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Analyst Dick Vitale offers his take on the Florida State-Duke title game in the ACC basketball tournament

An inside look into today's FSU-Duke final

ATLANTA — ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale took a few moments from courtside in the Georgia Dome to break down the Florida State-Duke matchup in today's ACC championship game. It's the first ACC final appearance for FSU, the 28th for the Blue Devils, who have won the tournament 16 times.

"Florida State's size inside with (7-foot-1 center Solomon) Alabi and company (6-9 forward Uche Echefu and 6-8 forward Ryan Reid) could be a major advantage. They're big inside, but Duke's strength is shooting the three. If they're making 3s, they'll prevail. If not, I think Florida State's got a great chance.

"(FSU's) Toney Douglas is the most under-rated player in the nation. Everybody here (in the ACC) knows he can play, but you talk nationally, I don't think he gets anywhere near the (acclaim). I can't wait to watch him play (today). He's terrific.

"They'll rotate a lot of guys at him, but one thing about Duke is they're very passionate, they play with intensity (on defense). And they've got two wins over Florida State, so psychologically they know they've been able to prevail, so that's a positive for them.

"But this is great for Florida State."

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

Analyst Dick Vitale offers his take on the Florida State-Duke title game in the ACC basketball tournament 03/14/09 [Last modified: Sunday, March 15, 2009 4:46pm]
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