Florida State Seminoles at No. 4 Duke Blue Devils
Saturday, 1/21/12, 4:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN
Opening Point Spread: Duke -10.5
Current Betting Line: Duke -10.5
Opening Total: 143
Current Total: 143
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Florida State has won three consecutive games and trailed for a total of only seven seconds in those contests, coming off an 84-70 win over the Maryland Terrapins as 11-point home favorites. “We are just learning how to play within ourselves,” commented Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton. “We are involving more people.” The Seminoles will be looking for wins over Duke and North Carolina in the same season for just the second time in school history. Florida State is 6-1-1 ATS versus conference opponents.
The Seminoles have captured just one win in their 18 all-time visits inside Cameron Indoor Stadium. Florida State has proven victorious in four of its last 12 road games versus ranked foes, but have dropped the last three such contests. The program is one of three in the ACC with a winning record on the road during conference play over the past four seasons, posting a 14-12 mark. Offensively, the squad was averaging 70.1 points through 16 games, but has gone on to score 174 combined points in the last two games.
Duke has won four consecutive games since dropping a 78-73 contest to the Temple Owls on Jan. 4, but have covered just one of those contests. The Blue Devils have also managed to go ‘over’ the total in three of their last four games. “With all of the weapons we have on the perimeter, it’s kind of pick your poison,” commented Blue Devils guard Andre Dawkins. The program is 30-7 all-time in this series, including a 17-1 mark inside Saturday’s venue. Duke is 3-14-1 ATS in its last 18 games as a home favorite of 7 to 12.5 points.
The Blue Devils have won 64 consecutive home games against unranked opponents, dating back to a 68-67 home loss to the Seminoles on Feb. 4, 2007. Five players are currently averaging in double figures, with freshman guard Austin Rivers leading the way in scoring 14.2 points per game. Dawkins has also managed to pick up his production, averaging 22.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting over the last two games. Duke is shooting 52.9 percent from the field at home this season.
Bettors will likely back the Blue Devils due to the home team covering four of the last five meetings, while the Seminoles are 0-5 ATS as a road underdog of 7 to 12.5 points.
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