NCAA Basketball Odds & Betting Prediction: Virginia Tech vs. Duke

NCAA Basketball Odds & Betting Prediction: Virginia Tech vs. Duke

Written by on February 14, 2018

With the regular season in college basketball heading into the last couple of weeks, the battle to be part of March Madness is now on in a big way. There are, as you would expect at this stage of the game, several teams that have already punched their ticket to the tournament, but there are much more who are considered to be on the bubble. The Duke Blue Devils are ranked #12 right now and are in, but their opponents on Wednesday night, the Virginia Tech Hokies, are one of the teams that are still very much on the bubble, just as the NCAA Basketball odds for this contest indicate. The Hokies have helped their cause by getting some wins at the right time, and another win over a team in the top 25 may really help make a case for being in the tournament. Now may actually be the perfect time to face Duke, as the betting favorites Blue Devils are on a bit of a slide at the moment. It’s not the type of form you want to be in with playoff basketball right around the corner, so look for them to try and get back to winning ways in this one. The College Basketball betting lines are in their favor.

Hokies vs. Blue Devils NCAA Basketball Odds & Betting Prediction

  • When: Wednesday, February 14 at 7 PM EST
  • Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham
  • TV: ESPN 2
  • Radio: 105.3 FM (Virginia Tech) / 103.7 FM (Duke)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • NCAA Basketball Odds: Duke Blue Devils -11.5 (Over/Under at 162 points)

Team Records

  • All: Virginia Tech Hokies 18-7 / Duke Blue Devils 20-5
  • Home: Virginia Tech Hokies 12-3 / Duke Blue Devils 13-1
  • Away: Virginia Tech Hokies 6-4 / Duke Blue Devils 7-4
  • ATS: Virginia Tech Hokies 13-8 / Duke Blue Devils 14-9
  • Over/Under: Virginia Tech Hokies 13-7 / Duke Blue Devils 16-7

Kentucky at Auburn NCAAB Odds & Expert Prediction – February 14th

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Duke Blue Devils lead 9-1
  • Score: Virginia Tech Hokies 63.80 / Duke Blue Devils 76.90
  • Field Goal Percentage: Virginia Tech Hokies 42.34 / Duke Blue Devils 46.26
  • Rebounds: Virginia Tech Hokies 31.60 / Duke Blue Devils 37.00
  • 3 Point Shots: Virginia Tech Hokies 44-143 / Duke Blue Devils 82-222
  • Steals: Virginia Tech Hokies 2.60 / Duke Blue Devils 5.30

Why consider the Hokies NCAA Basketball Odds?

The Hokies really need to finish this season on some type of winning streak if they are to get off the bubble and into the tournament. The good news is that they have found their form at just the right time, winning back to back games against NC State and the Virginia Cavaliers, a team that was ranked #2 when that game was played. The next two games, like the one against Virginia, come on the road, with Duke and Georgia Tech the opponents. Taking 2 of those 3 road games would potentially put the Hokie in a very solid position as they head into the last couple of weeks of the regular season. VT has not been great defensively this year, which is something they will need to improve on against a very good Duke offense. The Hokies are 13-8 ATS and 14-7 O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 83.72
  • Field Goal Percentage: 51.36
  • Three-Point Percentage: 39.72
  • Free Throw Percentage: 71.72
  • Total Rebounds: 34.00
Defense
  • Total Score: 73.20
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.65
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.35
  • Free Throw Percentage: 70.60
  • Total Rebounds: 34.24

Why consider the Blue Devils NCAA Basketball Odds?

All is not well in Durham right now, as the Duke Blue Devils are on a skid that has seen them fall out of the top 10 and all the way down to #12. Duke has now lost 3 of their last 5, and while 2 of those defeats came at the hands of ranked opponents, a loss to unranked St. John’s was one that showed that there may be some issues with this team. Duke is on top of the NCAA Basketball Odds against Virginia Tech. Their biggest issue at the moment would appear to be on the offensive side of the basketball, which is a surprise, given that they are averaging close to 89 PPG. Their offensive output has fallen well short of that number in each of their last 3 games. The Blue Devils are 14-9 ATS and 16-7 O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 88.76
  • Field Goal Percentage: 50.41
  • Three-Point Percentage: 38.93
  • Free Throw Percentage: 69.57
  • Total Rebounds: 42.60
Defense
  • Total Score: 72.64
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.55
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.01
  • Free Throw Percentage: 74.23
  • Total Rebounds: 33.08

Latest NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

  • Hokies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games
  • Hokies are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of Virginia Tech’s last 10 games
  • Blue Devils are 20-5 SU in their last 25 games
  • Blue Devils are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 14 of Duke’s last 21 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is a tough run of form for Duke, but they have too many talented guys for it to continue. I think they will finish the season strong, starting with a solid Wednesday night performance at home. Score: Virginia Tech Hokies 73 – Duke Blue Devils 78
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