No. 13 FSU confident, ready to host No. 1 Duke, Zion Williamson

No. 13 FSU confident, ready to host No. 1 Duke, Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson's participation in Monday evening's match is still questionable, as Duke's leading rebounder sat out for the entirety of the second half against Florida State, even with the outcome of the game up in the air.

Williamson left the game late in the first half after he got poked in the left eye.

There's a long history of Duke and Syracuse games coming down to the wire, and I'm not laying this sort of chalk without knowing if Zion Williamson is going to play or not. Tops on the Orange with 17.1 points per game, he also averages 1.6 steals.

Coach K had Barrett flash to the ball to draw the attention of defenders, while two other Duke players crashed the lane. Florida State's Trent Forrest hit the freshman in the face and Williamson landed hard on the court.

The experience of winning in a hostile environment, without their best player, will serve Duke well as the season progresses. Terance Mann scored nine and Savoy 10, including two free throws that gave FSU a 78-76 advantage with 15 seconds to play. Barrett and Reddish "kept us in it", Krzyzewski said. Pittsburgh has held opposing teams to an effective field goal percentage of 44.2 percent (13th in the NCAA), while forcing them to turn the ball over 23.3 percent of the tim (18th in the NCAA). But Krzyzewski said It wasn't as if they had something to prove. The No. 13 team in the country is as athletic as they've ever been this season and have some big wins, even if they were handled decisively by Virginia to start ACC play. "They rose to the different occasion". Instead, Florida State has done more of their damage from inside the arc and at the free throw line.

"I didn't expect them to get the ball at the elbow", Hamilton added, noting that he had 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje guarding the in-bounds pass. It was a big loss. "Whenever a kid hits a game victor like that, it's storybook". The Duke Blue Devils haven't lost a home game since January 27 of past year.

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The tension inside the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center only built on Saturday afternoon.

Duke likely will remain the No. 1 team in the nation.

Duke: The Blue Devils were on the ropes but pulled out a road victory in a tough environment, doing it without Williamson. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Duke.

Florida State: The Seminoles missed out on their fifth win over a top-ranked team.

Reddish's victor put a sour finish on what was otherwise a showcase afternoon for Florida State basketball.

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