Pictured: R.J. Barrett
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Preview: Duke at Pittsburgh

First-year Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel has quickly shown the ability to not only attract high-level freshmen to his program but also coax the best out of them, just like close friend and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. At least a handful of the best rookies in the ACC will take the floor Tuesday when the Panthers host the second-ranked Blue Devils in the first-ever meeting between Capel and his former mentor Krzyzewski.

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Duke’s vaunted freshmen class boasts the top two scorers in the conference and likely top-five 2019 NBA Draft picks in RJ Barrett (ACC-best 23.8 points) and Zion Williamson (21.5), and along with fellow rookie Cam Reddish, proved to be too much for previously undefeated Virginia on Saturday, accounting for 66 points in a 72-70 victory. “They’re mentally tough. … They came here mentally tough, especially those two kids, Zion and RJ. They play at a high, high level of scrutiny,” Krzyzewski said. Capel has his own impressive collection of first-year players, as Xavier Johnson (17.1 points) ranks ninth in the ACC in scoring, Trey McGowens (13.9) has two 30-point games over the last four outings and Au’Diese Toney (9.8) leads the team with 6.2 rebounds. The trio wasn’t able to get the job done Saturday, however, as the Panthers shot 33.8 percent and committed 17 turnovers in a 74-63 setback at Syracuse.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN

ABOUT DUKE (15-2, 4-1 ACC): Barrett (30 points on 11-of-19 from the field), Williamson (27 points, 10-of-16) and Reddish (nine points, 3-of-12) all played at least 37 minutes and combined to take 47 of Duke’s 51 shots in the Blue Devils’ first full game without point guard Tre Jones (shoulder) on Saturday. Barrett’s performance was particularly notable, as he rebounded from an 8-for-30 shooting effort in Monday’s overtime loss at Syracuse to post his fourth 30-point game, tying him for the second most by a freshman in school history. Williamson, who is the only player in the country scoring at least 20 points per game and shooting at least 60 percent from the floor, is averaging 25.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in ACC action.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (12-6, 2-3): Johnson committed six turnovers – he has at least four in every conference game and nine of his last 12 – but was otherwise unfazed by the Orange’s 2-3 zone, finishing 6-for-11 from the field and 3-of-5 beyond the arc en route to 17 points to extend the Pitt freshmen record for most consecutive double-figure games to 18. Jared Wilson-Frame (11.2 points) bounced back from a scoreless 10-minute showing Monday against Florida State with a team-high 19 points and eight boards over 26 minutes Saturday. McGowens shot 2-for-13 and scored seven points in 31 minutes while dealing with foul trouble and an injury near his right eye in the first half.

TIP-INS

1. Blue Devils junior F Javin DeLaurier is one field goal shy of tying the ACC record for consecutive shots made (20), set by Duke’s Alaa Abdelnaby in 1988-89.

2. Pittsburgh tied a season low with eight free throws Saturday after a 38-for-46 performance from the foul line in its upset of the Seminoles.

3. Five of the seven freshmen that rank among the top 21 scorers in the conference play for either the Blue Devils or Panthers.

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Preview: Clemson vs. Pittsburgh

Not many ACC teams can claim wins over Clemson in recent years, but Pittsburgh is one of them. The Panthers will try to play spoiler once again when they face the No. 2 Tigers on Saturday in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, N.C.

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The Panthers handed Clemson a 43-42 home loss in the most recent meeting in 2016 – the Tigers’ only loss en route to the national championship. Another loss to Pittsburgh would cost the Tigers their fourth consecutive ACC title, and it might deny them a chance to play for another national crown. Clemson has hardly been challenged lately, winning its past seven games by at least 20 points, though the vaunted defense had its most worrisome performance of the season in last week’s 56-35 victory over rival South Carolina. Pittsburgh had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 24-3 loss at Miami last week as the offense inexplicably fell flat after totaling 86 points in the previous two contests.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: Clemson -27.5

ABOUT CLEMSON (12-0, 8-0 ACC): The Tigers have been dominant on both sides of the ball as they rank third in the nation in total offense and seventh in defense. Clemson boasts one of the most prolific – and most balanced – offenses in the nation with freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence (2,488 yards, 22 touchdowns, four interceptions) and running back Travis Etienne (1,307 yards, 19 TDs) leading the way. The defense has been especially tough against the run, allowing more than 117 rushing yards once and holding seven opponents to 90 yards or fewer on the ground.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (7-5, 6-2): The Panthers averaged 40.8 points during their four-game run to clinch the ACC Coastal Division title, but managed only 200 total yards and did not find the end zone last week. To have a chance Saturday, they’ll need a big rebound from running backs Qadree Ollison (1,134 yards, 10 TDs) and Darrin Hall (935 yards, nine TDs), and quarterback Kenny Pickett (1,825 yards, 12 TDs, 5 interceptions) can’t make many back-breaking mistakes. They’ll likely need to put up some points, because a defense that allows 399.9 yards and 27.8 points per game will have a tough time shutting down the Tigers.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Clemson has won eight consecutive games in December dating to a loss to Virginia Tech in the 2011 ACC Championship.

2. The Tigers have scored at least 27 points in a school-record 12 straight contests.

3. Pitt has won its last four games against top-three teams when unranked, including the 2016 victory over No. 2 Clemson and a 24-14 win over No. 2 Miami to close the 2017 regular season.

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College Fantasy Basketball Duke VS Pittbsburgh

NCAA COLLEGE FANTASY BASKETBALL DUKE VS PITTSBURGH PREVIEW

18th ranked Duke Blue Devils will travel to north to face the Pittsburgh Panthers as they march towards the ACC title. On another note, the Panthers are still on the grind to insure their place in the NCAA Tournament next month. This college fantasy basketball preview is brought you by FanPicks.

 

The Blue devils are not only currently on a hot streak and but have also won the past 2 matchups against PITT since the Panthers are in the ACC. They recently beat the Seminoles in a comfortable win 80-65. Their go-to player, Grayson Allen scored 18 pts and shot below is usual average of 48% from the field. Allen, who’s averaging 20.9 pts per game and has scored more than 15 in every contests since the holiday break.

 

The Panthers on their hand need to get their players’ focus on point since the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will have to make their decision soon on their participation. Unfortunately for them this year, they haven’t won a single game against a ranked team. Even though they’re playing great basketball and currently ranking 7th nationwide in assists, they’re seriously struggling in the turnover and long shooting range departments. They will need some help from their top player Michael Young, who averages 16.1 pts per game but has only put up 18 pts in his last 2 games in total.

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Fanpicks.com College Bowl Preview
The Military Bowl

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The Midshipmen host Pittsburgh at Navy’s home field in Annapolis Md. Navy is vying for their first 11 game win season in what could very be coach Ken Niumatalolo’s last game. Niumatalolo, who took over as Midshipmen coach prior to the the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl, is 67-37-0 – the winningest coach in Academy annals – but appears to be a strong candidate to take over at BYU. “It’s been my life,” Niumatalolo, a Mormon who went on a two-year mission after his freshman year at Hawaii, told reporters about his time at Navy. “My kids have grown up here. I’ve given everything for this program.”

Keenan Reynolds, who finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting, plays his final collegiate game after becoming the first Midshipmen quarterback to defeat Army four times. Reynolds rushed for two touchdowns in No. 22 Navy’s 21-17 victory over the Black Knights on Dec. 12 to set the Division I record with 85 career TDs, passing Georgia Southern‘s Adrian Peterson and Towson‘s Terrance West. Reynolds has rushed for 4,415 yards, trailing only West Virginia‘s Pat White (4,480) and Michigan‘s Denard Robinson (4,495) on the all-time FBS list for quarterbacks.

While it appears the Midshipmen may soon need a new coach, Pittsburgh’s Pat Narduzzi on Dec. 10 received a two-year contract extension through 2021 after guiding the Panthers to eight wins in his first season. Narduzzi’s rushing defense is 20th nationally at 126.1 yards per game, but he must figure out a way to stop the country’s No. 3 ground attack which averages 319.2 yards. Pittsburgh held Navy to 220 rushing yards in a 24-21 loss in Annapolis on a last-second goal in 2013.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH (8-4, 6-2 ACC): The Panthers boast a trio of offensive standouts in quarterback Nathan Peterman (61.4 percent completion rate, 19 touchdowns, five interceptions), redshirt freshman running back Qadree Ollison (1,048 rushing yards, 10 TDs) and wide receiver Tyler Boyd (85 catches, six TDs). Freshman defensive back Jordan Whitehead finished third in the ACC with 67 solo tackles. Pittsburgh, which finished second to North Carolina in the ACC’s Coastal Division, plays in its eighth straight bowl after losing to Houston 35-34 in last season’s Armed Forces Bowl to drop to 13-18 in bowl games.

ABOUT NAVY (10-2, 7-1 American Athletic Conference): Reynolds ran for 1,229 yards and 21 touchdowns this season – the second-most rushing scores in the nation to Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama (23) – while fullback Chris Swain added 909 yards and 10 scores. Reynolds tossed seven touchdown passes – five to wide receiver Jamir Tillman – in 98 attempts this season. The Midshipmen (9-10-1 in bowl games) play in their fourth straight bowl and try for their third consecutive victory after a 17-16 win over San Diego State in the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl and a 24-6 verdict over Middle Tennessee in the 2013 Armed Forces Bowl.

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College Football Fantasy Draft News 10-29-2015

North Carolina Tar Heels versus Pittsburgh Panthers College Football Real Money Fantasy Preview 10-29-2015

The Pittsburgh Panthers will meet the North Carolina Tar Heels from the college football gridiron on Thursday night. DFS managers can tune to ESPN TV on October 29th from Pittsburgh at 7PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their one day league roster picks.

This is a battle between two 6-1 teams. The Tar Heels opened the season with a 17-13 defeat on the road to South Carolina. Since that loss the team has strung together six straight wins and are bowl eligible. Their other road game was on October 3rd where they pulled out a 38-31 victory at Georgia Tech. North Carolina has been a solid defensive team as they give up just 16.7 points per game to their opponents which is 16th best in the nation.

Pittsburgh suffered their first loss back on September 19th dropping a 27-24 road decision at an undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes club. The Panthers play only their third home game of the season as they have just one road game left on their schedule. Last Saturday they won at Syracuse 23-20. Like North Carolina, Pittsburgh is a stout defensive team ranking very highly in all the key categories.

North Carolina Tar Heels QB:

Marquise Williams

The senior quarterback has seen significant action the past three years with the program. He is completing 67% of his throws for 1353 yards with nine touchdowns and seven picks. He is a dual threat quarterback who has run for 476 yards and five touchdowns while averaging 7.0 yards per carry.

North Carolina Tar Heels RB:

Elijah Hood

Hood leads the Tar Heels on the ground with 646 rushing yards with eight touchdowns and a very good 6.5 yards per rush average.

Pittsburgh Panthers QB:

Nathan Peterman

The Panthers signal caller is hitting on 69% of his passes for 1111 yards with nine touchdowns and three picks. He is not a major threat to run with a 1.5 yards per rush average on 46 carries.

Pittsburgh Panthers WR:

Tyler Boyd

Boyd leads the Panthers with 53 catches for 489 yards with four touchdowns. He had 12 catches last week for 93 yards in the win at Syracuse.

Oregon Ducks versus Arizona St Sun Devils College Football Fantasy Preview 10-29-2015

It will be a PAC 12 conference tilt in late night as the Arizona St Sun Devils host the Oregon Ducks. College football fantasy draft GMs can tune to ESPN at 10:30PM Eastern Time from Arizona St to track the results of their roster picks.

Oregon is going through a down season for their standards with a record of 4-3. They have two PAC 12 losses with a 62-20 home defeat to Utah and on October 10th dropped a 45-38 home decision in overtime to Washington St. The defense has gone south on the Ducks by ranking 113th in the nation in yards allowed at 461 per game.

Arizona St is 4-3 with their losses coming in a neutral field to Texas A&M, home to USC and two weeks ago at Utah. They have struggled in pass defense ranking 95th in the nation.

Oregon Ducks QB:

Vernon Adams

The transfer from FCS school Eastern Washington has hit on 59.4% of his throws for 853 yards with six touchdowns and two picks.

Oregon Ducks RB:

Royce Freeman

Freeman has run well this season with 997 yards on 150 carries and nine touchdowns. He is producing 6.6 yards per carry.

Arizona St Sun Devils QB:

Mike Bercovici

The senior quarterback is completing 58.6% of his throws for 1846 yards with 14 touchdowns and 5 picks. He had a tough game at Utah where he completed just 48% of his passes.

Arizona St Sun Devils WR:

Tim White

White has 22 passes this year for 303 yards with five touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 14 yards per catch on the season.

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