Odds: Virginia -2; over/under 135 ½. That season, Duke went undefeated on the road in ACC play on its way to a 13-3 league record... This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game. The Blue Devils made 13 of 21 from deep in what was, given the caliber of opponent, their finest performance since opening the season with a 118-84 thumping of Kentucky. They have covered the spread in three straight as well. They sit fourth in the nation in offense right now, averaging 87 points per game. It's just that I simply don't believe Tennessee and Gonzaga have done anything to deserve to drop below the Blue Devils. UVA has failed to cover the spread in its last two contests.
It was the most three-pointers Virginia (20-2, 8-2) has permitted this season. I was just anxious about this game.
The No. 3 Cavaliers (20-2, 8-2 ACC) were the last team against which anyone would figure to shake a 3-point funk.
Kyle Guy led Virginia with 16 points but committed five of the Cavaliers' 14 turnovers.
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The first half also included a head-to-head collision between De'Andre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite that sent Diakite, a starting forward, tumbling to the court along the baseline by the Duke bench.
The Lakers are preparing to square off against the Sixers in Philadelphia on Sunday, and apparently, James and Rondo made a pit stop in Charlottesville, Virginia beforehand, so they could watch the Blue Devils and Cavaliers square off at John Paul Jones Arena.
Virginia is 5-1 ATS in its last six home games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 ACC games.
"It's a little bit deflating when they're banging 3s and you're trying to keep them out of the lane", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. The Cavaliers have covered in six of the last eight meetings. Jones added two free throws not long after, and Duke led 59-49.
Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said James told him he planned to attend the game, a high-stakes matchup between a pair of powerhouses that might help Duke seal the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament. I think their offense will be more efficient and their defense won't have to change too much to keep Virginia down in scoring.