Top-25 foes meet in ACC action
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – A pair of talented ACC teams will collide
in Durham this evening, as the 10th-ranked Duke Blue Devils welcome the
19th-ranked Clemson Tigers to town.
Clemson enters this contest with an 18-2 record, the first time the
program has been as successful in its first 20 games since 1986-87.
After winning 17 in a row to open the campaign, the Tigers
suffered back-to-back defeats to Maryland and North Carolina.
Fortunately, they were able to get back in the win column with an
impressive 74-54 decision over Boston College on Saturday.
Since losing two straight games to open league play, Duke has managed three
consecutive wins over conference opponents, all by more than 20 points. On
Saturday, the Blue Devils were completely dominant in a 79-56 romp over NC
State, and they are now 12-1 at home.
Duke has won its last 19 games against Clemson, and the Blue Devils own a
commanding 97-27 advantage in the all-time series with the Tigers.
Furthermore, Duke is 52-4 at home against Clemson.
On Saturday, Clemson shot 50.8 percent from the floor and finished with
only eight turnovers in the victory over Boston College. The Tigers managed
21 more field goal attempts than the Eagles, overshadowing the fact that the
club shot a lowly 3-of-9 from the foul line. Leading the way in the win
was Cliff Hammonds, as he netted 17 points. James Mays contributed 14
points, and Vernon Hamilton added 13 points. The Tigers are scoring 77.0
ppg while limiting opponents to 63.2 ppg. K.C. Rivers does not start for
Clemson, but he leads the team in scoring with 14.3 ppg on the strength of his
42.4 percent shooting from three-point range. Mays is netting 13.5 ppg to
go along with a team-high 7.3 rpg, and Hamilton adds 11.8 ppg. The fourth
and final double-digit scorer for the Tigers is Hammonds with 11.1 ppg.
With five double-digit scorers, Duke certainly benefited from a
balanced offensive attack in the victory over NC State on Saturday.
Freshman standout Jon Scheyer led the charge with 10 points, and DeMarcus
Nelson tallied 15 points. Josh McRoberts and Greg Paulus tallied 13
points apiece, and David McClure rounded out the group with 10 points. The
Blue Devils connected on 52.5 percent of their field goal attempts, and
they limited the Wolfpack to 34.1 percent efficiency from the floor while
forcing them into 20 turnovers. Nelson is the leading scorer for Duke with
14.5 ppg, and McRoberts checks in with 12.6 ppg. As for Scheyer, he is
averaging 12.1 ppg and seems to get better with every outing. The Blue
Devils are posting 69.5 ppg while limiting opponents to 55.3 ppg on 38.8
percent shooting from the field.