NEW YORK — No. 14 Duke and No. 21 Virginia will both aim to advance to the quarterfinal of the ACC Tournament when they both feature in second round games at Barclays Center here in Brooklyn on Wednesday. ESPN, ESPN2 and the ACC Network will stream the tournament live.
The Blue Devils (23-8, 11-7 ACC) enter the tournament as the fifth seed after losing to North Carolina in the regular-season finale at the weekend and will be hoping to put together a run of games to build some momentum heading into the NCAA tournament.
On Wednesday, Duke will take on 12th seed Clemson, which beat NC State 75-61 in the ACC tournament first round on Tuesday.
Live coverage of Duke v Clemson is on ESPN, starting at 2:00 pm ET. The game is also available to stream live on WatchESPN.
Luke Kennard is averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Blue Devils heading into this battle, with freshman Jayson Tatum averaging 16 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Grayson Allen (14.5 pts), Amile Jefferson (11.2 pts and 8.2 rebs) and Frank Jackson (10.4 pts) are also averaging double-digit in scoring.
Meanwhile, in Tuesday’s win over NC State, sophomore guard Shelton Mitchell had 22 points and six assists for the Tigers, who will be hoping to stifle Duke’s offense on Wednesday night.
When these two teams met on Feb. 11, the Blue Devils squeezed out a 64-62 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Mitchell scored 23 points in the defeat for Clemson in that game, but leading scorer Jaron Blossomgame, who is averaging 17.5 points per game this season, was held to just seven points in the first meeting.
In the meantime, Virginia, the sixth seed at the tournament will pit off against Pittsburgh in a later game, which gets going at 9:00 pm ET.
Live coverage of this one is on ESPN2 and it is also available to stream on WatchESPN.
No. 14 seed Pittsburgh advanced to the second round after holding off Georgia Tech 61-59 in a first round game on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Cavaliers (21-9, 11-7 ACC) split the regular season fixtures 1-1, but were comfortable 67-42 winners on Saturday, Mar 4.
The Panthers (16-16, 4-14 ACC) pulled away in overtime to beat then-No. 11 Virginia 88-76 in the first meeting on Jan 4.
In other ACC Tournament second round matchups, Syracuse and Miami face-off in the day’s opener at Barclays Center, starting at Noon ET, live on ESPN; while Wake Forest, which beat Boston College 92-78 in the first round Tuesday, will take on Virginia Tech, live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN at 7:00 pm.