Duke Blue Devils (14-5) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (11-8)
January 23, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -2 / Duke Blue Devils +2 ; Over/Under: 134.5
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The Duke Blue Devils and the Virginia Tech Hokies meet Monday in college basketball action from Cassell Coliseum. Duke is currently 14-5 on the year. The Blue Devils beat Miami FL in their last game. As for Virginia Tech, they’re sitting at 11-8 so far after a Saturday loss to Clemson. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Duke Blue Devils
Duke hit an 11-3 run over their first 14 games, losing to only Kansas, Purdue and Wake Forest in that time. The Devils are 3-2 since then with wins over Boston College, Pittsburgh and Miami FL alongside losses to Clemson and NC State.
In the Saturday matchup versus Miami FL, the Blue Devils were all tied up 38-38 at halftime. Duke hit a 30-28 run in the second half and pulled off the win 68-66. Tops in scoring was Kyle Filipowski with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Over on the Virginia Tech side, they were 11-3 through 14 games as well with losses to Charleston, Boston College and Wake Forest. The Hokies have since lost to Clemson, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia and Clemson.
In the Clemson game, the Hokies took a 31-26 edge into halftime. Virginia Tech trailed 25-19 in the second half and ended up losing 51-50. Grant Basile was the high scorer with 13 points and eight rebounds in the defeat.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stick with Duke. This one could get interesting, though. The Blue Devils are on a nice 3-1 run against some tough teams right now, but two of those wins have come by a combined three points. Duke has a solid offense when they open things up; this one could be a lower-scoring battle, though. The Blue Devils have been at 68 or fewer points in three of the last four games. As for Virginia Tech, they’re struggling on a seven-game losing streak right now, however the Hokies have played some difficult teams in that stretch and they’ve remained competitive. I like this one to be decided late after a competitive first half, and I think Duke can pull off the cover (and maybe even win).