NCAA Basketball Picks: Maryland vs. Duke

Steven Suarez

Friday, March 15, 2013 1:36 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 1:36 PM UTC

We have reached the quarter-finals of the ACC Tournament, with all of the heavy hitters still in the mix. Will Duke be able to outlast Maryland to reach the final four? Where are we looking to place our sports picks in this battle.
Odds Overview

The Blue Devils have opened up as 13-point favorites. The O/U had not been released at time of writing, but we can assume it'll be in the same range (139-141) as what we saw in the regular season meetings.

Let SBR be your 2013 NCAA Tournament betting headquarters.

Maryland Terrapins 

The Terrapins needed a huge second half to erase a five-point deficit at halftime and they had one. In the second 20 minutes, Maryland outscored Wake Forest 45-27, leading to a 75-62 win and cashed tickets for Terrapins (-6) backers.

Dezmine Wells had the hot hand, scoring 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, but Alex Len, Nick Faust, Pe'Shon Howard and Seth Allen all hit double figures too. The Terrapins shot 47.9 percent overall and 46.7 percent from three.

Inconsistency has been a pressing issue for Maryland, especially over the last five weeks or so. They've gone 4-5 SU over their last nine overall, with bad losses to Boston College and Georgia Tech, but then turned around and beat Duke at home.

Duke Blue Devils 

No one can argue that the Blue Devils haven't looked the part of a number one seed over the last couple of weeks. Since a road loss to Virginia, Duke has beaten Miami (FL) (79-76) and Virginia Tech (85-56) at home and then destroyed UNC 69-53 in Chapel Hill.

A healthy Ryan Kelly has been key throughout the season, as the Blue Devils are still undefeated when he plays. His versatility on both ends of the court and ability to stretch the floor gives Coach K much more flexibility. 

It's also hard to ignore what the Blue Devils have done on neutral courts this season. They're 6-0 straight up and a perfect 6-0 ATS with wins over Louisville, Kentucky, and VCU, just to name a few.


College Basketball Pick 

The season series is split at 1-1, as each team protected their home court. Maryland was able to notch their win thanks to Len, who completely abused Mason Plumlee inside. That matchup will be key again tonight.

This game means more to the Terrapins, who are still fighting tooth and nail for a bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Still, Duke has looked relentless on both ends as of late and you have to think this will practically be a home game for the Blue Devils, with the game being played in Greensboro, just an hour away from Durham.

When it comes to making our NCAA basketball picks, we have to side with Duke, a much more experienced team that's on a mission to win their fourth ACC tournament in five years. 

NCAA Basketball Pick: Duke Blue Devils -13

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