Can No. 11 Clemson Hold it Down at Home Against Desperate No. 12 Duke in Sunday ACC Clash?
Clemson might be more known for their now, perennially powerful football program, but times are clearly different in the ACC.
Right now, the 11th-ranked title hopeful Tigers are in the midst of a fine basketball season that has them currently ranked ahead of perennial hoops powerhouse Duke.
Clemson has a huge home date against the Blue devils on Sunday as they look to take another step toward potentially claiming the ACC Championship. Let’s find out if Clemson can hold it down at home in their enormous ACC clash against Duke on Sunday.
Duke Blue Devils Vs Clemson Tigers Betting Analysis
No. 12 Duke (20-5) at No. 11 Clemson (20-4)
When: Sun. Feb 18, 2018 1:00 PM ET
Where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
Duke has won two straight after losing their previous two games and they come into this weekend matchup off a 74-52 beatdown over Virginia Tech on Wednesday that saw star forward Marvin Bagley III, the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder sit out with a mild right knee sprain.
The 6-foot-11 freshman is the ACC’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds this season. Shooting guard Grayson Allen scored 25 points and drained a career-high seven three-pointers in the win.
"It felt good," Allen said of his shot. "A few of them I knew they weren’t going in as soon as they left my hand. But the rest, I wasn’t thinking about anything, just looking at the bottom of the net."
Clemson will be a bit desperate fater blowing an 18-point lead against Florida State to lose to the Seminoles 81-79 in overtime on Wednesday. Tigers junior guard Sheldon Mitchell was hospitalized after taking a severe blow to the head during the tight affair. Marcquise Reed scored a team-high 25 points in the loss.
"We had a couple bad stretches in the second half and in overtime made one or two bad plays," Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. "We won the first half, they won the second. They beat us by a play."
Duke, might have the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft on their roster in Marvin Bagley III, but Clemson is very good this season and they’re playing at home with a sense of desperation.
Not only have the Tigers gone 3-2 against ranked teams this season, but Bagley III may not be at full strength if he suits up. Don’t sleep on Clemson college hoops bettors, they’re elite defensively as they hold the opposition to just 65.8 points per game (33rd). Simply put, I’m smelling an ‘upset here!