Duke At Virginia Free Pick, Prediction & TV info
The #12 Duke Blue Devils (20-5, 8-4 ACC) head to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers (18-6, 8-4 ACC) in a huge conference matchup ahead of the ACC tournament. Duke has reeled off five straight wins since a shocking home loss to North Carolina State, most recently edging Clemson at home, 64-62, on Saturday. Virginia has dropped three of five, including shocking conference losses at Syracuse and Virginia Tech — bookended around a dominant 71-55 home win over then-#4 Louisville. Take a look at all of our NCAA basketball point spreads and odds for this week’s games.
In Depth Analysis On The Blue Devils At Cavaliers Free Pick, Prediction & TV info
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 9:00pm ET
Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA
Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network / Virginia Sports Radio Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Blue Devils?
Yes, Clemson played Duke tough in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but that game came less than 48 hours after a tough home win over North Carolina on Thursday night. Grayson Allen poured in 25 points in that win over Carolina, and freshman Jayson Tatum added 19 — all after halftime. Luke Kennard chipped in 20 more, to help Duke beat then-#8 North Carolina. Duke had dropped four of seven — and almost made that five of nine when Clemson came to town on Saturday. However, Duke had been missing several players and had had to go four weeks without their head coach on the bench, due to Coach K’s back surgery. That game features 17 lead changes and nine ties, and the eight-point final margin (86-78) tied the largest that any team had held at any point in the game. That kind of clutch play will serve Duke well as they take on a Virginia team that was looking invincible until their recent stumbles.
Why should you put your money on the Cavaliers?
Virginia has had a difficult time finishing games in this recent stretch. Against Virginia Tech, they went into the locker room at halftime ahead 37-23. However, the Hokies came out and put up 40 in the second half, relying on a last-second tip-in by Ty Outlaw to force overtime, and it would take Virginia Tech two overtime periods to knock off Virginia. The Cavaliers had some bad luck at the end of the first extra frame, as London Perrantes headed to the rim for a layup, only to see the ball come to rest on the flange (that square between the rim and the backboard). The jump ball put the Hokies back on offense — a peculiar play in a weird game. The normal Cavalier routine has to do with suffocating defense
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I am impressed by Duke’s revival after the return of Coach K to the bench and Grayson Allen to the lineup. I predict a final score of Duke 74, Virginia 71.