No. 1 Gonzaga will be going for a bit of history Friday when it faces No. 5 Duke on Friday. No team in the history of Division I college basketball has recorded three double-digit victories over teams ranked in the top-five of the AP Top 25 poll in a single month.
But the Zags can become the first to accomplish the feat when takes on the Blue Devils inside T-Mobile Arena for their second consecutive top-five showdown and third of the month of November after facing Texas and UCLA previously.
Both Texas and UCLA left town with double-digit defeats by an average margin of 16 points as Gonzaga showed its mettle. But Duke (6-0) may be its most worthy challenger to date.
The Blue Devils have plenty of NBA prospects led by star freshman Paolo Banchero, who is averaging 17.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. They rank top-10 nationally in scoring margin and, like their opponent Friday, have yet to face a real test they couldn’t pass thus far, setting up what could be one of the best early nonconference showdowns of the early season.
Below is how you can catch the game and our staff’s picks.
How to watch Duke vs. Gonzaga live
Date: Friday, Nov. 26 | Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
Location: T-Mobile Arena — Las Vegas
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Duke vs. Gonzaga prediction, picks
Gonzaga blew out No. 2 UCLA by 20 points in Vegas on Tuesday and the outcome of its game against Texas earlier this month was never really in doubt. So bet against the Zags at your own peril. I certainly wouldn’t. I would, however, take the points with Duke in this matchup. It has a more-than-competent front line that at the very least will provide resistance to Chet Holmgren and Drew TImme in the post with Banchero, a supersar scorer, and Mark Williams, a dominant big man who can protect the rim. Zags win, Duke covers in a close one. Prediction: Gonzaga 77, Duke 72
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