Date/Time: January 27th, 7:00 p.m. EST
When it comes to college basketball Big Monday does not get much bigger than this. The red hot Duke Blue Devils will travel to Pittsburgh to go up against the Panthers in a crucial game in the ACC, one of the best college basketball conferences in the country. The Blue Devils are still playing great basketball but are one game behind Pitt (as well as Virginia and Syracuse) in the ACC standings.
The Blue Devils have hit a groove entering this game against the Panthers. They are winning and they are winning easily as their team is clicking on all cylinders. So why the change? Recently, Coach Krzyzewski made the decision to start making full-on line-change substitutions — five guys in, five guys out. As a result, his guys have been fresher, and have shown the ability to extend ball-pressure into the opposing backcourt. This allows his team to always be attacking on the defensive end of the floor and on the glass. Florida State did shoot 50 percent from the field, but only scored 0.86 points per possession. That’s the seventh time in the last 10 games that Duke has held a team below 1.00 point possession. Moreover, Duke forced 17 turnovers and turned them into 29 points. This is important because Duke is undersized when it compares to other teams.
Pitt is off a win against Maryland and will be focused for this game. Pittsburgh knows how to get to the free throw line. They made 32, including 12 of 14 by senior guard Lamar Patterson, who finished with 28 points to go along with seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals in just 30 minutes in the latest win. They will try for a similar output against the Duke Blue Devils.
The latest college basketball betting trends reveal some very interesting wagering angles for this game. The Blue Devils are 7-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games when playing a team with a winning straight up record, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Panthers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games when playing an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference, 16-6-1 ATS in their last 23 Monday games, but just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
The Pitt Panthers are a formidable opponent and will play very tough, but Duke is playing too good right now and will win this game to get back into the ACC race.
Free Pick: Duke Blue Devils
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