Duke looks to build off their win against Syracuse, while Clemson looks for a notable win against one of the best teams in the country.
TV Schedule: January 25, 2022, on ESPN 2 at 7:00 P.M
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina
The Duke Blue Devils go into this game with a record of 15-3. Their three losses have come against Ohio State, Miami, and Florida State. Their most notable win has come against Gonzaga. Duke is third in the ACC. In Coach K’s last season, the blue devils look to win a national title. For Duke to win this game and have a chance to win a national title, they will need a lot of offensive output for their stars.
Offensively Duke is led by Pablo Banchero and Wendell Moore Jr. Banchero averages 18 points per game on 50 percent shooting. Banchero has been noticed by experts and fans as a potential number one pick. Wendell Moore Jr averages 15 points per game on 55 percent shooting. Moore has been touted as a potential first-round draft pick.
Duke averages 82 points per game. That is 7th in the country for points per game. Additionally, the blue devils are 8th in the country for assists per game, averaging 17 per game.
The Clemson Tigers are 11-8 on the season. The Tigers have lost to West Virginia, St. Bonaventure, Rutgers, Miami, Virginia, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Syracuse. The Tiger’s best win of the season came against Virginia.
Offensively the Tigers are led by PJ Hall. Hall averages 14 points per game on 48 percent shooting. He had 16 points on 4/5 shooting in the team’s win over Pittsburgh this past weekend. Overall, Clemson has a very below-average offense. Clemson is averaging 73 points per game on the season.
Duke will continue their run at a national title with an easy win over Clemson. Pablo Banchero will score points in bunches in a victory for the Blue Devils.
Prediction: Duke 80, Clemson 65