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Duke vs Virginia Tech Pick & Preview: Monday, January 23rd Betting Odds
Blue Devils vs Hokies Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Tech Hokies
- Where: Blacksburg at Cassell Coliseum
- Date: Monday, January 23rd
- Betting Odds: Duke +2.5, DUKE +119 | VTECH -146 O/U 138.0
Blue Devils Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Virginia Tech, the Duke Blue Devils will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 14-5. On the road, the Blue Devils will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. When looking at the betting lines, Duke will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +2.5 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 1-0 as the betting underdog.
Kyle Filipowski comes into today’s game as the Blue Devils’ leading scorer at 15.0 points per contest. Not only has Filipowski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Duke’s top rebounder at 9.47 boards per contest. Behind Filipowski, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jeremy Roach, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.3% of his shots and is adding 2.4 boards per game.
So far this season, Duke has put together a strong scoring offense at 80.2 points per game (13th). This strong figure has come despite the Blue Devils playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 36.8% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Duke’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.9%
Through 19 games, the Virginia Tech Hokies have an overall record of 11-8. Currently, the Hokies have been the home team 13 times, sitting with a record of 11-2. The Hokies’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Virginia Tech has been favored to win in 17 games, sitting with a mark of 11-6.
Virginia Tech will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Sean Pedulla who is averaging 15.95 points per game for the Hokies. Pedulla is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Hokies’ offensive game plan is the play of Grant Basile who has hit 49.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.79 points per game.
Virginia Tech comes into their matchup vs Duke looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 215th in college basketball at 70.7 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 39.3%. So far, 41.43% of the Hokies’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 62.1 possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Duke Blue Devils +2.5
Heading into this matchup between the Virginia Tech Hokies and Duke Blue Devils we have a strong lean on taking the points with Duke at +2.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Duke to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Duke Blue Devils at +2.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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