The Duke vs. Virginia 2015 live stream and televised NCAA basketball game arrives on Saturday evening, as two ACC foes will battle. Heading into this matchup, the Cavaliers are still undefeated behind some great defense, while Duke is reeling after being upset by No. 8 Notre Dame earlier in the week. A win here would be huge for Duke down the stretch, but also for Virginia, as both look towards the tournament in March. The latest college basketball game will be live streaming online and televised thanks to ESPN networks.
According to a USA Today report from Jan. 29, this highly anticipated home game for the Cavaliers will also mark the first time in history that ESPN’s “College GameDay” program will be hosted on their campus. The 19-0 Virginia team will host a 17-3 Duke team that is still among the best in the nation. However, right now only Virginia and Kentucky are undefeated. Should the Wildcats falter and the Cavaliers continue their unblemished record, they’d likely take over the No. 1 spot in the college basketball polls.
Coming into this matchup, Virginia has stingy defense in its favor. The team is the best in the nation in terms of points allowed to opponents, only giving up 49.2 per game. They’re also great when it comes to offensive efficiency as the Cavaliers rank in the top ten nationally for points per possession. While they lack the star power that teams like Kentucky and Duke seem to boast right now, that has been part of Virginia’s ability to fly under the radar. Justin Anderson and Malcolm Brogdon have been two of the talents helping to lead the way.
For Duke, much of the talk has centered around their center, Jahlil Okafor, who is projected as the top draft pick for the next NBA draft. They also feature talented guard Quinn Cook, who is second on the team in scoring with 14.4 points a game, and second in assists per game with 2.8 a contest. Duke currently ranks eighth in the country for field goal percentage with 49.6% shooting a game, while also ranking 11th in points per game with 81.2 a contest. Add to that the facts they are among the top 50 teams for both assists and rebounding. That makes this a “must see” matchup for college basketball fans.
Currently, Virginia is a favorite by at least 4 1/2 points to win this game in Charlottesville. They have handled most challenges well so far this season including defeating the Notre Dame team at home that just defeated Duke. This will be the biggest test of the Cavaliers’ schedule though as they start with Duke and then will get North Carolina followed by Louisville at the end of next week. Will they still emerge as an undefeated team looking to become a No. 1 seed when March Madness arrives?
Saturday night’s Duke vs. Virginia game has a scheduled start time if 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. ESPN will provide the live televised coverage at that time for cable and satellite TV viewers around the nation. They’ll also have the live streaming online coverage thanks to their WatchESPN broadband sports network. The live feed is available free to customers of participating cable or satellite providers.