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ESPN Releases Its Final Prediction For Duke-Syracuse Game

Tyus Battle and RJ Barrett fight for the ball.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 14: RJ Barrett #5 of the Duke Blue Devils battles Tyus Battle #25 of the Syracuse Orange for a loose ball during the first half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 14, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Out of all the notable matchups on this weekend's slate of action for college basketball, it's possible that Syracuse and Duke will steal the show in their second meeting. The Orange pulled off the upset against the Blue Devils back in January.

Although Duke enters this showdown as the favorites, the absence of Zion Williamson will certainly play a factor. He is officially inactive after spraining his knee against North Carolina.

It'll be an emotional night for Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, who was part of a tragic incident on Wednesday night. The legendary coach was behind the wheel around midnight when his vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian on the highway.

Syracuse will enter this game with a heavy heart, but perhaps the momentum from its dominant victory over Louisville will rally the team together.

Two of the top players in the ACC will be on the court tonight in RJ Barrett and Tyus Battle. Both players can takeover any given possession with their ability to score inside the paint or beyond the three-point line.

Regardless of the huge absence of Williamson for Duke, it appears ESPN's matchup predictor believes Mike Krzyzewski can still lead his team to a crucial win on the road.

According to the FPI, the Blue Devils have an 81.9 percent chance of earning the win on the road.

The atmosphere at the Carrier Dome should be electric as fans hope to sweep the season series.

As for the Blue Devils, it'll be intriguing to see how they respond after looking rattled without Williamson on Wednesday.