Duke Blue Devils vs. Clemson Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/14/14
Clemson Tigers (20-11) at Duke Blue Devils (24-7)
College Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils play the Clemson Tigers on Friday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.
The Duke Blue Devils improved to 24-7, 13-5 ACC after beating North Carolina 93-81 on Saturday night to bring an end to their regular season. On the season, Jabari Parker leads the Blue Devils with 19.2 points and 9 rebounds per game. Rodney Hood is averaging a solid 16.5 points per game; while Quinn Cook is averaging a team-high 4.5 assists per game. Amile Jefferson is averaging 6.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and has really helped Duke improve their rebounding numbers as the year has gone on. The Blue Devils are averaging an impressive 79.8 points per game while shooting 46.5% from the field as a team this season. Duke’s biggest weakness early on was the lack of size in the frontcourt and their inability to rebound the basketball. What was once their weakness has become somewhat of a strength recently as they have outrebounded several of their conference opponents. After Duke lost their second game in the last two weeks they bounced back with a big win at home over North Carolina last weekend. The Blue Devils finished a lousy 4-5 on the road in conference play and went 3-2 on neutral courts during the regular season.
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The Clemson Tigers beat Georgia Tech 69-65 in overtime in the 2nd round of the ACC tournament yesterday. On the season, K.J. Daniels leads the Tigers in scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Daniels is a highlight waiting to happen on any play and he is a legit playmaker for this Clemson squad. Rod Hall is averaging a second-best 9.6 points per game while averaging a team-high 4 assists per game. The Tigers are averaging only 63.2 points per game while shooting only 41.7% from the field as a team this season. Clemson is one of the better rebounding teams in the ACC, but they are terrible at distributing the basketball on the offensive end of the floor. The Tigers had won four of their last five games after losing three straight in the middle of February before losing to Pittsburgh last weekend to end the regular season. Clemson went 4-4 on the road in conference play and now 3-1 on neutral floors this season.
The Blue Devils have revenge on their minds, as Clemson beat Duke comfortably at home during the regular season. I can’t see Duke losing to Clemson twice and I believe the Blue Devils will win by double-digits in this one.