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How To Bet On Clemson Duke – Clemson Looks For Big Upset Against Duke

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/7/2013 6:08:44 PM

The Clemson Tigers are struggling this season, but their outlook can change instantly if they can knock off the number one team in the United States.

Clemson Tigers @ Duke Blue Devils – Tuesday, January 8    
Betting line: No line

Why Clemson Will Win

Legal online sports betting analysts are fairly convinced that Duke will win, but Clemson has a way of forcing Duke to play its own style, thereby remaining competitive despite pronounced limitations. The Tigers have limped out of the gate with inconsistent play that has to have the fanbase scratching their heads. The Tigers gave Gonzaga trouble in the opener of the Old Spice Classic not long before they led Arizona with about eight minutes to play in a game at Littlejohn Coliseum (on the Clemson campus), both of which wound up as losses. The Tigers despite all that play a slowdown, halfcourt style of basketball that can really ugly the game up and force their opponents into frustrated shots. Clemson has gotten Duke in the past, most notably in 2009 when the Tigers won by 27.

Clemson seems to live and die by the play of seniors Devin Booker and Milton Jennings. Both have struggled with consistency but would love nothing more in their senior seasons than to get a marquee road win over Duke in a season that likely won’t end up in an NCAA tournament berth. The Tigers if they can control the pace of the game which they’ve done time and time again this year can keep this close into the second half. Finding offense will be the key as the Tigers have struggled time and time again to find baskets in the half court. If Clemson can drag Duke down to its own level, however, the Tigers can find success.

Why Duke Will Win

When NCAA football betting gurus turn from the gridiron to the hardwood, they will realize that there are few if any teams who have proven to live up to their ranking as well as the Blue Devils have this season. Duke won the Battle for Atlantis championship which included wins over Minnesota, VCU and Louisville. On top of that the Blue Devils have won games against Kentucky, Ohio State, Davidson and Temple, removing any question about their legitimacy. Led by national player of the year candidate Mason Plumlee, who is averaging just under 19 points per game (18.8) and 11.2 rebounds, the Blue Devils have a deep and talented team that simply should overwhelm the Tigers. Between Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry, the Blue Devils have three key players who can carry the load if one or both of the others struggle.

At home, where the Blue Devils are nearly unbeatable, if Duke can build a lead it will be very difficult for Clemson to close the gap, due to its struggles at the offensive end of the floor. Controlling the glass to trigger fast break opportunities will be important to the Blue Devils as they look to move to 2-0 in league play and set themselves up for a big top 25 matchup at North Carolina State on Saturday.

Who Will Win

This is a blowout in the making. Clemson is not the same team outside Littlejohn Coliseum that it is at home. While they’ve shown they can play up to their competition at times, the Tigers will be overmatched by the Blue Devils.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Duke

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