Duke Blue Devils
(17-3, 13-6 ATS)
(15-4, 8-7 ATS)
On Saturday afternoon, two of the top teams in the college basketball betting world duke it out at the Verizon Center when the Duke Blue Devils (17-3, 13-6 ATS) pay a visit to the Georgetown Hoyas (15-4, 8-7 ATS). Both of these teams are certainly battle-tested coming into this rare ACC/Big East clash. The Dookies are a solid 5-2 SU and 5-2 ATS in ACC play this year, and they also have major wins against Gonzaga (76-41), Connecticut (68-59), Arizona State (64-53), and Charlotte (101-59) to their credit. Georgetown is no pushover though, as it has already claimed its share of scalps, particularly at home this season. Wins against Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Butler, and Temple are certainly nothing to be ashamed of.
The Blue Devils are going to come at you with their outside game and try to dominate the game that way. G Jon Scheyer (18.8 points per game) is the team's most prolific scorer, but the man to keep an eye on that can start a run in a hurry is G Nolan Smith. Smith is averaging 18.1 points per game in '09-'10, and he is shooting a blistering 48.4% from beyond the arc. F Kyle Singler has been red hot lately as well, as he has scored at least 20 points in three out his L/4 NCAA basketball betting affairs overall. As a team, Duke ranks tenth in the country in scoring (82.2 points per game).
The Georgetown defense should provide a great test for that offense, though. The Hoyas will certainly have little problem controlling the paint with the presence of both C Greg Monroe (14.8 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) and F Julian Vaughn (8.2 points, 5.3 rebounds per game) patrolling the inside. The question is whether Gs Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, and Jason Clark can take care of business and hold down the Blue Devils' front line.
Depth should play a key factor in this game. Georgetown's inside game could grow tiring against a Duke team that features very few big men and isn't particularly deep. Look for the Hoyas to keep the pace of this game down. Unless the Blue Devils are hitting shots at an alarming rate from the outside, the hosts should pick up a hard fought cover.
Selection: Georgetown Hoyas
The Blue Devils are only 5-11-1 ATS in their L/17 games played on Saturdays. If you're ready to fade away and back the hosts, you can find them lined at +1.5 on the NCAA basketball wagering line on Saturday afternoon at Bookmaker Sportsbook right now!