College Basketball: January 19th- Virginia vs Duke

ACC heavyweights will collide on Saturday evening when the Duke Blue Devils host the Virginia Cavaliers. These two teams look like the clear favorites to win the conference, and this game should be a thriller. Both teams still have a game on their schedule before this matchup, but all eyes are on this matchup.

Duke enters the week as the number one ranked team in college basketball. The Blue Devils have won their first three ACC games and begin the week with an overall record of 14-1. Virginia is also off to a 3-0 start in conference play, having won all three games by double digits. The Cavaliers have won their first 15 games of the season, and are ranked number four in the country.

Freshmen Continue To Lead Duke

The freshmen class at Duke continues to get tons of media attention and it is for good reason. Coach K brought in one of the best recruiting classes in college basketball history, and these kids can play some ball. RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, and Cam Reddish are all future stars in the NBA, and are carrying this Duke team. The Blue Devils are over 90 points per game this season, while holding opponents to just 65 points. Duke can get the job done on both ends of the floor.

Barrett leads the Blue Devils with over 23 points per game, and can score in a variety of ways. Williamson has poured in over 20 points per game, and is shooting close to 70 percent from the field. Reddish has struggled for much of the season, but hit a game winning three point shot in a win over Florida State. Duke won't play many teams with the ability to shut down all three of these freshman phenoms.

Virginia Continues to Play Elite Defense

Tony Bennett is a defensive guru, and his Virginia teams are known for playing defense at an elite level. The Cavaliers are the best defensive team in college basketball this season, allowing just over 51 points per game. Virginia doesn't have the elite athletes that Duke possesses, but their defensive scheme should slow down the Blue Devils. Keeping Duke out of the paint will be a big key for Virginia in this game.

While Duke is led by a trio of freshman, Virginia has three experienced stars carrying their team. Kyle Guy, De'Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome are proven winners that won't be scared or intimidated by playing Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. These three players have combined to score over 42 points per game, and each player is shooting better than 40 percent from the three-point line. Virginia isn't known for their offense, but they have capable players on that end of the floor.

Blue Devils Win at Home

Duke and Virginia get the job done in very different ways, but there is no doubt that these are two of the best teams in the country. This game will give fans a chance to see how the Duke freshmen look against the vaunted defense of Virginia. The Cavaliers will keep this game close, but Duke just has too many weapons. Bet the Duke Blue Devils to beat the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday.