Tulsa Golden Hurricane
(19-8, 7-16-1 ATS)
Duke Blue Devils
(23-4, 16-8-2 ATS)
It’s not often that teams step out of conference for college basketball betting battles this deep into February, but that’s what’s happening on Thursday night when the Tulsa Golden Hurricane looks to spring the upset on the Duke Blue Devils. The Golden Hurricane is sliding right now, having lost three straight games to most likely remove it from the right side of the bubble. The Dookies have their eyes glued to a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but a trip up against a Conference USA foe would most likely end those dreams.
Tulsa doesn’t have a team that is fantastic at anything in particular, but it does enough little things to really be annoying to a team like Duke. For starters, G Ben Uzoh is lethal from the perimeter. No, he’s not nearly as good as any of the men on the outside for the Blue Devils, but he is the Golden Hurricane’s top scorer at 16.1 points per game. The real matchup problem that most teams have against Tulsa is in the low post. C Jerome Jordan is a mammoth at 7’0″, and he can be dominant in the paint at times. Jordan is second on the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game and leads the squad with 8.6 rebounds per night to boot.
Coach K has done a great job with his team this year even though it doesn’t have a ton of depth. There are really moments where the Blue Devils look like a team that is playing 3-on-5, as G Jon Scheyer, G Nolan Smith, and F Kyle Singler account for 53.7 of Duke’s 80.0 points per game on the season. No one else is even scoring 6.0 points. All three can stroke the deep ball as well, as each is shooting at least 39% from beyond the arc. Keep an eye on C Brian Zoubek in this one, as he may be Duke’s only hope of containing Jordan in the post.
It would be a really nice story if Tulsa went into Cameron Indoor and took out the Blue Devils, but it just isn’t going to happen. This is a Golden Hurricane team that has just gotten reamed of late when it takes on the dominant teams in the country on the road. Look no further than last season’s two losses at Memphis: 64-39 and 63-37. The year before, two more losses at Memphis (77-51 and 82-67) and a bad loss at Oklahoma (81-55). Remember, this is a Duke squad that has already issued 20+ point beat downs this year to Maryland. Wake Forest, Boston College, Iowa State, Clemson, Penn, Long Beach State, Gonzaga, Gardner-Webb, Radford, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, and UNC-Greensboro. Tulsa should be added to that list.
Selection: Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils are 15-5-1 ATS in their L/21 games played in front of the Cameron Crazies. Diamond Sportsbook currently has a college basketball betting line of Duke -18 for you to dig into right now!