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Red-Hot Duke Winning On Court And At Window

Duke has certainly gotten hot at the best time, as the Blue Devils have gone 5-0 SU and ATS in their past five outings. In that span, Duke has posted an average scoring margin of plus-9.8 points per game, though that is inflated due to a 22-point beatdown of Troy in the first round. The Blue Devils look to book a trip to the Sweet 16 when they take on an inconsistent South Carolina squad Sunday.

SHARK BITES
  • Duke is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games against the SEC.
  • South Carolina is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of South Carolina's last 8 games against the ACC.

There wasn’t an area of the game that Duke didn’t overwhelm outmatched Troy in. The Trojans were forced into 17 turnovers and shot a measly 21.7 percent from deep. Jayson Tatum continues to assert himself as a star, as Duke’s freshman has averaged 21.2 points and 8.4 rebounds during the program's winning streak. Scoring against Troy and South Carolina are two different things, however, as the Gamecocks have held opponents to 64.7 ppg and a 40.2 shooting percentage.

It took 44 years but South Carolina finally won a tourney game again. Things weren’t looking great at the half, but the Gamecocks outscored Marquette 54-33 in the second stanza in what turned into a runaway victory. As good as the Gamecocks and Sindarius Thornwell, who notched 29 points and 11 rebounds, looked against the Golden Eagles, the program has gone a middling 4-6 SU in its past 10.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs Duke Blue Devils Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Duke Blue Devils are 28-8 so far on the season, and 16-18-1 ATS vs the number. The South Carolina Gamecocks, meanwhile, are 23-10 and 13-18 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Duke go 17-18 and the South Carolina Gamecocks go 12-18-1 on betting totals.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 68-ranked Duke Blue Devils and the No. 168-rated South Carolina Gamecocks in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and South Carolina is ranked No. 115 in NCAA basketball at 36.27 per game. Contrast that with Duke's No. 113 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Duke is the No. 73-ranked team in the country at 8.36 per game, while South Carolina rates No. 178 at 6.79 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Gamecocks blew out Marquette on Friday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 93-73 win at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The battle between the Blue Devils and Trojans didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Troy was handed a 87-65 defeat on Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

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