The 2014 NCAA basketball live stream and TV schedule for Saturday is highlighted by a major matchup from the ACC as the No. 1 Syracuse Orange take on the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils. With both teams coming off recent losses to other unranked foes from the division, this game becomes crucial as teams are heading towards March Madness. In their only previous game, Syracuse escaped with a 2-point overtime win in their home arena. Can Duke do the same tonight? The latest televised and live streaming NCAA basketball game from the schedule will be featured on ESPN.
According to a Syracuse.com report from Feb. 21, tonight’s game for the Orange versus Duke, comes just a few days after the No. 1 team in all the nation was upset in a shocker by the Boston College Eagles. Prior to the loss, Syracuse was undefeated and riding a 25-game win streak. They’re now 25-1 and still among the best in the nation, but they’ll have a huge test at No. 5 Duke inside Cameron Stadium. Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis said of the team’s attitude heading into this huge matchup:
"Everybody's kind of moved on and now we have to refocus. We don't have that much of a turnaround for a tough two games on the road. I think everybody's pretty much as focused as possible right now."
The 62-59 overtime loss at Syracuse’s home arena featured BC hitting several key 3-point shots in overtime, along with four straight free throws form Lonnie Jackson in the final 26.2 seconds. While BC most likely won’t be in the NCAA tournament, Syracuse will, and they’ll now need to get back on track. One loss won’t hurt them, but several down the stretch could knock them down from being a top seed in the brackets.
Meanwhile, the Duke Blue Devils are continuing to hang around near the top four teams but the losses are piling up. Just a night after Syracuse being upset, conference rival North Carolina upset Duke. UNC won in the weather-rescheduled game at the Dean E. Smith by a final of 74-66, to achieve their eighth straight win. With that in mind, two of the top five teams in the country, both coming off losses this past week could give quite a show on Saturday night as they want to make a statement ahead of the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
Duke nearly gave Syracuse their first loss of the season back on Feb. 1 at the Carrier Dome, with the game going into overtime and the Orange escaping with a 91-89 victory. The contest saw Syracuse’s C.J. Fair score a career-best then of 28 points on 12 of 20 shooting. Duke phenomenon Jabari Parker fouled out during the final moments of regulation, as did Amile Jefferson. It’s possible that tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the future NBA star, Parker, could have more of a starring role in a Duke win.
Duke can score in bunches, as seen throughout this season. It was Duke’s 15 made three pointers that kept them hanging around in the Carrier Dome earlier this month, including one trey that tied the game in regulation to send it to overtime. Tonight, the 21st team in the country in scoring with 80.6 points per game, will try to do what they couldn’t do in their previous try. With a record of 21-6 heading towards “March Madness” every win will mean so much more down the stretch.
Odds makers have Duke as the favorites to win tonight by about 6 points, with the game’s over/under points total set at around 134-1/2 to 136 points. There are no significant injuries for tonight’s game as of this report.
Saturday night's Syracuse vs. Duke basketball game has a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Televised coverage for cable and satellite viewers is available in hi-definition (or standard) on ESPN. Roanoke viewers can turn to channel 140 on DISH, 206 on DIRECTV, or 25 on Cox Cable, among other providers in the area. To watch live streaming online coverage, viewers will need access to the WatchESPN broadband sports network, channel, or apps through a laptop, personal computer or mobile device. See more info here about how to watch live online, including any regional restrictions.