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(4) Ohio State (4-0) at (2) Duke (6-0)



Wednesday, November 28, 9:30 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, College Basketball Senior Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314) -- Durham, North Carolina. Television: ESPN. Home Record: Ohio St. 2-0, Duke 2-0. Away Record: Ohio St. 0-0, Duke 0-0. Neutral Record: Ohio St. 2-0, Duke 4-0. Conference Record: Ohio St. 0-0, Duke 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 3-3.

GAME NOTES: Top-five foes take the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday evening, as the fourth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes take on the second-ranked Duke Blue Devils as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have certainly embarked on a challenging start to their season, winning all six of their games, including clashes with a air of top-five foes at the time in victories over defending national champion Kentucky (75-68) and most recently, topping Louisville to claim the Battle 4 Atlantis crown last weekend.

Thad Matta's Buckeyes have won all their games on the docket as well, including winning the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. Most recently, Ohio State moved to 4-0 with last Friday's rout of UMKC (91-45).

These two teams are meeting for the seventh time. Ohio State tied the series up at 3-3 with last year's 85-63 lopsided win in Columbus as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Buckeyes were able to empty the bench for much of the second half, as they cruised to a 46-point romp over UMKC. Deshaun Thomas led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds in the win. Four others finished in double figures as well, as Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points to the cause, followed by Sam Thompson (11 pts), LaQuinton Ross (11 pts) and Shannon Scott (10 pts), who matched his scoring output with a game-high 10 assists. Ohio State shot a blistering .608 from the floor in the game, including .563 from behind the arc (9-of-16).

Ohio State has really excelled at both ends of the floor and as a result, enjoys a gaudy +22.5 scoring margin, averaging 79.8 ppg, while allowing just 57.2. In addition, OSU holds a +6.5 rebounding margin and is forcing 14.5 turnovers per game. Thomas has played lights out in the early going, converting 54 percent from the floor overall, 48 percent from 3-point range (12-of-25) and putting up 24.0 ppg. Aaron Craft runs the offense and is both a scorer (14.3 ppg) and deft distributor (5.2 apg). Smith rounds out the top scoring threats with 11.5 ppg.

The Blue Devils held a 23-9 scoring advantage at the free-throw line, a key in the team's five-point win over the Cardinals in the Bahamas. All five starters notched double figures in the win, led by Mason Plumlee's 16 points. Quinn Cook was right behind with 15 points, while Ryan Kelly, Rasheed Sulaimon and Seth Curry all added 14 points in the win.

Duke has been efficient at both ends of the floor as well, although its scoring margin (+13.2) isn't quite as eye-popping at Ohio State. However, the competition has been far stiffer. The Blue Devils are still averaging just under 80 points per game (78.2), while shooting .474 from the field. Mason Plumlee has become one of the ACC's top interior players. The 6-foot-10 senior is converting an impressive 67.2 percent of his shots, averaging a double- double with team-highs of 19.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Seth Curry adds the perimeter balance at 17.0 ppg, while Sulaimon (12.0 ppg), Kelly (11.8 ppg) and Cook (10.7 ppg) provide more than enough firepower in support.

The Blue Devils are playing their third Final Four participant from last year and the season is only a couple of weeks old. Duke already looks to be in mid- season form and getting this one in Durham, with a bit of revenge following last season's debacle in Columbus, tips the scales in the home team's favor.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Duke 74, Ohio State 70

11/28 10:37:42 ET

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Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
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CAR
CLB
 
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
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CHC 8
LOS 7
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OAK 0
PHI 3
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NYY 3
TOR 6
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COL 5
ARI 1
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BAL 7
BOS 2
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PIT 0
MIL 1
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TAM 3
CWS 1
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MIN 3
CLE 7
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ATL 2
NYM 4
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HOU 10
SEA 1
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MIA 2
WAS 3
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STL 8
CIN 4
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SDP 3
SFG 2
 
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ANA 8
TEX 5
 
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TOR
 
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WAS
 
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OAK
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COL
ARI
 
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8:05pm Tonight
STL
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WISC 68
BGU 17
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MSU 73
EMICH 14
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VT 24
GT 27
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PITT 20
IOWA 24
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RICE 42
ODU 45
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UGA 66
TROY 0
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SYR 20
MD 34
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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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COL 21
HAW 12
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AKR 17
MARS 48
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WAKE 24
ARMY 21
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KU 24
CMICH 10
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ALA 42
UF 21
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FIU 3
LOU 34
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ECU 70
UNC 41
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NAVY 24
RUTG 31
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SMU 6
TEXAM 58
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MICH 10
UTAH 26
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BYU 41
UVA 33
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WYO 20
FATL 19
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MIZZ 27
IND 31
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PSU 48
UMASS 7
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MINN 24
SJST 7
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ILL 42
TXST 35
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WASH 45
GASTATE 14
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SMISS 21
APPST 20
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TOL 27
BST 16
 
Final
OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
 
Final
CIN 31
UMO 24
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MEM 36
MTST 17
 
Final
LSU 29
MSST 34
 
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ARK 52
NILL 14
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ARKST 21
UTST 14
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SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
 
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WVU 33
OKLA 45
 
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VANDY 34
SCAR 48
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NEB 41
MIAMI 31
 
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NMST 35
NMU 38
 
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HOU 47
UNLV 14
 
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FSU 23
CLEM 17
 
3rd
ARZ 6
CAL 28
 
Half
ORST 14
SDST 7
 
2nd
WASU 21
OREG 21
 
2nd
BSU 21
LALAF 3
 
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CAR
CLB
 
5:00pm Tonight
WAS
BUF
 
6:30pm Tonight
CLB
STL
 
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EDM
CAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAL
EDM
 
1:00pm Today
CLE
BAL
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STL
DAL
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DET
GBP
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NYG
HOU
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IND
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MIN
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OAK
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BUF
SDC
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TEN
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PHI
WAS
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ARI
SFX
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SEA
DEN
4:25pm Today
MIA
KAN
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CAR
PIT
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
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NCSU 42
PRES 0