Top 5 Teams Collide Wednesday When Duke Hosts Ohio St.

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ohio State Buckeyes at Duke Blue Devils
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11/28/2012 at 9:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Duke -6½, O/U 144
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Ohio State Buckeyes: A huge midweek clash on the college hoops schedule finds the No. 4 Buckeyes (4-0 straight-up, 2-1 against the spread) in Durham to battle No. 2 Duke. Ohio State won the recent Hall of Fame Tip-Off tourney by taking out Rhode Island and Washington, and followed that up with a 91-45 cakewalk past Missouri-KC last Friday as 28-point chalk. Deshaun Thomas leads the squad with 24 points per game, 6th-most in the country, and he also paces OSU on the glass with 7.3 rebounds per contest. The Buckeyes are ranked ninth in the country, connecting on over 52 percent from the field, and also lead the nation in 3-point shooting (47.8 percent). They have won their last four matchups in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and were ranked No. 2 last year when they beat then-No. 4 Duke in Columbus, 85-63.

Duke Blue Devils: This will be just the third home game for the Blue Devils (6-0 SU, 4-2 ATS), who have played one of the toughest schedules in the country so far. Duke won and covered all three of its contests in the Battle 4 Atlantis last week in the Bahamas to claim that title, hanging a 76-71 score on then-No. 2 Louisville in the championship tilt. That victory followed wins over Minnesota and VCU, and the Blue Devils also have a win and cover against Kentucky earlier this campaign. Only nine players have seen action so far for Duke, but five of them are scoring in double figures, led by Mason Plumlee's 19.7 points per game. The Blue Devils are among the nation's leaders in free-throw shooting (79.1 percent, 9th) and are averaging nearly 20 points per game from the charity stripe. Duke is 11-2 overall in this series between the conferences and a perfect 4-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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