Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Knights vs. Blue Devils CBB Odds
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(24-8) UCF Knights vs. Duke Blue Devils (30-5)
March Madness: Round 2 – East Region
Date: Sunday, March 24th, 2019
Time: 5:15 PM ET
Venue: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Duke Blue Devils -13
CBB Betting Total: 143
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This second round matchup features the 9th-seeded UCF Knights and number 1 overall seed, the Duke Blue Devils.
The Knights got off to a slow start against VCU, but a solid performance by Tacko Fall led them to a convincing win. This was the first ever NCAA tournament win for UCF and they will be looking to keep it going against the tournament favorite, Duke Blue Devils.
Aside from the fact that UCF failed to score in their first 7 minutes, the Knights ended up with a solid 73 points. They ended up shooting 49.1% from the field and 64.3% from behind the arc. It is fair to say that they will need much more offensive production against Duke if they want to pull off this monumental upset. Look for the Knights to feed Tacko Fall the ball early an often to hopefully create open shots for guys like Collin Smith and B.J. Taylor on the perimeter.
The Knights defense certainly did not bad bad as they allowed just 58 total points. They were able to shut down VCU on the inside with the likes of 7’6 Tacko Fall, but Duke is a completely different animal so they will have to put bodies on Zion and even then, good luck slowing him down.
Duke Blue Devils
Pretty much from the start of the season, the talk of college basketball has been about Duke and their talented freshman class. Now we are finally in the tournament and Duke will face their first test in the second round.
The biggest downside for this Duke team is their ability to shoot threes. They are 337th in the category with a percentage of 30.5%. This will need to improve if Duke wants to win the National Championship. Yeah they have Zion Williamson, but if RJ Barrett and the other guys cannot make shots, Duke may be in for a long game.
After a bit of a slow start against North Dakota State, the Duke defense really shutdown the Bison. Holding them to 36.2% from the field and 27.6% from three-point was enough to lead the Blue Devils to a blowout win. If the Blue Devils play with the same intensity as they did in round one, they will win this one without issue.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-3 in UCF last 11 neutral site games.
- Under is 36-16-2 in DUKE last 54 overall.
Free UCF Knights vs. Duke Blue Devils NCAAB Prediction:
The Knights play a competitive first half, but Zion and the Blue Devils pull away in the final 20 minutes to advance to the Sweet 16.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UNDER 143
Duke’s defense finds a way to shutdown Tacko Fall and the total goes under.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: UCF 63 – Duke 77
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