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Duke vs. Syracuse - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse Orange (18-10) at Duke Blue Devils (25-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Syracuse Orange and Duke Blue Devils meet Saturday night at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Syracuse Orange look for a big win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Syracuse is averaging 69.2 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 62.9 points on 40 percent shooting. Rakeem Christmas is averaging 18.1 points and 9.3 rebounds while Trevor Cooney is averaging 13.5 points and 2.3 assists. Michael Gbinije is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Roberson is grabbing seven rebounds. The Syracuse Orange have four players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 65.9 percent from the line and 31.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Syracuse is allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in four of its last five games.

Duke vs. Syracuse - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Duke Blue Devils look to build on their eight-game winning streak. On the season, Duke is averaging 81 points on 50.2 percent shooting and is allowing 66.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 18.4 points and 9.4 rebounds while Quinn Cook is averaging 15.9 points and 2.9 assists. Justise Winslow is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Tyus Jones is dishing 5.7 assists. The Duke Blue Devils have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.7 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Duke is allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in four of its last five games.

The Orange are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Blue Devils are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games. 

Am I missing something? Didn't Syracuse outplay Duke in their earlier meeting? Isn't it still tough to score on the Orange. Sure, Duke is the better team but Cuse is no pushover. Take the points with high confidence. 

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Syracuse Orange +14.5

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