Streaking Tigers try to snap Duke’s run of dominance

The Duke-Clemson series has been completely one-sided in recent years, and even at home Clemson has had trouble being competitive.

This time around, however, Clemson comes in on a four-game home winning streak at Littlejohn Coliseum, where they host the Blue Devils at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Duke has won 25 of the last 27 games between the two teams, including 10 of 11 at Clemson. Duke hung on to defeat Virginia by three earlier in the week. Clemson is coming off a disappointing two-point loss at Boston College.

Duke (14-2, 2-0 ACC) freshman guard Austin Rivers leads the Blue Devils in scoring and is tied for eighth in the ACC at 14.4 points, while Mason Plumlee, a junior forward, is averaging 11.6 points and 9.8 rebounds (2nd in conference) and hitting 63 percent of his field goal attempts (75 for 119). Four players have at least 33 assists, led by Seth Curry, who has handed off 45 for an average of 2.8 per game.

The Tigers (9-7, 1-1 ACC) are 11th in the ACC in scoring and field goal percentage (43%). Senior guard Andre Young leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points. His 1.8 steals are tied for second in the conference, while fellow senior guard Tanner Smith is second in scoring (10.7) and hands out a team-high 4.1 assists. Devin Booker, a junior post player, is right behind Smith in scoring (10.6) and grabs a team-high 6.6 rebounds.

Clemson is second in the ACC in scoring defense, giving up 57.7 points per game, and has allowed opponents to score 60 or more points in just three of 16 games.

The Blue Devils have won the last three games in the series by allowing an average of 53 points.

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