No. 1 Duke vis­its No. 13 FSU to head­line ACC week­end slate

The Sun News - - Sports - BY AARON BEARD

A look at the up­com­ing week around the At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence:


No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State. The Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 ACC) took their high-fly­ing act on the road for the first time Tuesday and had lit­tle trou­ble at Wake For­est. Things should be tougher Satur­day when they head south to visit the Semi­noles (13-2, 1-1). Duke’s sched­ul­ing had be­come a topic after an AP Top 25 poll voter opted against putting the Blue Devils on his bal­lot un­til they (and a few other schools) played a true road game. Coach Mike Krzyzewski de­fended his sched­ul­ing ap­proach after the Wake For­est win, not­ing he wants to pre­pare his team for March by playing mar­quee neu­tral­court games be­fore league play – some­thing Duke did against Ken­tucky (win), Auburn (win), Gon­zaga (loss) and Texas Tech (win). “Come on, man,” Krzyzewski said. “We come up with a top-10 sched­ule ev­ery year.” As for Leonard Hamil­ton’s Semi­noles, their only losses have come against fourth-ranked Vir­ginia in last week­end’s league opener and reign­ing national cham­pion Vil­lanova in Novem­ber.


Last year Vir­ginia Tech went on the road and handed Vir­ginia its only loss to an ACC op­po­nent in over­time . Now it’s a top-10 matchup. The ninth-ranked Hok­ies (14-1, 3-0) have won nine straight games and will have the week­end to rest be­fore Tuesday’s trip to Char­lottesville, while the Cava­liers (14-0, 2-0) first must visit Clem­son on Satur­day. Both teams are highly ranked in KenPom’s ad­justed ef­fi­ciency sta­tis­tics: Vir­ginia was fifth in of­fense (117.9 points per 100 pos­ses­sions) and third in de­fense (86.6), while Vir­ginia Tech was eighth in of­fense (116.9) and 21st in de­fense (93.2) after Wed­nes­day’s sched­uled games.


Sue Sem­rau’s Florida State team has found some mo­men­tum. The No. 22 Semi­noles (14-1, 2-0) have won 10 straight since los­ing to LSU in Novem­ber to climb into this week’s AP Top 25.

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