Originally written January 08, 2013 on SCACC Hoops:
We decided before the BCS Title game that we're not claiming Notre Dame yet, right?  Although that did look a lot like ACC football... That's beside the point though.  Before we get into tonight's basketball game between Duke and Clemson I wanted to selfishly point out something that every ACC fan should take note of.  The ACC launched a new daily show yesterday which airs online at noon every day.  The show is called ACC Live and airs on The ACC Digital Network.  I'll be appearing on the show for a short segment once or twice a week, and will be on today's show.  Make sure to check it out. Tonight Duke hosts Clemson in the second conference game of the season for both teams.  The # Blue Devils should win this game.  For Clemson, you have to make this an ugly, physical game.  Attack Ryan Kelly on the defensive end with the hope you can get him in foul trouble.  It's Kelly (not Plumlee) that is the key for Duke on both ends of the floor.  You have to defend the 3, especially in transition, and limit the Blue Devils to 4 or fewer 3 pointers made.  Someone on the perimeter must step up and hit open shots to create space for Booker down low. That's the path to a Clemson victory, of course Ryan Kelly is a smart defender, Duke shoots the 3 better than most teams, and the Blue Devils can play a little defense as well.  The strength of this Duke team is its scoring versatility.  They can beat solid teams even when 2 guys have an off night.  Even more difficult is taking a young backcourt into Cameron and asking them to play with poise.   Hard to see Clemson being in this one by the time we reach halftime. Game Sim Predictions Clemson at Duke - Duke wins 68-59 Sim the game here Debut of ACC Live on TheACCDN.com    Team Conf Pct Overall Pct  Duke  1-0  1.000  14-0  1.000  Maryland  1-0  1.000  13-1  0.929  NC State  1-0  1.000  12-2  0.857  Virginia  1-0  1.000  11-3  0.786  Miami  1-0  1.000  10-3  0.769  FSU  1-0  1.000  9-5  0.643  Georgia Tech  0-1  0.000  10-3  0.769  UNC  0-1  0.000  10-4  0.714  Virginia Tech  0-1  0.000  9-5  0.643  Clemson  0-1  0.000  8-5  0.615  Boston College  0-1  0.000  8-6  0.571  Wake Forest  0-1  0.000  7-6  0.538  Injury Report  John Auslander (MD) left tibia fracture, out for season Nick Faust (MD) back spasms Reggie Johnson (MI) broken thumb, mid Feb return Jordan Vandenberg (ST) Knee Marshall Wood (VT) broken left foot Links Plumlee’s play inside opens Duke’s offense for 3-point attempts Duke guards’ friendship pays off Duke Begins Their Fourth Week as No. 1 Kelly Named ACC Player of the Week Duke Game Notes: vs. Clemson  Clemson can’t afford transition lapses at No. 1 Duke Clemson coach Brad Brownell explains slow start in loss to Florida State Williams, Heels know what happened vs. Cavs Joe Rahon Voted ACC Rookie Of The Week North Carolina Needs To do Some Soul Searching Virginia defense turns tide vs. UNC Jontel of old Faust expected for Seminoles game Johnson hopes to ‘set the tone’ Kuiper’s 3-Pointer: UVa-UNC Wake Lacks Buzz Under Bzdelik Virginia and UNC: The Prince and the Pauper ACC Bubble Analysis for 1/8 Yesterday's Games Matchup   No Games on the Schedule Today's Games Time Matchup TV    7:00:00 PM  Clemson @ Duke  ESPNU  Preview  

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