not leaving until the game is over.
I honestly wouldn't be shocked to see Duke get beaten, or to see Duke absolutely handle FSU. FSU is so hot-and-cold this year (especially on the road), and with this offense-vs-defense matchup, something has to give. I also think that, with all the talk about the atmosphere lately, the place will be electric for a huge game on an early Saturday evening.
IMO, a huge key will be the rebounding from the teams' respective 1-3 spots. Ours has been a major liability, and theirs has been a major strength. I think the Mason will hold his own against James, but how will our guards deal with the length, physicality and athleticism of FSU's perimeter players?
^Too late to edit, but here's what will be matching up tomorrow, in adjusted ratings:
Duke's #3 offense vs. FSU's #5 defense.
FSU's #115 offense vs. Duke's #60 defense.
It'll be interesting to see which one gives.
Last edited by Newton_14; 01-21-2012 at 08:32 AM.
One key we might have is the ability of Austin to get by his first line defender and either get a mid range shot off or pass to an open shooter. I doubt if they can contain Austin one on one.
The same may be siad for Quinn, if he is healthy enough to play. Also, we may be able to run on this team with our speed and depth but we need either Tyler or Quinn to push the ball hard and get to the basket before they can set up defense.
While Andre is confidently hitting his shots, this will be a test for him. He did move more without the ball, but showed no dribble penetration or fakes to draw defenders off their feet with a sidestep move like Scheyer was so good at. So Andre is still looking one dimensional and needs screens and movement to get his shot off. We shall see on him.
Ryan may also hold a key offensively, since he may be able to take him man away from the basket.
Seth is cute with his moves and could be tough for them to defend without fouling.
I don't look for much out of the Plumlees from a scoring perspective, but we will need them to play tough defense and rebounding. Kelly will also need to put his rebounding shoes on.
I expect this to be a very physical game with an emphasis put on defense by both teams. We can't let Dulkys make threes or it will be curtains.
We must take care of the ball today as Florida State is #1 in the ACC in Steals and Blocked Shots. They average 8.8 and 6.6 per game respectively. On defense, we must keep Florida State off the offensive glass. The Seminoles are #2 in the ACC in Offensive Rebound Percentage (.392):
I'm expecting a close game, which could come down to who has a better day at the free throw line.
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You all have me nervous after reading this thread. I suppose I should be.
I think our defense needs to show up for 40 minutes otherwise FSU will beat us on intensity and it will snowball with us getting sloppier and them getting loose balls and hustle plays. If we come out with the requisite intensity we'll be alright. If not, watch out.
With Ian Miller back in the line-up, FSU is hitting on all cylinders right now. This may be the most talented team we have seen in Cameron in the past couple of years, and I expect a very tough fight. FSU will turn the ball over, and we will need to convert some of those turnovers into transition points, b/c the offense is not going to come very easy for us. Miles, Mason, and Ryan are going to have to bring their best games, especially on the boards, and we are going to need to hit our 3 point shots to win today.
This game reminds me of some of the battles we had in the late 80's - let's hope the crowd rises to the occasion and helps us bring home another key ACC win.
didn't clemson kill these guys?
we need to play hard nosed BB for 40 min...
the crowd needs to be NUTS!!! I'm LOOKIN AT YOU CRAZIES!!!!!!
"Either we're going down, or they are....... Kirk out!"
NEVER forget the Crazies.
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”
Combining Florida State's perimeter size and Quinn's indisposition, I suspect we'll see a lot of the Seth/Austin/Andre lineup today. Maybe even as a starting lineup.