The Duke basketball team is facing a ‘must win’ on Saturday against Georgia Tech.
There are no questions anymore. The Duke basketball team must win on Saturday afternoon against Georgia Tech (8-12, 1-9 ACC).
Head coach Josh Pastner and the Yellow Jackets are the doormat — aside from Louisville — of the ACC.
Georgia Tech has not won since stunning then No. 12 Miami at home on January 4 and is averaging just 68.9 points per game while shooting a struggling 31.2-percent from 3-point range and a horrid 69.2-percent from the free throw line.
Duke (14-6, 5-4 ACC) will be without Dariq Whitehead (lower leg) on Saturday but the Blue Devils have only won one true road game (Boston College) this season, albeit in a nail-biting 65-64 victory.
Each of the six losses for the Blue Devils have come away from Cameron Indoor Stadium — four coming in true road games in the ACC and Jon Scheyer’s team cannot add another to its resume.
Saturday has to be a laugher for Duke.
Duke basketball needs victory ahead of daunting stretch
Tuesday begins a stretch of games that features Wake Forest, North Carolina, No. 20 Miami, and No. 7 Virginia, with the latter two games coming on the road.
There is no margin for error in Atlanta for these Blue Devils, who are listed as an 8-point road favorite.
There cannot be any more extend scoring droughts or poor execution. The defense has to be sharp and tenacious, which it has not been in recent games.
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The size advantage is clearly with the Blue Devils and the premier talent rests with the visitors as well.
It has all the makings of a blowout if Duke shows up and executes at a high level.
And it better be.
Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00p.m. EST (ACC Network) inside McCamish Pavilion.