Florida State is one of the best teams in the country, but the Seminoles will be looking for national respect when facing the Duke basketball team in Cameron Indoor on Monday night.
A Top-10 battle will take place in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night as the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils face the No. 8 Florida State Seminoles.
While Duke is a nationally known brand and considered as a National Title contender every season but in the past few seasons, Florida State has been a perennial Top-10 team yet has not received the national recognition like other top-tier ACC teams.
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Florida State is 20-3 (12-2 ACC) with losses on opening night on the road against the Pittsburgh Panthers, a non-conference road game against Indiana, and on the road against Virginia two weeks ago.
The biggest win of the season for the Seminoles came in a 13-point victory on the road against then No. 7 Louisville with its latest victory coming at home against Miami (FL), 99-81.
Leonard Hamilton has one of the deepest teams in the country and it shows in Saturday’s win over the Hurricanes in which he played 16 players while 11 players played at least nine minutes.
Due to its deep roster, Florida State is very balanced in terms of scoring with only three players averaging double-figures.
Devin Vassell leads the way for the Seminoles with a team high 13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with a 41.9 shooting percentage from 3-point range in addition to 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game on 50.4 percent shooting from the field.
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Trent Forrest leads the team in minutes per game with 31.8 while averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds. 4.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game on 44.4 percent shooting from the field.
M.J. Walker has dealt with some injuries this season but the junior is still averaging 10.8 points per game on 36.3 percent shooting.
As a team, the Seminoles are shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from 3-point range, and 77.7 percent from the free throw line as Duke will need to play a complete 40 minutes in order to defeat Florida State on Monday night.
Tipoff is at 7:00pm EST from Cameron Indoor Stadium and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN as apart of the networks ‘Big Monday’.
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