Duke men's basketball to battle No. 13 Florida State in ACC litmus test - Duke Chronicle
Dukechronicle.com - Fri 11 Jan 18:14 GMT

Duke men's basketball to battle No. 13 Florida State in ACC litmus test - Duke Chronicle

The Blue Devils will gear up for a major road test against the 13th-ranked Seminoles Saturday.

  But that won't be the case Saturday afternoon when No. 1 Duke travels to Tallahassee, Fla. 13th-ranked Florida State has size, and plenty of it, headlined by 7-foot-4 senior Christ Koumadje and 6-foot-10 sophomore Mfiondu Kabengele, as the Seminoles have leaned on an experienced nine-man rotation to carry them into conference play with just one loss.

  The Seminoles (13-2, 0-2 in the ACC) are by no stretch an offensive juggernaut, ranking 41st in adjusted efficiency on that end of the floor, yet they are 20th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage and fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds per game.

  That game was in Charlottesville, Va., though, and when Florida State takes to the floor against a top-five opponent for the second time in as many weeks, it will do so on its own turf.

  "It was good for us to play another ACC opponent in their own venue, but at the same time, we told our guys that's not really what the ACC is all about," junior Javin DeLaurier said, referring to Duke's 87-65 win at Wake Forest Tuesday.

  The Blue Devils will bring the nation's second-ranked defense to the Florida panhandle, and Florida State isn't too shabby on that end of the floor either—it's currently 17th in adjusted defensive efficiency and the Seminoles have surrendered 80 or more points only once all year.