NCAA Basketball Picks: Bet Yale ATS to Cover Over #6 Duke

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 6:28 PM GMT

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 6:28 PM GMT

We all know that the ACC and the Ivy League are on two different levels and tonight we'll get a good indication of that, #6 Duke against Yale. Let's check the NCAA Basketball odds first.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. EST tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. Right off the bat, you know that Yale is getting respect as they're a 13 point betting underdog and the total for the game is listed at 149. 13 points may seem like a lot, but for an Ivy League school to come into Cameron Indoor Stadium and be just a 13 point dog means that this will be a test for Duke and the Cameron Crazies.

 

Never Underestimate Duke
As Coach Krzyzewski approaches his 70th birthday, we don't know how much longer he'll coach, but as long as he's on the sideline, Duke will present a top-notch product. Coach K had a difficult time in getting used to the one and done process in college basketball, but has since gotten used to it and it brought him a championship. This season will be tough as Kentucky already showed Duke as they defeated the Blue Devils , 74-63, but that was a neutral site game and Duke should be a top contender at the Big Dance.

At the present time, Duke is not living off of their freshman as of yet. Sophomore, Grayson Allen, has been spectacular offensively this season as he's been the fundamentally sound player that Krzyzewski mentors the respective player into.

In 5 games, Allen is averaging 24.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.2 assist and is shooting 53.6% from 3-point range and 89.6% from the charity stripe. The only negative thing that can be said about Grayson Allen is that he played poorly against a big-time team in Kentucky, managing 6 points on just 2 of 11 shooting from the field. In order for Allen to be considered a legitimate superstar, he must play the highly rated teams well and he'll get his chance again. Yale is no pushover and I expect Allen to play well in this spot.

 

Nice Mixture of Experience and Inexperienced
Talented freshman, Brandon Ingram and Derryck Thornton, who are both averaging around 10 points per contest are receiving major playing time and get to learn from experienced players such as Amile Jefferson (12 points, 10.6 rebounds) and Marshall Plumlee. When you hear the name Plumlee at Duke, you will get blue collar work and this is a nice matchup for Marshall as he has cracked the starting lineup along with the more talented Jefferson.

 

Intelligence Matters
Although Yale doesn't pick up the same level of recruits as Duke and doesn't play the high level of oppoents such as Duke, these teams have one thing in common and that is that the players that go to these schools need to be intelligent to attend. This is transferred onto the basketball court.

Yale is led by by super shooter Makai Maison (20 points, 4.3 assists, 42.9 % from 3-point range) and big man Justin Sears (16 points 5.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.3 blocks per game). This team didn't take away a negative feeling from their 2-point loss to SMU. They turned it into a positive and realized that they can compete with one of the better teams in the nation. It's a great confidence boost as they attempt to burst Duke's streak of beating non-conference teams at Cameron. Make Yale your NCAA basketball pick against the NCAA basketball odds.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Yale +14.5 at 5Dimes

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