NCAA Basketball Picks: Michigan vs. Duke

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 2:32 PM GMT

The Michigan Wolverines are in a position to play their best offensive game Tuesday, which could lead to a lower-scoring affair against the Duke Blue Devils.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball betting lines for this Big Ten/ACC matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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A major challenge

Michigan will play away from Ann Arbor for the fifth time in six contests Tuesday night, as it looks to build off a 87-45 victory over Coppin State as 22.5-point home favorites last Friday, while going UNDER the total for a second consecutive affair.

The Wolverines have compiled a dismal 8-21 SU all-time record against the Blue Devils, which includes a 3-9 mark when playing at this venue.

Time to bounce back

Duke is 5-2 SU and 3-4 ATS through seven games of the 2013-14 NCAA basketball season, as it looks to bounce back from a 72-66 defeat to the Arizona Wildcats as three-point neutral-site underdogs last time out.

The Blue Devils are solid favorites against the Wolverines due to their 12-2 SU record in this event, including a perfect 5-0 mark in Durham, N.C.

Shuffling roster

College basketball handicappers need to realize that the Wolverines aren’t firing on all cylinders offensively in the early going, as they said goodbye to numerous players that are now suiting up in the NBA, while key components of the scoring unit have been dinged up.

Leading scorer Nik Stauskas is currently listed as questionable on the injury report with an ankle injury, while Mitch McGary has been dealing with a lower back condition that has caused him to participate in just six full practices.

Forward thinking

Blue Devils forwards Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker are teaming up to score 43.0 points per game, which is the third-highest combined average in the country at this juncture.

Duke’s up-tempo offense has led to an average of 87.0 points per game, while the roster has been incredibly efficient in shooting 52.1 percent from the field.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at the UNDER for their college basketball pick pick, when the number is established in the market, as the Blue Devils have fallen short of the betting total in six of their last eight home games.

College Basketball Pick:  Under