Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

No. 1 Duke Travels to No. 13 Florida State Saturday

No. 1 Duke Travels to No. 13 Florida State Saturday

Zion Williamson left Duke's 80-78 last-second win over Florida State in the first half after getting poked in the eye.

Then again, if they can go on the road for just their second true road game of the season on Saturday and topple a good Florida State team, that ranking is only going to look more and more deserved. Williamson suffered from double vision that had not cleared up by the time the final buzzer sounded.The true extent of the injury and his timetable for return are still cloudy. After an 11-point, 8-rebound first half, Williamson was sidelined for the remainder of the game. On almost identical back-to-back plays, fellow freshmen R.J. Barrett and Williamson elevated against Florida State's behemoth, Koumadje.

Before exiting, though, Williamson once again displayed his value to the Blue Devil lineup. Phil Cofer got the rebound and tried to knock it out of bounds off a Duke player.

RJ Barrett drove to the basket and was fouled.

With just 15 seconds left in a tie game and one second remaining on the shot clock, Reddish fouled Florida State's PJ Savoy on an attempted three to give Savoy three foul shots. The No. 13 team in the country is as athletic as they've ever been this season and have some big wins, even if they were handled decisively by Virginia to start ACC play. "Whenever a kid hits a game victor like that, it's storybook. Coach drew it up, and the play was wide open and Cam was able to execute".

A trainer tends to Tre Jones of the Duke Blue Devils
A trainer tends to Tre Jones of the Duke Blue Devils

Reddish and Barrett combined to score 55 points, tied for their most this season (also combined for 55 vs. Kentucky in the Champions Classic).

"I think they have a player now that probably is the most phenomenal talent that's been in the ACC since Michael Jordan", Hamilton said of Blue Devils star Zion Williamson. Williamson sat on the bench for the second half, but didn't play.

Williamson didn't experience any headaches with the double vision, Krzyzewski said. The Seminoles are 39-3 since November 2016 at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Duke is 3-1 in those previous four, which have all been away from home.

The Duke Blue Devils needed someone to come up big if they wanted to take down the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday. This marks the fourth consecutive meeting in the series with each team ranked in the AP Top 25, and the lowest combined ranking (14) in the series since No. 2 Duke defeated No. 13 Florida State, 75-63, in Tallahassee on January 10, 1998.

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