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Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/3/13

Michigan Wolverines (5-2) at Duke Blue Devils (6-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Duke Blue Devils and the Michigan Wolverines face off on Tuesday at Cameron Indoor in a college basketball matchup of ranked teams.

The Duke Blue Devils are coming off of their second loss of the season as they lost to Arizona last time out but they are hoping to bounce back here in yet another big game. Duke’s losses are both to teams ranked in the top 10, Arizona and Kansas, but Mike Krzyzewski’s team still has plenty of difficult games to play including this one. Jabari Parker leads the Blue Devils averaging 23 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Rodney Hood is averaging 20 points and 5.0 rebounds, Quinn Cook is averaging 13.4 points and 6.0 assists, and Rasheed Sulaimon is averaging 7.1 points. Duke is averaging 87 points and they are shooting 52.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.8 points and their opponents are shooting 45 percent. Duke appears to be missing an inside presence and it may haunt them all year.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/3/13

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The Michigan Wolverines have two early season losses and they look to avoid their third here. John Beilein had to replace some key players to his team and while UM still appears to have plenty of talent, the schedule has been tough and it doesn’t look to get much easier. Nik Stauskas leads the Wolverines averaging 20.3 points and 3.8 assists per game. Caris leVert is averaging 13.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, Glenn Robinson III is averaging 12.1 points and 5.4 rebounds, and Darrick Walton Jr. is averaging 8.9 points. Michigan is averaging 78.1 points per game and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 61 points and their opponents are shooting 40.9 percent. Michigan’s schedule projects to be the second toughest in the nation this season.

Duke is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games, 13-6 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Michigan is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 0-4 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

I like Duke to win the game but I see Michigan with a more balanced attack and that should mae it a close one where the points come into play. 

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Michigan +6.5

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