No. 1 Duke visits No. 13 FSU to headline ACC weekend slate


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No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State. The Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 ACC) took their high-flying act on the road for the first time Tuesday and had little trouble at Wake Forest. Things should be tougher Saturday when they head south to visit the Seminoles (13-2, 1-1). Duke’s scheduling had become a topic after an AP Top 25 poll voter opted against putting the Blue Devils on his ballot until they (and a few other schools) played a true road game. Coach Mike Krzyzewski defended his scheduling approach after the Wake Forest win , noting he wants to prepare his team for March by playing marquee neutral-court games before league play — something Duke did against Kentucky (win), Auburn (win), Gonzaga (loss) and Texas Tech (win). “Come on, man,” Krzyzewski said. “We come up with a top-10 schedule every year.” As for Leonard Hamilton’s Seminoles, their only losses have come against fourth-ranked Virginia in last weekend’s league opener and reigning national champion Villanova in November.

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Last year Virginia Tech went on the road and handed Virginia its only loss to an ACC opponent in overtime. Now it’s a top-10 matchup. The ninth-ranked Hokies (14-1, 3-0) have won nine straight games and will have the weekend to rest before Tuesday’s trip to Charlottesville, while the Cavaliers (14-0, 2-0) first must visit Clemson on Saturday. Both teams are highly ranked in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency statistics: Virginia was fifth in offense (117.9 points per 100 possessions) and third in defense (86.6), while Virginia Tech was eighth in offense (116.9) and 21st in defense (93.2) after Wednesday’s scheduled games.


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