Duke is on the verge of matching the longest home win streak in school history, but that attempt will come against a surging team that upset the Blue Devils last season.
Florida State will seek a fourth straight win and its second over a top-five opponent in as many weekends Saturday when it faces fourth-ranked Duke.
The Blue Devils (16-2, 4-0 ACC) won 46 in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium from 1997-2000, and they’re one victory shy of tying that program-best streak following a 91-73 rout of Wake Forest on Thursday.
Making his first start since Nov. 29, junior guard Andre Dawkins hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and topped 20 points for the second straight game with 21.
“With all of the weapons we have on the perimeter, it’s kind of pick your poison,” Dawkins said.
Freshman Austin Rivers, the player Dawkins replaced in the starting lineup, had 20 points off the bench to help Duke remain the only unbeaten team in ACC play.
“I was pleased with our performance. We just have to keep growing,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “It sets up a huge game Saturday afternoon. Nobody in the country in the last week is playing better than Florida State. They’re coming off two huge wins.”
The Seminoles (12-6, 3-1) visit Durham following two of their best offensive performances of the season. After averaging 70.1 points through 16 games, Florida State blew out then-No. 3 North Carolina 90-57 last Saturday and then recorded an 84-70 win over Maryland on Tuesday.
Senior guard Deividas Dulkys, who scored a career-high 32 points in the upset of the Tar Heels, was held to six against the Terrapins, but the Seminoles had four players in double figures, led by Michael Snaer’s 19.
Ian Miller had a career-high 18 off the bench. The sophomore guard, who had a season-low three points against North Carolina, has played seven games since having to sit out the first semester for academic reasons.
“We are just learning how to play within ourselves,” coach Leonard Hamilton told the school’s website. “I think we are moving the ball a little better. We are involving more people.”
Hamilton’s team had only two players score in double figures against then-No. 1 Duke on Jan. 12, 2011, in Tallahassee. Florida State, though, held the Blue Devils to a season-low 31.1 percent shooting in a 66-61 win, which ended a five-game skid in the series and snapped the Blue Devils’ 25-game overall win streak - the second-longest in their history.
The Seminoles, however, have just one win in their 18 all-time visits to Cameron Indoor, a 68-67 victory Feb. 4, 2007, and the Blue Devils have collected two victories over the Seminoles during their current home streak.
Duke has also won 64 straight at home over unranked opponents. The Seminoles received just one vote in this week’s AP poll, but Krzyzewski is concerned about their size.
“They’re big,” the Duke coach said. “They have length, length and length at all positions. So we have to get rested and prepared.”
Florida State has won four of its last 12 road games against ranked teams but has lost the past three, including a 70-56 defeat at Duke on Jan. 27, 2010.
The Seminoles are 7-30 in the all-time series and Hamilton is 3-10 against the Blue Devils.