Duke Blue Devils vs. William & Mary Tribe - 11/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
William & Mary Tribe (2-1) at Duke Blue Devils (4-1)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -21 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Headed our way in Wednesday college basketball action from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, we’ve got an interesting matchup between the William & Mary Tribe and the Duke Blue Devils.
William & Mary comes into this game with a 2-1 record on the year. The Tribe won their first game versus Division III Bridgewater 96-44, then dropped one to Louisville 91-58 before bouncing back against Presbyterian 89-59. Daniel Dixon led the way in that game for William & Mary with 20 points to help key the victory.
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On the year so far, Dixon is the Tribe’s top scorer on 12.7 PPG and 3.3 RPG. Omar Prewitt and Nathan Knight are also averaging in double figures for William & Mary, with Prewitt bagging 11.0 PPG and 3.3 RPG and Knight sitting on 10.0 PPG and 5.7 RPG.
As for Duke, they’re sitting on a 4-1 record this year. The Blue Devils won their opener against Marist 94-49 and their second game against Grand Canyon 96-61, but then dropped the Kansas game 77-75. Duke responded with wins over Penn State 78-68 and Rhode Island 75-65. In that game, the Blue Devils had a 34-26 lead at halftime and stretched it with a 41-39 result in the second half.
Duke has several players averaging in double figures so far, including Luke Kennard (18.2 PPG; 6.0 RPG), Frank Jackson (15.6 PPG) and Grayson Allen (15.0 PPG; 6.0 RPG). Amile Jefferson leads the Blue Devils in rebounding (10.0 RPG; 13.0 PPG), while Matt Jones (12.2 PPG) is averaging in double digits as well.
The Over is 6-2 in William & Mary’s last eight games versus the Atlantic Coast Conference, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games versus a team with a winning home record. William & Mary is also 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven versus the ACC and 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, Duke is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall, and 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win. The Blue Devils are also 19-7 on the under in their last 26 overall, and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight Wednesday games.
William & Mary has been playing pretty well so far, with the exception of the Louisville game—which is understandable due to how much they were outmatched. Duke, meanwhile, hasn’t quite lived up to their lofty preseason expectations but on the whole they still look pretty good. There’s little chance that this game ends up being anywhere close, so I’ll take the Blue Devils and their balanced scoring attack to overwhelm the Tribe.