Men's Basketball

Mark Mitchell puts the ball away over a Hofstra defender during Duke's Dec. 12 victory.

Beats' picks: Can No. 21 Duke men's basketball take down No. 10 Baylor in Madison Square Garden showdown?

The 21st-ranked Blue Devils make a familiar trip up to New York for a battle with top-10 Baylor Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden for the final heavyweight clash of their nonconference slate. Ahead of the 7 p.m. tipoff, The Chronicle's beat writers are here with their predictions about whether Duke can emerge with a win.

Jared McCain steps back for a contested shot during Duke's win against Charlotte.

No. 22 Duke men's basketball rediscovers its clinical shooting touch in bounce-back win against Charlotte

Players experience hot streaks and shooting slumps that come and go throughout the year, and if too many shooters are cold at the same point in time, a team can drop some games they are favored to win. Back in the comfort of their home stadium to take on Charlotte Saturday afternoon, though, the Blue Devils found their groove.