Duke essentially avoids playing road games out of conference, and there’s a good chance Mike Krzyzewski has at least considered proposing an ACC rule that would give Duke nothing but home games in-conference, as well.

That meant today’s game in Tallahasee against #13 Florida State was one of top-ranked Duke’s first big tests of the season, and it lived up to the billing (and made ESPN look smart for cutting away early from the Louisville-North Carolina blowout), with Florida State pushing Duke down to the wire, holding a one-point lead with less than three seconds to play.

After an interminable delay featuring multiple timeouts and a lengthy Ted Valentine review of something only he seemed to be looking for (the other officials weren’t even at the monitor, they were waiting to put the ball in play), Duke ended up getting this look out of their out of bounds set for Cam Reddish. It was a good one:

And so, Duke barely escapes, and we’re left with nothing but a reminder that college basketball would be a lot more fun if teams like Duke had to actually play more true road games.

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1 thought on “Duke hits last-second three to beat Florida State, disappointing almost everyone

  1. Why, with all the money grab non conference mini tourneys you get better match ups. I mean would Duke EVER go to Spokane to play Gonzaga. NO,but in Maui,or the Jimmy V(@MSG)you get to see those games. Duke played Auburn and Gonzaga, in Maui. If you eliminated the little holiday tourneys and forced teams to play more games on campus,all you would do is load up on NEC,MAAC, SWAC, MEAC, and Big South teams taking money grab games to play the ACC Big EAST or BIG 10 teams.You would never get good games. These mini holiday tourneys enable us to get great games. I mean look at Gonzaga,they played Duke in Maui and Tennessee in Phoenix. Do you think they could have played either of those games in Spokane. What about teams like Nevada, Buffalo or Campbell, do you think they would ever get a UNC, Duke, Kentucky or Michigan St to play them at home. Hell NO, these early season showcase events are good for college basketball,no what is wrong with it.

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