Duke Blue Devils vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/27/13
Alabama Crimson Tide (3-1) at Duke Blue Devils (5-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The sixth-ranked Duke Blue Devils try for a more comfortable outing than their last when they take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the NIT Season Tip-Off .
Duke narrowly escaped Vermont 91-90 Sunday, keeping its 106-game non-conference home win streak intact. The Blue Devils got all they could and more from the Catamounts, though, and needed a free throw from sophomore G Rodney Hood with 5 seconds left to dodge the bullet. The Catamounts shot a strong 64 percent from the field, while holding Duke to 49 percent from the floor. Standout freshman F Jabari Parker scored 26 points on 68 percent shooting, marking his sixth straight game with 20-plus points. Parker added 9 rebounds and made 3 of 4 from the foul line. Hood had 22 points on 46 percent from the field, grabbed 6 boards and made 3 of 5 from beyond the arc.
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With a win over the Blue Devils Wednesday, the Crimson Tide can get back to the NIT championship game for the first time since losing to Wichita State in 2011. Alabama hasn’t suited up since defeating Georgia State 78-75 in an NIT regional round game in Tuscaloosa Nov. 19 and shot 48 percent in the game to the Panthers’ 40 percent, 31 percent from beyond the arc and hit 19 of 25 from the foul line. Senior G Trevor Releford had a game-high 19 points on 46 percent from the field, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 of 7 from downtown. Sophomore G Retin Obasohan added 18 points and 4 rebounds on 54 percent from the field and made 6 of 9 from the foul line. Releford leads Alabama in scoring on the season, averaging 18 ppg on 59 percent shooting and 50 percent from distance.
The line in this one currently has Duke an 8 point favorite, but the Blue Devils don’t seem to have gelled as a team yet, evidenced by the slim victory over Vermont. There’s just simply too much next-level talent on the roster to have back to back scares, though, so look for Duke to bounce back big .
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