Duke meets Virginia for the ACC title
The Duke Blue Devils will take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon as those two schools hit the hardwood together in the championship game of the ACC Tournament.
Virginia is the top seed at the ACC Tournament, but Duke beat them 69-65 in the only meeting between the schools during the regular season. The Cavaliers, however, are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against the Blue Devils dating back to 2010.
The ACC championship game point spread was razor thin with Duke at -1 over at Bovada in early betting (which had the total at 128). Duke is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games.
The Cavaliers sport a record of 27-6 and 18-10-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Blue Devils have 26-7 and 18-14-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-17-1 for the Cavaliers and 14-18-1 for the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils were listed as 1-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
The Cavaliers sit at No. 18 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Blue Devils sit at No. 16 on the same chart.
Duke was a 75-67 winner in its last match at home against North Carolina State. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites. Duke got 20 points from Jabari Parker en route to a 75-67 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday at Greensboro Coliseum.
Virginia was a 51-48 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pittsburgh. They earned a push of the 3-point spread as favorites. The Cavaliers grabbed a 51-48 win over the Panthers on Saturday, behind a 12-point effort from Joe Harris at Greensboro Coliseum.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Virginia's No. 221-ranked scoring average of 65.76 PPG, against a Blue Devils defense rated No. 73 and allowing 66.94 PPG. The Cavaliers FG% has averaged 45.26% to date this season, less than the Blue Devils shooters have managed so far (46.6% per game).
A few Blue Devils at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Duke is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Duke is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Duke's last 9 games
Duke is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Virginia
Virginia is 15-4-1 ATS in its last 20 games
Virginia is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia's last 7 games
Virginia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Duke