Clemson vs. Duke - 1/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (14-2) at Clemson Tigers (10-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Littlejohn Coliseum)
The Line: Clemson Tigers +7.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The 9th ranked Duke Blue Devils and Clemson Tigers will travel to Bon Secours Wellness Arena to square off in College Basketball action this Wednesday afternoon.
The 9th ranked Duke Blue Devils won their 5th straight game and improved to 14-2 (3-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Virginia Tech Hokies, 82-58, this past Saturday. Duke was outstanding in the 1st half and had little trouble securing the victory after gaining a 50-23 halftime lead. Duke shot 47.4% from the field and 37.5% (9-24) from beyond the arc. The Blue Devils held the Hokies to 37.5% from the field and outrebounded Virginia Tech by a 42-33 margin. Leading the way for Duke was Marshall Plumlee who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Blue Devils have been led by Grayson Allen (20.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.2 spg), Brandon Ingram (16.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.6 spg, 1.7 bpg), and Amile Jefferson (11.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg). Offensively, Duke is averaging 88.1 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field and 38.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Blue Devils average 8.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.36. Defensively, Duke is allowing their opponents to average 69.4 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Blue Devils have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of 3.7.
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The Clemson Tigers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-6 (3-1 ACC) on the season after upsetting the 16th ranked Louisville Cardinals, 66-62, this past Sunday. Clemson had a 31-25 halftime lead and never let Louisville get the lead in the 2nd half in the victory. Clemson struggled offensively as they shot just 32.6% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc, but was able to get to the FT line and impressive 44 times in which they hit 32 FT’s (72.7%). The Tigers held the Cardinals to 13.0% (3-23) shooting from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by Louisville by a 53-31 margin. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jaron Blossomgame who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks, and an assist. On the season, the Tigers have been led by Jaron Blossomgame (15.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 bpg), Avry Holmes (10.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Donte Grantham (9.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Clemson is averaging 69.6 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field and 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tigers average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.33. Defensively, Clemson is holding their opponents to an average of 62.2 ppg on 40.2% shooting. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Blue Devils are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. ACC opponents and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win. The Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 AAC opponents.
Duke has one of the best offensives in the country and have looked outstanding recently as star freshman Brandon Ingram has really come on as of late. Clemson has had a great start to conference play and has been outstanding on the defensive end as they rank 15th in the country in scoring defense and 66th in defensive FG%. Clemson has put together a nice string of wins, however, they have shown that they can struggle offensively away from home and as Duke’s offensive is running on all cylinders at the moment, I think the Blue Devils will be able to cover this spread. Take Duke to cover.