Remember that tomorrow’s and Sunday’s Elite Eight games start at 6:09 p.m. E.T. It has been a NCAA Tournament filled with surprises. Let’s see if there will be one in this game tonight.
In the ACC, this season, the Blue Devils finished second to Virginia, four games out of first place. In the conference tourney, Duke lost in the second round to UNC 74-69. They met the #15 Iona Gaels in the first round of the Big Dance, beating them 80-67. In the most recent round, the Devils took down the #7 URI Rams 87-62.
Basic Stats and Facts
The Orange have done well defensively, and that fact has kept them in the tournament. They’ve allowed opponents just 53.7 PPG. The Blue Devils have given up on average 64.5 PPG. However, Duke can score. They’re putting up 84.9 PPG. Syracuse has been good for just 66.7 PPG. The Devils are hitting 50% from the floor, while the Orange are good for just 42 PPG. Duke is also better in threes, 38% to 32%, while Syracuse is better on free throws, 74% to 71%. Duke is a big plus-seven on assists and plus-four on rebounds.
Players to Watch
Duke comes to this game with five players who are scoring on average 10 PPG or better. Freshman forward Marvin Bagley III tops the team in points per game with 21.2 and rebounds per game with 11.3. He’s a pure double-double threat. Another freshman forward, Wendell Carter Jr., is averaging 13.6 PPG and 9.2 RPG. Senior guard Grayson Allen is the glue of this team. He’s good for 4.6 APG and 15.6 PPG.
Our Syracuse Plays Duke 2018 Sweet 16 Free Pick
This is a big spread. But the fact is Duke comes to this game with an top offense. Syracuse will have their hands full with the Blue Devils. Our Syracuse plays Duke 2018 Sweet 16 free pick is the Blue Devils at -11.0 and over 132.0.