Tigers Have Been Big Surprise
The Clemson Tigers have become one of the big stories of the college basketball season, rising to the top of the ACC.
Meanwhile, the Duke Blue Devils are going through a rough period in the first season of the post-Mike Krzyzewski era. What’s interesting, though, is that Duke is in the Top 25 while Clemson is not.
Those who bet online will see teams in different positions battle in what should be a fascinating and close ACC game on Saturday. Which is the best option versus the college basketball odds?
Let’s check the latest college basketball odds, stats, injury reports and college basketball lines for Duke vs Clemson. We’ve plenty of NCAA basketball odds for you to consider.
Blue Devils Have Underwhelmed
The Duke Blue Devils trailed the Pittsburgh Panthers by 11 points at halftime earlier this week. The Devils fell behind 43-32 and were staring at a loss that would have dropped them to 3-3 in the ACC.
That would have significantly reduced their chances of winning the regular season ACC championship. Duke had to come up with a big second half, and that’s exactly what the Blue Devils did, outscoring Pitt 45-26 to win 77-69 and move to 4-2 in the ACC.
Kyle Filipowski stepped up in a big way for Duke, scoring 28 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field and 11 free throws.
Duke was coming off a wobbly week of basketball in which it lost big to North Carolina State and barely beat a subpar Boston College team by one point.
Duke is hanging on right now. The Blue Devils aren’t dominating, but they have won their last two games.
They know their current level of play won’t be good enough to win the ACC, but if they can improve against Clemson, that could be the catapult they need to meet this season’s expectations.
Tigers Remain Perfect on ACC Play
Clemson is 6-0 in the ACC. It’s the story no one anticipated in college basketball.
Coach Brad Brownell has guided Clemson to a bunch of close wins, most notably a one-point triumph at Pittsburgh last weekend in what was a battle of teams with 4-0 ACC records.
Clemson is the last remaining team in the ACC that has not lost a conference game. The Tigers are two games ahead of both Duke and Pitt, and one game ahead of 5-1 Miami, which lost to Georgia Tech last week.
Clemson isn’t dominating games – it led Louisville by only seven points with nearly four minutes left earlier this week, and it beat a banged-up Virginia Tech team by only three points earlier this month – but it is winning every conference game it plays.
The Tigers have been a strong team in the final three minutes of regulation. They hope it continues versus Duke.
Duke vs Clemson Game Injuries
Duke vs Clemson Head-to-Head
These two schools last met in 2022. Duke won, 82-64.
Duke vs Clemson Game Information
- Game: Duke vs Clemson
- Location: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina
- Day/Time: Saturday, 5:00 p.m. ET
- Duke vs Clemson Live Stream: TBS.com
Duke vs Clemson Betting Lines
Duke vs Clemson Picks & Prediction
The Clemson Tigers being 6-0 in the ACC is a huge surprise, but Duke is not playing exceptionally well at the moment and has struggled on the road.
This is a tough call to make in the sportsbook, but the laws of averages suggest that Clemson is going to play a bad game sooner rather than later. Take Duke on the road with your college basketball picks.
Duke is listed at +105 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Blue Devils, you have a chance to win $105. Clemson is -125, offering a chance to win $80 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Tigers a 55.56% chance to win, with the Blue Devils at 48.78%.