The battle for first place in the ACC continues tonight as No. 5 Duke squares off against No. 15 Florida State at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. This evening’s game between the two rivals is scheduled to tip off at 7:00pm ET on ESPN. NCAA Basketball Point Spreads have the Blue Devils listed as a slight -1 against the spread road favorite; the game total is set at 140 points.
When these two teams hooked up on January 21st at Cameron Indoor the Seminoles, a 10.5 road dog, stunned the Blue Devils 73-76. The upset, which saw FSU hit 54 percent of its field goals and 7-of-14 from long range, snapped a 45 game home win streak for Duke and changed the course of the ACC title chase.
As these two squads prepare for tonight’s rematch, they are locked in a three way battle with North Carolina for the top spot in the conference. The Tar Heels, with an 11-2 league record, currently hold a half game advantage on both the Blue Devils and Seminoles, but this evening’s winner will join UNC atop the standings with just three games left on the regular season schedule.
Duke improved to 23-4 its last time and extended its current win streak to four games with a 75-50 pounding of Boston College at the Conte Forum. The Blue Devils, which are tied for 10th in the nation in points per game (79.5), got a team high 18 points from Seth Curry while Austin Rivers scored 16 points and grabbed seven boards. Also scoring in double figures was reserve guard Andre Dawkins, who tallied 13 points in 25 minutes of action.
Duke’s defense limited the woeful Eagles to 34.1 percent field goal shooting in the easy victory. Coach K’s troops also out-rebounded BC 43 to 20.
Florida State (19-7 overall, 10-2 ACC), which suffered an astonishing 60-64 loss at Boston College on February 8th, recorded its third consecutive win on Saturday with a 76-62 thrashing of NC State in Raleigh. The Seminoles forced 17 turnovers and held the Wolfpack to 29.3 percent from the field (17-of-58).
Four Seminoles scored in double figures, including starters Bernard James and Michael Snaer, and the team got 37 points from its deep bench. Reserve guard Ian Miller posted a team-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Thanks to the Seminoles January upset, they have won their last two meetings with Duke. The Blue Devils have won five of the last seven in the series, though, and they have won two of the last three in Tallahassee.
Duke vs Florida State 2012 NCAA Basketball Point Spreads: Provided by SBG Global
Duke Blue Devils -1 (-110), Over 140 (-110)
Florida State Seminoles +1 (-110), Under 140 (-110)