Blog: Blue Devils rout FSU in Coach K's 900th win at Duke
Posted January 25, 2014
Final: Duke 78, FSU 56: Today marked Coach Ks 900th win at Duke joining him with Jim Boeheim as the only two DI men's coaches to do that with one school. It was his 973rd overall.
3:43 2nd: Duke 69, FSU 54: FSU cut the lead to 11 but Jabari Parker scored his first points of the second half from the line to stop the bleeding and Duke leads by 15 at the final media break.
7:59 2nd: Duke 65, FSU 50: Plumlee's nice day continues and Duke is in full control at the under-8 trying to ice Coach K's 900th win at Duke.
11:41 2nd: Duke 55, FSU 38: Duke' domination on the offensive glass is evident as they continue to pour in second chance points and lead by 17 midway thru the second.
15:34 2nd: Duke 49, FSU 34: Marshall Plumlee is giving Duke quality minutes and has five points to go along with five rebounds as Duke remains in control early in the second half.
HALF: Duke 43, FSU 25: Duke has seized control with an energetic run late in the half and lead FSU by 18 at the break.
After 20, FSU has 12 turnovers that have turned into 18 Duke points. Duke also holds a 23-14 edge in rebounding.
Eight of the 11 Duke players to play have recorded at least two points, led by Jabari Parker's 12.
3:10 1st: Duke 32, FSU 21: Duke has 12 points off FSU turnovers and eight offensive rebounds as they are playing more physical and taking advantage of Seminoles mistakes.
7:30 1st: Duke 21, FSU 14: Duke is taking advantage of nine FSU turnovers and have opened up a seven point lead with help of five Parker points.
11:50 1st: Duke 11, FSU 10: Since their hot start, Duke has gone cold from the floor and has yet to make a two-point bucket but still lead FSU midway through the first.
15:54 1st: Duke 6, FSU 4: Andre Dawkins was a late addition to the Duke starting lineup replacing Rodney Hood. He promptly hit two threes, got a steal and drew a charge in the first three minutes.
20:00 1st: Duke vs. Florida State: Matt Jones is expected to make his fourth start in a row for Duke and Quinn Cook appears to be battling a cold as the Blue Devils and Seminoles battle for control of the No. 4 spot in the ACC.
Two teams looking to remain within striking distance in the ACC collide this weekend, as the Florida State Seminoles invade Cameron Indoor Stadium to battle the 18th-ranked Duke Blue Devils.
Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are 15-4 on the season and 4-2 in conference play. Duke opened the league slate with two losses in the first three games, but has righted the ship with three straight victories, including a 67-46 rout on the road at Miami-Florida on Wednesday.
Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles are also 4-2 in the conference with wins in four of their last five games. The lone loss over that span was last weekend's 78-66 setback at Virginia, but the team gained a little distance from that loss with Tuesday's thrilling 76-74 victory over Notre Dame.
Duke holds a substantial 32-9 lead in the all-time series with Florida State.
Florida State's success is fueled by its strong play at the defensive end of the floor. The Seminoles boast of the nation's ninth best field-goal percentage defense (.376), while ranking 34th in the country in scoring defense (63.4 ppg). Offensively, FSU doesn't put up eye-popping scoring totals at a modest 73.3 ppg, but the team is efficient at that end, shooting .479 from the floor. Ian Miller hasn't started a single game this season, but remains the team's top scorer (13.3 ppg) and distributor (3.6 apg). Aaron Thomas has done most of his work off the bench as well, ranking a close second in the scoring column with 13.1 ppg. Okaro White provides balance in the frontcourt at 12.3 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game.
Miller converted a shot in the lane with just four seconds left on the clock, lifting the Seminoles to a two-point win over the Irish at home. Thomas got his first start of the season and made the most of it, leading the team with 20 points, on 6-of-10 shooting. White recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Miller and Devin Bookert chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Duke has thrived at both ends of the floor this season, showing the ability to win shootouts as well as defensive battles. The team is averaging a hefty 81.8 ppg, while allowing just 67.1. Freshman Jabari Parker has definitely lived up to the hype following him out of high school. The 6-foot-9 youngster leads Duke in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and blocked shots (23). Fellow forward Rodney Hood has also made a smooth transition to Duke in his first season with the team, pouring in 17.6 ppg, while shooting .521 from the floor overall, including .459 from behind the arc. Point guard Quinn Cook is the perfect facilitator for Coach K's squad, with the ability to find his own shot (12.8 ppg) and get others involved (5.6 apg).
The Blue Devils shot just .429 from the floor against the defensive-minded Hurricanes last time out, but beat Miami at its own game, holding the hometown team to a mere .354 effort, while dominating the glass to the tune of a 42-28 rebounding edge. Parker posted a double-double, finishing the game with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Hood added 12 points, six rebounds and three assists in the victory.
Duke is a perfect 11-0 at home this season and while Florida State won the last time the team was on the floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Devils have a complete arsenal that seems to be peaking at the right time.