NCAA Lacrosse Betting Preview: Early into the 2020-2021 season, we have a meeting between two of the premier college lacrosse teams in the nation. After a three-game home stint, the Blue Devils are on the road to face the Tigers at the Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon. These two teams have met eleven times in the program’s history with Townson holding a (7-4) overall record.
Duke Blue Devils Senior Captain returns to line up
The Blue Devils entered the season No. 1 overall in nations rankings and after a (3-0) start they continue to hold the top spot in the country. After slow starts in their first two games, Duke was quick out of the gate in their recent matchup against Mercer, jumping out to an early 8-1 first quarter lead. Duke tallied eight goals on 13 shots in the opening quarter, including seven of their first eight shots to open the game.
In their first three games, Duke is shooting (.391), for fourth-best nationally and second in the ACC behind North Carolina who is shooting (.396). Against Mercer, the Blue Devils scored 17 goals on 35 shot attempts for a 49% shooting for the game.
Much of the off-season discussion was about how talented Duke’s offense was coming into the 2021 season. Duke added the nation’s No.1 recruit, Brennan O’Neil. O’Neil has quietly gone about his business and is tied for second on the team in points. In his freshman season so far, O’Neil has scored five goals and has two assists.
It took 600 plus days but Senior attackman Joe Robertson has finally returned to play for the Blue Devils. Robertson missed all of 2020 due to injury. Upon his return, Robertson picked up right where he left off scoring four goals with an assist against Mercer. Robertson picked up a hat trick for the 21st of his career and has scored at least 1 point in 30 consecutive games dating back to 2018.
NCAA Lacrosse Betting Preview: Towson Tigers Creeping in on National Rank
Before the season was cut short due to Covid-19 almost a year ago, Towson was 2-2 on the year and sitting at the No. 10 spot in the rankings. Due to last season’s sluggish start, the Tigers find themselves fighting to get back into the conversation and a statement win over the number one Blue Devils could help that cause.
Towson (1-1) is hosting their first pair of back-to-back home games that concludes this weekend against top-ranked Duke. Both teams are coming off wins entering the contest and this was deemed the Lacrosse matchup of the week.
This series has been short between the two programs, but it’s been a battle every time they have met. Towson leads the all-time series 7-4, but the Blue Devils have won the three previous meetings. Towson’s last victory over Duke travels all the way back to the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2001 where the Tigers won (12-10). Each of the last two meetings have been decided by two goals.
Towson is coming off an overtime thrilling win (8-7) against Saint Joseph’s last weekend. After blowing a 6-2 lead that turned into a 7-7 tie in the final 60 minutes of play, Brody Mclean led the way scoring the game-winning goal in overtime. Mclean finished the game with 6 goals and has back-to-back hat tricks to open the season. Towson’s riding game has been strong in their first two games and are limiting opponents to 66% through two games.
Duke vs Towson Betting Lines & Odds:
Offshore sites have Duke favored -1.5 on the road in this meeting. The Tigers pride themselves on their ability to be great defensively, having held opponents to a lackluster shooting on goals. Duke is loaded offensively with two of the more premier talents in the nation. Their efficiency on the offensive end of the field added with the talent on the roster will pose problems for the defensive heavy Tiger squad.
The last two meetings have been decided by only two goals, and we should expect much of the same in this contest. Duke is 1-5 overall visiting the Unitas stadium but they will prove too much here.
Free Betting Pick: Duke -1.5