Having survived their first game of the NCAA Tournament this year, the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils will be back in action in the Round of 32 of the Tournament on Sunday against No. 7 Creighton.
Duke knocked off No. 15 Albany at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, winning that game 73-61 but failing to cover the 20-point spread at the sportsbooks. Creighton is coming off a 67-63 win over No. 10 Cincinnati in which they were 3-point favorites.
The Blue Devils are 28-5 so far on the season, and 17-16 ATS vs. the number. The Bluejays, meanwhile, are 28-7 and 18-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Duke go 18-15 and the Bluejays go 11-20 on the totals.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Duke sat as 5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Blue Devils, most recently No. 17 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bluejays, who rate No. 21 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 83-82 victory for the Blue Devils.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Duke's No. 218-rated squad against Creighton's No. 151-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Duke rates No. 44 in the country with 7.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 7 nationally with 8.7 per match.
Defensively, Creighton features the nation's No. 57-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.4 points per game. Duke, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Creighton, they were a 67-63 winner as they battled Cincinnati at home. They covered in the match as a 3-point favorite. Doug McDermott scored 27 points and helped out with 11 rebounds for Creighton on Friday, leading the Bluejays to a 67-63 victory over Cincinnati at Wells Fargo Center.
In their last action, Duke was a 73-61 winner at home against Albany. They failed to cover the 20-point spread as favorites. Seth Curry scored 26 points for Duke on Friday, leading the Blue Devils to a 73-61 win over Albany at Wells Fargo Center.
A few Bluejays at Blue Devils trends to consider:
Duke is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Duke's last 7 games
Duke is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games