There is something a little strange about not seeing Duke at the top of the ACC at this time of the year, especially as they came into the season as a defending National Champion. They are proof of how tough it is to reload once kids head off to the draft, and they are going to have another great battle on their hands on Saturday, February 13 when they welcome the Virginia Cavaliers to Durham. The full odds for this ACC powerhouse bout will be up on our own special NCAAB betting page as soon as they are available.
How to bet Virginia Cavaliers Vs Duke Blue Devils Odds, TV and Game Info
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The Cavaliers may be coming into this one as the ranked team and potential favorite, but you should never underestimate the tenacity of a wounded warrior. Duke are always tough to take down in their own building, and they will continue to be so, even when things aren’t going the way they want them to.
Why bet on the Virginia Cavaliers
The Cavaliers (20-4, 9-3) have made it all the way up to #7 in the national rankings, and they have done so on the strength of a winning streak that has now hit 7 games. They have won 3-straight games on the road, although their last defeat came away from home versus Florida State. Virginia have made short work of the better teams that they have faced this season, beating all 4 of the ranked teams that they have faced. While Duke are not currently ranked, they still have to be considered a higher level of competition for the Cavaliers, who you would expect to raise their game for this one. If Virginia wants to maintain their high ranking, they know they will need to avoid the losses that have beset the top teams all season long. The Cavaliers are averaging 71.4 PPG, and are giving up just 59.6 PPG.
Why bet on the Duke Blue Devils
It has been a bit of an odd year for Duke (18-6, 7-4), and there is the distinct possibility that they will be heading into March Madness as an unranked team. The Blue Devils only lost 4 games all season on their path to a National Championship, but they had already surpassed that loss total by the middle of January this year. All of that aside, Duke showed that they can still hang with the big boys in their last game, where they cast aside the #13 ranked Louisville Cardinals by a score of 72-65. They have a bunch of games coming up against ranked opponents in the final few weeks of the season, and those should serve as a good indication of where this team really is. Duke are averaging 84.3 PPG, and are giving up 71.3 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Virginia defense is top 3 in the nation right now, but it’s going to be interesting to see how they hold up against a Duke offense that can score big. This is going to be a close one, I believe, and I have a hunch that Duke will just edge it.
Virginia Cavaliers 70 Duke Blue Devils 71