Duke Blue Devils vs. Miami Hurricanes - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (11-4) at Duke Blue Devils (14-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Miami Hurricanes will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the Duke Blue Devils this Tuesday Night.
The Miami Hurricanes improved to 11-4 (1-1 ACC) on the season after defeating the Boston College Eagles 60-56 this past Saturday. The Hurricanes shot 45.1% from the field while holding the Eagles to just 40.4% shooting in the victory. Leading the way for Miami was Tonye Jekiri who had 13 points and 15 rebounds. The Hurricanes are currently ranked 76th in the RPI Standings and have played the 115th ranked SOS. On the season, Miami has been led by Sheldon McClellan (15.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Angel Rodriguez (14.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.1 spg). Offensively, the Hurricanes are averaging 69.8 ppg (ranked 132nd) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 112th). Miami makes an average of 8.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 38th) on 33.1% three-point shooting (ranked 164th). The Hurricanes have a 1.35 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 27th). Defensively, Miami is holding their opponents to an average of 61.4 ppg (ranked 65th) on 36.3% shooting (ranked 87th). The Hurricanes grab an average of 25.73 defensive rpg (ranked 82nd) and 35.73 total rpg (ranked 148th).
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The Duke Blue Devils lost their first game this season and dropped to 14-1 (2-1 ACC) after being defeated by the NC State Wolfpack 87-75 this past Sunday. The Blue Devils allowed the Wolfpack to shot 55.0% from the field and 62.5% (10-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for NC State was Trevor Lacey who had 21 points and 4 rebounds. The Blue Devils are currently ranked 6th in the RPI Standings and have played the 23rd ranked SOS. On the season, Duke has been led by Jahlil Okafor (19.2 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Quinn Cook (14.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, the Blue Devils are averaging 83.8 ppg (ranked 7th) on 50.7% shooting (ranked 5th). Duke has a 1.47 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 12th) and average 11.1 turnovers per game (ranked 32nd). Defensively, the Blue Devils are holding their opponents to an average of 62.7 ppg (ranked 109th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 167th). Duke averages 38.0 total rpg (ranked 58th) and has a rebound margin of 7.9 (ranked 20th).
The Hurricanes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games following three or more consecutive home games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Blue Devils are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss.
The Blue Devils can score with the best with them but their defensive was exposed in their lost at NC State. Miami has played well lately, including a double-OT loss at Virginia however, they can have issues scoring the ball if they’re not hitting their outside shots. On the season, Duke has defended the long-range shot well and I think Coach K will ensure that his team comes with a strong defensive effort in this one. I think Duke will bounce back with a blowout win at home in this one. Take Duke to cover the spread.