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SportNo. 1 Duke visits No. 13 FSU to headline ACC weekend slate

16:42  11 january  2019
16:42  11 january  2019 Source:   ap.org

No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Virginia set to headline ACC season race

No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Virginia set to headline ACC season race Duke has earned must-see status with its touted freshmen and No. 1 ranking as the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule starts next week.There isn't nearly the same type of attention on fourth-ranked Virginia, even as the reigning league champion with returning experience and a defensive-minded style that is difficult for opponents. And yet, the Cavaliers are the league's only unbeaten team and have the potential to win another title under Tony Bennett, even in a league featuring Duke, No. 9 Florida State, No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 14 North Carolina and No. 20 North Carolina State.

While Florida State sits at No. 9, coach Leonard Hamilton sees a team that “has not really been totally in sync.” “We’ve got a lot longer to go there, a lot farther to go there.” Wolfpack’s roll. N.C. State is off to the program’s best start in 13 years and pursuing a second straight NCAA Tournament

No . 1 Duke and No. 4 Virginia are set to headline the Atlantic Coast Conference race as league play begins. While Florida State sits at No. 9, coach Leonard Hamilton sees a team that “has not really been Wolfpack’s roll. N.C. State is off to the program’s best start in 13 years and pursuing a

No. 1 Duke visits No. 13 FSU to headline ACC weekend slate© The Associated Press The Florida State bench reacts to a 3-point shot during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Miami in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Florida State won 68-62. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser) A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

No. 1 Duke at No. 13 Florida State. The Blue Devils (13-1, 2-0 ACC) took their high-flying act on the road for the first time Tuesday and had little trouble at Wake Forest. Things should be tougher Saturday when they head south to visit the Seminoles (13-2, 1-1). Duke's scheduling had become a topic after an AP Top 25 poll voter opted against putting the Blue Devils on his ballot until they (and a few other schools) played a true road game. Coach Mike Krzyzewski defended his scheduling approach after the Wake Forest win , noting he wants to prepare his team for March by playing marquee neutral-court games before league play — something Duke did against Kentucky (win), Auburn (win), Gonzaga (loss) and Texas Tech (win). "Come on, man," Krzyzewski said. "We come up with a top-10 schedule every year." As for Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles, their only losses have come against fourth-ranked Virginia in last weekend's league opener and reigning national champion Villanova in November .

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Florida State vs Virginia headlines 1st weekend of ACC play. No . 1 Duke , No. 4 Virginia set to headline ACC season race. Duke rises to No . 1 in AP poll again, Kansas drops to 5th. Coach K: Duke ’s Zion Williamson ‘is even better than I thought he would be’ 13 h.

@ 13 FSU . Williamson leads No . 1 Duke past Clemson 87-68 in ACC opener. Zion Williamson had 17 points, 13 rebounds and Duke fans roaring each time he touched the ball before he fouled out, and the second-ranked Blue Devils ended No. 12 Texas Tech's unbeaten start with a 69-58 victory

LOOKING AHEAD

Last year Virginia Tech went on the road and handed Virginia its only loss to an ACC opponent in overtime . Now it's a top-10 matchup. The ninth-ranked Hokies (14-1, 3-0) have won nine straight games and will have the weekend to rest before Tuesday's trip to Charlottesville, while the Cavaliers (14-0, 2-0) first must visit Clemson on Saturday. Both teams are highly ranked in KenPom's adjusted efficiency statistics: Virginia was fifth in offense (117.9 points per 100 possessions) and third in defense (86.6), while Virginia Tech was eighth in offense (116.9) and 21st in defense (93.2) after Wednesday's scheduled games.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Boston College's Ky Bowman is having a big year for the Eagles after high-scoring guard Jerome Robinson left early for the NBA. The 6-foot-1 junior is averaging 20.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists entering Saturday's game at Notre Dame. He also had a career-high 44 points against Hartford on Dec. 31.

Williamson scores 30, No. 1 Duke routs Wake Forest 87-65

Williamson scores 30, No. 1 Duke routs Wake Forest 87-65 Freshman sensation Zion Williamson scored a season-high 30 points with 10 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke won its first road game of the season by beating Wake Forest 87-65. 

Top Headlines . Duke jumps Kansas for No . 1 in AP Top 25 poll. Kyle Guy scored 21 points and No. 4 Virginia limited No. 9 Florida State to just 15 field goals in a 65-52 victory Saturday. Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics. BPI loves the ACC right now.

vs 13 FSU . No. 15 North Carolina will be without Sterling Manley against Harvard, as the sophomore forward has a sore left knee. Cameron Johnson had 25 points and six 3-pointers while No. 12 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat fourth-ranked Gonzaga 103-90 on Saturday night.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Turnovers are becoming a problem for North Carolina, even in wins. The 12th-ranked Tar Heels won at No. 15 North Carolina State on Tuesday despite committing 23 turnovers, which matched a season-high set in the December win against Gonzaga . Before those two games, UNC hadn't won a game with 20-plus turnovers since January 2015.

ON THE WOMEN'S SIDE

Sue Semrau's Florida State team has found some momentum. The No. 22 Seminoles (14-1, 2-0) have won 10 straight since losing to LSU in November to climb into this week's AP Top 25. And the two league victories have come in close finishes on the road: a 63-61 win at Virginia and a 64-63 win at UNC. Florida State hosts Clemson on Sunday.

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Tre Jones ‘probably’ to return for Duke on Saturday.
Jones missed the last two games.

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