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ESPN's 2nd Half Duke-Syracuse Prediction

Jim Boeheim reacts to a play.

SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts to a play against the Iona Gaels during the first half at the Carrier Dome on November 14, 2017 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

Syracuse upset Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier in the year. So far, the Carrier Dome edition of the game is going the same way.

The Orange have a 34-29 lead at the half. Neither team has shot the ball well, but with Zion Williamson hurt, the Orange have had a major advantage on the boards.

R.J. Barrett has thrived at the middle of Syracuse's 2-3 Zone, with 17 points. However, the rest of the team hasn't been able to solver the famous Syracuse defense.

At the half, ESPN's Basketball Power Index still has Duke favored, but it is basically a toss-up.

BPI has Duke was just over a 51-percent chance to come back and win this one.

Duke-Syracuse halftime prediction.


The last game was much more high scoring, finishing at 95-91 in overtime.

Duke was without Cam Reddish for that one, and Tre Jones left six minutes in with an injury. That was big for 'Cuse, as he gave the Orange all kinds of issues, recording four steals before leaving the game.

Williamson is out for this one, which has shown in the rebounding advantage for the Orange thus far. If Duke gets someone aside from Barrett going though, they'll be tough to hold back for the Orange.