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Next Up - Florida Gulf Coast

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Next up for Duke is Florida Gulf Coast, and while you might be forgiven for thinking they're just a tuneup, they did, remember, beat Miami, and by 12.

Moreover, and we had forgotten this completely, but former Georgia Tech big man Nate Hicks is there and can presumably tell them more about Duke than the coaches can, since he's been in the trenches.

It's a young program - they've only just moved up to D-1 and the coach is in his second year. So beating Miami is huge.

They went to their conference finals last spring before losing to Belmont, a team you may remember. So don't take them lightly.

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Well scratch that thought about Hicks knowing more: Coach Andy Enfield is an FSU guy and he's seen Duke lots.

What most of us probably don't realize is that FGCU got a lot of easy baskets against Miami and also defended very well, holding their frontcourt to 29%. But Jim Larranaga says they'll have a tougher time with Duke:

“The difference is 3-point shooting,” Larranaga told the Fort Meyer News-Press. “Duke’s guys shoot the ball extremely well. They share it very well, they get very good shots. We didn’t get very good shots.”

As always, it seems, there's a Duke-Carolina angle. In this case it comes from Raleigh native Eric McKnight, a Carolina fan growing up, who says I hate Duke, pretty much. It’ll be real good if we beat them.”

Another connection: guard Brett Comer was a three-year high school teammate of Austin Rivers.