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2019-2020 NCAA Basketball
(19-3) Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (10-12)
Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM ET
Venue: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Duke -7.5
CBB Betting Total: 150.5
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One of the biggest rivalries in all of college sports will tip off for the first time in 2020 when the Duke Blue Devils take on the North Carolina Tar Heels.
This season has gone completely downhill for North Carolina, so a win over their arch-rival will make it just a little better.
Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils struggled in their last game to say the least, but still managed to beat Boston College 63-55. That marks their fourth win in a row and they now have a 9-2 record in the ACC. Even against the struggling Tar Heels, they Blue Devils can not get complacent. This is a fierce rivalry and if UNC is going to show up, it will be for this game.
The offense for this Duke team is still clearly one of the best in the country, despite them only putting up 63 points against the Eagles. They are now averaging 82.5 points per game. That is in fact the 3rd best scoring offense in all of college basketball. They also are a top 12 shooting team, averaging 48.4% from the field.
Duke is led by Vernon Carey Jr, who averages 17.8 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game. Not far behind him is Trey Jones. Jones is the floor general for this team and is averaging 15.2 points per game and a team leading 6.6 assists per game. Specifically, these are the two guys that need to have a good game for Duke to win this rivalry game.
Defensively, this Duke team is very good, although they have had their struggles on the road. Overall, they are allowing 64.7 points per game. However, this number increases to 69.4 in their away games. Even in the last five games overall, the Blue Devils are allowing 69.6 points per game.
Taking the home crowd out of this game is going to be a huge factor to Duke’s success. If they can settle in early, I look for the defense to dominate the Tar Heels.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The Tar Heels continue to lose games at an alarming rate. Their losing streak right now is two games after getting beat 65-59 by the Florida State Seminoles. With a record of 3-8 in the ACC, the only way this team will make the tournament, is by winning the conference. That is very unlikely though, so the possibility of a March Madness with North Carolina is extremely high.
Offensively, the Tar Heels average 70.9 points per game. This is far less than what is expected of them and games where they score under 60 is why they are so bad this season. The craziest part is North Carolina is the number one rebounding team in the country. They just cannot take advantage for the most part.
Cole Anthony made his return recently and has played well, but the rest of this team has been lacking. If the Tar Heels are going to pull off this upset, Anthony must have a monster game.
Defense has not been horrible for UNC, allowing 70.5 points per game. However, playing Duke is a different story, so they will likely need to play a near perfect game to slow down the Blue Devils.
CBB Betting Trends:
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Duke’s last 11 games when playing at UNC.
- Duke are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against North Carolina.
Free Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels NCAAB Prediction:
Duke may struggle some on the road, but they are going to overpower this Tar Heels team and will get the win.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UNDER 150.5
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