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Duke vs Clemson Betting Odds – Tigers get revenge on road-weary Duke

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/22/2010 1:09:09 PM

NCAA Basketball Odds: Pick Clemson


Online betting players have no idea what to do about the ACC, as it looks to be the most open conference in the country. Duke and Clemson will meet on Saturday night, and the Blue Devils blew the Tigers out at home earlier this month. However, Duke has struggled away from Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Clemson has the strength and brawn to dish out some payback.

WHAT: NCAA basketball betting
WHEN: Saturday, January 23, 9:00 PM ET
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC
KEY STAT: Clemson is 9-1 at home; Duke is 0-3 on the road


The Storyline - Duke vs Clemson Betting Odds
The No.7 Blue Devils (15-3, 3-2) are coming off a tough 88-74 loss at North Carolina State, but they’ve had great success against the No.17 Tigers (15-4, 3-2), winning eight of their last 10 meetings including a 74-53 romp at Duke on January 3rd. However, these Tigers are on a roll as they beat North Carolina and North Carolina State, and they fell by just two points at Georgia Tech in their last game.

Offensive Matchups - Duke vs Clemson Betting Odds
Duke has scored less than 70 points just once all season, and they’re fourth in the country in scoring. They take advantage of their free-throw opportunities, ranking second in the NCAA. The trio of Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler are as good as any in the country, and Singler hasn’t even played his best basketball of the season as he tends to fall in love with the three-point shot.

The Tigers certainly are no offensive juggernaut, and they turn the ball over too much with 14.7 per game. Trevor Booker gives them a solid inside player, while Demontez Stitt and a host of players try to keep the opposition honest from outside.

Betting Edge: Duke


Defensive Matchups - Duke vs Clemson Betting Odds
The Blue Devils allowed NC State to shoot 58.2% from the floor, well above their season average of 38.5%. Duke has some shotblockers in the team, but they were pushed all over the floor against the Wolfpack, and that is something that sportsbook players have wondered about the Blue Devils: are they strong enough to handle physical teams?

They’ll get another physical test in the Tigers, powered by Booker. Clemson also has quick hands as they’re seventh in the nation in steals: six players have at least one steal per game. They’ve held nine of their last 10 opponents under 70 points. The one opponent who broke that barrier? Duke.

Betting Edge: Draw


Coaching Matchup - Duke vs Clemson Betting Odds
Mike Krzyzewski has too many accomplishments to list in this space, including the gold medal win with the “Redeem Team” in Beijing 2008. This is a coach that is truly bigger than the program, and everyone gets in line when they come to Durham. There are few coaches with more control than Coach K.

Oliver Purnell has been bounced out of the NCAA first-round in each of the last two years, and he’d love to recruit a player to give them some offense. But Purnell certainly fired up his team after they were pummelled by the Blue Devils earlier this month, and you know they’ll be fired up for this one.

Betting Edge: Duke


Betting Prediction - Duke vs Clemson Betting Odds
The Tigers should be favored at home, even when you consider their struggles with Duke recently. Clemson is 9-1 at home and will definitely have some confidence from their thrashing of North Carolina on Janaury 13th. The Blue Devils are 0-3 on the road, and they were bullied against NC State. This will be a different game than the Jan.3rd meeting at Cameron Indoor Stadium, which game Duke a distinct advantage. Look for Clemson to utilize the same gameplan NC State did against the Blue Devils: physicality.

WASHINGTON’S PICK: Clemson

Check out Washington regularly in BetOnline’s The Betting Edge for more sports betting tips and analysis in the world of college hoops. For more on the Duke vs Clemson matchup, please visit our stats section.

 

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