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DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 18:  Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils dribbles up the court against the Davidson Wildcats during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 18, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Thad NovakCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2012

The ACC opens conference play on Saturday, and the biggest of the early afternoon games pits the Duke Blue Devils against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Both teams are looking to bounce back from tough losses, having fallen to Temple and Alabama (respectively) earlier this week.

 

Where

Phillips Arena (Atlanta)

 

When

Saturday at noon ET

 

Watch

ESPNU

 

Listen

Duke: WDNC-AM 620

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils drives the ball against Draymond Green #23 of the Michigan State Spartans during the 2011 State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2011 in New York City.  (
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Georgia Tech: WQXI-AM 790

Or, live stream at goduke.com

 

Betting Line

Duke -11.5, according to docsports.com. Even in Atlanta, covering this spread should be no problem for the Blue Devils.

 

Key Injuries

None

 

What’s At Stake?

Both teams are eager to get off on the right foot in their first game of the conference season. All the pressure, though, will be on the Blue Devils, who can ill afford another upset loss after falling at Temple on Wednesday.

ATLANTA - JANUARY 09:  Mfon Udofia #0 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets celebrates in the final seconds of their 71-67 win over the Duke Blue Devils at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on January 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Imag
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What They’re Saying

Austin Rivers, Duke’s celebrated freshman, knows his team needs to play tougher. After losing to Temple, he told the Charlotte Observer, “It’s frustrating, because these are things we have been working on...coming out strong, and being strong and physical and getting our rebounds and playing great defense.”

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory has another focus after his team’s loss to Alabama. “It just puts you in a difficult situation if you start off the game and you give your opponent 22 possessions without having one. That’s the equivalent of the turnovers that make it difficult to be successful,” the coach told cbssports.com.

 

Duke Player to Watch

Freshman guard Austin Rivers has hit the ground running, leading the Blue Devil with 15.1 points a game this season. He’d love to put in a monster game in his first ACC contest.

 

Georgia Tech Player to Watch

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  Glen Rice Jr. #41 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets rebounds against Andrew Griffin #2 and Jeff Allen #0 of the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half of the game in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tourna
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Swingman Glen Rice Jr. has been the undisputed star for the Yellow Jackets this year, leading the team in points (12.5 per game) and assists (2.6) and ranking second in rebounds (6.8). However, he’s in unfamiliar territory after coach Brian Gregory took him out of the starting lineup for Tuesday’s blowout loss to Alabama.

 

Key Matchup

Duke F Mason Plumlee vs. Georgia Tech C Daniel Miller. Despite Plumlee’s best efforts (9.9 rebounds a game), Duke has been vulnerable on the glass. If the 6’11” Miller—Tech’s leader with 7.4 boards a night—can take advantage, it will go a long way toward improving the Yellow Jackets’ upset hopes.

 

Prediction

Even with a partisan Atlanta crowd behind them, Georgia Tech doesn’t have anything like the talent or depth to hang with the loaded Blue Devils. The Yellow Jackets may come out strong, but Coach K’s squad will run them out of the building—and probably before halftime at that.

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