Duke vs. Virginia Tech - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Virginia Tech Hokies (10-5) at Duke Blue Devils (13-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies and Duke Blue Devils meet Saturday at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Virginia Tech Hokies look for a statement win after winning six of their last eight games. The Virginia Tech Hokies are averaging 76.9 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Zach LeDay is averaging 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds while Seth Allen is averaging 14.5 points and 2.1 assists. Kerry Blackshear Jr. is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Justin Robinson is dishing 3.1 assists. The Virginia Tech Hokies are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. Virginia Tech is allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game. The Virginia Tech Hokies have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.
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The Duke Blue Devils look to build on their solid 13-2 start to the season. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 88.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Grayson Allen is averaging 20.8 points and 3.5 assists while Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Matt Jones is dishing 2.2 assists and Luke Kennard is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. Duke is allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 39.7 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have lost just one home game since 2014.
The Hokies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Blue Devils are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Virginia Tech just beat two solid teams in NC State and Virginia. While the Hokies won't win this contest, they've shown they can at least hang with better comp. This is just too many points for me to lay with a team that's shown the ability to play better than average.