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Duke Starts ACC Play This Week - Here’s The Blue Devils’ First Opponent

duke freshman zion williamson celebrates against kentucky

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 06: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates against the Kentucky Wildcats during the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Duke Blue Devils have been away from the hardwood for nearly two weeks, but they'll return to the court this weekend in an ACC clash with Clemson.

Duke completed its non-conference schedule with just one loss, but the road gets tougher from here. The ACC is undoubtedly one of the best conferences in college basketball, and the Blue Devils will need to face the likes of Virginia and North Carolina.

With conference play beginning this week in college hoops, the Blue Devils will host the Tigers on Saturday.

It's no secret that Duke relies heavily on its four star freshmen, but they also have reliable role players off the bench. Both Jack White and Alex O'Connell have turned into solid pieces for Mike Krzyzewski's rotation.

Nonetheless, the Blue Devils will most likely go as far as Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett take them. As of right now, most NBA scouts believe they'll battle each other for the top pick in the upcoming draft.

The Tigers also have a dependable superstar on the roster in Marcquise Reed, who is averaging 20.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per contests.

Clemson has a golden opportunity to jump into the rankings with a stunning victory over the best team in the country. After all, the Tigers are currently 10-3 on the season.

On the other hand, the Blue Devils have been dominant on their home court, and they'll look to add another win to their resume before going on a brief road trip against Wake Forest and Florida State.

Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET from Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The game will be nationally broadcast on ESPN.