Arkansas Pine-Bluff Vs. Duke Tournament Prediction

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Arkansas Pine-Bluff Vs. Duke Tournament Prediction
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Team Records:
Arkansas-Pine Bluff: 18-15 SU, 2-4 ATS
Duke: 29-5 SU, 18-14-1 ATS

Duke vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Friday, March 19th, Jacksonville, FL – South Region – 7:25 pm

Betting Odds: The 1st-seeded Duke Blue Devils are the favorites at –23
Ark.-P.B. +23
Over/Under: 125
MoneyLine: OFF

This game is in the South regional bracket and will be played in Jacksonville, FL. The opening round game was played on Tuesday night in Dayton, OH and Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeated the Winthrop Eagles to get the chance to square off against Duke.

The ultimate Cinderella game of the tourney has never given us a shocker to date (the play-in game was concocted in 2001). It is therefore not too bold to expect the Blue Devils to win this game going away.

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Duke is set up well for success in this game and further along in the tournament thanks to a combination of dead-eye shooting and strong play down low. Nolan Smith, Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler can dial it up beyond the arc; the brother duo of Miles and Mason Plumlee can wear opponents down in the low block.

Senior Brian Zoubek provides some much-needed relief as the coveted seven-footer with a European-sounding name. Duke can run, shoot, play scrappy when they need to in addition to calling on reasonable depth from its bench.

Coach K can sense that his team is heating up at the right time; the Blue Devils have won 11 of their last 12. Moreover, Duke looks very focused and very hungry – perhaps something that was missing in disappointing recent seasons.

Hated in-state rival UNC had a miserable season and things have thus far been breaking right for Duke to snag ultimate Tobacco Road glory.

The Golden Lions have a productive guard trio in Terrance Calvin, Savalance Townsend and Tavaris Washington, but it just won’t be enough.

Basically, nothing short of divine intervention will help Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeat Duke in this archetypal David vs. Goliath match-up.

Betting Trends:

Duke is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Duke’s last 8 games
Duke is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Duke after a win are 9-1 in their last 10

Free Blue Devils vs. Golden Lions Free Tournament Pick: Duke is simply too strong for the Golden Lions to have a snowball’s chance in… somewhere balmy, in this South regional game. Expect Duke to win by at least 20 points.

Score Prediction: Duke 85, Ark.-P.B. 59

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