It's a battle of ACC heavyweights as No. 2 Duke visits No. 3 Virginia Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va. In case you need more incentive, here's three reasons to watch Duke at Virginia.
1. Two words: Zion Williamson. The definition of a one-man wrecking crew, Williamson has only solidified his status as the favorite to go No. 1 in the 2019 NBA Draft since donning Duke blue. Beyond the dozens of highlight-reel dunks, he's stuffing the stat sheet with 22.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
2. However, Williamson and the high-flying Duke offense will be facing the best defense in the land; UVA holds opponents to a Divsion I-leading 52.9 points per game. In addition, the Cavaliers have the nation's third-best opponent field goal percentage (37.0), trailing only Texas Tech and Houston in that category. Expect the Blue Devils to put up some points, but UVA will certainly make it tough sledding for them.
3. When these two get together, you already know you're in for an instant classic. Both teams feature some of the NCAA's best pro prospects: five players in this game alone could be first round picks come June 20. In their first clash this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 19, the lead changed 15 times before the Blue Devils pulled out a narrow 72-70 victory. Will the Cavaliers get revenge in their home gym?
Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Duke at Virginia How to Watch
What: Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Cavaliers
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Va.
When: 6:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Duke at Virginia Preview
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Record: Duke (20-2, 8-1), Virginia (20-1, 8-1)
Last Game: 80-55 win vs. Boston College, 2/5 (Duke), 56-46 win vs. Miami, 2/2 (Virginia)
Leading Scorers: RJ Barrett, 23.0 ppg (Duke) De'Andre Hunter, 14.7 ppg (Virginia)
Duke at Virginia Betting Odds/Lines
Spread: Virginia -2
(Betting lines via BetOnline.ag)
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