Most teams probably don’t want to be in the way of a Duke Blue Devils (+210 to win the national title)squad that’s coming off a loss. But that’s what the Miami Hurricanes (+50,000) are going to deal with on the road this coming Saturday. Will Duke prevent experiencing their first consecutive losses this season? Or will Miami shock the Blue Devils inside the Cameron Indoor Stadium?
Betting Preview for the Miami Hurricanes vs. Duke Blue Devils College Basketball Game on March 2, 2019
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham
When: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Miami Hurricanes (12-15 Overall / 4-11 Conference)
The Hurricanes have yet to win games in consecutive fashion since the conference play started. Coming off a 76-75 road loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on last Tuesday, the Hurricanes will look to bounce back, albeit against a tough opponent in the form of Duke. Miami was simply overpowered on the glass, which was among the telling factors of their loss to Wake Forest, which had 41 rebounds to just 34 by the Canes. Wake Forest was particularly unforgiving in the offensive glass, with 15 offensive rebounds to just eight by Miami. The Hurricanes will have to do a better job boxing out in Durham, as Duke is one of the most vicious rebounding teams not only in the ACC but in the nation as well. Meanwhile, Miami will lean on the small but terrible – and extremely entertaining to watch – Chris Lykes. The diminutive court general, who had 26 points in the Wake Forest game, is averaging 16.9 points per game this season.
Miami is 5-2 against the spread (ATS) in its lasts seven games.
Betting on the Duke Blue Devils (24-4 Overall / 12-3 Conference)
Duke survived the Syracuse Orange last Saturday despite missing Zion Williamson, but it wasn’t able to repeat the feat on Tuesday, when the Zion-less Blue Devils fell prey to the Virginia Tech Hokies at home, 77-72. RJ Barrett put up 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field, while Cam Reddish had 17 points with three 3-pointers, but it still would have been a different story had Williamson played. A silver lining for Duke in that loss was the fact that the Blue Devils shot 50 percent from the field. On the season, Duke is averaging 85.0 points per game – sixth in the nation – on 47.9 percent shooting from the field. The Blue Devils should do better this weekend than in their loss to the Hokies, as they are returning to Durham eager to get a win following a disappointing loss. Zion Williamson will not be suiting up for this one either, but will likely return for the season ender against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Duke is 16-12 ATS on the season and 2-1 ATS in games after a loss. Moreover, the Blue Devils are 8-7 ATS in 15 home games and 15-2 straight up (SU) at Cameron Indoor Stadium overall.
Duke wins, 86-65.
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