Originally written on Juiced Sports Blog  |  Last updated 10/28/14
Next up for Duke is Florida State, and while Leonard Hamilton’s bunch appears to have taken a step or two back this season, they’re still dangerous: as long as they have a shot in the end, they have Michael Snaer to take it, and he’s probably the best ACC clutch shooter since Christian Laettner. No. 5 Duke pays visit to FSU FSU, Miami take aim at key college basketball games Duke-Florida St. Preview State colleges offer hat trick of hoops heaven Saturday In ‘must-win’ scenario, FSU hopes Michael Snaer has more late-game magic versus Duke Duke Game Notes: at Florida State (Feb. 2, 2013) Plumlee remains ‘first option’ for Duke Thomas hoping for a rematch against Plumlee Duke basketball: No Kelly means more Plumlee, more Curry Virginia’s style calls for different stats Struggling Heels still a threat to Hokies Erick Green still scoring as Hokies lose   Fan’s Guides: Your ACC Lifeline All Season Long! Gift Certificates Now Available! Duke| State | UNC Testimonials! “The Fan’s Guide is the essential source for Duke basketball fans in 2012. It is packed with brilliant analysis and writing by the ACC’s most astute basketball writers. I have not enjoyed any reading as much this season.” Professor Walter Manley, II “If you love NCSU Athletics this is a must read, I will buy it every year, very thorough and precise.” Richard Mark Hunt I was just glad to find a magazine about Duke basketball. I thoroughly enjoyed the magazine. It was well written and very informative. A must read for any diehard Duke fan.Camille H “I get excited enough about basketball season as it is, but this Guide has been on my screen for weeks now and I’m more excited than ever. Not just about Duke, but the whole league. There are some truly unique and remarkable stats in this book, enough to make you just itch for the games to begin and see how the players do this year. I think my favorite article is the one on athletes and social media, though. I’ve read it three times already! Great photos, great writing, and lots of both. This is essential. ” PlanBee “If you haven’t purchased the Fan’s Guide yet, what are you waiting for? It contains marvelous old-school content in a new-school format.” Jerry K. “Thanks a lot! The guide looks fantastic! I am really excited to dig in.” Rick W “Wow, huge piece of work! Congratulations. You guys never fail to provide the best a fan could ask for.” Bill C. DBR Auctions! New T-Shirts! DBR Is On Twitter!(DBRTweetz) He did it to Duke last year with a Cameron buzzer beater; he did it to Maryland just this week. Florida State’s problem has been the other guys scoring – or not. Snaer is hitting 14.2 ppg but otherwise only Okaro White is in double figures with 12.7 ppg. Unlike recent years, the Seminoles are really struggling inside. Kiel Turpin (son of the late Kentucky star Mel) is averaging just 4.3 ppg and 2.4 boards. Boris Bojanovksy, a 7-3 newcomer, adds 2.4 and 2.0 respectively. Terrance Shannon has definitely had his moments, but he’s also had some injuries. The rest are fairly negligible when it comes to offense. However, Florida State sees this game as a “must-win,” with Snaer saying that “I’ve seen it catapult our season before, beating a higher ranked team. Hopefully we can do it again.” They’ll have to keep the ball away from Mason Plumlee to do it. Plumlee just ate Wake Forest alive inside. He’ll be a load for a team with a weak post presence, although to be sure, you can defend a center from the perimeter by making passing really difficult. Duke has done this for years. The Devils will need more than Plumlee and Seth Curry, though. They’ll need the rookies – Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson – to really step up. They’ll also need a steady game from Quinn Cook at the point. Mostly, though, they’ll need to match Florida State’s defensive intensity, particularly when it comes to Snaer. This could be a huge opportunity for Sulaimon, who the staff correctly sees as Duke’s best perimeter defender, to burnish his reputation. Bottom line here: Duke can win on defense because FSU’s offense is erratic. It’s hard to see them winning a shootout. Snaer is legitimately great with a huge instinct for the jugular. He and his teammates are excellent defenders. But their offense has not yet been consistently challenging.
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