Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs the Syracuse Orange

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March 14, 9:00PM
ESPN

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The Series So Far:

Overall: 15th meeting; Duke leads, 8-6
In Durham: Duke leads, 3-2
In Syracuse: 2-2
At neutral sites: Duke leads, 3-2
Current streak: Duke, W1
Coach K vs. Syracuse: 7-5

Media Info:

TV: ESPN (Dan Shulman/Jay Bilas/Allison Williams)
Internet: WatchESPN:
TV: Raycom (Wes Durham/Dan Bonner)
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network (David Shumate/John Roth)
Sirius/XM: 80 & 81 (Duke broadcast)

The Syracuse Orange enter this quarterfinal matchup against the Blue Devils having lost 6 of their last 10 games and will likely be without their leading scorer, guard Tyus Battle. Battle is a 17 point scorer for the Orange - Buddy Boeheim should get the start in his stead. Boeheim had a career high 18 points in the Orange's first round game against Pitt.

The Blue Devils will be without starting big man Marques Bolden but will welcome freshman Zion Williamson back to the lineup. The Blue Devils have been without Williamson since he went down with a knee sprain against the North Carolina Tar Heels. How much Zion plays or in what capacity or even what lineup Duke uses is still up for debate until the start of the game. Duke has not been the same team with Williams out struggling to find fluidity on offense even with freshman R.J. Barrett scoring on droves. In the 6 game stretch without Williamson Duke did not get solid offensive production from the bench - with Zion back, assuming there isn't a multitude of rust Duke should have another scoring option to play alongside Barrett and Reddish (who has played better in stretches).

DUKE 3PT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
30.6%
Syracuse 3PT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
32.7%
DUKE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
47.5%
Syracuse SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
42.3%
DUKE FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
68.9%
Syracuse FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
68.4%
Duke PPG
84.1
Syracuse PPG
69.7

Duke Probable Starters

  • G Tre Jones 6'2, 183lbs
  • F R.J. Barrett 6'7, 202lbs
  • F Cam Reddish 6'8, 218lbs
  • F Zion Williamson 6'7, 275lbs
  • F Javin DeLaurier 6'10, 234lbs

Syracuse Probable Starters

  • G Buddy Boeheim 6'5, 188lbs
  • G Frank Howard 6'5, 205lbs
  • G Elijah Hughes 6'6, 215lbs
  • F Oshae Brissett 6'8, 210lbs
  • C Paschal Chukwu, 7'2, 228lbs

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