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Inside the box score: Duke 100, FSU 93

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NCAA Basketball: Florida State at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Phil Cofer had a career-high 28 points and scored over 20 for the third time this season. It was the most points scored by a Florida State player since Dwayne Bacon’s 29 vs. Clemson last year. He’s now averaging 14.5 points a game, and if he’s granted a 5th season (as Coach Hamilton alluded to at in the post game press conference), he’s on target to be a 1,000 point scorer for his career.
  2. Duke made just 8-30 3s for the game (27%). Their high-powered offense has been a bit feast of famine this year, with seven games below 30%, six games above 40%, and only one game in between. For the year, FSU opponents have made 28.6% of their 3s, which is the 8th lowest mark in the nation.
  3. Duke’s Marvin Bagley III had a monster game with 32 points and 21 rebounds. The 30/20 double-double is a rare thing, and likely reminded many Seminole fans of two years ago when North Carolina’s Brice Johnson went for 39 points and 23 boards against FSU. Between those two events, only two players have dropped 30/20 on high major teams.
  4. FSU lost 100-93 in an 81 possession game. That’s five straight games versus Duke that FSU has scored more than a point per possession. Unfortunately, Duke scored 1.23 per possession, which is the most this season versus Florida State. The Blue Devils were the first team to drop 100 on the Seminoles since UNC two years ago in the Brice Johnson game.
  5. Announcers won’t let the FSU “depth” myth go. Every game, it’s the same thing, as they go ad nauseam about how the deep Seminoles just wear other teams down. Meanwhile, eight FSU players played more than 4 minutes. It was last year’s team that had the kind of depth they’re talking about. What this team has is guys on the bench who can contribute. They outscored Duke’s bench 24-3. And it’s not like Duke’s bench is a bunch of scrubs. There is a 5*, a top-40 player, and two other top 100 4*s.