It appears not even the competitive nature of the ACC is too tough for No. 1 Duke this season. However, the cast of star freshmen will have to prepare for a tough challenge this weekend against No. 13 Florida State.
Earlier this week, the Blue Devils handled their business on the road against Wake Forest. Star freshman Zion Williamson led the charge with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Since Duke lost to Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational, the team has won eight consecutive games, which includes wins over Texas Tech and Clemson.
As for the Seminoles, they rebounded from a loss to Virginia with a narrow victory over Miami.
If Florida State is going to prove itself as a contender in the ACC, then defeating Duke would be the perfect way to make that statement. However, the Blue Devils have so much talent on offense that they can just overwhelm their opponents.
The duo of Williamson and RJ Barrett average 43.7 points per contest, which is actually more than Florida State’s top four scorers combined.
It would truly be a frightening sight for the rest of the nation if Duke can start matching that outstanding production on defense.
No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State on Saturday marks the Blue Devils fifth game versus an AP Top 15 opponent this season — the most nationally.
Each of those games will have been played away from Cameron Indoor Stadium.#DukeMBBStats
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This should be a true litmus test for the Blue Devils, as the Seminoles have the necessary athletes and depth to pull off the upset.
Tipoff is set for 2:00 p.m. ET from the Donald L. Tucker Center.
The game will be on ESPN with Mike Couzens and Jordan Cornette on the call.