Tar Heels vs. Blue Devils Prediction
A highly anticipated matchup is on tap tonight as the eighth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels travel to take on the top-ranked rival Duke Blue Devils. Is Duke going to continue its dominance with another convincing win?
819 North Carolina Tar Heels at 820 Duke Blue Devils
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Cameron Indoor Stadium at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Blue Devils are a 9-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 166 points. As of Wednesday morning, 61 percent of public bets are siding with visiting North Carolina. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Tar Heels dominate at Demon Deacons
North Carolina raced to a 95-57 victory at Wake Forest Saturday afternoon to improve to 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels led 49-21 at halftime en route to the blowout win. North Carolina shot 38-of-61 from the floor, 16-of-25 from 3-point range and 3-of-11 at the free throw line. Cameron Johnson paced UNC with 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting including 7-of-10 from 3-point distance. He also notched three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Luke Maye contributed 10 points, seven boards, three blocked shots and two assists. Coby White added 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Blue Devils win ninth straight
Duke won its first game since moving to the No. 1 spot in the rankings Saturday night as it downed visiting North Carolina State by a count of 94-78. The Blue Devils (23-2, 11-1) led 48-40 at halftime and pulled away after the break. Duke shot 35-of-66 from the floor, 3-16 from 3-point distance and 21-of-28 at the free throw line. Zion Williamson paced the Blue Devils with 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting plus 8-of-13 from the charity stripe. He also tallied six rebounds and three steals. R.J. Barrett notched a triple-double with 23 points, 11 boards and 10 assists. Tre Jones added 13 points, five dimes, three caroms and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tar Heels are 6-0 ATS in their last six road games. North Carolina is 6-2 ATS in its last eight ACC games.
The Blue Devils are 7-2 ATS in their last nine Wednesday games. Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last five games against an opponent with a winning road record.
Duke is second in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency, while its defense is strong too ranked fifth. The Blue Devils are scary good when locked in and with ticket prices showing how hyped up this game is being, you know they will be coming in with a supreme focus. North Carolina will have another shot at Duke on its home court in the regular season finale, but tonight I don't think it can keep up with the high-powered Blue Devils.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: DUKE BLUE DEVILS -9