Duke Vs Louisville Hoops Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV/Streaming InfoNoah Williams
Legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski‘s road to 1,000 wins will hit a huge speed bump this Saturday when his Blue Devils visit the city made famous by the Derby to take on the Louisville Cardinals at KFC Yum! Center.
NCAA basketball’s winningest head coach, Krzyzewski has won 997 games in his career, and he will get to the 1,000 win mark at some point in 2015. Funny story, since the 1,000th win mark has hit the horizon, Duke has not played very well. After winning their first 14 games of the season, Duke has now lost two straight to NC State and the U.
John Feinstein says that Duke's defense is hurting Mike Krzyzewski’s drive for win No. 1,000 http://t.co/75GzlWFEMk
— Post Sports (@PostSports) January 15, 2015
Usually losing two in a row is not a cause for alarm, but when you are Duke, you don’t lose two in a row. So why have the Blue Devils lost two in a row? In one word: Defense. The Blue Devils gave up 87 points in a loss to the N.C. State Wolfpack, followed by 90 in the Miami loss. Those numbers simply won’t get it done in the talented ACC.
Enter Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals, a team that can seem offensively-challenged at times, but they play great defense and if they can get jump to an early lead Coach K will have to put his 1,000th victory party on hold.
A Closer Look At The Duke Vs Louisville Hoops Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV/Scheudle Info
Matchup: No. 4 Duke Blue Devils at No. 6 Louisville Cardinals
Date: Jan. 17, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Stadium: KFC Yum! Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Duke Vs Louisville
The Duke Blue Devils will win this ACC matchup if
They decide to play on both ends of the court!
The Duke Blue Devils may have the near-consensus No. 1 overall NBA draft pick on their in freshman big man Jahlil Okafor, but they’re coming into this ACC matchup against Louisville riding a dismal two-game losing streak in which they played almost no defense whatsoever.
UPSET: Unranked Miami stuns No. 4 Duke by 16 at Cameron Indoor, to give the Blue Devils their second straight loss: http://t.co/K4c8sussfy
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) January 14, 2015
Okafor leads Coach K’s team in scoring (18.9), rebounding (9.4) and field goal percentage (66.8 %) while guard Tyus Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists (4.9) and steals (1.5).
After not allowing more than 73 points in each of their previous eight games, Duke got roasted for 87 points against N.C. State on Sunday before getting torched for 90 points in their stunning 90-74 home loss against Miami on Tuesday night.
The Louisville Cardinals will win this ACC matchup if
They shut down Jahlil Okafor and force the Blue Devils to beat them from outside!
The Cardinal have won eight of their last 10 games and will need to shut down Duke’s Okafor if they want to win this intriguing ACC matchup.
The good news is that they have one of the nation’s best big men in bruising forward Montrezl Harrell, the team’s leading rebounder (8.9 rpg). Rick Pitino’s ball club will need to get their usual point production from leading scorer Terry Rozier (17.4 ppg) while keeping the Blue Devils out of the 70s.
Louisville averages a respectable 73.8 points per game (49th) while giving up just 56.9points per contest defensively (17th).
— Kenny Klein (@KKcards) January 12, 2015
Will Duke or Louisville win this College Hoops ACC showdown?
I suspect that Louisville will be favored by about four points in this contest and I fully expect them to win and cover at home against the suddenly struggling Blue Devils.
Duke’s strength – going down low to Okafor – should be widely negated with the physically-imposing Harrell making Duke’s talented freshman work for everything he gets.
While the Cardinal have gone just 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games, I like them to narrowly cover the spread if it stays under a half-dozen points.