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Duke vs. Miami (FL) - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Miami (FL) at Duke
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, North Carolina
The Line
The Line: Duke -17 -- Over/Under: 150.5
TV Channel
CBS
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The Miami Hurricanes and Duke Blue Devils meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Miami Hurricanes could use a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Miami Hurricanes are averaging 72.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Chris Lykes is averaging 16.9 points and 3.1 assists while Zach Johnson is averaging 12.3 points and three rebounds. Anthony Lawrence II is the third double-digit scorer and Dejan Vasiljevic is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Miami Hurricanes are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Hurricanes are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Miami Hurricanes have lost all eight road games this season.

The Duke Blue Devils could use a win after splitting their last four games. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 85 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 39.7 percent shooting. RJ Barrett is averaging 23.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Zion Williamson is averaging 21.6 points and 2.2 assists. Cam Reddish is the third double-digit scorer and Tre Jones is dishing 5.3 assists. The Duke Blue Devils are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Duke Blue Devils are allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Duke Blue Devils have won five of their last six home games.

The Hurricanes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic Coast, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Blue Devils are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic Coast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hurricanes are 7-1-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Duke and 10-4-2 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The under is 18-7-2 in Blue Devils last 27 overall. The over is 4-1 in Hurricanes last 5 overall.

The Miami Hurricanes haven't had the season they were hoping for, but they're still a roster full of talented athletes and seven of their last 11 losses have been decided by 10 or less points, so this could easily be a different situation with a bounce here and there. The Duke Blue Devils are still without Zion Williamson, and they're only winning their last five games by an average of 1.4 points while shooting just 43.2 percent from the field. Duke is very thin without its best player, and I'm not trying to lay this many points until he returns. Miami should be able to hang around in this game. 

Pick:
Miami (FL) +17

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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