College Basketball Betting: Duke Blue Devils vs. Maryland Terrapins Pick



Duke Blue Devils
(19-2, 10-10 ATS)

Maryland Terrapins
(14-7, 8-8 ATS)

Over the years, the Maryland Terrapins and Duke Blue Devils have put on some real shows in NCAA basketball betting action. Earlier this year, Maryland put up a great fight at Cameron Indoor Stadium, only to come up short of the upset. It’ll look to get the job done once and for all this time on Wednesday night in a nationally televised clash at the Comcast Center.

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We’ll still stretching to find any real explanation for that unforeseen blowout loss at the hands of the St. John’s Red Storm on Sunday by the Dookies. It’s hard to complain about a team that is 4-2 ATS on the season away from its home court, but geez, Duke… Losing by 15 at Madison Square Garden? You’re so much better than that. The problem that Coach K and company have is that they have two really great players, and the rest of the club is hit and miss. It’s true that Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler combined for 52 points on Sunday, but when push comes to shove, someone has to account for the rest of the points for this team at some point. These two have put up 21.0 and 18.0 points per game respectively this year, but there is just no help coming from a third party. Last year, the man that helped out was Jon Scheyer. This year, it was supposed to be Kyrie Irving, but he is done for the season in all likelihood. Andre Dawkins is doing well off the bench at 10.2 points per game, but that other consistent threat in the starting five just isn’t there.

Don’t get us wrong. There’s no way that the Terps can really match up with the Dookies on the average night. However, on a day in which Jordan Williams really turns it out, you never can tell which team Head Coach Gary Williams can beat. He is an experienced coach that doesn’t need a huge door to swing open for him to make a real name for this program, as he has followed this M.O. for a number of seasons. Williams dominated in the post in Durham in the first go around, scoring 23 points and pulling in 13 boards, but beyond his double-double average per night, there isn’t a lot for the Terps to rely on. Cliff Tucker is averaging 11.4 points per game, while both Adrian Bowie and Terrell Stoglin are close to the double digit point total per night. A defense which held two foes to a combined 105 points on the road last week really needs to step up once again against the Dookies. Maryland is allowing just 63.1 points per game and is letting teams shoot just 38.2 percent from the field. If that keeps up, the Terrapins have a great chance at pulling off the college basketball betting upset.

Maryland just isn’t going to have quite enough horses in this one. Sure, there’s a chance for the upset, but it would seem more like a hope than a realistic chance on a regular basis. The NCAA basketball odds are going to be too tight to ignore, and the Blue Devils should escape College Park with a big time win.

College Basketball Free Pick: Duke Blue Devils

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