CLEMSON TIGERS (8-5)
at DUKE BLUE DEVILS (14-0)
Cameron Indoor Stadium Ė Durham, NC
Tip-off: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. ET
Line: Duke -17, Total: 129.5
Clemson will get a crack at the nationís No. 1 team as the Tigers head to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on undefeated Duke on Tuesday night.
Scoring 80.1 PPG (13th in Division I), the Blue Devils have one of the nationís most potent offenses. Pacing the Duke offense is its 3-point shooting, where they have hit at a 42.1% clip this year, ranking sixth in the nation. The Tigers are not nearly as dangerous offensively (66.6 PPG, 201st in Division I), but they covered the last time they played in Cameron and could aim to slow this one down enough to keep it close.
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski relies heavily on his starters, with four of them averaging more than 30 MPG and all of them scoring double-digit points. National Player of the Year candidate Mason Plumlee (18.4 PPG, 11.3 RPG) leads the way in the post, making 63.4% FG in the early going. Six-foot-11 forward Ryan Kelly (13.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG) joins him in the post as a dangerous outside threat, hitting an incredible 50.0% of his 3-pointers this season. Seth Curry (16.6 PPG) leads the scoring in the backcourt along with freshman guard Rasheed Sulaimon (11.9 PPG) who has impressed on both ends in his first year. Sophomore PG Quinn Cook (10.3 PPG, 6.2 APG) runs the show, coming off a career-high, 14-assist performance against Wake Forest.
The Tigers, by contrast, have no player who averages as much as 30 MPG. F Devin Booker (11.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG) leads the way, making 59.8% FG. He's coming off a double-double (19 pts, 11 reb) in Saturday's loss to Florida State. Fellow forward K.J. McDaniels (11.4 PPG) has really upped his game in his sophomore campaign, hitting 1.2 threes per game and blocking 1.9 shots per game. Milton Jennings (10.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 44% 3-pt FG) rounds out their strong crew of forwards while PG Rod Hall (6.5 PPG, 4.0 APG) is the guy to watch in the backcourt, showing strong ball-handing skills with his increase in minutes. For the season, Hall has 52 assists and 19 turnovers (2.74 Ast/TO ratio).