Duke, the ACC Tournament Champion, goes into March Madness on a roll. Duke battles Troy, the 15 seed, in the East Region on Friday, March 17. The game tips off at 7:20 ET from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC.
This is a huge mis-match. Duke opened as the odds-on favorite win the NCAA Basketball National Title. Next, let’s find out if Troy has a snowball’s chance in hell to cover the betting spread.
How To Bet The Troy Trojans Vs Duke Blue Devils Spread & ATS Pick
Troy ended the season at 20 and 14 straight up. The Sun Belt Tournament winners went 20 and 12 against the spread this season. Duke finished the regular season by winning 4 games in 4 days in the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils have covered the spread in 5 out of their last 6 games.
What: No.15 Troy Trojans (22-14) vs No.2 Duke Blue Devils (27-8)
When: Friday, March 20, 2017
Start Time: 7:20 PM ET
Where: Greenville, South Carolina
Stadium: Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Spread: Duke -19
Moneyline: Troy +2000 vs Duke -4000
Game Total: 153.5
Stream: Watch TBS
Listen: Troy vs Duke
Bet Troy +19 Because…
Troy is in the NCAA Tournament because they got on a nice winning streak. The Trojans won their last 6 games. They went 5 and 1 ATS in those 6 games. Troy is also comfortable on the road as they are 10 and 6 against the spread in away games this season. The Trojans have 19 points to work with. That could be more than enough for the Trojans to cover the spread.
Bet Duke -19 Because…
Duke beat some terrific teams to win the ACC Tournament. The ACC is considered the top conference in college basketball. Duke beat Louisville 81 to 77. They took down North Carolina 93 to 83. They beat Notre Dame 75 to 69. If Duke carries the momentum into the NCAA Tournament, watch out. The Dookies can win it all.
Troy Vs Duke Pick & Final Score Prediction
Although I believe that Duke is a good enough team to beat SMU and Villanova and make it to the Final Four in Phoenix, I’m not comfortable laying 19 points on the Blue Devils versus a well-coached, terrifically inspired Troy Trojans team.
I have nothing against Duke. I think the team has come together well. But, there’s a difference between winning a game straight up, which the Blue Devils should do on Friday, and covering a close to 20-point spread.
I think Duke beats Troy by 14 or 15 points. Duke could have an over 20-point lead in this game. But, Coach K knows that if he wants to make it to another Final Four, he’s going to have to give his super freshman a break.
Troy can make up ground late to win ATS.