Previewing No. 6 Duke

Three days after the disappointing loss at Boston College, Clemson is back in action against No. 6 Duke.

WHAT: No. 6 Duke at Clemson
WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,000) - Clemson, S.C.
WHEN: Sunday, Jan. 15 (6:02 p.m.)
TV: ESPNU (Jon Sciambi, Hubert Davis)

The Blue Devils will visit Littlejohn Coliseum with a 14-2 record [2-0 ACC] while the Tigers are 9-7 [1-1 ACC].

"They're a typical Duke team. They shoot the ball extremely well. Big strong guys inside. They protect their basket very well," said Clemson coach Brad Brownell. "We're going to have to play exceptionally well. We're going to have to have a great shooting night. We're going to have to really be energized. I think our guys will be focused and ready to play.

"There will be a lot of eyes on us. We know that. That shouldn't be a part of the problem. The problem will be executing against a high-level team. We'll have to do a lot of things better than we did Thursday, to get the win."

Duke has four players that average double figures in scoring. Led by freshman guard Austin Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, who averages 14.4 points per game. Seth Curry [12.8], Ryan Kelly [12.4] and Mason Plumlee [11.7] also average double digits for the Blue Devils.

Senior guard Andre Young leads Clemson in scoring at 13.1 points per game. (Getty Images)
"They've got a lot of pieces. That's why they're very good. Obviously, extremely well coached, used to winning," Brownell said. "I think all of those factors are important."

As a team, Duke is also No. 1 among ACC teams in 3-point percentage with a 41 percent average. The Blue Devils are also first in the conference with a 50 percent clip from the field.

"They have a lot of great shooters on Duke‘s team," Andre Young said. "Three-point defense is going to be really important, so is rebounding the basketball. There are going to be a lot of long rebounds with a lot of 3-point shots."

Young, who scored nine points in Clemson's 70-59 loss at Duke last season, was a freshman when the Tigers beat the Blue Devils 74-47 at Littlejohn Coliseum.

"That's probably not going to happen again. That was a great experience," Young said. "They're a good team this year. They're going to come in here and see this as an opportunity to get a good road win."

Duke leads the all-time series over Clemson, 103-29, having won three straight. The Blue Devils also hold a 23-17 lead at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Also, former Clemson great Terrell McIntyre, who was named to the school's all-time team as part of the 100th anniversary celebration last year, will be an honorary captain Sunday. He is No. 2 in Clemson history in points, assists and three-point goals.

Duke (14-2, 2-0)
G #0 Austin Rivers (6-4, 200) - 14.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG
G #2 Quinn Cook (6-0, 175) - 5.3 PPG, 1.1 RPG
G #30 Seth Curry (6-2, 180) - 12.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG
F #5 Mason Plumlee (6-10, 235) - 11.7 PPG, 9.6 RPG
F #34 Ryan Kelly (6-11, 230) - 12.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG

PROBABLE STARTERS Clemson (9-7, 1-1)
G #1 T.J. Sapp (6-2, 180) - 5.7 PPG, 2.1 RPG
G #11 Andre Young (5-9, 170) - 13.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG
G #5 Tanner Smith (6-5, 210) - 10.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG
F #24 Milton Jennings (6-9, 225) - 8.7 PPG, 5.7 RPG
F #31 Devin Booker (6-8, 245) - 10.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG Top Stories