Duke at Virginia Tech 2012 College Basketball Picks: The Duke Blue Devils (18-3, 5-1 ACC), head out on the road to Blacksburg, Va., to play the Virginia Tech Hokies (12-9, 1-5) at Cassell Coliseum in a pivotal Atlantic Coast Conference men’s college basketball battle. Duke is ranked No. 7 in the AP Poll and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Virginia Tech is unranked in both polls. ESPN will televise the game with a 7 pm ET tipoff.
Oddsmakers at offshore sportsbook TopBet.com lists Duke as 5 1/2-chalk favorite in the game with a combined score point total (over/under) of 140 1/2. Hokies’ backers wagering for a SU win are getting +200 College Basketball Odds on the moneyline while the price of a SU win by Duke is -240 ($240 wager to win $100).
The Blue Devils have won three straight ACC road contests and are 8-2 away from Cameron Indoor Stadium this season. Duke leads the all-time series between the schools 37-8, including a 3-2 mark at Cassell Coliseum. Duke has won 15 of the last 18 in the series.
The Hokies have been competitive in their nine losses this season, falling by an average of 5.7 points per game. That number drops to 5.4 points per game in ACC play. Throw out the 14 point loss to No. 8 North Carolina and the Hokies losing average falls to 3.3.
Virginia Tech is third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents just 25.9 percent from beyond the arc. In the win at #15/17 Virginia on Sunday night, Tech allowed UVa just one of 14 three-point attempts. Tech has allowed its opponents just one three-point field goal in three games this season and two three-pointers in three more games this season.
Duke has five players averaging over 11.0 points per game in league play, Ryan Kelly, Andre Dawkins, Austin Rivers, Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry. Through six league games, each of the five rank in the top 25 in the ACC in scoring.
College Basketball Prediction: Hokies give Duke their best shot but Blue Devils pull out a sizeable win. My Pick – Duke -5 1/2.
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