Duke vs. Basketball game

Duke's Kyle Filipowski is fouled as he drives to the basket past Pittsburgh's Federico Federico during the first half of a men's basketball game at Cameron Indoor Court on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, in Durham, N.C.

Duke’s Kyle Filipowski is fouled as he drives to the basket past Pittsburgh’s Federico Federico during the first half of a men’s basketball game at Cameron Indoor Court on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, in Durham, N.C.

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No. 24 Duke scored its last win in a way befitting a team this season: These Blue Devils have to be brave, not pretty.

Duke failed to shoot 40% for the third straight game, yet used his second-half defense and game-changing rebounding prowess in a 77-69, come-from-behind victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Now, the Blue Devils (13-4, 4-2 ACC) have hit the road to see if this style plays away from Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke plays ACC leading Clemson on Saturday in a 5 p.m. game that you expect will be just as much of a bootleg affair as a win over Pitt.

The Tigers (14-3, 6-0) allow only 66.8 points per game, more points than the Duke defense has allowed (62.9). Clemson’s opponents hit 39.4% of their shots from the field. The Blue Devils have scored 43.4% this season.

In his win over Pitt on Wednesday, Duke shot just 36% while shooting just 6 of his 27 three-pointers (22%). But, the Blue Devils outscored the Panthers by 23. Duke had the same number of offensive rebounds (23) as Pitt did in total rebounds (28).

Defensively, Duke limited Pitt to just 28.6% shooting in the second half, allowing the Blue Devils to rally from 12 points to win despite their shooting troubles.

Against Clemson, Duke will have to control a veteran core led by 6-10 junior PJ Hall, 6-3 junior Chase Hunter and 6-8 senior catcher Tyson. Their play is the main reason the Tigers are at the top of the ACC standings.

And Duke expects to again miss its more experienced player as young guard Jeremy Roach remains sidelined with a right foot injury. He’s already missed three games due to injury, including Duke’s previous two.

“Unless something crazy changes, he won’t be available for Saturday either,” Duke coach John Scheer said Wednesday night. “We want to make sure he’s 100% right before he comes back.”

Tipoff time + TV channel for the Saturday match

The game will start at 5 p.m. Saturday and will air on the ACC Network, which is available on major cable and satellite services like Spectrum, Dish Network, and DirecTV.

How to stream Duke vs.

Are you a wire cutter?

If your preferred method of watching games includes streaming, there are options for that as well.

ACC Network Available on Sling, fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, DirecTV Stream, and YouTubeTV. Or click here to view it on the ESPN app.

Game day details: Duke vs. Clemson

difference: Duke Blue Devils vs Clemson Tigers

where: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC

Date: Saturday 14 January

time: 5 m

television: ACC Network

Series history: Duke and Clemson will meet for the 147th time with the Blue Devils leading the series all-time 114-32. Duke has won eight of its past 10 games against Clemson, including an 82-64 win at Littlejonn Coliseum this past February 10.

Read before the game

Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald Sun and Raleigh News & Observer. He placed second in both news writing and breaking news in the 2019 Associated Press Sports Editors’ National Competition. Steve has previously worked for The State (Columbia, SC), The Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC), The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.), The Charlotte Observer and Hickory (NC) Daily Record covering tunes including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina Athletics and the General Assembly Supreme Committee. He has won numerous Press Association Awards nationwide. Steve graduated from Illinois State University in 1989.

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