Allen iffy for No. 17 Duke in tilt vs. No. 15 Florida St.

DURHAM, N.C. — It’s mostly about positioning for the postseason for No. 15 Florida State and No. 17 Duke when they meet Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

With a cluster of teams contending for spots among the Atlantic Coast Conference leaders, the result of this game could go a long way in sorting out some of that.

“You want to finish as high as you can in the league and try to get some momentum going into the ACC Tournament,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said Monday.

With North Carolina locked into the top seed for the conference tournament, Florida State (23-6, 11-5), which begins the week in a three-way tie for second place, and Duke (22-7, 10-6) are among five teams clustered in the next tier.

Much of the pregame attention might involve the status of Duke junior guard Grayson Allen, who sat out Saturday’s loss at Miami while nursing an ankle injury.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Allen took part in a Sunday workout. The goal is for the team’s third-leading scorer (15.0 points per game) to play, the coach said.

“I wish we had more certainty,” Krzyzewski said

Krzyzewski didn’t accompany the team to the first meeting with Florida State because he was less than a week removed from hip surgery. The Seminoles posted an 88-72 victory over the Blue Devils on Jan. 10.

Florida State is 1-2 in ACC road games this month, though coming off Saturday’s 76-74 victory at Clemson.

“We’ve been somewhat inconsistent on the road,” Hamilton said.

Duke has lost only once in 15 home games this season.

But Krzyzewski said teams no longer seem to become intimidated by visiting Duke, and many of the opponents are intent on excelling.

“For some teams, coming into Cameron is on a bucket list type of thing,” Krzyzewski said.

Hamilton said he expects Duke’s best effort in the last home game for the Blue Devils.

Even with Allen’s status up in the air, sophomore guard Luke Kennard has led Duke in scoring in 14 contests this season and his 19.9 points per game has him contending for the league scoring title (behind only Pittsburgh’s Michael Young at 20.2). Kennard is tops in the league in 3-point shooting at 45.6 percent.

It will be Senior Night for Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones, a pair of Duke players who’ve contributed to a national championship team. Jefferson needs four points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Yet it’s some of the younger players, a couple who sat out with injuries at the beginning of the season, that are still trying to get up to speed for the Blue Devils.

“We have to try, in a very short period of time, to cross a couple bridges so we can be an exceptional team,” Krzyzewski said, referring mostly to freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden. “That’s what I’m trying to do with this group.”

Duke hasn’t had a three-game losing streak this season, but the Blue Devils suffered road losses to Syracuse and Miami last week.

Guard Dwayne Bacon leads Florida State in scoring at 16.6 points per game, though he was held to 13 points in the first meeting with Duke. In that game, Seminoles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes poured in 21 points.