Bet Duke at Virginia Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV/Streaming Info

Bet Duke at Virginia Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV/Streaming Info

The 4th ranked Duke Blue Devils face their second top 10 opponent in a week after pushing Coach K to 1000 wins. On Saturday the Blue Devils visit Charlottesville to take on the 2nd ranked Virginia Cavaliers. The game tips off at 7pm on Super Bowl XLIX eve and will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN.

This clash of titans is one of the marquee matchups, not only of the week, but of the entire season, and its outcome will likely affect the race for the ACC title as well as NCAA Tournament seeding come Selection Sunday.

Don’t miss this game as it is a rare treat to see two teams who have been ranked in the top 10 all season long to face-off in primetime in front of a national audience.

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My Thoughts On The Bet Duke at Virginia Odds and Final Score Prediction

Matchup: No. 4 Duke Blue Devils at No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers
Date: Jan. 31, 2015 
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Stadium: John Paul Jones Arena
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Duke Vs  Virginia
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The Duke Blue Devils Will Beat the Virginia Cavaliers If

  1. Duke gets the ball to Jahlil Okafor and he hits his free throws – Duke had a 10 point lead over Notre Dame in the second half of their loss to the Irish. Once the game got close, at one point, Okafor missed 4 free throws in a row. The big man has to hit his free throws because he should get to the line against Virginia.
  2. The Blue Devils are patient – Duke shoots close to 50% from the field as a team. There is no way that they’ll get close to that number against one of the best defensive teams in all of college basketball. The Blue Devils have to be patient and work for a high-percentage shot.
  3. Duke gets back on defense – The Blue Devils were bad at getting back on defense against Notre Dame in the 73 to 77 loss to the Irish. Virginia plays slow, but they’re more athletic than they have been in the past. They could very well catch the Blue Devils sleeping if Duke isn’t careful.

The Virginia Cavaliers Will Beat the Duke Blue Devils If

  1. Virginia pushes the pace after defensive rebounds – The best way to beat Duke is to not let them set up their defense. Duke is a young team that doesn’t always rush back to defend. The Cavaliers should take advantage by pushing the pace.
  2. The Cavaliers take the open three-point shot – Virginia shoots 39.5% from behind the three-point line. That’s very good. Duke had trouble defending the three versus Notre Dame, who shot an excellent 44.4% from behind the three-point line. Take the open three if it’s there, Cavs.
  3. Virginia just keeps playing awesome defense – Virginia allows 34.2% from the field and 30.2% from the three-point line. Opponents average less than 50 points, 49.2, against the Cavaliers. Just keep playing defense.

Bet On the Virginia Cavaliers to Beat the Duke Blue Devils

Virginia should frustrate Duke like crazy in this game. Duke has a lot of young players, their two best players, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, are freshman. It’s just too early to expect Duke to have success against the best defensive team in the nation.

Virginia should beat Duke by about 6 to 10 points in this game because the Blue Devils figure to push too hard on offense, which will lead to turnovers or bad shots.

My Final Score Prediction:  Virginia Cavaliers 68, Duke Blue Devils 60