NCAA Basketball Picks: Duke Blue Devils vs. Miami Hurricanes

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 23, 2013

NCAA Basketball Picks: Duke Blue Devils vs. Miami Hurricanes

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    The Duke Blue Devils (16-1) will play just their second true road game of the 2012-13 college basketball season on Wednesday night, when they take on the Miami Hurricanes (13-3) in Atlantic Coast Conference play, with the opening tip from the BankUnited Center scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

    Sports bettors will find that the Blue Devils are two-point road favorites in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total has settled in at 130.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this matchup featuring ranked teams from a betting perspective, while offering an against-the-spread pick along the way.  

Duke Blue Devils

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    The Duke Blue Devils will be out for revenge on Wednesday night, as they suffered a 78-74 overtime loss to the Miami Hurricanes last year as 12-point home favorites.

    Sports bettors will find that the Blue Devils are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight opportunities when playing on the road where the total is 130 to 134.5. 

Miami Hurricanes

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    The Miami Hurricanes will put their five-game win streak on the line on Wednesday night, but it's important to note that they've trailed in 10 of their 13 overall wins during the 2012-13 campaign.

    Sports bettors will find that the Hurricanes are 3-1 against the spread when playing as a home underdog of three points or less over the last two-plus seasons.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Duke Blue Devils as one of their college basketball picks on Wednesday night, as they've gone 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five trips to Miami.

    NCAA Basketball Pick: Duke Blue Devils -2

     

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