In a rematch from February 1, the top-ranked Syracuse Orange visit the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils for an ACC showdown on Saturday.
The Orange defeated Duke in their first meeting, 91-89. Both teams come in off a loss, after the Orange fell for the first time this season, 62-59, in overtime on Wednesday to Boston College. The Blue Devils lost Thursday to in-state rival North Carolina, 74-66.
Duke-Syracuse Point Spread
Duke opened as 5.5-point favorites, but the number was minus-six early Saturday (line updates and matchup report details per Odds Shark).
Why Syracuse Can Cover the Spread
After succumbing to B.C., Syracuse will be hungry for victory. It has already beaten Duke once this season, and its tough defense should provide the Orange with enough confidence and momentum. Despite the loss on Wednesday, Syracuse has still held opponents to an average of 54.4 points per game in its last five tilts.
The Orange will want this win.
Why Duke Can Cover the Spread
Cameron Indoor Stadium will provide the perfect backdrop for the Blue Devils to avenge Thursday's loss at Chapel Hill. Duke has won 30 straight in front of the Cameron Crazies, and catching the Orange off the loss is more of a big deal than Syracuse catching the Devils post-Carolina.
The Blue Devils are riding an 8-2 ATS streak overall and have motivation here.
Despite Syracuse's strong defense, it's like someone had to sketch a fuzzy picture of success to get those wins, as it shot a mere 39 percent from the field (102-of-259) in those last five games, ironically since beating Duke.
Now the Orange have to go on the road and face an angry Jabari Parker, who gets it done from wherever he feels like it. The Devils have covered eight of 10 in conference play and their last four at home. Take Duke.
Duke No. 1, Syracuse No. 35 (per Odds Shark NCAA basketball power rankings)
- Duke is 8-2 ATS past 10 games overall.
- UNDER is 12-2 past 14 Syracuse games played UNDER the total.
- Duke is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games at home.
- Syracuse is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games.
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