Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/13/14
Virginia Cavaliers (12-4) at Duke Blue Devils (12-4)
College Basketball: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Duke to play the Blue Devils on Monday night.
Virginia improved to 12-4 on the year after beating N.C. State 76-45 on Saturday. The Cavaliers shot an impressive 46.8% from the field, but only 23.1% from behind the arc. Virginia got to the free-throw line 18 times and made 83.3% of their attempts. Joe Harris led the Cavaliers with 16 points, while Akil Mitchell added 8 points and team-high 12 rebounds. On the year, Harris leads the team with 10.3 points per game. Justin Anderson is chipping in with 9.9 points per game, while Mitchell leads the Cavaliers with 6.1 rebounds per contest. As a team, Virginia is shooting 44.1% from the field and is scoring 65.2 points per game. Virginia is a decent rebounding team, pulling down 37.8 boards per game. The Cavaliers have won 3 straight games and will play their fifth road game of the year on Monday; Virginia is 2-2 on the road this season.
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Duke dropped to 12-4 on the year after losing to Clemson 72-59 on Saturday. Duke shot only 33.9% from the field and 32% from long distance. The Blue Devils allowed the Tigers to scored 41 second half points and shoot 47.2% from the field in the loss. Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 20 points, while Quinn Cook had a team-high 7 assists and 2 steals. Jabari Parker scored 15 points, but only 5 after halftime. On the season, Parker leads the team with 19.8 points and 7.6 assists per game. Hood is averaging 18.5 points per game, while Cook averages a team-high 6.1 assists per game. The Blue Devils are averaging 84.3 points per game while shooting 49.4% from the field, both rank in the top 20 in the nation. The biggest weakness for Duke thus far is rebounding, where they only average 34.8 boards per game. Duke has now lost two out of their last three contests and they have dropped their first two true road games on the season.
Duke has won eight out of the last nine meetings with Virginia, but the Cavaliers beat Duke in their last meeting, 73-68. Duke is struggling right now and they are not getting the same production out of Jabari Parker right now. Meanwhile, Virginia is coming off an impressive win on the road and will have momentum coming into this game. I think the Cavaliers have a chance to win this game outright, but I’ll take the points to be safe.