With the Noles schedule set to lighten up over the next several weeks, FSU hoped to steal some momentum with a win at Cameron Indoor. Instead, the Blue Devils made short work of the garnet and gold, taking advantage of every flaw this team has.
The first ten minutes were played relatively evenly, with FSU trailing by just two, but at point the Noles had already turned it over nine times. Wasted possessions meant that the Seminoles didn't have any cushion for the inevitable Duke run. And for the rest of the half, it was all Duke. In the final ten minutes of the first half Duke shot 11 free throws and grabbed six offensive boards. FSU just couldn't get stops, and Duke took a 43-25 lead at the break.
In the second half the Noles made several runs, but the margin was just too big for any of them to be effective. That, coupled with three flagrant fouls on FSU, put an end to things. FSU had a chance to make it a single digit game, but Okaro White missed a layup in traffic and after that the wheels came off. In the end, it was 78-56 Blue Devils.
Duke dominated in every facet of this game - outscoring FSU 24-6 from the arc, 34-10 at the free throw line, and grabbing a ridiculous 26 offensive boards.
Okaro White had 14 points and 8 boards, Devon Booker had 12 points, and Montay Brandon had 11.
It's never fun to get blown out, but the good news is that seven games into the ACC season FSU will likely have the No. 1 or No. 2 most difficult schedule when the Pomeroy rankings are updated. From here on out it gets much easier. If you would have offered me 4-3 in conference prior to ACC play, I would have taken it without thought.