Blown Out of the Building?
We’ve seen what Duke is all about this season even in their only defeat of the season in a loss to Andrew Wiggins and Kansas. After a 97-64 predictable blowout of Florida Atlantic University at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke gets to face another “cupcake” in the form of the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are riding high after their first victory of the season, a 67-58 victory over the Charleston Cougars. Will things be so easy as they face a Duke team at home, with a superstar in freshman Jabari Parker, and the Blue Devils have won 104 consecutive games at home against non-conference opponents? This could be another slaughter, as NCAA Basketball odds list Duke as the 28 point favorite.
You can only get an appreciation from watching this young stud on television or in person. Parker is coming off of another stellar performance in the thrashing of FAU. In this game, he had 21 points, 10 rebound, 3 assists, and 2 steals in just 28 minutes of play. Parker was also 4 for 6 from beyond the arc. Look for this “diaper dandy” to outclass the Bulldogs in front of the Cameron Crazies.
Let’s not overlook the play of sophomore transfer Rodney Hood. Hood was dominant against FAU as he led the Blue Devils with 28 points in 26 minutes and was an impressive 12 for 13 from the charity stripe.
UNC Asheville counters with the combination of 5 foot 10 freshman Andrew Rowsey and senior center D.J. Cunningham (12.7 points, 10.7 rebounds). Rowsey could give Quinn Cook some problems, but asking a small school like this to compete against one of the best teams in the nation and with one of the best NBA prospects in the country is a tall order; look for the Duke Blue Devils to dominate.
Pick- Duke -28 at Bet 365
Sacramento State (1-1) at #24 UCLA (2-0)
Travis Wear Returns
The UCLA Bruins look to have senior forward Travis Wear in the lineup against the Hornets as they’re coming off of a monster victory over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 91-60. In their matchup against Oakland, the Bruins dominated Oakland in almost every statistical category. They outshot the Golden Grizzlies from the field 52.5%-30.8%, outrebounded Oakland 49-28, and doubled their opponent in assists. Head coach and former University of Indiana great, Steve Alford, bounced back strong after a rough first game of the season and this team will only get better as the season progresses.
The Bruins come into this game with their two leading scorers, Jordan Adams (19 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 92.9 FT%) and Tony Parker (13.5 ppg., 8.5 rpg., 2 bpg) having huge games against an inferior Oakland squad and we can only expect more of the same here. Adams was already an established star from last season, but Parker has really stepped up his game as his 10 for 12 shooting performance against the Golden Grizzlies indicates.
I fully expect UCLA to take advantage of a rather easy schedule as they don’t see a top 25 opponent until December 19th when they play Duke.
Sacramento State hasn’t faced a ranked opponent in 6 years and it will be a rude awakening at Pauley Pavilion. Coming into this game, the Hornets are coming off of a 74-66 loss to Cal State Bakersfield. Guard Dylan Garrity is Sacramento State’s go to guy and he’s coming off of a 22 point performance against the Roadrunners in which he shot 4 for 6 from 3-point territory. That said, Sacramento State is no match for UCLA. Lay the points with confidence.
Pick- UCLA -23 at Bet 365[gameodds]14/249911/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]