College Basketball Picks: Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 28, 2013

College Basketball Picks: Duke Blue Devils vs. Virginia Cavaliers

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    The Duke Blue Devils have won eight straight games against the Virginia Cavaliers, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks on Thursday night, as the two teams are set to meet at John Paul Jones Arena on ESPN.

    Sports bettors will find that the Blue Devils are one-point road underdogs in the NCAA basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 129 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Atlantic Coast Conference affair from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction on the total along the way. 

Duke Blue Devils

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    The Duke Blue Devils have won their last two games by an average of 26.5 points, including an 89-68 blowout victory over the Boston College Eagles as 16-point home favorites on Sunday.

    Sports bettors will find that the Blue Devils are 0-2 against the spread as road favorites of three points or less during the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season, with both of those games going above the betting total.

Virginia Cavaliers

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    The Virginia Cavaliers rank fourth nationally in scoring defense by allowing just 54.0 points per game. They've held 11 of 14 ACC opponents to 60 points or less this season.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Cavaliers are 26-12 against the spread at home, with the UNDER going 19-8 in that situation. 

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their sports betting picks on Thursday night, as the UNDER is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Virginia.

    College Basketball Pick: Under 129

     

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