Following the initial news that legendary Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski would miss tomorrow’s game vs. the Florida State Seminoles due to his exposure to a person who tested positive for coronavirus, the ACC has postponed Saturday’s game after COVID-19 issues within FSU’s program flared up.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Duke at Florida State men’s basketball game has been postponed. The game was scheduled to be played on Saturday January 2. The postponement follows a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing with the Florida State men’s basketball program. The team is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report.
The No. 18 Seminoles are currently the ACC’s top ranked team, with No. 20 Duke directly behind it.
Game notes from the would-be matchup from FSU Sports Info are below:
FLORIDA STATE IS THE TOP RANKED ACC TEAM IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
No. 18/19 Florida State enters Saturday’s game against No. 20 Duke as the highest ranked team in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles are ranked 18th in the Associated Press poll and 19th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Also in the top 25 from the ACC are Duke (No 20/NR), Virginia (No. 23/24), and Virginia Tech (NR/No. 24). It marks the second time in the last three weeks (weeks three and five of the college basketball season) that the Seminoles have been the ACC’s top ranked team.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON 18 CONSECUTIVE ACC HOME GAMES
Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Duke having won 18 consecutive ACC games at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles’ ACC winning streak in their home building began with a 77-68 win over Clemson on January 22, 2019. Their most recent ACC victory at home came as a 74-61 win over Georgia Tech.
FLORIDA STATE IN THE ACC SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 30-10 (.750 winning percentage) in ACC regular season play since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles finished 13-5 in 2019, 16-4 in 2020 and are 1-1 this season.
FLORIDA STATE HAS WON NEARLY 95 PERCENT OF ITS HOME GAMES SINCE FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Florida State is 70-4 (.946 winning percentage) in its last 74 home games since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. The Seminoles enter Saturday’s game against Duke having won .946 percent of their games (70-4) and .925 percent of their ACC games (37-3) at home since the tail end of the 2015-16 season. Florida State’s streak began with a 77-56 win over No. 23 Notre Dame on February 27, 2015. The Seminoles are 5-1 at home this season, were 16-0 at home last season (including 10-0 in ACC play), were 15-1 at home (including 8-1 in the ACC) during the 2018-19 season and were 18-0 at home (including 9-0 in the ACC) in the 2016-17 season.
HAMILTON ON BALLOT FOR NAISMITH HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2021
Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, who has won nearly 600 games and who is the fifth all-time winningest coach in ACC history, was named as an eligible candidate for the Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Hamilton highlights the list of four first time coaching candidates including Ken Anderson (Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Lou Henson (Hardin-Simmons, New Mexico State, Illinois) and Paul Westhead (NBA and college). Hamilton has been named as the National Coach of the Year four times and by four different national governing bodies. He was named the Clarence “Big House” Gaines National Coach of the Year in 2018, the Basketball Times Coach of the Year in 2009, the BCA National Coach of the Year in 2000 and the UPI National Coach of the Year in 1995. Hamilton has also been named the ACC Coach of the Year three times (2009, 2012 and 2020) and the Big East Coach of the Year twice (1995 and 1999).
FLORIDA STATE SINCE THE START OF THE 2018-19 SEASON
Florida State is 60-14 (.810 winning percentage) since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles finished 29-8 in 2018-19, 26-5 in 2019-20 and are 5-1 this season. Since defeating Clemson on December 8, 2019, the Seminoles have won nearly 85 percent of their games with a record of 23-4 (.852 winning percentage).