ACC NCAA Basketball: Blue Devils @ Cavaliers Preview

February 8, 2019 by Ryan Knuppel

Virginia Cavaliers vs. Duke Blue DevilsTwo ACC heavyweights face off in a top 5 rematch as Duke travels to take on Virginia. Duke leads the all time series 102-37, and have won 4 of the last 5 including a 72-70 win at Duke in January.

Duke is coming off an 80-55 win over Boston College on Tuesday. Last Monday (1/28) they beat Notre Dame 83-61 on the road, and on Saturday (2/2) they beat St. Johns 91-61 at home.

Virginia is coming off a 56-46 win at home over Miami on Saturday. Last Saturday (1/26) they beat Notre Dame 82-55 on the road, and last Tuesday (1/29) they beat #23 N.C. State 66-65 on the road.

On the season, Duke is 14-8 ATS, 5-2 ATS on the road, and 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games. On the season, Virginia is 16-5 ATS, 9-4 ATS at home, and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games.

#3 Virginia Cavaliers

(20-1 overall, 13-0 at home, 8-1 in conference)

Virginia averages 72.9 PPG, 36.3 RPG, 14.5 APG, 5.6 SPG, 3.5 BPG, and 9.0 TPG. As a team they shoot 47.7% from the field, 76.1% from the free throw line, and 39.4% from 3 point range. Defensively they hold teams to 52.9 PPG, 29.4 RPG, 37.0% shooting from the field, and 24.7% shooting from 3 point range.

DeAndre Hunter leads the way with 14.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.2 APG while shooting 52.9% from the field, 77.5% from the free throw line, and 43.2% from 3 point range. Kyle Guy contributes 14.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.1 APG and 0.7 SPG while shooting 45.3/85.4/43.8. Ty Jerome chips in 13.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.6 SPG and 40.6% shooting from 3. Braxton Key (7.1 PPG/5.9 RPG/1.1 SPG), Mamadi Diakite (7.0 PPG/3.9 RPG/1.3 BPG), Jay Huff (5.1 PPG/2.3 RPG/0.9 BPG), Jack Salt (4.7 PPG/4.9 RPG/58.2% from the field) and Kihei Clark (4.7 PPG/2.2 APG/0.7 SPG) play big minutes as well.

Key Injuries

G Ty Jerome (back) – questionable

#2 Duke Blue Devils

(20-2 overall, 6-1 on the road, 8-1 in conference)

Duke averages 87 PPG, 43 RPG, 16.9 APG, 10.4 SPG, 7.5 BPG, and 12.6 TPG. As a team they shoot 48.6% from the field, 67.6% from the free throw line, and 30.8% from 3 point range. Defensively they hold opponents to 65.2 PPG, 35.5 RPG, 38.2% shooting from the field, and 29.9% shooting from 3.

They are led by a young core, headed by R.J. Barrett who averages 23.0 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.0 SPG and 0.5 BPG while shooting 45.0% from the field, 68.2% from the free throw line, and 31.4% from 3 point range. Phenom Zion Williamson averages 22.0 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.2 SPG and 2.0 BPG while shooting 68.2/65.7/28.6. Fellow freshman Cam Reddish averages 13.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.0 SPG and 34% shooting from 3. Tre Jones (8.4 PPG/5.5 APG/2.0 SPG), Marques Bolden (5.7 PPG/4.8 RPG/2.1 BPG), Jack White (5.0 PPG/5.9 RPG/1.3 BPG) and Alex O’Connell (4.5 PPG/1.6 RPG/36.7% from 3) round out the rotation.

Predictions: In what should be a great game, we are taking Virginia to get revenge.