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Duke Blue Devils vs. Clemson Tigers Betting Odds, Pick & Prediction: January 23rd 2010

January 22nd, 2010

Duke Blue Devils vs. Clemson Tigers
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ACC rivals collide at Littlejohn Coliseum on Saturday night in a battle against two teams that really don’t like one another. The Duke Blue Devils (15-3, 11-6 ATS) will crack skulls with the Clemson Tigers (15-4, 9-7 ATS) in a nationally televised NCAA basketball betting battle on ESPN. The Dookies have to be angry with themselves after losing 88-74 at the RBC Center against the Wolfpack on Wednesday night. It was their second straight road loss in conference on the season. Clemson struggled on the road as well during the week, as it lost to the Yellow Jackets 66-64.

The Blue Devils are one of the most prolific offensive teams in the nation. They are a fantastic shooting team both from the floor (47.1%), beyond the arc (39.1%), and at the free throw line (77.3%), #1 in the NCAAs). G Jon Scheyer is leading the way with 19.1 points per game, but the man that the Tigers need to be afraid of on Saturday night is G Nolan Smith, who is shooting a blistering 51% from the land of trey thus far. F Kyle Singler is the other major scorer for Coach K, as the junior is averaging 16.1 points per game.

Littlejohn Coliseum has been a house of horrors for the opposition of late. The Tigers have only lost there once this year, and that was in heartbreaking fashion to the Illini in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. F Trevor Booker is the key player for the boys in orange and purple. He is averaging 15.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He can dominate a largely undersized Duke squad on the inside. Clemson is going to have to do a better job at the foul line in order to beat a team this strong. The Tigers are only shooting 64.8% from the charity stripe as a team, and no one is shooting 80% on this squad from the line.

The L/2 meetings between these two teams have ended in blowouts. The Blue Devils took out the Tigers 74-53 at Cameron Indoor Stadium three weeks ago, but that was just some payback for the 74-47 beat down that was handed to Coach K’s club at Littlejohn last season. Clemson is 5-3 ATS over its L/8 NCAA basketball gambling duels with the Dookies.

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