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With Krzyzewski recovering from back surgery, the Cardinals captured a 78-69 home win in the lone meeting between the teams this season.

The Duke Blue Devils are 23-8 this season and they closed out the season losing 3 of their last 4 games.

Sound familiar? It should.

Day 2 of the ACC Tournament is here, and just like that Clemson's task at hand increases dramatically from the stroll the Tigers enjoyed Tuesday. Pittsburgh is also helmed by an ACC newcomer in first year coach Kevin Stallings, but the Panthers have struggled of late, dropping four straight and five of their last six.

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Kennard took a while to find his shot but finished with 20 points. Lapidus led 5-2 in the opening set before Schmidt ran off the final 11 games of the match. "And that's it. Sometimes, it's not nuclear science here".

Since the ACC Tournament started in 1954, it has only been held outside of the state of North Carolina 12 times, with Washington the northernmost site. That said, the Wildcats haven't been infallible in conference, as Butler has Nova's number.

Berry had 19 points by halftime.

With a semifinal berth and potential third matchup against North Carolina on the horizon if Duke can advance Thursday, the Blue Devils have one of their best opportunities to display a new identity against one of the nation's top teams. The Tigers may keep the game close for a half and some change, but I expect the Blue Devils to pull away in the final 10 minutes. Throughout the ACC Tournament I'll be providing expert (i.e. completely amateur) predictions to help you not only stay engaged, but profit in the process.

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You know in the NCAA Tournament how the No. 1 seed in each region always has a tough match-up against the 8-9 victor? This win closed out UNC's first flawless record at the Smith Center since 2011. Jayson Tatum is averaging 16 points and 7.3 rebounds for Duke, Grayson Allen is averaging 14.5 points, and Amile Jefferson is averaging 11.2 points and 8.5 rebounds. The Orange zone defense is always tough, especially against teams like Carolina that go inside first and shoot from outside second. Allen was booed loudly every time he touched the ball all night. North Carolina State's Dennis Smith was newcomer of the year. Holmes is Clemson's second-best shooter out of the pick-and-roll - 43.9 percent, according to Synergy. The Blue Devils own 10 wins over teams rated in the top 50 of the RPI.

In the only other meeting between these two teams this year, it was Duke on a short turnaround barely squeaking by the Tigers after getting out to a big lead. You know, our first three or four minutes of the second half, if you go look at our shots, they're open.

No. 5 seed Duke, No. 6 seed Virginia and No. 7 seed Virginia Tech also have byes but only to the second-round games. Add in sub-100 losses to Colorado and San Diego State, and you have a team that's easily on the outside of the tournament field. Holding the top seed in the tournament bracket, the Tar Heels will face the victor of Wednesday's Syracuse (+2500 to win the ACC Tournament) and Miami (+3300) matchup on Thursday.

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