No. 5 Duke v No. 21 Florida
NEW YORK – No. 5 Duke will be back on the court again on Tuesday when it takes on No. 21 Florida in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. The game is live on ESPN and streaming on the WatchESPN app, starting at 9:30 pm ET.
The Blue Devils (8-1) will be facing Florida (7-1) for the first time since March 2000, when the fifth-seeded Gators upset the top-seed 87-78 in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.
Duke heads into Tuesday night’s game on a six-game winning streak, following wins over Penn State, Rhode Island, William & Mary, Appalachian State, Michigan State and Maine after losing to Kansas in the Champions Classic at this same venue on Nov. 15.
Florida, in the meantime, is off to a 7-1 start to the season and has won two in a row, including a 91-60 positive result over North Florida on Thursday night.
KeVaughn Allen with 12.4 points, Canyon Barry, at 12.1 points and Devin Robinson with 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds, are the leading contributors this season for Florida, which is averaging 77.0 points per game and giving up 63.6 at the other end.
Duke Expects Guards To Return
Meanwhile, after resting over the weekend in the dominating win over Maine, guards Grayson Allen and Frank Jackson are expected to return to the lineup, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.
Junior Allen, who is averaging 17.1 points and 5.3 rebounds this term, sat out Saturday’s game with a toe injury, while freshman Jackson, who is scoring 15.4 points an outing, was given the night off to rest his foot.
Sophomore Luke Kennard is coming off a career-high 35 points* in the 94-55 win over Maine and is scoring 19.4 points per game.
Senior forward Amile Jefferson is also coming off of a career-best 20 points against Maine and is averaging 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds this season.
Freshmen Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden who both made their debuts against Maine, should be available again for Duke.
As a team, the Blue Devils are scoring 85.7 points and shooting 49 percent, while allowing 63.2 defensively.
The Gators are returning to Madison Square Garden for the first time in three years with their last appearance being coming in a 77-75 win over Memphis.
Duke leads the series 12-4.