Duke vs Texas Tech : The No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (9-1) and 12th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-0) will square off Thursday in a battle of two powerhouse programs.
NCAA College Basketball
Team : Texas Tech vs Duke live
Date : Thursday, December 20
Start Time : 7:00 PM ET
Duke vs Texas Tech Live
The star-studded Blue Devils enter Thursday’s contest riding a five-game win streak, with their lone loss of the season coming at the hands of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Texas Tech has yet to drop a game this campaign but will face their biggest test of the young season Thursday.
It’s difficult to forecast when a team as talented as Duke could experience a hiccup, but Thursday night could present the rare predictable case as the Blue Devils take on Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden.
The Red Raiders are a perfect 10-0 on the season, and their schedule has not been without challenges. They have beaten a good Nebraska team (comfortably), handled Southern Cal (before Southern Cal’s injury bug went viral), and cruised to double digit wins in each of their three neutral court contests. They have the second-highest scoring margin in the country at 26.3 — just behind Duke, which is No. 1 at 29.4.
Duke’s previously predictable hiccup, against Gonzaga in the Maui Championship game on Nov. 21, resulted in an 89-87 loss. Since then, it has reeled off five consecutive wins by 21 or more points — including a 51-point beatdown of Princeton on Tuesday. The degree of difficulty ramps up exponentially, however, on Thursday evening.
This matchup will feature two extremely sound teams on both ends of the court, but the feature story to watch here is Duke and its No. 2 offense (in adjusted efficiency) against Texas Tech’s lengthy defense, which ranks No. 1 (in adjusted efficiency)