NCAA Basketball Picks Duke vs. Miami

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 3:28 PM GMT

The Duke Blue Devils are winless on the road in conference play, as they prepare to face off against the Miami Hurricanes Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball lines for this Atlantic Coast Conference match-up at the BankUnited Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Seemingly back on track

Duke has won back-to-back games, including a 95-60 victory over the NC State Wolfpack as 13-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Blue Devils lead the ACC in scoring 82.6 points per game—with freshman forward Jabari Parker leading a group of three starters that average double figures.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 16-6 SU and 9-13 ATS in January, with the OVER going 12-7 in that situation.

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All starts on defense

Miami has held 10 of 17 opponents to 60 or fewer points, as it comes off a 56-42 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth consecutive affair.

The Hurricanes have gone from playing man-to-man to a zone defense, which could prove troublesome against a talented perimeter team in this affair.

It’s important to point out that the program is 4-3 SU and 5-2 ATS as an underdog this season, with the UNDER cashing in all six opportunities.

Revenge

College basketball handicappers may have an interest in backing the Blue Devils in this spot, considering they’ve lost back-to-back road games to the same ACC opponent just once since the 2003-04 campaign.

Duke suffered a 90-63 setback in its last trip to this venue on Jan. 23 of last year, while going OVER the betting total of 137.5.

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Facing ranked opposition

The Hurricanes have compiled a dismal 4-16 SU all-time record in this series, but three of the four wins have come at home.

Miami enters with a 13-7 SU record against top-25 opponents at this venue, as it prepares to potentially dress up as a home underdog of 3.5 to 6 points for just the second time since 2011-12.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total in their NCAA basketball picks, as the OVER has cashed in the last six meetings in this series when played in the Sunshine State.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Over

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