On Saturday night, the Florida State Seminoles will face off against the Duke Blue Devils for the ACC Championship. Florida State finished 4th in the ACC with a 27-6 record and are ranked 12th in the nation. Duke finished 3rd in the ACC with a 28-5 record and are ranked 5th in the country. Duke won the only meeting between these two teams 80-78 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Both Teams Edged Opponents
Florida State is coming off a 69-59 win over Virginia in their semifinal game. Florida State was in control for most of the game and was able to pull away late. David Nichols led the way for the Seminoles with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting to go with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Phil Cofer added 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting. Trent Forrest and Mfiondu Kabengele each tallied 10 points. Forrest added 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Kabengele added 6 rebounds as well. The 7-foot-4-inch Christ Koumadje led the team in rebounds with 9 to go along with 9 points.
Duke is coming off a 74-73 win over North Carolina in their semifinal game. This game was back and forth, and Duke’s defense stepped up big in the final minute with 2 stops to secure the win. Zion Williamson led the Blue Devils with 31 points on 13 of 19 shooting in just his 2nd game back from injury. Williamson also led the Blue Devils on the glass with 11 rebounds. RJ Barrett tallied 15 points on 5 of 15 shooting to go with 8 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists. Tre Jones added 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting to go with 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Duke Is Back on Track with Zion
Florida State boasts a balanced attack led by Mfiondu Kabengele, who is averaging 12.9 points per game to go along with 5.8 rebounds a game. Terance Mann is the only other Seminole averaging double figures with 11.4 a game and is the leading rebounder with 6.4 a game. Trent Forrest adds 9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and a team-high 3.8 assists each game. The Seminoles have 5 other players averaging more than 6 points a game this season. The Seminoles are averaging 75.5 points per game on 44.4% shooting and are allowing opponents to score 67.2 a game.
Duke is led by RJ Barrett, who averages 23.3 points per game to go with 7.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Zion Williamson has been just as good with 21.9 a game. Cam Reddish is the only other Blue Devil averaging double figures, scoring 14 points a game. Williamson is the leading rebounder for Duke with 9 a game and Tre Jones is the leading assist man with 5.4 per game to go with 8.9 points. The Blue Devils do not have a player shooting above 40% from 3-point range and are not good from the free throw line, shooting just 68.9%. Duke has been incredible on offense this season, averaging 84.1 points per game on 47.7% field goal shooting and have held opponents to 67.5 points per game.
Take Florida State
Duke comes in at -8.5. The Blue Devils have gotten a massive boost from the return of Zion Williamson, but this Florida State team is no joke. The Seminoles have a bunch of veteran players who will not be rattled by this moment. They have a lot of experience and have been here before. I think this experience will be key for them keeping this one close and possible even stealing a victory late. Take Florida State +8.5.
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