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Utah vs. Duke - 3/27/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Utah Utes (26-8) at Duke Blue Devils (31-4)

College Basketball: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm (NRG Stadium)

The Line: Duke Blue Devils -5 -- Over/Under: 136 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Utah Utes and Duke Blue Devils square off Friday night in the NCAA Tournament.

The Utah Utes have won four of their last six and are coming off a win over Georgetown. On the season, Utah is averaging 71.3 points on 48.2 percent shooting and is allowing 57.2 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Delon Wright is averaging 14.7 points and 5.2 assists while Brandon Taylor is averaging 10.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. Jordan Loveridge is the third double-digit scorer and Jakob Poeltl is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Utah Utes have five players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 70.2 percent from the line and 40.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Utah is allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in four straight games.

Utah vs. Duke - 3/27/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Duke Blue Devils have lost once since February and are coming off a win over san Diego State. On the season, Duke is averaging 80.4 points on 50.7 percent shooting and is allowing 64.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 18.1 points and 8.7 rebounds while Quinn Cook is averaging 15.8 points and 2.7 assists. Justise Winslow is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Tyus Jones is dishing 5.8 assists. The Duke Blue Devils have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Duke is allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 56 or less points in five of its last seven games.

The Utes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 67-30-3 ATS in their last 100 games overall. The Blue Devils are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. 

This should be a fun matchup between two teams that can fill it up. However, the difference maker for me is Okafor, as I don't see anybody on Utah being able to control him with the way he's playing at the moment. Should be a close game, but look for Duke to win and cover late. 

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