Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina State Wolfpack Betting Odds Preview, Pick

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2013

DURHAM, NC - JANUARY 08:  Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after making a three-point basket against the Clemson Tigers during play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 8, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 68-40.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The Duke Blue Devils are a perfect 15-0 SU and they will look to continue their dominant season on the road this Saturday when they visit the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

But while they are perfect in the standings, they are just 9-6 ATS so far. Duke was expected to open as small road favorites at sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com, but the over-under may be the best bet of the night.

Historically, these teams play OVER the total when they meet as that result has occurred in 11 of the last 13 meetings of these ACC rivals. And it has happened six times in a row at NC State, according to college basketball database results.

Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack (Saturday, 12:00 PM ET)

At 15-0 SU and 9-6 ATS, the Duke Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 for four straight weeks and will stay atop the rankings with a win this Saturday at NC State.

Duke averages 79.3 points per game (19th best in the country), with five players averaging over 11 points per game, led by senior forward Mason Plumlee (17.7 PPG) and senior guard Seth Curry (16 PPG).

But they will miss 6 foot 11 senior forward Ryan Kelly, who is out indefinitely with a right foot injury.

North Carolina State (13-2 SU, 7-5-1 ATS) worked its way into the Top 25 in the AP and Coaches Polls with an outstanding offense of its own, ranking eighth in the nation with 81.3 PPG.

Like Duke, the Wolfpack benefit from balanced scoring with five players currently averaging over 12 PPG led by junior forward C.J. Leslie (15.6 PPG)

With two top-20 offenses hitting the court this Saturday, there could be plenty of fireworks, and that would go right along with recent history.

Duke is 16-4 SU and 11-9 ATS in its last 20 games against the Wolfpack.

NC State is 6-1 ATS in its past seven games as an underdog, but that lone loss was this season against Michigan.