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(17) Duke (17-4) at (2) Syracuse (20-0)



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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Carrier Dome (33,000) -- Syracuse, New York. Television: ESPN. Home Record: Duke 12-0, Syracuse 12-0. Away Record: Duke 2-2, Syracuse 5-0. Neutral Record: Duke 3-2, Syracuse 3-0. Conference Record: Duke 6-2, Syracuse 7-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 2-2.

GAME NOTES: In front of what is expected to be a record-setting crowd, the second-ranked Syracuse Orange will put their perfect record on the line, as they play host to the 17th-ranked Duke Blue Devils in a marquee ACC matchup at the Carrier Dome on Saturday evening.

Jim Boeheim's Orange knocked off Wake Forest on the road this week to open the season 20-0, matching the school-record set by the 2011-12 squad. With the win, Syracuse moved to a flawless 7-0 in its first season in the ACC and extended Jim Boeheim's NCAA Division I record of 20-win campaigns to 36.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils are certainly within striking distance of the Orange in the ACC standings, thanks to their current five-game win streak, Duke took on another new powerhouse to the league this week and looked impressive in an 80-65 win at Pittsburgh last time out. With the win, Duke moved to 17-4 overall and 6-2 in league play.

These two new conference foes have met just four prior times, with the series split 2-2. Duke won the most recent matchup, an 80-67 decision in the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

The names have changed in Durham, but efficient play has not. The Blue Devils remain one of the most dangerous programs in the country, averaging 81.5 ppg and doing so on .472 shooting, including a sizzling .414 from behind the arc. The team is averaging 9.4 3-pointers per game, while allowing just 4.0. Freshman phenom Jabari Parker has definitely lived up to expectations. The 6- foot-9 youngster leads Duke in scoring (18.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.1 rpg), ranking in the top-five in the ACC in both categories. Transfer Rodney Hood has made an immediate impact as well, ranking sixth in the league in scoring (17.4 ppg), thanks in large part to his sizzling .448 effort from long range. Point guard Quinn Cook is the perfect complement, with his ability to both score (12.4 ppg) and distribute (5.5 apg) at a high level.

The Blue Devils beat the Panthers at their own game, outrebounding the top rebounding team in the ACC, 37-32 and outshooting Pittsburgh .483 to .412. Duke once again utilized its long-range acumen, hitting 13-of-25 from behind the arc in the 15-point win. Parker was once again dominant, recording a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Andre Dawkins was lethal from 3- point range, draining 6-of-7 shots en route to a 20-point effort off the bench. Amile Jefferson joined Parker with a double-double of his own (14 pts, 10 rebs) and Hood rounded things out with 13 points in the win.

Freshman Tyler Ennis netted 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, as the Orange remained unbeaten on the season with a 10-point win in Winston- Salem. Senior C.J. Fair finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Jerami Grant recorded his fourth double-double of the season, with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Syracuse didn't shoot the ball particularly well (.362), but offset that by holding a huge 55-35 advantage in rebounding.

Playing some of the nation's best defense, Syracuse is holding foes to a meager 57.8 ppg on just .408 shooting. The team also enjoys a +6.0 rebounding margin and an eye-popping +5.2 turnover margin, while ranking among the nation's top-10 in fewest turnovers (9.5 per game). Offensively, the Orange possess balance. Fair, the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring at 16.7 ppg. Trevor Cooney (13.2 ppg) is the team's resident sniper (57 3-pointers), while Ennis (12.3 ppg, 5.5 apg) runs the point. Grant (12.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg) has transitioned into a starting role and provides further depth.

Duke's up-tempo style and Syracuse's methodical defense will finally be on display on the same court. The result should be a highly entertaining game. Whichever team shows the ability to maximize what the other allows will win this game. In front of a huge crowd, expect that team to be the Orange.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Syracuse 74, Duke 72

02/01 11:51:21 ET

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Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
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ORL 99
IND 106
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PHO 100
LAC 120
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ATL 112
MIN 100
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TOR 114
DET 110
 
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
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GSW 114
BOS 111
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DEN 115
WAS 117
4th
LAL 68
HOU 87
 
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
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GT 62
BC 64
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VT 47
UVA 50
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OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
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WICHS 74
DRAK 40
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STJ 68
DUKE 77
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MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
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PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
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BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
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GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
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TENST 55
BEL 63
 
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NCSU 78
ND 81
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VILL 71
CREI 50
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MD 68
NW 67
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UTAH 77
WASH 56
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TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
4th
CARTER 28
IRVIN 32