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Virginia Duke Betting – Virginia And Duke Face Off With Blue Devils Wobbling

Posted by Washington Tucker on 2/6/2014 9:59:10 PM

The Atlantic Coast Conference is just beginning to pick up momentum. The Duke Blue Devils, on the other hand, have yet to establish themselves in 2012. Can they do so against Virginia?

Virginia Cavaliers @ Duke Blue Devils - Thursday, January 12 

Sports betting line: No line

Why Virginia Will Win

"">college basketball betting experts who are now going to receive more attention this season will tell you that Duke is struggling to find itself. The Blue Devils played a nip-and-tuck game with a woefully bad Georgia Tech team (a team that lost to Fordham, among other clubs) this past Saturday. Duke’s defense is getting shredded. Coach Mike Krzyzewski is having to use a 2-3 zone defense at times, which is not what Duke fans have come to expect. The Blue Devils typically rely on tenacious man-to-man defense, but they’re just not reacting to the ball the way Coach K would like.
Duke lost to a less-than-imposing Temple club this past Thursday, two days before the Georgia Tech contest. That same Temple team lost to Dayton at home on Saturday. It’s really clear that Duke – while it might get better over the next two months – is really confused at the moment and looking for a way to play a more cohesive form of team defense. If ever Virginia had a chance to win at Cameron Indoor Stadium over the past few seasons, this is it. The Cavaliers are the third-best team in the ACC behind Duke and North Carolina. They are the third team in the league that is likely to make the NCAA Tournament. Coach Tony Bennett has made Virginia a much more disciplined team at each end of the floor. This is a team with the tools and the talent to pull off the upset.

Why Duke Will Win

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. This is still Duke – it’s not a perfect team, but it’s still the owner of a big brand name, the best coach of this generation, and one of the most imposing home-court advantages in all of college basketball. Duke has been knocked around in road or neutral games over the past few years, only to rebound at home and reassert its quality.
Two seasons ago, Duke got crushed at Georgetown, leading many pundits to think the Blue Devils weren’t going to be a factor in March. Instead, Duke went on to win the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils have repeatedly proven that they can rally when on their home floor. Moreover, Virginia – though the owner of a quality win over Michigan this season – has yet to experience the grind of a full ACC season as a team that’s expected to win on most nights. No, Virginia’s not expected to win against Duke, but the point is that the Cavaliers might feel more pressure than they’ve experienced over the past few weeks.

Who Will Win

It’s not going to be a cakewalk for Duke, but the Blue Devils don’t figure to drift for too long. They should be able to regroup and find answers against Virginia, which is not yet ready to win a game of this magnitude.

College Basketball Betting Pick: Duke



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