The Duke Blue Devils (14-2) and Clemson Tigers (9-7) will face off in an Atlantic Coast Conference affair Sunday night inside the Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC.
Duke Blue Devils at Clemson Tigers
Duke has won seven of its last eight games and comes off an exciting 61-58 win over the Virginia Cavaliers as 10.5-point home favorites. The Blue Devils last three games have been decided by 10 points or less, with the team being 8-1 in such games during the 2011-12 campaign. “We just have to make sure we’re mature enough to have the same resolve after we’ve won a big game,” commented Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “That’s what our teams have done over the years.” The program has won 10 of the last 11 road games in this series. Duke is 1-5 ATS as a road favorite of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus years.
The Blue Devils have tallied double-digit wins in 18 of the last 22 games playedi n this series, while winning the last three by an average margin of 14.3 points a contest. Duke ranks 11th nationally in scoring 80.8 points per game, which is impressive when you consider its faced five teams that rank in the top 40 nationally in scoring defense. Four players on the roster are averaging double figures in points, as freshman guard Austin Rivers leads the group in scoring 14.4 points a game.
Clemson owns 13 wins over Duke teams that were ranked in the top 25 at the time of the meeting, as it looks to bounce back from a disappointing 59-57 loss to the Boston College Eagles as nine-point road favorites. The Tigers didn’t make a field goal in the final 5:53 of that game and leading scorer Andre Young finished with just 12 points. Defensively, the team has held three straight opponents and 10 overall this season to less than 60 points. Clemson is 17-14 ATS at home the past two-plus seasons.
The Tigers have sent out five different starting lineups in 16 games under head coach Brad Brownell, with the most common lineup posting a 4-2 record. Young has his name all over the record books for the program, ranking tied for fifth all-time in three-point field goals made, while sitting third with a +2.20 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Bettors will likely back the Blue Devils due to their 4-1 ATS mark on Sundays, while the Tigers are 1-7-1 ATS in the same situation.
Recommendation: Duke Blue Devils -7
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