Tigers travel to Durham to face #4 Duke


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Tigers travel to Durham to face #4 Duke

GAME SETUP
Clemson (15-11, 7-7 ACC) vs. Duke (23-3, 10-3 ACC)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 21
Tipoff: 4:10 p.m. ET
Arena: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Radio: CTSN (Tony Castricone-pbp; Tim Bourret-color)
TV: ESPN (Dave O’Brien-pbp; Dick Vitale-color)
• Clemson is in search of its first win at Duke since the 1994-95 season, a 75-70 victory by Rick Barnes’ first team over a ninth-ranked Blue Devils team at the time.
• The Tigers’ best chances to win since that time were in 1998, when Clemson missed a game-winning shot attempt, and in 2007, when the Blue Devils scored a layup as time expired to give Duke a 68-66 win after Clemson had just tied the game.

SERIES HISTORY
CU Series W-L record:
Duke leads 105-30
Streak: Duke won the most recent meeting

QUICK HITS
• Clemson defeated a top-20 Duke team in Littlejohn Coliseum last season, their first win over the Blue Devils in five seasons. Three Tigers — Jaron Blossomgame, K.J. McDaniels and Landry Nnoko — posted double-doubles.
• Clemson had a shot to beat Duke again in the 2014 ACC Tournament and led by one in the final 10 seconds, but two Blue Devil free throws gave Mike Krzyzewski’s team a 63-62 win in the quarterfinals.
• The Tigers get their third crack at a top-five ACC team this season Saturday, all on the road. Clemson dropped the previous two, at Louisville and Virginia.
• Clemson has defeated 10 different Blue Devil teams ranked inside the nation’s top 10 at the time of the meeting, including No. 1 Duke in front of the largest crowd in Littlejohn history on Jan. 9, 1980.
• Austin Ajukwa is coming off a career-high 10 points and three steals in 14 minutes of play at Georgia Tech. Over his past six games, Ajukwa is averaging 5.5 points per contest (after just 1.9 over his first 19 games).

PROJECTED CLEMSON STARTERS
G 12 Rod Hall 6-1, 205 Sr. 8.7 ppg 3.4 apg
G 20 Jordan Roper 6-0, 165 Jr. 7.0 ppg 1.5 rpg
F 15 Donte Grantham 6-8, 205 Fr. 9.1 ppg 4.6 rpg
F 5 Jaron Blossomgame 6-7, 215 RSo. 12.9 ppg 8.1 rpg
C 35 Landry Nnoko 6-10, 255 Jr. 7.4 ppg 5.4 rpg

PROJECTED DUKE STARTERS
G 5 Tyus Jones 6-1, 190 Fr. 11.7 ppg 5.4 apg
G 3 Quinn Cook 6-2, 185 Sr. 15.1 ppg 3.3 rpg
F 12 Justise Winslow 6-6, 225 Fr. 11.5 ppg 5.4 rpg
F 21 Amile Jefferson 6-9, 215 Jr. 8.0 ppg 6.6 rpg
C 15 Jahlil Okafor 6-11, 270 Fr. 17.9 ppg 9.4 rpg

ACC Standings
Through Friday, Feb. 20

# School (Overall, ACC)
1. Virginia 24-1, 12-1
2. Notre Dame 23-4, 11-3
3. Duke 23-3, 10-3
4. Louisville 20-6, 8-5
North Carolina 18-8, 8-5
Syracuse 17-9, 8-5
7. Miami 17-9, 7-6
8. Clemson 15-11, 7-7
Florida State 15-12, 7-7
10. Pittsburgh 17-10, 6-7
NC State 15-11, 6-7
12. Wake Forest 12-15, 4-10
13. Georgia Tech 12-14, 3-11
14. Virginia Tech 10-16, 2-11
15. Boston College 9-16, 1-12

Tags: K.J. McDaniels, Jaron Blossomgame, Landry Nnoko, Austin Ajukwa, K.J. McDaniels
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