Connecticut vs. Duke - 12/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (9-0) at Connecticut Huskies (4-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Izod Center)
The Line: Connecticut Huskies +11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Connecticut Huskies and Duke Blue Devils play Thursday night at the IZOD Center.
The Connecticut Huskies have lost three of their last four games and could use a marquee win to get back on track. On the season, UConn is averaging 68.3 points on 45 percent shooting and is allowing 62.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright leads the way with 18.9 points and 4.1 assists while Amida Brimah is averaging 13.7 points and 2.9 blocks. Daniel Hamilton is shooting 46.5 percent from the field and Kentan Facey is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Connecticut Huskies rely on their defense to win games, as they’re forcing a combined 9.7 blocks and steals while holding teams to 34.3 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, UConn is shooting 72.1 percent from the free throw line but just 29.5 percent from downtown. Omar Calhoun remains questionable with a knee injury.
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The Duke Blue Devils remain undefeated and would love another big win here. On the season, Duke is averaging 87.6 points on 53.7 percent shooting and is allowing 60.7 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor leads Duke with 18 points and nine rebounds while Quinn Cook is averaging 14.3 points and 3.7 assists. Justise Winslow is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tyus Jones is shooting 45.3 percent from the field. The Duke Blue Devils are a well balanced team, especially on defense where they’re forcing more than 14 turnovers and holding teams to 26.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Duke is shooting 67.7 percent from the free throw line and 38.2 percent from deep, averaging 8.1 threes per contest.
The Blue Devils are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The Huskies are 36-17 ATS in their last 53 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
This line is insane in my eyes. Sure, UConn hasn't played well lately, but what have we learned from this program? The Huskies always play at an elite level when the lights shine the brightest. Remember last year? This is going to basically be a home game for the Huskies and you can bet they'll be up for this one. Take the points here in a steal.