The Duke Blue Devils are all set to defend their ACC Tournament crown. They have won the tourney two times over the last three seasons but they have certainly shown signs of weakness as the regular season wound down. Will they be able to take another to Durham?
Betting Preview for the North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Duke Blue Devils NCAA College Basketball Game on March 12 2020
Where: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro
When: Thursday, March 12 , 2020, 2:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the North Carolina State Wolfpack (20-12 Overall / 10-10 Conference)
The Wolfpack have scheduled another date with the Blue Devils this season after getting past the first round of the ACC Tournament with a dominant 73-58 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers on Thursday. The Wolfpack are one of the few teams who have defeated the Blue Devils this season. When they were aching for a win to keep their bubble from totally bursting, the Wolfpack handed Duke an ugly 20-point beating in an 88-66 win in Raleigh late last month. However, the Blue Devils were able to get back at them and even the score with an 88-69 win in Durham on Mar. 2. NC State’s defense held most of Duke’s scorers down, as the Wolfpack held the Blue Devils to only 37.7 percent shooting from the field, but they failed to put the harness on Vernon Carey Jr., who is seemingly their biggest problem for this upcoming game. Devising a game plan on how to clog up the painted area will be crucial for NC State in limiting Carey’s production. OR they could put Carey in foul trouble early by attacking him on offense to throw his and Duke’s rhythm off.
The Wolfpack are 2-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last two games.
Betting on the Duke Blue Devils (25-6 Overall / 15-5 Conference)
The Blue Devils finished the regular season on a high note, as they beat their rivals, the North Carolina Tar Heels in Durham last Saturday, 89-76. Tre Jones authored a masterful performance in that win, scoring 21 points and dishing out 11 assists, while Vernon Carey Jr. came off the bench and feasted on North Carolina’s interior defense. Carey finished the game with 25 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the field while also going 9 of 11 from the free-throw line. Moving Carey to the bench could be something we could see again in future games of Duke, as he gives the team a sure source of offense. Plus, it will also help prevent him from getting into early foul trouble, which he has had to deal with in some of the previous games. In their upset loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Carey fouled out after just 19 minutes of action.
The Blue Devils are second in the nation with 82.5 points per game. Duke is 2-0 against the spread in its last two games.
Duke wins, 82-70.
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