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Clemson and Duke have squared off once already this season, in Krzyzewski's third game back from surgery.

On Wednesday, as Duke eliminated Clemson, 79-72, during Day Two of the ACC Tournament at the Barclays Center, the Blue Devils did not have a better player than Jackson.

The Cavaliers have won by double digits in each of three straight SU and against the spread victories, and will be eager to avenge their 61-57 loss to the Tar Heels in last year's ACC tournament title game.

NC State cut the gap back to 12 with layups from Smith and Dorn in attempting to spark a potential comeback.

2016 didn't see much more regular season success as once again they were 9-9 in conference. He made both of his shots from distance and was one of three Duke players to score 20. He might be headed to the National Basketball Association draft, and if so his college career ended on 3-for-12 shooting (0-for-4 on 3-point attempts). That suggests the Duke Blue Devils have underachieved mightily, which is true if you're checking the record - they've lost eight games - but less true in the grand scheme. Part of the problem is that the schedule is so compressed that the quality of the competition can be compromised if either or both teams are exhausted.

Luke Kennard. Amazing what a little rest can do, and for Duke's all-everything sophomore guard, it allowed him to put on one of his best performances of the year against North Carolina.

Irish freshman Zoe Spence follows through on a shot during Notre Dame's 5-2 win over Purdue on February 22 at Eck Tennis Pavilion.

Game 9: No. 4 Louisville vs. The Bison (26-8) gained the conference's automatic NCAA tourney bid for the first time since 2013.

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Duke leads the overall series 7-6 with the Cardinals but the Cardinals have won two in a row. If Duke wants to start to get into a rhythm heading into the NCAA Tournament, they must start that with a big win over a tough ACC foe.

Duke got its point on court four from Pura, who downed Murray 6-3, 6-3.

Nearly half of the Tigers' first half points came from the charity stripe, hitting 16 of 18 free throws.

One piece of unfinished business remains for Blossomgame and that's getting to an NCAA Tournament, where Clemson hasn't been since 2011. "Look, Antonio (Vrankovic) got in the game for a couple of minutes". Syracuse's active 2-3 zone held Miami to 38.9-percent shooting from the field. With a 2-2 tie in the first set, Furman earned consecutive wins to go up 4-2.

Redshirt senior forward Amile Jefferson missed two games with a bruised bone in his right foot. Lydon went for 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

After two baskets in the game's opening minute, the Wolfpack went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal.

The Hokies (21-9) face the victor of Tuesday's first-round game between Boston College and Wake Forest, meaning their Wednesday second-round game, with a 7 p.m. tipoff, could be a rematch with the team that spoiled senior day for Tech's Seth Allen and Zach LeDay.


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