Coach K wins 900th at Duke in easy win over FSU

Coach K won his 900th career game at Duke, as the Blue Devils had little trouble with visiting Florida State. They won 78-56, but only shot 31% from the field.

Duke led 43-25 at the half, as their defense helped them pull away. FSU committed 12 first half turnovers, while Duke had eight steals.

900 winsIt was a strange start to the game for Duke, as Rodney Hood was in the starting lineup, but then left the court to get sick (remember this happening about a month ago?). Coach K then had to insert Andre Dawkins into the starting lineup and he quickly made his presence known (he hit a 25 footer to start the game). Dawkins went on to score 11 total points, eight in the first half.

Hood would get better and checked into the game in the first half and started the second half. He struggled with his shot (but not from the free throw line, where he went 9-for-11), but still scored 18 points. He also hauled in nine rebounds.

FSU actually cut the deficit to 11 points with a little less than seven minutes to go. Coach K called a timeout and yelled at his team and they pulled away.

The Seminoles have a ton of size (they start a 7’3 guy), but Duke still dominated on the glass. They won the rebounding battle 46-24 and 26-7 on the offensive glass. Duke also dominated from the free throw line, making 34-of-43, while FSU only attempted 18 (and missed eight).

 

Jabari Parker finished with another double-double: 14 points and 13 rebounds. He did struggle with his shot though (just 3-of-12), but made 8-of-9 free throws.

Marshall Plumlee had his best game ever as a Blue Devil. He had seven points and seven rebounds (all on the offensive end) off the bench. He may have just earned himself some more playing time. Though Rasheed Sulaimon only made 1-of-8 shots from the field, he finished with 11 points (8-of-8 from the free throw line).

 

FSU’s top two scorers, Ian Miller and Aaron Thomas, actually do not start. Thomas fouled out and only scored two points, while Miller scored nine points. The Seminoles did have three starters in double-figures: Okaro White (14 points and eight rebounds), Montay Brandon (11 points), and Devon Bookert (12 points).

 

The really tough stretch of the Blue Devils schedule begins this week when they try to win their fifth in a row. They will first play at Pitt on Monday night (7pm ET on ESPN), before traveling up to Syracuse for a Saturday night game (6:30pm ET on ESPN).

 

*Both coaching staffs wore sneakers, as it was a Coaches vs Cancer game.

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