University of Toronto vs. Duke - 8/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils vs. University of Toronto
College Basketball: Friday, August 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Paramount Fine Foods Centre)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -43 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils and University of Toronto meet Friday in college basketball preseason action at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
The Duke Blue Devils are coming off a 19-point victory over Ryerson University, in which they outscored their opponents in each of the last three quarters and really separated themselves by a 25-11 second quarter. Duke really allowed the home team to hang around in that contest, so there should be some optimism for the other two clubs on this tour. Overall, Zion Williamson led the Blue Devils with 29 points and 13 rebounds while R.J. Barrett had 34 points and two assists. Javin DeLaurier grabbed 11 rebounds and Jack White dished three assists in the victory. Duke’s top-two freshmen played like the stars we expect to see this season, and they combined for 53 of the 81 total shots. The Duke Blue Devils did what they had to do to win the game, but you’d like to see a bit more scoring depth in this contest. While seeing two ridiculously talented freshmen put on a show is fun, depth will be what gets this team back in the title picture.
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University of Toronto finished 13-11 last season and was 8-4 on its home court. University of Toronto averaged 74.7 points on 39 percent shooting while allowing 78.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Evan Shadkami returns as the top player for this squad after averaging 10.5 points and 2.2 rebounds last season while Daniel Johansson averaged 10 points and 5.2 rebounds. Nikola Paradina averaged 4.7 rebounds per game a year ago and Christopher Barrett was dishing three assists. University of Toronto will miss its top-two players in Reilly Reid and Sage Usher, who combined for an average of 27.6 points and 5.9 assists, but this is a deep and experienced roster that shouldn’t be much worse than it was a season ago. There are nine players on this roster entering at least its second season, and that experience should help them in a game against one of the more talented rosters in all of college basketball.
The Duke Blue Devils looked sluggish in their preseason opener to the point that game would have come down to the wire if it weren't for the second quarter blowout. Every other quarter Ryerson was able to play with the Blue Devils. University of Toronto isn't as talented as it was a year ago, but there is some depth on this roster and guys who are capable of getting double-digit points. With Duke's injuries, there wasn't much outside of Williamson and Barrett scoring wise. I'll take a stab with the boatload of points here.