It’s never easy to repeat as a champion in any sport, but it is especially tough in the college game, especially with so many kids making the move to the NBA at the end of each season. Duke are not having it their way at all this year, and are out of the top 25 at a pretty late stage of the season. They look to have a bit of an easier game when they will welcome in the North Carolina State Wolfpack to the Cameron Indoor Stadium. Betting on Duke might not seem as the best choice right now, but hey, at the end of the day they are still Duke, with that said make sure to go on over to our online sportsbook NCAAB odds page to check out the lines for this game.
How to bet North Carolina State Wolfpack Vs Duke Blue Devils TV, Stream and Game Info
When: Saturday, February 6, 2 PM EST
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham
Why bet on the North Carolina State Wolfpack
In any other season, this would have been viewed as an easy game for Duke, but this is not any other season. The Wolfpack (12-11, 2-8) have not had much luck in conference play, and have already dropped a game to the Blue Devils, but they also showed that they can hang with the big boys if they get all facets of their game going on the same night. They delivered an 85-69 hammering to a ranked Miami Hurricanes team over the weekend, and then almost toppled the Florida State Seminoles earlier this week. This has the potential to be a trip-up game for Duke, and you can bet that the Wolfpack will be ready to pounce if they sense a stumble. North Carolina State are averaging 75.1 PPG, and are giving up 71.9 PPG.
Why bet on the Duke Blue Devils
This is not the slam dunk bet that many might assume it to be, as Duke (16-6, 5-4) look to be a pretty fragile bunch at the moment. Coach Mike Krzyzewski seems to be feeling the heat, as he missed the last game versus Georgia Tech due to being in hospital with dehydration and exhaustion. That shows that he is working hard to get things turned around, and you can perhaps expect an emotional response from the Blue Devils when he returns. They certainly put in a solid display in his absence, rolling over the Yellow Jackets 80-71. This team is better than what they are playing right now, and they just have to start showing it. Duke are averaging 84.7 PPG, and are giving up 71.2 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The return of Krzyzewski to the bench should give this team a lift, and you get the sense that his ailments may inspire the Blue Devils players to work as hard as their coach has been doing. I see a gritty win for Duke in this one.
North Carolina State 71 Duke Blue Devils 78