The Duke Blue Devils begin postseason play on Wednesday, March 8, with a 2017 ACC Tournament second-round game against the Clemson Tigers at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
UPDATE: Duke topped Clemson 79-72 to advance to the ACC Tournament quarterfinals against Louisville.
Duke earned the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament and Clemson, the No. 12 seed, advanced after a first-round win on Tuesday.
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FINAL: Duke 79, Clemson 72 | Full boxscore
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Betting odds: Duke -6.5
Duke looked like a serious national title contender three weeks ago after ripping off seven straight ACC wins, including two over top-10 level Virginia and North Carolina. But they lost three of four down the stretch, albeit by an average of just five points per game.
Clemson is a much better team than their league record of 6-12 indicates, ranking 35th overall in KenPom’s ratings. This line opened higher and has been bet down to 6.5.
Duke’s offense is as efficient as they come and doesn’t have a real hole in it. The Blue Devils play at a top-100 level in shooting, rebounding, turnover rate and free throw rate on offense, but don’t crack the top 30 in any of those categories.
That’s thanks to excellent guard play from sophomore Luke Kennard, one of the most improved players in the country this season. He’s averaging 20.1 points per game this season and hitting 45 percent of his 3-point attempts. Grayson Allen has also been a big factor, though he’s averaging 14.5 points per game this year, down seven points from last year.
Freshmen Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson and Harry Giles round out the team’s top 5 contributors.
Clemson runs through senior F Jaron Blossomgame, who is averaging 17.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2016-17. The Tigers have strong guard play as well with sophomores Shelton Mitchell and Marcquise Reed, but often get beat on the glass and inside — their defensive rebounding rate and effective field goal percentage against rank in the bottom quarter of all Division I basketball teams.