Duke vs. Robert Morris - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Robert Morris Colonials (20-14) at Duke Blue Devils (29-4)
College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)
The Line: Duke -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Robert Morris Colonials and Duke Blue Devils meet Friday night in the NCAA Tournament.
The Robert Morris Colonials are coming off a win over North Florida and have won seven straight games. On the season, Robert Morris is averaging 69 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Rodney Pryor is averaging 15.2 points and 4.7 rebounds while Marcquise Reed is averaging 14.8 points and 2.1 assists. Lucky Jones is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Minnie is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Robert Morris Colonials have six players averaging double-digit points, and they’re shooting 71.4 percent from the line and 38 percent from deep. Defensively, Robert Morris is allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in five of its last 10 games.
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The Duke Blue Devils were the second-best team in the ACC and have lost once since late January. On the season, Duke is averaging 80.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting and is allowing 65.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and nine rebounds while Quinn Cook is averaging 15.7 points and 2.7 assists. Justise Winslow is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Tyus Jones is dishing 5.8 assists. The Duke Blue Devils have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69.1 percent from the line and 38.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Duke is allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in six of its last 10 games.
The Colonials are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games. The Blue Devils are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
I have Duke making it to the championship game.. However, the Blue Devils have a recent history of struggling out of the gate early against subpar teams. As more of a fade from Duke, I'm taking the points here.