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Demontez Stitt will try to take it to the Blue Devils at Cameron.
Key Game: Clemson at Duke
Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium—Durham, N.C.
Key Players: Nolan Smith (Duke), Kyle Singler (Duke); Demontez Stitt (Clemson), Jerai Grant (Clemson)
Overview: Considering they have a new coach, a new offense and lost First Team All-ACC player Trevor Booker from last year's team, Clemson has come tantalizingly close to making a case for an NCAA Tournament bid this season. But thanks to a down year in the ACC, the Tigers will need a miracle—and a win Wednesday night against Duke—to pull it off. Even then, it could be a long shot.
Because of the league's unbalanced scheduling, this will be the first meeting between these two teams this season. The Tigers come into the matchup having lost three of their conference games by just two points, including a heart breaker at North Carolina on Feb. 12, which Clemson lost 64-62.
It's also Senior Night for Duke in Cameron on Wednesday. That means Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith will be jacked up for this one. Smith is leading the ACC in scoring, and Clemson will have their hands full trying to keep the ball out of his hands.
The only consistent, reliable scorer the Tigers have is Demontez Stitt, who is averaging just over 14 points per game on 43.7 percent shooting. But the Blue Devils are known for their suffocating defense on opposing guards, so Stitt could have his work cut out for him. Look for the Tigers to dump the ball down low to senior forward Jerai Grant, who has had an up-and-down year, but has scored in double figures his last three games.
Projection: Duke's seniors will not be denied in this late-season ACC matchup at Cameron. Clemson may keep it close in the beginning, but a patented Duke run will give the Devils their 13th conference win. Duke 77, Clemson 60.