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2014-15 Boston College Basketball Opponent Previews: Duke Blue Devils

Previewing the Eagles' 2014-15 opponents, from worst to first.

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Team Name: Duke Blue Devils

Conference: ACC

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, 910-247 (.787) overall, 362-149 (.708) in conference play in 34 seasons with the Blue Devils

SB Nation Community: Duke Basketball Report

Last Year Record: 26-9 (13-5), tied third place in the ACC

Final Kenpom Ranking: 13

Key Losses: Jabari Parker (19.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), Rodney Hood (16.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg), Andre Dawkins (7.9 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.4 apg)

Key Returnees: Quinn Cook (11.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.4 apg), Rasheed Sulaimon (9.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Amile Jefferson (6.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.0 apg)

Additions (Transfers, Recruits): Grayson Allen (freshman from Jacksonville, Fla.), Tyus Jones (freshman from Apple Valley, Minn.), Justise Winslow (freshman from Houston, Texas), Jahlil Okafor (freshman from Chicago, Ill.), Sean Obi (Rice transfer, will sit out 2014-15, from Kaduna, Nigeria), Sean Kelly (walk-on senior from Raleigh, N.C.)

Games vs. BC: January 3 in Durham, 4:00 p.m., RSN/NESN

Projected Starting Lineup:

G Quinn Cook, senior
G Rasheed Sulaimon, junior
F Justise Winslow, freshman
F Amile Jefferson, junior
C Jahlil Okafor, freshman

He's a Dude: Justise Winslow, freshman forward. Winslow, a five-star recruit out of Houston, Texas, comes to Durham with high expectations. He's already finished as the team's leading scorer in both exhibition games this season and looks to make an immediate impact for the Blue Devils. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 23.9 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game over a 125-game high school career, playing for Saint John's in Houston.

Series: 17-2 Duke

First Meeting: Duke 70, Boston College 64 (OT) (December 21, 1979)
Last Meeting: Duke 89, Boston College 68 (February 8, 2014)
Last Meeting at Cameron Indoor: Duke 89, Boston College 68 (February 23, 2013)

Last Five Meetings:

L - Duke 89, Boston College 68 (February 8, 2014)
L - Duke 89, Boston College 68 (February 24, 2013)
L - Duke 62, Boston College 61 (February 10, 2013)
L - Duke 75, Boston College 50 (February 19, 2012)
L - Duke 84, Boston College 68 (January 27, 2011)

How They Match Up With Boston College: Coach K tripled down this year by bringing in not one, not two, but three highly touted freshman in this year's incoming class. All three--Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow--are expected to make an immediate impact for the Blue Devils this season.

Add three McDonalds All-Americans to an already talented roster with Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, and it's no surprise why the Blue Devils were picked to finish atop the ACC this season.

Just a crazy amount of talent on a roster that should give the Eagles fits down in Durham in early January.

GIF if Boston College wins:

GIF if Boston College loses:

Way Too Early Prediction: Duke 89, Boston College 68

When I looked up the last few BC-Duke results, at first I thought it was a typo. Did BC really lose to Duke by identical 89-68 scores in their last two outings with the Blue Devils? Turns out that's correct. So, why not three in a row? Can't see this matchup being competitive with the game down at Duke.