Publish Date: February 10, 2022
Fact checked by: David Genge
#7 Duke will travel to South Carolina to take on the Clemson Tigers this Thursday, February 10th. This is a rescheduled game that was supposed to take place on December 29th. Duke currently holds the number seven spot in the polls, but that was before they just got shook by Virginia 69-68. The last time these two teams met, it was in Duke’s home court and Duke narrowly got the victory 71-69.
Clemson is on the wrong side of the bubble, and with a few big wins they could still make the tournament, but they need to win now. Duke at Clemson holds the key for Clemson with less than a month before conference tournaments and March Madness. Start researching the best betting offers now, before the March Madness Tournament, to win more on the house.
Last year, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) brought seven teams into the March Madness tournament. However, this year the conference is not nearly as good. Currently Duke is the only certain with their #12 NET ranking today after their tough loss to Virginia. Wake Forest is at #38, North Carolina moved up to #40, & Virginia Tech holds the #42 spot, and are all on the correct side of the bubble. Notre Dame is the closest at #62, Miami is next closest at #71, Clemson fell to #80, & Virginia directly after at #81. They all find themselves on the wrong side of the bubble with their chances starting to look more and more slim.
The ACC standings currently have six teams all within a game and a half of each other. As these teams continue to play each other and upset each other, nothing really matters until the ACC tournament is played right before March Madness. Duke can definitely be upset, and there is a chance for Clemson or Virginia to make it in that route as well.
Duke is currently 4-2 on the road (excluding neutral sites). The Blue Devils’ only road losses were to a ranked Ohio State squad and recently Florida State 79-78 in overtime. And while Clemson is 9-5 at home, the majority of those games were against non-conference weaker opponents (excluding any teams close of making the tournament (other than conference titles)). Duke is lead by freshman Paolo Banchero, who is averaging 17.2 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, & makes about half of his shots from the field. More impressive, he almost averages a double double on away games (17.2 ppg/9.4 rpg).
Duke as a team averages 7.4 points per game more, and hold their opponents to 2.7 points fewer. Duke outperforms Clemson on all major stats from rebounds to steals to field goal percentage. They are clearly the better team, but they have to play like they are. With teams like Texas Tech, Ohio State and Houston all losing on Wednesday, it helps Duke hide their loss to Virginia and potentially keep a top berth for March Madness. If the tournament were to happen today Duke would be a three seed, and Clemson would not make it (although could go far in the NIT).
Duke’s Banchero has been in a slump. He has only scored above his average points per game in one of the last four games (including only nine points against Virginia in their loss). Furthermore, the last time these two teams played Duke only won by two points (and that was in Cameron Indoor Stadium, a.k.a Duke’s home court).
Clemson is lead by forward PJ Hall. He got a double double against Duke last time they played (14 points/10 rebounds). Hall averages more points at homes, and sinks a higher percentage of three point shots. Look for Clemson to keep it close, which helps them stay relevant in the hunt for a bubble bid into the March Madness tournament. To bet on more than just the spread, over/under, or money line, double check the Best Basketball Betting Tips Tool.
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