Blue Devils vs. Hokies Prediction
The third-ranked Duke Blue Devils secured a win over the weekend without star player Zion Williamson. Will they win again tonight with Williamson out of the lineup once again at the Virginia Tech Hokies?
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Cassell Coliseum at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Blue Devils are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 145.5 points. As of Tuesday morning, 78 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Duke. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Blue Devils take down Orange
Duke avenged an overtime loss earlier this season against Syracuse with a 75-65 victory at the Orange Saturday night. The Blue Devils (24-3, 12-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) outscored the hosts 46-31 in the second half after trailing by five at halftime. Duke shot 26-of-59 from the floor, 9-of-29 from 3-point range plus 14-of-16 at the free throw line. R.J. Barrett paced the Blue Devils with 30 points on 14-of-20 shooting including 2-of-5 at the free throw line. He also notched seven assists and five rebounds. Alex O'Connell accounted for 20 points and five rebounds. Tre Jones added 11 points, four dimes and three boards.
Hokies get past Fighting Irish
Virginia Tech earned a 67-59 victory Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame to improve to 21-6 overall and 10-5 in conference play. The Hokies led 30-23 at halftime and held on from there. Virginia Tech shot 19-of-52 from the field, 5-of-18 from 3-point distance plus 24-of-31 at the free throw line. Kerry Blackshear Jr. led the way with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point distance plus 7-of-10 at the free throw line. He also recorded 14 rebounds and three assists. Nickeil Alexander-Walker contributed 12 points, three boards and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Blue Devils are 5-1 ATS in their last six Tuesday games. Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.
The Hokies are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Virginia Tech is 1-5 ATS in its last six home games.
The Blue Devils required a huge comeback to take down Louisville two road games ago with Williamson and then this weekend trailed 34-29 at halftime without him. Tonight, Duke plays a Virginia Tech team that is better than either of those squads and the Hokies will undoubtedly take advantage of no Williamson. The slow pace (331st nationally) that Virginia Tech plays at will certainly frustrate a Duke squad ranked 16th in pace. Look for the Hokies to keep this one close at home and cover the spread.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES +4.5