Duke 79, FSU 60

Jeff Gammons

Coach K improves to 2-3 vs Leonard Hamilton in the past three seasons

FSU's defense has been getting exposed all season. Today FSU got a look at what happens when that defense not only gets exposed, but when the other team can't miss.

Duke scored on eight of their first ten possessions to take an 18-2 lead. The game was pretty much a tie after that point, but you can't dig a 16-point hole against a top-5 team and expect the rest of the game to be enjoyable.

The Blue Devils made 10 of their first 14 3s, and 11-18 for the game. They also made 20-33 2s. They led by 20 at the break and won the game by 19. It was a beatdown from the opening tip.

Aaron Thomas scored 14 points and was the only Nole in double figures. Kiel Turpin also had a solid game with 7 points, 4 boards, 1 block and 1 steal.

The loss leaves FSU at 4-4 in the ACC, and with six home losses on the season. Since the RPI is dumb enough to weight home losses more than 2X that of road losses, their Tourney resume has nearly sunk.

Luckily, FSU entered the game having already played the toughest ACC schedule of any conference team. Now, five of the next seven are against the worst teams in the conference. If FSU has a run in them this year, now is the time.

Play of the Game

7-3 Boris Bojanovsky is a 1-man break.

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