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Two of the nation's top teams will meet at Cameron Indoor Stadium as the Louisville Cardinals take on the Duke Blue Devils. Louisville has won three straight, including a 73-68 overtime win over Pitt their last time out. Duke picked up their second loss of the season in the 79-72 loss to Clemson earlier this week. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. EST and the game can be seen on ESPN.
Cardinals looking to take top spot in ACC standingsLouisville benefited from an over-the-back call in overtime in the victory over Pitt. The Panthers believed to have tied the game on a Terrell Brown tip-in but the foul was called and the Cardinals made their free throws to escape with a win.Louisville trailed for most of the contest until David Johnson converted one of two free throws with 49 seconds remaining that sent the game into overtime. Johnson finished with 11 points off the bench for the Cardinals. Jordan Nwora, the ACC's leading scorer, had 14 points and Dwayne Sutton finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Nwora's 20.4 points per game ranks 19th in the country. The 6-foot-7 junior is shooting 44% from three, which is 16th best. Steven Enoch averages 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds, and Sutton is just short of averaging a double-double with 9.2 points and 9.1 boards. The Cardinals are averaging 74.6 points a game and lead the ACC in three-point shooting at 38.2 percent.
Blue Devils hope to start new win streak after Clemson lossDuke had won nine straight leading into the meeting with Clemson. They were dominating much of the competition but the Tigers had two players score over 20 points and shot 56.6% from the field. Vernon Carey Jr. led the way for the Blue Devils with 20 points and seven rebounds and Tre Jones chipped in 17 points, five rebounds and four assists in their first loss since Nov. 26.
Coach K reacts to the loss at Clemson pic.twitter.com/3UUGkdyMGd— Duke Men’s Basketball (@DukeMBB) January 15, 2020
Duke is sixth in the country in scoring as four players are averaging double digits. Carey is a force in the paint, ranking top five in the AAC in scoring (17.6), rebounds (8.5), blocks (1.9) and field goal percentage (60.5). Jones is second in the conference in assists (6.8) and steals (2.2) while averaging 15.1 points per game. Cassius Stanley (11.7) and Matthew Hurt (10.6) round out the leading scorers for the Blue Devils. Duke is great on the defensive end, allowing 63.3 points, and is second only to Gonzaga in scoring margin.
Trends courtesy of Oddsshark.com:
- Duke is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games
- Duke is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against ACC opponents
- Louisville is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
- Louisville is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games played on a Saturday
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The matchup between Vernon Carey Jr. and Jordan Nwora should be fun to watch. The difference in this game is Louisville does not have a Tre Jones or Cassius Stanley on their roster. The two guards will play a ton of minutes due to the injury to Wendell Moore Jr. Louisville will be playing in their third straight road game and it will catch up to them as the Blue Devils will be highly motivated after losing to Clemson.
Full-Game Total Pick
This number seems low considering the talent on the court. Duke is sixth in the country in scoring and Louisville has the AAC leading scorer on their side. The total has gone over in 9 of Duke's last 13 games and in four of the last five games that Louisville has been on the road. Duke has scored 70-plus points in each of their last 10 games and Louisville has done so in five of their last seven. This is a no-brainer to back the over.