NCAA Basketball Betting - Champions Classic Free Picks - Kansas vs Duke

Coach K Giving Duke Players Instructions

Willie Bee

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:20 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 4:20 PM UTC

Duke and Kansas enter this matchup with something to prove bright and early on the season. Can this be a game to close too call? the answer is simple for our NCAA Basketball betting expert. Look for the Totals in this game.

Kansas vs Duke

Kansas is in the same boat as the Spartans after dropping its season opener out in Hawaii in the nightcap of the Armed Forces Classic, a real thriller that saw the Indiana Hoosiers score a 103-99 decision in overtime. And just like Michigan State, the Jayhawks are up against a tough opponent to try and avoid the 0-2 start with a clash against the Duke Blue Devils.

The pair will tip things about 30 minutes after the UK-MSU game, tentatively set for 9:30 PM (ET). Duke is -2½ and scoreboard bettors are faced with 167½ for their decision.

The Jayhawks and Hoosier went back and forth in the first half before KU took a 4-point advantage into the locker room. Bill Self's squad stretched that to nine at one point in the second half but couldn't hold Indiana at bay, needing a couple of late free throws from Frank Mason III to force extra play. Kansas closed as 6 point chalk with the final having already topped a 154 point total before OT.

Duke warmed up for the upcoming campaign with a couple of laughers at Cameron, first taking down Marist by a 94-49 count as 31 point chalk and then easing past Grand Canyon, 96-61, in an unlined affair. The Blue Devils were sluggish to begin the GCU contest before pulling away with an 11-1 run to close the first half. Grayson Allen leads five members of Mike Krzyzewski's rotation scoring in double-digits, the top four on that list each capable of knocking down a trey and distributing the ball well.

Kansas struggled to stop Indiana's long-range shooting, the Hoosiers connecting on 15-of-31 (48%) from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks will have to play better perimeter and transition defense if they are going to hand Duke a loss. My free college basketball pick will be on offense and more offense.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Over 167½Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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