Sat, Mar 5, 3:59pm by Kevin Pitstock
One of the greatest college basketball rivalries takes place this weekend. Duke Blue Devils take to the road with a 27-3 overall record and are 7-3 away from home. North Carolina is 23-6 and have an unblemished 14-0 home record.
North Carolina is the winner of nine of their last ten games and has an 8 game win straight. Duke has won eight of their last ten games and has a single game win streak. Before we check the odds courtesy of Centrebet, let’s preview each team and make our expert pick for your bet.
North Carolina Overview
Tyler Zeller leads the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game and he shoots 53% from the field. Kendall Marshall hands out 5.4 assists per game and is complimented by Dexter Strickland and his 1.2 steals per game. The inside presence is felt by John Henson and his 9.6 rebounds per game to go with a whopping 3.1 blocks per game average.
The TarHeels average 77 points per game and average 67 on the defensive end of the court. They can 45% of their field goals, 32% from beyond the 3-point arc and 66% from the charity stripe. North Carolina is ranked as the 2nd best team in rebounding with a robust 42.7 boards per game. On the other end of the floor they allow their opponents to acquire only 32.9 boards per game.
The Duke Blue Devils are led by Nolan Smith on the offensive end of the court with 21.3 points per game and he dishes over five assists per game t his teammates. Mason Plumlee dictates the game on the inside with 58% shooting and garners 8.8 rebounds per game to go along with 1.7 blocks. Seth Curry manages 1.4 steals per game for Duke.
Coach K’s team is the 9th leading scorers in the nation with a 81.7 scoring average to offset the 63.7 points maintained by the opposition. They shoot 47% from the field and have a good 3-point average at 38.6%. Free throw shooting is at 74% and rebounding is a hearty 38 boards per game.
Pick and Prediction
Battling for the ACC lead is an every year ordeal for these teams. They focus on this game when the schedules are released. Players have career games with this rivalry. Duke is #1 in the country and have the man-power to match any team no matter if they are home or on the road. North Carolina wins by board work off the glass and a tenacious defense. In their last meeting, Duke defeated North Carolina 79-73. Odds courtesy of Centrebet are 0 (zero). It is a you-pickem game. For your free pick bet the home North Carolina TarHeels for the win.
Our Pick: Bet North Carolina to win at Centrebet
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