This Saturday the North Carolina State Wolfpack face ACC rival the Duke Blue Devils in what’s turned out to be a key battle after Duke dropped out of the top 25 for the first time in eight years. The game tips-off this place on ESPN Saturday, February 6th at 2:00 PM ET from the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.
A Closer Look At How To Bet the North Carolina State Wolfpack Vs Duke Blue Devils College Hoops Line
The college basketball betting line favors the Duke Blue Devils by 11.5-points to beat the NC State Wolfpack.
The Duke Blue Devils have been better against the spread going 34-23, +870, while the Wolfpack are 28-23 against the spread. In head-to-head matchups, the Duke Blue Devils are 2-1 ATS. SportsLine has had success picking against the spread in these matchups going 2-1 +90 on picks. Head-to-head matchups have trended over (2 over, 1 under).
- 1/11/2015: N.C. State won 87 to 75, N.C. State covered +9, Game went over 141
- 3/12/2015: Duke won 77 to 53, Duke covered -8.5, Game came under 146.5
- 1/23/2016: Duke won 88 to 78, Duke covered -4.5, Game went over 148.5
What: NC State Wolfpack (12-11) at Duke Blue Devils (16-6)
When: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Kickoff: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Durham, North Carolina
Stadium: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Spread: Duke -11.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: NC State vs Duke
Bet The North Carolina State Wolfpack Because…
North Carolina State had Duke on the ropes the first time that these two teams played this season. NC State was up by 7 points in the second half. It looked like they were easily going to beat Duke, but then Anthony “Cat” Barber got hurt. Barber is NC State’s best player. He averages 23.4 points and 4.6 assists per game. Barber doesn’t show up on this week’s injury report. In fact, Barber scored 31 points against Florida State in the Wolpack’s last game. Once Barber left in the second half, Duke went on a roll and beat NC State 88 to 78. With a healthy Barber, NC State has a big shot to upset Duke on the road on Saturday.
Bet The Duke Blue Devils Because…
This is a must win game for the Dookies. The Blue Devils have lost 6 games already this season. Duke has to beat North Carolina State in order to start sealing the deal for a spot in the NCAA Tournament, much less garner a high seed. Duke’s offense is playing well, 84 points per game, but the usually stout defense leaves something to be desired. The Blue Devils allow close to 44% shooting from the field. Opponents average close to 35% from three against Duke. Teams average over 71 points per game against Duke’s D. The Blue Devils have to win. That motivation, along with the Cameron Crazies, might be enough for Duke to pull out a victory.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
NC State will have the best player on the court. The Wolfpack was knocking on the door to an upset win over the Blue Devils in the first game between these two. Things fell apart for NC State, but if Cat Barber is healthy for the entire game on Saturday, the Wolfpack might be able to upset the Blue Devils.
The problem for Duke is that in addition to their defense, they will be without Coach K this Saturday. He’s taking the day off due to an illness. It’s going to be tough for Duke’s assistants to rally the Blue Devils’ freshman laden team to play the type of defense needed to stop The Cat. I expect an NC State straight up win.
My final score prediction is NC State 77, Duke 75.