The race for the ACC championship is Syracuse’s to lose this year, as the No. 2 team in the country is sitting pretty at 20-0 and a full two games ahead (in the loss column) of Duke and Pittsburgh.
However, if the Blue Devils walk into the Carrier Dome and upset the Orange on Feb. 1, everything is up for grabs once again.
It would have seemed absurd just a few weeks ago to suggest Mike Krzyzewski’s squad had a chance to win the ACC when it was 1-2 in conference and mired in an inexplicable slump. Yet, a five-game winning streak that includes a road victory at Pittsburgh has a funny way of changing perspective.
Whether Duke can pull the upset may come down to how the starters perform. With that in mind, let’s look at a position-by-position breakdown heading into this ACC showdown using the starting lineups from each team’s most recent game with one exception at the point guard spot.