Game Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs Syracuse Orange

The Blue Devils hit the road and travel to the Carrier Dome to take on Syracuse

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Series Info

Overall: Duke leads, 9-6
In Durham: Duke leads, 3-2
In Syracuse: Tied, 2-2
At neutral sites: Duke leads, 4-2
Coach K vs. Syracuse: 8-5
Current streak: Duke, W2

Media Info

TV: ESPN (Doug Sherman/Cory Alexander)
Radio: Blue Devil Sports Network (David Shumate/John Roth)
Duke Radio Affiliates
National Radio: n/a
Sirius/XM: 81 / 81 (Duke broadcast)

The Blue Devils are in action Saturday versus the Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orange. Duke is fresh off of a win versus Pitt where the Panthers trimmed a 16 point Duke lead down to 3 before the Blue Devils pulled away for a 12 point victory at home. The Blue Devils are 17-3 (7-2, 2nd in ACC).

Duke vs Syracuse
Saturday’s game is just the 16th all-time meeting between Duke and Syracuse, with the Blue Devils leading 9-6. The teams met three times last season, splitting on each other’s home courts, and the Blue Devils prevailing in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Since Syracuse joined the ACC, Duke leads the series 7-4 -- in those 11 games, two have been decided in overtime and the average margin of victory has been just 7.8 points. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim served as an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski’s Team USA staffs that won Olympic gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

The two coaches are first and second, respectively, in all-time victories -- Coach K with 1,149 and Boeheim with 959.

The Opponent
Syracuse is 13-8 overall and 6-4 in ACC play, which includes splitting the series with Virginia Tech, Virginia and Notre Dame. The Orange are coming off a 71-70 loss at Clemson Tuesday that snapped their five-game winning streak. The ACC’s leading scorer is Elijah Hughes, who averages 19.3 points and is shooting .432 from the field and .373 from three-point range. Buddy Boeheim is the ACC’s leading three-point shooter at .403 (75-of-186). Four Orange are scoring in double figures, including Marek Dolezaj’s 10.0 points and team-leading 7.1 rebounds.

Duke is 8th in the nation in blocked shots, 4th in scoring. They lead the ACC in field goal percentage overall and are 3rd in 3 point shooting percentage. The Blue Devils are 2nd in assists and 3rd in steals. Duke is second nationally in scoring margin at +18.7 and tied for third nationally in scoring offense at 82.7. Seven of Duke’s 17 wins are by 30+ points, including four ACC wins by 30+, which ties a program record. The program record for most 30-point wins in ACC play was previously set in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2000-01. The 39-point margin in the BC win (88-49) was Duke’s largest in an ACC

Duke has held the opponent’s leading scorer to below his season scoring average 14 times this season, including in 12 of the last 13 games. In ACC play, Duke has faced eight of the conference’s 15 leading scorers 11 times, and held all but one (Clemson’s Amir Simms) to below the player’s season scoring average. Wake Forest’s Brandon Childress was held scoreless in Duke’s win on Jan. 11 at Cameron Indoor -- he’s eighth in the ACC at 15.7 points, while the ACC’s second-leading scorer Jordan Nwora (19.5) was limited to six points in the Cardinals’ victory on Jan. 18. Nwora’s six points stand as a season low ... Landers Nolley II (Virginia Tech) scored seven versus Duke -- his fewest in ACC play and second-fewest this season ... Miami’s Chris Lykes has been limited to single-digit points in ACC play just twice -- both versus Duke.

Vernon Carey Jr. leads the Blue Devils in both scoring and rebounding, nearly averaging a double-double with 17.4 points per game and 8.5 rebounds. Carey also leads the team in blocks at just under 2 per game. Tre Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists at 6.8 per game, he also averages 15 points and a team leading 2 steals per game. Cassius Stanley and Matthew Hurt round out the double figure scorers for the Blue Devils with 12.2 and 11.3 points per game respectively.

Probable Starting Lineups


Guard - Tre Jones - 6'3, 185lbs
Guard - Jordan Goldwire - 6'2, 185lbs
Guard - Cassius Stanley - 6'6, 193lbs
Forward - Matthew Hurt - 6'9, 214lbs
Center - Vernon Carey - 6'10, 270lbs


Guard - Joe Girard III - 6'1, 181lbs
Guard - Buddy Boeheim - 6'5, 188lbs
Guard - Elijah Hughes - 6'6, 215lbs
Forward - Bourama Sidibe - 6'10lbs
Forward - Marek Dolezaj - 6'10lbs

Stats Comparison

Duke FG%
Syracuse FG%
Syracuse 3PT FG%
Syracuse FT%
Syracuse PPG

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