Spread: duke by 12.
The Hokies get the blue devils at a good time. Well, sort of. The blue devils must play at florida state just 40 hours before the Hokies and nerds meet in Cameron Indoor Stadium. That game with the noles is huge for duke. This game is sandwiched between duke’s win at fsu then the devils have to play unc next week. So there’s a chance duke could be looking past this game, and they certainly won’t have much time to prepare… but we also know how good VT is in Short Turnaround games (8-1 all time, 2-0 this year), and duke is a heck of a lot better.
Reality is the two teams have already played and despite a solid start from the Hokies at home (the game was tied at 21), duke blew Tech out of their own arena, jumping to a 10-point halftime lead and getting up by as many as 23 in the 2nd half before settling for a 75-60 win.
Ryan Kelly had 7 points while duke went on an 13-2 run to turn a 21-21 tie with 7 minutes to go in the first half into a 34-23 blue devil lead. His ability to shoot the ball outside, coupled with his shot-fake and ability to drive and score in the paint, was too much for VT. He finished with 15 points.
Austin Rivers had 18 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. He’s shooting the ball much better from deep of late and we already knew he could kill you off the dribble.
Seth Curry added 11 after being shut out in the House Dell Built last year, but Curry was just 2/7 on FGs. He has been playing much better of late (see below). Mason Plumlee added 10 points, 8 in the first half.
Tech was -6 on turnovers in the first meeting (7-13), and duke was +5 on 3-pointers made (8-3). Green had 17 for the Hokies (the more he scores, the more VT loses) and tied a career high with 7 rebounds. Davila tied his career high with 16 points, but he’s missed VT’s last 3 games and could be out Saturday.
- All Time: duke 38-8
- At duke: duke 17-1
- In ACC Play: duke 9-3
- At duke in ACC Play: duke 4-1
|F||5 Mas. Plumlee||6-10||Jr||11.2|
|Bench||21 Mi. Plumlee||6-10||Sr||6.5|
A lot of the duke’s starters averages have been dropping except for Rivers (29 points against unc, including the game winning 3-pointer) and Curry (20 ppg over the last 5 games).
Note: these stats are for ACC games ONLY.
|PPG||59.9 (8)||76.1 (2)|
|PPG vs||64.2 (4)||67.3 (8)|
|FT%||73% (3)||71% (7)|
|FG%||40% (11)||44% (4)|
|3-Pt%||36% (2)||35% (3)|
|Made 3s PG||6.2 (5)||8.4 (1)|
|FG% D||45% (12)||43% (7)|
|3-Pt% D||35% (9)||29% (1)|
|Blocks||2.8 (11)||3.3 (8)|
|Steals||5.5 (t8)||5.6 (7)|
|TO Margin||+2.4 (2)||+1.4 (4)|
|Off Reb %||30% (9)||36% (2)|
|Def Reb %||64% (12)||67% (8)|