Public Backing Duke
The Duke Blue Devils are 8 ½-point favorites over the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday night and a whopping 77% of the public is backing them. Here’s the latest from BroburySports.com.
Other Friday games are as follows:
Tennessee (+4 ½) vs. Ohio State – 7:07 pm ET
St. Mary’s (+4 ½) vs. Baylor – 7:27 pm ET
Northern Iowa (+1) vs. Michigan State – 9:37 pm ET
The Duke and Purdue game begins right before 10 pm ET. Note how close the Michigan State and Northern Iowa spread is with MSU missing point guard Kalin Lucas.
No. 1 seed Duke (31-5 SU, 20-13-2 ATS) is an incredible 26-0 SU and 17-7-1 ATS in home plus neutral site games. The Blue Devils have looked very good in this tournament so far, beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73-44 and California 68-53.
Those were ‘covers’ of 24 and 6 ½-points respectively. Duke was 3-of-17 from three-point land in the California game. It was thought that Duke would struggle if they didn’t shoot well, but the defense is keeping them in games regardless.
No. 4 seed Purdue (29-5 SU, 14-18-2 ATS) was devastated when star forward Robbie Hummel was lost for the season with a torn ACL. Most people didn’t believe Purdue warranted such a high seed, but they’ve made it to the Sweet Sixteen.
Last game, the Boilermakers were two-point dogs to a tough Texas A&M team out of the Big 12. Purdue was very gritty with a 63-61 overtime win. However, A&M is a low-scoring team, while Duke has the capability to light it up.
Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore (16.4 PPG) and JaJuan Johnson (15.3 PPG) need a lot of scoring help to keep this game close. Guard Chris Kramer had 17 points last game and also chipped in 10 versus Siena in the opening round.
It’s hard to imagine this contest staying within double-digits, but this tournament has seen tremendous upsets already.
Note the ‘under’ is 6-2 in Purdue’s last eight games. The ‘under’ is 2-0 for Duke in the tournament and 11-3 in its last 14 games overall.
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Posted: 3/25/10 10:15AM ET