Blue Devils vs. Orange Prediction
The ninth-ranked Duke Blue Devils are on the road tonight as they take on the upset-minded Syracuse Orange. Can Syracuse make it competitive enough to stay within the number?
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Carrier Dome at 8PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Blue Devils are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 147.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 60 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Duke. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Blue Devils take down Panthers
Duke recorded a 79-67 home win Tuesday night over Pittsburgh to improve to 17-3 overall and 7-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils led 45-34 at halftime en route to the victory. Vernon Carey Jr. led Duke with 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point range plus 3-of-6 at the free throw line. He also registered 13 rebounds and four assists. Tre Jones tallied 14 points, eight assists and three boards. Jordan Goldwire contributed 13 points, five caroms and three assists. Cassius Stanley added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Orange lose thriller
Syracuse lost 71-70 Tuesday night at Clemson as it gave up the go-ahead basket with 2.5 seconds remaining. The Orange (13-8, 6-4) were outscored 38-35 in the second half of the defeat. Elijah Hughes led Syracuse with 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting including 2-of-8 from 3-point distance plus 8-of-9 at the charity stripe. He also tallied five steals, four rebounds and two assists. Buddy Boeheim also scored 22 points in 40 minutes of action. Joseph Girard III added 10 points, three boards and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Blue Devils are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. The road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings.
The Orange are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. Syracuse is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 home games.
Syracuse has had a good run lately, at least until the Clemson heartbreaker, but this might be where its ATS luck ends. The Orange struggle defensively and will be going up against the fifth-rated offense in the nation in terms of adjusted efficiency. With Duke also boasting the seventh-rated defense, I think it will impose its will down the stretch to pull away from the hosts. The Blue Devils won by 12 at Syracuse last season after being upset in overtime by the Orange at home.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE BLUE DEVILS -6.5