Hoosiers Worth Cover Bet At Duke In Tuesday ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Willie Bee

Monday, November 26, 2018 3:16 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 3:16 PM UTC

The ACC-Big Ten Challenge continues Tuesday night in Durham, and we have a free college basketball pick for the matchup between No. 3 Duke and the Indiana Hoosiers.

Season Record: 12-7-1 (+4.60 units)

Indiana (5-1 SU, 3-3 ATS) at No. 3 Duke (5-1 SU, 3-3 ATS)Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)Free Pick: Indiana ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Having spent Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday dwelling on a tough loss to Gonzaga in the finals of the Maui Invitational, the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils finally return to the floor for an ACC-Big Ten Challenge clash with the Indiana Hoosiers.

One of the final games on Tuesday’s NCAA basketball odds card, the contest wraps up the second day of the interconference event with a national television audience joining the crazies at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke is a strong favorite on its home floor with a total set in the 150s.

Duke Held Under 80 Points Just Once In 6 Games

Archie Miller’s team remained home for the holidays and tuned up for this match with victories over UT-Arlington and Cal-Davis, failing to cover either decision to leave the Hoosiers on a 3-game ATS skid. This trip to Durham precludes Indiana’s brief dip into the Big Ten schedule that begins this weekend vs. Northwestern before traveling to meet Penn State next week. Atop the college ranks connecting on more than 55 percent of their field goals, the Hoosiers are being led by freshman Romeo Langford (18.5 ppg) and senior Juwan Morgan who has recorded three double-doubles on the young season.

Favored by 8 at 5Dimes last Wednesday vs. Gonzaga, Duke’s second half rally was blocked by the Bulldogs in the 89-87 final. It was the Blue Devils’ first loss in 18 games at the Maui Invitational, and the final went past the total to halt a string of 4-straight "under" winners for bettors playing Duke contests.

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Blue Devils Seeking 5th Straight Win Over Hoosiers

This is the 10th meeting between the schools, Duke winning the last four encounters to build a 6-3 advantage over Indiana. Three of the previous nine confrontations took place during NCAA Tournaments, beginning with the first clash in the Sweet 16 round of 1987 when the Hoosiers posted an 88-82 decision on their way to the national title. Duke returned the favor by beating Indiana in the 1992 Final Four before winning the championship, and the Hoosiers once again posted the dubya in the Sweet 16 round of the 2002 tourney. Last year’s meeting during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge took place in Bloomington where the then-No. 1 Blue Devils went on a 13-4 run to end the game for a 91-81 triumph as 8½-point chalk.

Though the last two meetings have gone past the totals, there are current "under" trends for both teams with the Hoosiers 1-7-1 O/U/P their last nine on the road and the Blue Devils 4-12 O/U their last 16 at home. The Cameron crowd should energize Duke, but not enough to cover for my free college basketball pick.

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