Virginia Tech vs. Duke: Board Battle Makes 'Under' Our NCAAB Pick

Willie Bee

Saturday, January 9, 2016 1:18 PM UTC

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 1:18 PM UTC

One of the early games on the college basketball betting card pits a pair of 2-0 teams in ACC play as the Duke Blue Devils host the Virginia Tech Hokies.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Under 157 
Best Line Offered: at TheGreek


What's this, the Duke Blue Devils playing a Saturday game and the big, bad ESPN not providing the broadcast with Dick Vitale fawning all over Mike Krzyzewski's team?

It's true, and the main reason why is ESPN's primary network will be devoting its early Saturday afternoon coverage to the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs. Spoiler alert: Chiefs, Steelers, Seahawks and Packers all win on the road this weekend.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports will still be streaming Duke's noon (ET) matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies on ESPN3, so don't think the boys in Bristol have completely forgotten about some great hoops taking place on campuses this weekend. And you can bet the crazies will be out in full force at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the battle between a couple of clubs unbeaten in early Atlantic Coast Conference play.

BetOnline sent this one out with Duke at -18½, those college basketball odds now down to -17; playing the scoreboard requires a decision on a 157 point total.


Blue Devils Seeking 9th-Straight Win Over Hokies
Assuming series history counts for anything, those nutty kids in Durham should leave Cameron with smiles on their faces when this one's over and done with. The 53rd meeting between the schools finds Duke holding a tremendous 44-8 advantage over Virginia Tech. Saturday's clash is the only time the teams are slated to meet each, the third consecutive year they've been slated for just one lone battle in the regular season.

The Blue Devils have been building on that record by winning the last eight collisions, the Hokies' last win in the series coming in Blacksburg late in the 2010-11 campaign. Though Duke has a stranglehold since then, Virginia Tech has been holding its own vs. the NCAA basketball odds, covering the last two contests and four of the last six.

Last season's lone meeting also took place in Blacksburg, and it was a doozy with Duke pulling off a 91-86 victory in overtime. The Hokies missed two layups in the final seconds that would've given them the dubya, but their backers still cashed on a 15½ point spread. The final easily eclipsed a 146 point total, stopping a run of 6-straight 'unders' (2-10 O/U last 12 matchups).


Can Va Tech Ride Momentum From Monday's Upset Vs. Virginia?
It didn't look too good for Buzz Williams and Virginia Tech (10-5 straight up, 4-5 against the spread) near the end of December when the Hokies dropped consecutive games to Saint Joseph's on a neutral court and then got blown out at home by then-No. 19 West Virginia. Va Tech had been coasting earlier in December with four tilts against patsies, none of those games even making it to the college basketball betting board.

They have since stormed right back to win their last two, each an ACC home battle including a 70-68 upset of Virginia this past Monday that had enough to get past a 133 point total. Williams & Company are still expected to be without freshman guard Chris Clarke, the team's 4th-leading scorer, on Saturday due to a foot injury.

Duke (13-2 SU, 7-6 ATS) has won four straight since a loss in New York to Utah a week before Christmas. The Blue Devils have covered three and pushed a 22 point spread against Long Beach State in that span.

The last two wins have come on the road against ACC foes, first taking down Boston College a week ago before blasting Wake Forest, 91-75 on Wednesday. Duke has been without senior Amile Jefferson since before the loss to Utah, the 6'-9" forward suffering a fractured right foot in practice almost a month ago. He's expected to miss at least the next two weeks, and possibly longer.

I believe the total is too high which is why my free college basketball pick is on the 'under' today in Durham.

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