Clemson Tigers vs. Duke Blue Devils
The Clemson Tigers host the Duke Blue Devils in Sunday ACC college hoops action. The Blue Devils are -7 point favorites over the Tigers.
The Clemson Tigers don’t appear to have the type of team we are accustomed to seeing from them as this appears to be a rebuilding year for Brad Brownell’s team. Clemson has gone 6-3 at home this season, they are 1-1 in ACC conference play, and they haven’t played a team ranked in the top 25 nor a team with a RPI better than 50. Andre Young is averaging 13.1 points, Tanner Smith is averaging 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, Devin Booker is averaging 10.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Milton Jennings is averaging 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds. As a team Clemson is averaging 64.2 points and they are shooting 43.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 57.7 points and their opponents shoot 41 percent. Clemson’s record hasn’t been helped by their playing the 228th ranked schedule in the nation which probably isn’t going to have them well prepared for the difficult part of their schedule.
For the Duke Blue Devils it’s business as usual as they appear headed for a showdown with North Carolina for the ACC title. Mike Krzyzewski’s team are 1-1 on the road but 5-1 at neutral sites and they haven’t lost to a team with an RPI worse than 50. Austin Rivers is averaging 14.4 points, Seth Curry is averaging 12.8 points, Ryan Kelly is averaging 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee is averaging 11.7 points and 9.6 rebounds. As a team Duke is averaging 80.8 points and they are shooting 49.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.7 points and their opponents shoot 43.9 percent. The Blue Devils appear loaded and they look like they will be a factor this March.
Clemson is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six ACC games. Duke is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record.
The total is set at 134.5 but I don’t see this one getting past that.