Fourth-ranked Duke may be playing at home in their Saturday ACC showdown against No. 2 Virginia, but the Blue Devils will be on high alert to avoid the upset when they take on the defensive-minded Cavaliers.
The betting odds are not available at the time of writing. Click here for live college basketball odds. Now, let’s find out what’s going to take place when these two national championship hopefuls square off on Saturday.
Virginia Cavaliers Vs Duke Blue Devils College Hoops Betting Analysis
No. 2 Virginia (19-1) vs No. 4 Duke (18-2)
When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 at at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC
Stream: CBS Sports
Odds: Duke -5
Why Bet On Virginia
Virginia has won 11 consecutive games and is coming off an emphatic 61-36 beatdown of Clemson on Tuesday night. The Cavaliers average a modest 69.2 points per game, but they don’t need to score a bunch of points as they limit the opposition to a mind-boggling 51.6 points per game defensively to rank first in the nation in points allowed. Sweet-shooting guard Kyle Guy averages a team-high 15.2 points per game on 42.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Why Bet On Duke
Duke has won five straight games and enters this contest coming off a convincing 84-70 win over Wake Forest on Saturday. The Blue Devils are ranked first in scoring nationally (91.6 ppg) and average almost 20 points per game more than they allow (72.6 ppg). Duke has the possible top pick in the next NBA Draft on their roster in freshman forward Marvin Bagley III (21.6 ppg) and another sure-fire lottery pick in point guard Trevon Duval (11.5 ppg, 6.0 apg, 1.6 spg).
Virginia Vs Duke College Hoops Betting Analysis & Final Score Prediction
This matchup is a classic case of offense versus defense, but for this ACC clash, I’m going to advise you to simply back Virginia to win and cover the spread as slight road underdogs. The Cavaliers have already shut down some excellent offensive teams by holding Virginia Tech’s 14th-ranked offense to 52 points, No. 10 North Carolina to 49 points and No. 17 Clemson to 36 points.
In short, the Cavs look like they could stop any team in the country from scoring whenever they want to and that’s what I’m expecting in this matchup.
Final Score Prediction: Virginia 68 Duke 60