TV Schedule: Saturday, Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
The defending national champs aren’t having the season that many were expecting, but they still have an 18-6 record overall and 7-4 record in the ACC. With a win against the Virginia Cavaliers next, the Duke Blue Devils can also find themselves back in the national spotlight. Considering the Cavs have an overall record of 20-4 and conference record of 9-3, that might be easier said than done.
Duke, for what it’s worth, has been on a roll as of late, as it has won three games in a row. Side note: Its last victory came against the Louisville Cardinals, who were ranked No. 13 at the time.
Here’s the deal: Duke could continue to add to that loss total, or get back in the spotlight in a big way. The Blue Devils will take on North Carolina and Louisville after this contest, after all.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have been red-hot, as they have now won seven games in a row.
Since North Carolina stands at the top of the ACC standings at 9-2, this game could be do or die for both of these squads.
Time to let the numbers do the talking: Virginia might only be averaging 71.4 points per game, but it is allowing just 59.6 PPG. Duke orchestrates business differently, as it is putting up a whopping 84.3 PPG and giving up 71.3 PPG.
There will be plenty of talent on the court when these two teams meet up for a Saturday game, but give me Grayson Allen & Co. at home.
PREDICTION: Cavaliers 68, Blue Devils 71