Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Rams vs Blue Devils CBB Odds
Looking for Rhode Island Rams vs. Duke Blue Devils NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Rams taking on the Blue Devils on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this Rams Blue Devils matchup.
26-7 (4-2 N) #7 Rhode Island Rams vs. #2 Duke Blue Devils 27-7 (6-1 N)
Midwest Region: NCAA Tournament
Date: Saturday March 17, 2018
Time: 7:37 PM ET
Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Blue Devils -9.5
CBB Betting Total: 149.5
Live CBB Odds
Updated Sportsbook Bonuses For Today
The Rams needed overtime to knock out Trae Young and the Sooners. It was one of the better games of the first day of action.
There were no such dramatics in Duke’s win over Iona. The win was a nice way to get everyone other than Grayson Allen some NCAA Tournament experience.
Rhode Island Rams
The Rams stumbled down the stretch a little so an early exit would not have been a shock. Luckily they drew Oklahoma, another team that was in a similar spot.
Against the Sooners the Rams were sluggish in the first half. Jitters or not, if they come out flat again this one might be too far out of reach against a very good Duke team.
Rhode Island is all about good guard play. Even though they are a veteran team it was 5’10” 165 pound, Fatts Russell, that gave them a big lift against OU. He scored 15 off the bench and played with amazing poise in the moment.
Russell was a bonus but if they are going to give Duke a game it will be because EC Matthews and Jared Terrell have strong games. Rhode Island cannot match the frontcourt size and skill of Duke but their backcourt is solid and experienced.
Duke Blue Devils
This Duke team might have the highest ceiling of any in the Tournament. They dispatched Iona with ease and on paper should not have much trouble with Rhode Island either.
The Iona game looked like a typical Duke contest with Marvin Bagley leading the way with 22 points. He scores easily against pretty much everyone.
The backcourt played well with Allen, Gary Trent and Trevon Duval all scoring at least 16 points. All shot well, especially Duval who was 4 for 5 from deep.
I would have though the Blue Devils might have given some more time to reserves in their opener but they should not be tired, certainly not compared to Rhode Island.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-3 in URI last 10 neutral site games.
- Under is 8-1 in DUKE last 9 overall.
- Over is 11-2 in DUKE last 13 non-conference games.
- DUKE are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Free Rhode Island Rams vs. Duke Blue Devils NCAAB Prediction:
I like Rhode Island but I am not sure how good they really are. They are going to have their hands full with the Duke bigs for sure.
Duke does not need to play their best to win, but to win and cover they have to play a complete game.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Duke -9.5
Rhode Island is a nice story but this is a very tough matchup for them. Duke Salts it away late to win by double-digits.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Duke 81 – Rhode Island 69
If you’re looking for more College basketball picks like this Rhode Island Rams vs. Duke Blue Devils matchup we’ll be providing 4* free college basketball predictions on the blog all season long, and check out our Experts for guaranteed premium & free NCAAB Hoops picks!
CappersPicks.com has NCAA basketball odds up on a ton of futures, and you will also find DAILY CBB lines up as well.