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ESPN's 2nd Half Prediction For The Duke-UCF Game

Zion Williamson of the Duke Blue Devils.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 05: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball against the Boston College Eagles during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 05, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 80-55. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Led by outstanding forward Tacko Fall, the UCF Knights have been giving the Duke Blue Devils a game in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32. Zion Williamson has been his usual, dominant self and has 15 of his team's 44 points heading into the half of the Duke-UCF game.

Early in the game it seemed as if Tacko Fall was going to give the Blue Devils a run for their money. He had several eye-popping dunks and assists early in the game, but seemed to fade as the game went on.

The Knights have instead relied heavily on star guard Aubrey Dawkins, who had 18 of UCF's 36 first-half points.

ESPN's computer model has released a projection for the second half of the Duke-UCF game.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index (BPI) has the utmost confidence in Duke. The computer model is giving the Blue Devils a 83.8-percent chance of securing the win in the second half.

The Blue Devils are already off to a faster start than they had in their win over North Dakota State on Friday. Duke started that game 31-27 before exploding for a 54-35 second half score to crush the Bison 85-62.

If they can keep up this pace, the Knights are going to find themselves in a deep hole very early in the second half.

Duke leads 44-36. The game is being played on CBS.