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Tyrese Proctor (5) lays the ball in under the basket during Duke's win against La Salle.

Beats' picks: Can No. 7 Duke men's basketball overcome Arkansas in inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge matchup?

The seventh-ranked Blue Devils stare down their first real road battle of the season Wednesday in Fayetteville, Ark., against the talented but hurting Razorbacks. The Chronicle’s beat writers are here to predict how Duke will fare in its first installment of the ACC/SEC Challenge, and whether it can emerge with a win at a hostile Bud Walton Arena.

Jeremy Roach lets loose a three during Duke's win against Southern Indiana.

No. 9 Duke men's basketball shows both faces of its 3-point shooting form and future in win against Southern Indiana

Six games into Duke’s season, and there have already been glimpses of a desolate future where the three ball elicits its downfall. The Blue Devils are not an offense that is 3-point focused or over-reliant on their shooting, but when their shot from distance is not falling, they are a completely different team.