Clemson (19-9, 8-6 ACC) faces long college basketball odds as it travels on the road to face on of the elite teams in the country: Duke (26-3, 12-2 ACC). The Blue Devils possess a – 12 ½ spread and will host the Tigers in its final home game of the season at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke remains tied with No. 13 North Carolina for the lead in the ACC. Both are 12-2 in conference play. The Blue Devils have dominated the Tigers at home, having defeated Clemson 13 straight times in Durham, North Carolina. The Tigers have not won at Cameron Indoor since 1995.
Duke was considered the No. 1 team in the country until its seven-game winning streak was snapped with a 64-60 loss at Virginia Tech over the weekend. However, the Blue Devils remain in the hunt for a No. 1 seed in this month’s NCAA tournament.
This Saturday, Duke travels on the road to play the Tar Heels in what could be a game for the ACC title. That showdown makes the Clemson game that much more important in order to keep pace with North Carolina. And the sense of urgency likely spells doom for a good, but not good enough, Clemson team.
The Blue Devils have won 36 straight at home and is led by senior guard Nolan Smith (21.3 points and 5.2 assists) and senior forward Kyle Singler (17.4 points and 6.5 rebounds). With a win on Wednesday, Singler could earn his 120th victory at Duke. Smith is the ACC’s top scorer.
Duke’s offense is ranked seventh in the nation at 83 points per game (and is the best scoring team in the ACC), while their defense gives up 68 points per contest.
The Tigers average 64 points and allows 60.4 points per game. Clemson has a 3-6 road record this season. The last time the Tigers have defeated a top 25 team was in 2007. Duke holds a – 12 ½ point spread in today’s college basketball odds.