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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Duke Blue Devils - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duke Blue Devils (24-3) at Virginia Tech Hokies (10-17)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Cassell Coliseum)

The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies +16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Duke Blue Devils will travel to the Cassell Coliseum to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The 4th ranked Duke Blue Devils improved to 24-3 (11-3 ACC) on the season after defeating the Clemson Tigers, 78-56, this past Saturday. Duke shot 51.7% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Blue Devils was Quinn Cook who had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Duke is ranked 4th in the RPI Standings and has played the 6th ranked SOS. On the season, the Blue Devils have been led by Jahlil Okafor (17.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.4 apg) and Quinn Cook (15.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg). Duke is averaging 80.6 ppg (ranked 4th) on 49.8% shooting (ranked 4th). The Blue Devils are shooting 38.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 35th) and have a 1.37 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 23rd).  Duke is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg (ranked 149th) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 175th). The Blue Devils are holding teams to 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 58th) and pull down 38.04 total rpg (ranked 27th).

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Duke Blue Devils - 2/25/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 10-17 (2-12 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the NC State Wolfpack, 69-53, this past Saturday. Virginia Tech shot 45.8% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hokies was Justin Bibbs who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 steal. Virginia Tech is ranked 215th in the RPI Standings and has played the 96th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hokies have been led by Adam Smith (13.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.0 apg) and Justin Bibbs (12.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg). Virginia Tech is averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 220th) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 111th). The Hokies average 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 78th) on 38.5% three-point shooting (ranked 41st).  Virginia Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 229th) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 167th).  The Hokies pull down 30.04 total rpg (ranked 332nd) and have a rebound margin of -7.0 (ranked 341st).

The Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.  The Hokies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.

Duke has won 7 straight and looked impressive against Clemson without their leading player, Jahlil Okafor, who was out with an ankle injury. Virginia tech returns home after losing their past three games on the road by an average of 20.3 ppg. At this point, the line has yet to be posted as we're waiting on the status of Jahlil Okafor. Although Virginia Tech is going to be outsized in the paint, they generally are a better team at home who gave a very tough Virginia squad a run for their money about a month ago. Virginia Tech has only lost by double digits at home once this season in ACC play, and even if Okafor is a go, as long as we are getting between15 points in this one I'm taking Virginia Tech. 

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