Pittsburgh vs. Duke Pick
With Mike Krzyzewski back on the bench today for No. 21 Duke, will the Blue Devils roll past Pittsburgh at 1PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Duke is the clear favorite at home, as the Blue Devils are getting odds of-14 points against Pittsburgh. The over/under total for the game is listed at 154 points. These two have split their last four meetings with Pittsburgh going 2-1-1 against the spread in those contests.
The Duke players were called out by Coach K following a home loss to N.C. State. Since then, they have won two straight and now get their coach back today. The Blue Devils are 17-5 overall and 5-4 in the ACC while racking up a 9-12 record against the spread. On the season, Duke is averaging 83 points per game on offense while giving up 68. At home, the Blue Devils average 87.5 on offense and allow just 63.2. Luke Kennard has been the team leader with 20.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest.
Pittsburgh is a bit of a mess, losing seven straight to drop to 12-10 overall and 1-8 in the ACC. The Panthers are 7-12-2 against the spread as well. Pittsburgh averages 76.8 points per game on offense, but the defense is giving up 77.4 per game. Pitt is led by a pair of 20-point scorers. Jamel Artis averages 20.9 per game while Michael Young is putting up 20.3 per game. Young also adds 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Duke has been hard to trust most of the season but I think the Blue Devils will have a big showing today. Coach K is back, so that should provide a boost, and the team seems to have found a spark since that comeback win against Wake Forest last weekend. The Blue Devil defense should be able to contain Pitt’s top scorers and the Panthers don’t have the depth to find offense elsewhere.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE -14