March beckons and with that the Madness that comes with it. Few teams are more associated with the magical month of March than the Duke Blue Devils. Because of their post season reputation Duke will be getting plenty of College Basketball Betting Line attention. Since their loss to North Carolina they have played their best basketball of the season. Seems like in comparison the Virginia Tech Hokies stand no chance vs. the Blue Devils. However, a deeper look reveals the Hokies are surging at just the right time. As a result, a NCAA Tournament bid is within their reach.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Tech Hokies
Date and Time: Monday, February 26, 2018, 7 p.m. Eastern
Location: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Virginia
NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Duke||-5½ (-110)||154½ (-110)|
|+5½ (-110)||154½ (-110)|
Blue Devils vs. Hokies TV Coverage: ESPN
Duke Blue Devils
Mike Krzyzewski is in his 38th season as head coach of Duke. “Coach K” has built Duke into a perennial College Basketball Betting Line power. Profits are flowing despite Duke’s status as a public betting favorite. Blue Blood college basketball teams like the Blue Devils have lots of money flow their way. Hence there is the danger of overlays. But Duke has paid in 18 out of 27 lined games this year. With six payouts in their last eight games they remain in top form. Away from home Duke is 5-4 vs. the line.
Freshman forward Marvin Bagley III is a national sensation for Coach K. Bagley has a team high 21.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. Because of Bagley the Blue Devils rank fifth in the nation for scoring. Offsetting that is a defense that ranks 113th in the country for points allowed.
Virginia Tech Hokies
Head coach Buzz Williams has methodically improved the Virginia Tech Hokies. Tech has 15 payouts in 25 lined games. Furthermore, at home the Hokies are 8-5 vs. the line. Recently Virginia Tech has seven payouts in ten games. Under the total has hit in seven straight Hokie games. In Atlantic Coast Conference play Tech is 9-6 and tied for fourth place. Offensively Williams’ team ranks an impressive 38th nationally for scoring.
Team vs. Team
Head to head Virginia Tech and Duke have had a fairly even sportsbook online series. Each team has three payouts in the last six meetings. Under the total has paid in eight of the last ten between the Hokies and Blue Devils. Cassell Coliseum has given Virginia Tech the edge lately. Most noteworthy is that the Hokies have covered the line in their last two home games vs. Duke. Both of those games went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
This College Basketball betting line matchup features two high powered offensive teams. And two teams that play just enough defense to get by. Intangibles favor Virginia Tech however. Home cooking with a crazed crowd is a given. Revenge for a 74-52 loss at Duke on February 14 is another factor. Last season Tech scored an 89-75 home payout over Duke. Hence, they know they are capable of the payout.
Blue Devils vs. Hokies NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
In conclusion both teams are in good form lately. Public perception will be on name brand Duke. Betting value will be on Virginia Tech. With that in mind the Hokies rate the call.
NCAA Betting Online Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies
NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Hokies 86, Blue Devils 85