THE OPENING TIP
- The two teams in a second-place tie in the ACC standings battle in a top-10 clash Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium as No. 7 Duke hosts No. 8 Florida State.
- The game tips at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN with Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Allison Williams on the call. On the radio, David Shumate and John Roth have the call on the Blue Devil Sports Network from Learfield IMG College (96.5FM & 610AM in Durham) and on Sirius 206 and XM 194. The national radio broadcast on ESPN Radio has Sean Kelley and Bob Valvano calling the action.
- The game is the 49th AP top-10 match-up in Cameron Indoor Stadium history, with the Blue Devils owning a 32-16 record in those games and winning six of the last eight.
- Coach K picked up his 500th ACC win (regular season and tournament) last Tuesday at Boston College. His now 501 ACC wins and 189 ACC road wins are each ACC records.
- Bob Cousy Award candidate Tre Jones is second in the ACC in assists (6.6), is second in steals (2.0), third in A/T ratio (2.4), eighth in scoring (15.8) and ninth in FG pct. (.442).
- Jones is one of only two major conference players in the nation averaging 15.0+ points, 6.0+ assists, a 2.0+ A/T ratio and shooting .440+ from the field.
- Freshman Vernon Carey Jr., has 11 double-doubles this season. Each have been 15-10 games; eight have been 20-10 efforts — second-most among major conference players.
- Freshman Wendell Moore Jr., recorded his first career double-double in Saturday’s win at North Carolina and his put-back at the buzzer was the game-winner in OT.
- The Blue Devils are second in the NCAA in scoring offense (83.1) and third in scoring margin (+17.0), and their four 30-point wins in ACC play have tied a school record.
- Duke was ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll last week, extending the Blue Devils’ streak to 38 consecutive polls in the top 10 — the second-longest in the nation.
- Duke is coming off a stretch of three consecutive ACC road games in which it won all three — marking the first time the program has done so since the 1978-79 season.
DUKE VS. FSU
Duke is 40-10 all-time versus Florida State, which includes a 21-2 mark in home games…Duke has won four straight in the series, including a pair of wins last season. The Blue Devils won, 80-78, on Cam Reddish’s three in the final seconds in Tallahassee on January 12. In the ACC Tournament title game, Zion Williamson scored 21 in a 73-63 Duke win…Under Coach K, the Blue Devils are 37-9 in the series…The Blue Devils have won eight of the last nine in the series, including a 100-93 victory in FSU’s last visit to Cameron Indoor behind 32 points and 21 rebounds from Marvin Bagley III on Dec. 30, 2017…This marks the sixth consecutive meeting in the series with each team ranked in the AP Top 25.
SCOUTING THE NOLES
Florida State is 20-3 overall and 10-2 in the ACC…The Seminoles have won three straight overall and 13 of their last 14…Devin Cassell leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Trent Forrest is averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists…The balanced Seminoles have three scoring in double figures, while eight average 5.2+ points per game…FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton has 354 ACC wins to tie Georgia Tech’s Bobby Cremins for fifth-most in conference history — only Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith,Roy Williams and Gary Williams have more ACC wins.
ON THIS DATE
Duke is 21-10 when playing on February 10 and has won seven consecutive games on this date…In ACC play, Duke is 10-1 on February 10 and has won each of its last 10, including one over Florida State — 86-72 in 1998 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke has sold out 467 consecutive games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The last time Duke did not have a sellout at home was on Nov. 16, 1990, against Boston College…The sellout figure is the longest current streak (by time) in either men’s college basketball or the NBA. ..Duke is 425-42 (.910) at home over that 467-game stretch.
CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM
Duke has posted an all-time record of 902-163 (.847) at Cameron Indoor, including 544-68 (.889) under Coach K…Duke has won more games at its current home venue than any team in college basketball, leading Penn (Palestra), Vanderbilt (Memorial Gym), Kansas (Allen Fieldhouse) and UCLA (Pauley Pavilion)…Now in its 81st season as the home of the Blue Devils, Duke has averaged 11.1 wins since the venue opened January 6, 1940 — a 36-27 win over Princeton…The Blue Devils have 18 undefeated home seasons, including 11 under Coach K.
SECOND IN SCORING, THIRD IN MARGIN
Duke is second nationally in scoring offense (83.1) and third nationally in scoring margin (+17.0)…Duke is 11-0 this season when scoring 85+ points…Seven of Duke’s 19 wins are by 30+ points, including four ACC wins by 30+, which ties a program record…The program record for most 30-point wins in ACC play was previously set in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2000-01…The 39-point margin in the BC win (88-49) was Duke’s largest in an ACC game since beating Georgia Tech, 110-57, on Jan. 3, 2017.
CLUTCH FREE-THROW SHOOTING
In Duke’s 13 games this season where the final margin was 15 points or less, the Blue Devils are shooting .744 (61-of-82) at the free throw line in the final five minutes of regulation and overtime in those games…Sophomore Tre Jones leads the team in that category, hitting 34-of-39 (.872) at the line — included was his spotless 10-for-10 in the final five minutes to close out Syracuse.
LAST GAME: DUKE 98, UNC 96 (OT)
In a game Duke trailed by 13 with 3:55 left in regulation and by five with 20 seconds remaining in overtime, the Blue Devils won a classic at North Carolina on Saturday…Tre Jones hit a running jumper at the buzzer in regulation to send the game to overtime, and freshman Wendell Moore Jr.’s tip in at the buzzer was the game winner in overtime as the Blue Devils won for the fifth time in the last nine visits to Chapel Hill…Jones scored a game high 28 points — 22 in the second half, including a string of 15 consecutive Duke points to end regulation and start overtime…It was the 14th Duke-Carolina game to be decided in overtime, with Duke winning 10 of them…Moore recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
In Saturday’s win at UNC, sophomore Tre Jones scored a game-high 28 points with six assists and five rebounds…He became just the second player in the Duke-Carolina rivalry to post a 28-5-5 game, joining UNC’s Michael Jordan…Jones scored 22 of his 28 after halftime, including 15 consecutive to end regulation and start overtime — Duke’s last nine in regulation and the first six of overtime…He single-handedly outscored Carolina 18-15 over the final minute of the second half and overtime.