Florida State – a crummy offensive team that was smoked at home by Ohio State in November and lost to lowly Auburn last week – defeated No. 1 Duke last night, 66-61. The Seminoles always seem to play to Duke tough due to their rugged brand of basketball. Duke’s 25-game win streak is over, its big men were finally exposed for lack of offense, the Blue Devils fell in love with the 3-pointer all over again (11-for-35), and you can shelve all those will-they-go-unbeaten stories. Assuming Kyrie Irving doesn’t return, right now is Duke still the team to beat?
Taking a quick look at the other unbeaten teams:
Syracuse: 17-0. Still largely untested. Beat Michigan State at a “neutral” site (MSG), and beat Notre Dame at home. We’ll know more about the ‘Cuse Monday after the road game against Pittsburgh.
Kansas: 16-0. The Jayhawks, too, haven’t hit the difficult portion of their schedule. They’ve played only one team that was ranked (Memphis, which has proven to be a fraud), and have struggled to put away mediocre teams (USC, UCLA, Michigan, Iowa State). I’d rather Kansas slightly above Syracuse right now, but still behind Duke.
Ohio State: 17-0. Least-tested of these three unbeatens. First loss probably comes on the 22nd at Illinois. Depth is our primary concern for the Buckeyes.
San Diego State: 18-0. Not quite in the same class as the above three unbeatens, they’ll probably lose at the Pit Saturday night. Or to Jimmer on the 26th.