ACC Tournament Picks: Will Duke pull off small upset vs. Louisville? 3/9/17

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Clemson posted its first win in the ACC Tournament since 2014 and improved to 4-12 all-time in first-round games. No. 9 Miami, noon, ESPN No. 4 Louisville vs. He's the emotional core of a Blue Devils team that could lose in their first game this week or go all the way; he'll be a big reason why either happens. Jaron Blossomgame leads the Tigers averaging 17.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

The Duke Blue Devils are 23-8 this season and they closed out the season losing 3 of their last 4 games. Reed leads by example, and he'll need to do so on Wednesday.

It is conference tournament time in college basketball and over in the Atlantic Coast Conference that means that it is time for Grayson Allen watch to begin in earnest. It should be close, and this may be a toss-up game, but it doesn't look like Duke will get revenge against a team that beat them 78-69 in their only meeting this season. He also reached double figures in both games, notching 14 against Boston College and 11 against Louisville.

Need to know: Virginia knocked off the Panthers, 67-42, easily in their regular-season finale Saturday, but that unfolded with Pittsburgh's top scorers, Jamel Artis and Michael Young, on the bench for the first 10 minutes. Georgia Tech also scored only six more points in that game than Miami put up against the high-pressure Syracuse defense. The Panthers, with all their size, do have the ability to overwhelm Virginia's smaller roster, but only if the Cavaliers' shots aren't dropping. Notre Dame has wins over Duke, North Carolina, and Louisville over the last few seasons but Virginia has had Notre Dame's number. The Tigers are now 19-63 all-time in ACC Tournament play and 3-6 under head coach Brad Brownell. N.C. State is one of the weaker teams in the ACC, as such Clemson should be able to move on to the second round at least.

ACC tournament scores already include two one-sided games in the first-round.

-Duke is 2-9 against the spread in its last 11 conference tournament games. The next one is Louisville.

Shelton Mitchell scored 17 including going 3 for 3 from three-point range, and Sidy Djitte posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Down by three points with 2:04 remaining in the game, Clemson's Elijah Thomas went up for an open layup that banged off the rim.

Kennard leads Duke in scoring with an average of 20.1 points per game and shooting.504 from the floor, .450 from outside the arc and.847 from the free throw line. The game will receive a national television audience on ESPNU. If they can pull everything together consistently, and play as well as they are capable of, then there is no reason for anyone to think that they can't win it all. The third rendition of the Tobacco Road Rivalary this year will start at 7 p.m. They will play second-seeded and 16th-ranked Florida State in the quarterfinals Thursday night.

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