As most had expected, sophomore guard K.C. Rivers was inserted into the starting lineup. However, the person he replaced was a surprise.
Forward James Mays, the team's leading scorer and rebounder was moved to the bench in place of Rivers. It was widely believed that the person that would be removed from the starting lineup was forward Sam Perry, who averages 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Another aspect that was a little odd was that Mays only played 29 minutes, which was only three minutes more than Perry.
Mays finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Perry had three points and five rebounds.
To press or not to press?
The Tigers, who have relied on their full-court pressure defense all season long, played just a basic man-to-man defense in the first half, which didn't have a very good result.
Duke shot over 50 percent and had just five turnovers, three of which were committed by point guard Greg Paulus.
But being put into a situation where it had no choice, Clemson pressed and trapped the entire second half, and it caused plenty of havoc for the Blue Devils and Paulus.
As a team, Duke turned it over 11 times in the final 20 minutes, while Paulus had six by himself. The Blue Devils also shot below 50 percent.
Tale of to halves
The two teams really couldn't have been polar opposites than they were in each of the two halves.
In the first half, Duke outscored the Tigers 18-4 in the paint, while in the second half Clemson outscored the Blue Devils 36-12 down low.
Duke outscored the Tigers 42-21 in the first half, while Clemson outscored the Blue Devils 45-29 in the second half.
Duke went on a 29-5 run in the first half, while the Tigers had their own 24-5 run.
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