The third-ranked Duke Blue Devils are gunning to extend their winning streak to 11 games and can win a third straight men’s college basketball against the spread bet for you with a big road victory against the 19th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in a key ACC matchup Saturday.
A Closer Look At The Men’s Basketball Odds for the Duke Vs UNC Rematch, Analyzing My Final Score Prediction & How To Stream The Game
Matchup: (3) Duke Blue Devils at (19) North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Mar. 7, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Duke Vs North Carolina
Live Men’s Basketball Betting Odds
Duke’s Projected Starting Lineup: Jahlil Okafor (C), Justise Winslow (F), Tyus Jones (G), Quinn Cook (G), Matt Jones (G).
North Carolina’s Projected Starting Lineup: Kennedy Meeks (F), Brice Johnson (F), J.P. Tokoto (F), Justin Jackson (F), Marcus Paige (G).
The UNC faithful can painstakingly recall every second of the epic collapse by their squad when they last made the eight-mile trek to visit their arch nemesis Blue Devils.
The 10-point Tar Heels lead with less than four minutes left on the clock began looked beatable by Coach K’s squad, but the seven-point advantage with less than a minute-and-a-half was more than the Tar Heels could of hoped for.
And when all is said and done, the epic collapse and 92-90 soul-crushing defeat at hands of the Blue Devils left UNC shell-shocked. Blue Devils Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones both scored 22 points while freshman Tyus Jones matched a season high with 22 points. The Tar Heels, however, covered the 8-point spread as underdogs.
"It’s tough for this game always to live up to the hype," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "But I think tonight’s game exceeded it."
Duke has won four of the last five games in the series against North Carolina straight up and both programs have alternated the against the spread wins in their last four games. The game total has gone OVER in the last two contests in this series.
The Blue Devils are led by freshman center Jahlil Okafor (18.2 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.5 APG) and senior guard Quinn Cook (15.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.9 APG). Duke’s offense averages 80.7 points per game (3rd best in the nation, shooting 50.1% from the field (also 3rd) and recording 15.7 assists (20th). The Devils defense allows 65.8 PPG (149th) and is recording 37.9 RPG (32th).
Junior Guard Marcus Paige leads the Tar Heels (13.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 4.4 APG), along junior forward Brice Johnson (12.8 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 0.8 APG). North Carolina’s offense averages 78.1 points per game, shooting 47.0% from the field 38th) and posting 17.8 assists per game (1st). Their defense allows 68.3 PPG (233rd) and records 42.2 RPG (2nd).
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last five games, 5-0 SU in its last five games at home. The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke’s last five games and 5 of Duke’s last seven games at home.
North Carolina 14-6 SU in its last 20 games, 2-3-1 SU in its last six games, 1-6-1 ATS in its last eight games at home, and 19-6 SU in its last 25 games at home.