On Saturday night, the Virginia Cavaliers will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils in a monster ACC showdown. Virginia is 16-0 and is ranked number 4 in the nation. Duke is 14-2 and are ranked number 1, but will not be next week after losing this week.
Virginia Trying to Keep Wins Coming
Virginia is coming off an impressive 81-59 win over the 9th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Virginia has beaten 2 top 10 teams already this month and will look to make Duke the 3rd. In the Virginia Tech game, Deandre Hunter led the Cavaliers in scoring with 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Hunter also added 5 rebounds. Kyle was the next leading scorer with 15 points and hit 3 three-pointers in the game and had 5 rebounds as well. The next highest scorer was Ty Jerome, who had an incredible game. Jerome scored 14 points and got a double-double with 12 assists to go along with 4 rebounds.
Duke is coming off a disappointing 95-91 loss against the Syracuse Orange in their last game. Can Reddish missed the game with an illness and point guard Tre Jones left early with a shoulder injury and is out for the Virginia game. Zion Williamson led the Blue Devils in scoring with 35 points on 12 of 20 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for the double-double. RJ Barrett put up good numbers but had a horrendous game shooting the ball. Barrett went 8 for 30 shooting but was 1 assist shy of a triple-double. Barrett scores 23 points to go along with 16 rebounds and 9 assists. Alex O’Connell scores 16 points, and Marques Bolden tallied a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.
Kyle Guy Leads Cavaliers
Kyle Guy is a prolific 3 point shooter and is the leading scorer for this Cavalier team, scoring 15.3 points per game. Guy is followed by Deandre Hunter who averages 14.4 points per game. Ty Jerome is the only other Virginia player averaging double figures with 13.2 a game. Jerome is also the leading assister for the Cavaliers with 4.9 helpers per game. Braxton Key leads the Cavaliers in rebounding with 5.6 boards a game. The Cavaliers offense has been solid this year, scoring 74.3 points a game on 48.1% shooting. Virginia has also been spectacular on defense as usual, holding opponents to just 51.7 points per game.
R.J. Barrett is the leading scorer for this talented Duke team. Barrett drops in 23.4 points per game and Zion Williamson has been just as good with 21.2 a game. Can Reddish is the only other Blue Devil averaging double figures, scoring 13.3 points a game and should return for this one after missing the Syracuse game. Williamson is the leading rebounder for Duke with 9.4 a game and Tre Jones is the leading assist man with 5.7 per game but will miss a few games with a shoulder injury. Duke has been incredible on offense this season, averaging 90.3 points per game on nearly 48.8% field goal shooting. They have held opponents to 66.9 points per game, which is not great, and could have trouble stopping a solid Virginia offense.
Duke vs. Virginia Prediction
Duke comes in at -2. Even though Cam Reddish should be back for this one, the absence of Tre Jones will loom extremely large. Jones is the floor general, and everything runs through him on offense. With him gone, along with the stifling defense of Virginia, will make for a tough offensive night for the Blue Devils. Virginia goes into Cameron Indoor and beats Duke outright. Take Virginia +2.
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