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Where: Cassell Coliseum
When: Friday, December 6, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup to discuss for Friday evening when the tenth-ranked Duke Blue Devils meet the Virginia Tech Hokies. Duke is off to an 8-1 record this season, and this is their conference opener. Virginia Tech is 6-2 and is 1-0 in conference play this season.
Duke Ready for ACC PlayDuke has played well thus far this season, and its only blemish was a double-overtime upset loss to the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks. Otherwise, the team is probably one of the best in the country and has quality wins over Michigan State, Kansas, and Georgetown. The Blue Devils score an average of 84.1 points while allowing 65.9 points per game and is shooting 46.7 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from long range, and 67.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Freshman center Vernon Carey Jr leads Duke in scoring, averaging 19.2 points with a team-high 9.7 rebounds along with a team-leading 2.4 blocked shots per game. Sophomore guard Tre Jones scores an average of 15.7 points per night with a team-high 7.4 assists and is shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc. Freshman guard Cassius Stanley scores 12.9 points with 4.9 rebounds and is shooting 47.4 percent from long range this season.
Hokies 1-0 in ACC PlayVirginia Tech is undefeated in conference play and 6-2 overall with solid wins over Michigan State and Clemson this season. The Hokies average 76.3 points and allow 65.1 points per game. Tech enters this matchup on a two-game losing streak with losses to Dayton and BYU. Virginia Tech is shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 43.1 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free-throw line this season.
Freshman guard Landers Nolley III leads the Hokies in scoring, averaging 20 points per game with a team-high 5.1 rebounds and is shooting 50.9 percent from long range this season. Frosh guard Nahiem Alleyne scores an average of 11.8 points per game while knocking down 44.4 percent of his triple attempts. Junior guard Wabissa Bede averages 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds with a team-high 7.2 assists this season.
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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Virginia Tech has had an excellent season to date, but so has Duke, and I think the Blue Devils will ultimately be too much for the Hokies to handle. They will give Duke a battle, but the Blue Devils have a deeper bench, better shooters, and have played a much tougher schedule. Duke is also the better rebounding team and especially so on the offensive end of the court. I like Virginia Tech, and they will hang with the Blue Devils for a while, but I will go with Duke in this contest.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this at 143 points. Duke is one of the faster-paced teams in D1 hoops while Virginia Tech plays at a much slower and below-average tempo. That is going to make a difference in this game. The Blue Devils are the better rebounding team while the Hokies have the edge in assists, and both of those components factor into the final score. I suspect Duke will be forced to play at a slower pace and won’t likely hit its season average, and probably neither will Virginia Tech. I will play UNDER at 143 points and above in this matchup.