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North Carolina State Duke Betting – Pronounced Mismatch Comes Across The Calendar

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 1:16:03 AM

The wolves are out for the Wolfpack. North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe is on a very short leash as his floundering team stumbles into Durham, North Carolina, to take on Duke.

NCAA basketball betting: North Carolina State Wolfpack @ Duke Blue Devils

Why To Bet On North Carolina State

Super Bowl betting gurus will be hard pressed to find a good reason to bet on North Carolina State in this contest. The Wolfpack are in the same situation the New York Jets faced before Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts. In that game, the Colts were 18-point favorites and were seen as being virtually incapable of losing. The difference here is that North Carolina State is playing this game on the road, not at a neutral site. The Jets were able to fly down to Miami and play the Colts in a not-so-wintry environment. NC State, on the other hand, has to play in Cameron Indoor Stadium, where Duke very rarely loses. Moreover, the Wolfpack lack a Joe Namath-type figure who has the charisma and leadership ability that can transform a locker room and instill a sufficient level of belief in his teammates.

Why bet on North Carolina State? There’s little reason to do so… and little cause for putting up much of a pretense. The best reason to pick the Wolfpack has everything to do with Duke. The Blue Devils simply did not play a lick of defense this past Sunday against St. John’s. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team got torched in both zone and man-to-man configurations. If Duke doesn’t get its act together, maybe NC State can hang around and steal this one in the final minutes. That’s the only kind of scenario the Wolfpack can look to as a possibility.

Why To Bet On Duke

The sports betting community knows that this situation isn’t very complicated: Duke played horribly against St. John’s and, after a road date with Maryland in the middle of the week, will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time since the St. John’s debacle. Playing at home six days after an embarrassing performance in New York, it’s highly probable that Duke will display all the vigor and pride that were missing in Madison Square Garden against the Johnnies. At both ends of the floor but especially on defense, one should expect a chastened and humbled team – a team that has almost certainly been torn to pieces by Coach K in practice sessions – to come out breathing fire. North Carolina State is a thoroughly mediocre team that got blown out by North Carolina last Saturday. North Carolina isn’t very good this year, so that tells you how far NC State has fallen. Duke is vulnerable to some teams, but NC State isn’t one of them.

How The Game Will Play Out

The online betting skinny shouldn’t really qualify as breaking news or any kind of revolutionary development: Of course Duke should prevail. Of course the Blue Devils should defend their home court and show a little anger after the stink bomb they produced against St. John’s. Naturally, NC State shouldn’t be able to keep up with the Blue Devils’ formidable shooters, quick guards, and overall balance on the floor. Take Duke in what should be a laugher.

North Carolina State Duke Betting Pick: Duke

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