The Duke Blue Devils are riding an eight-game SU winning streak against the Virginia Cavaliers as those schools hit the hardwood in college hoops betting action at the books on Thursday night.
Duke is 8-0 SU and 5-3 ATS over its past eight games against Virginia, with the UNDER paying out for totals bettors in eight of their past 10 matchups. Duke beat Virginia 61-58 as a 10.5-point home favorite when they last met last January.
The Cavaliers are 19-8 so far on the season, and 16-8-1 ATS vs. the number. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, are 24-3 and 15-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Virginia go 11-9 and the Blue Devils go 14-13 on the totals.
Bettors looking to side with Virginia in this one found them as 2-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 120-rated Cavaliers and the No. 18-ranked Blue Devils, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 80-77 result in favor of the Blue Devils.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia has the nation's No. 238-rated offensive output, at 65 PPG. The visiting Blue Devils defense ranks No. 136 allowing on average 64.9 PPG. The Cavaliers FG% has averaged 46.6% so far, less than the Blue Devils marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.6% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Duke owns the country's No. 230-rated mark, allowing 71.9 points per game on the highway. Virginia, on the other hand, rates No. 258 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Duke, they were an 89-68 winner as they battled Boston College at home. They covered in the match as a 16.5-point favorite. Duke cruised to victory on Sunday, running Boston College out of the gym and running up an 89-68 score at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
In their last action, Virginia was an 82-54 winner at home against Georgia Tech. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Georgia Tech was handed an 82-54 defeat on Sunday at John Paul Jones Arena.
Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing Boston College are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
Virginia Cavaliers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Boston College are 3-7
After playing Georgia Tech are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few Blue Devils at Cavaliers trends to consider:
Duke is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Virginia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Duke's last 6 games when playing on the road against Virginia
Duke is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Duke's last 10 games on the road
Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Virginia's last 9 games when playing Duke
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Virginia's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia's last 6 games when playing at home against Duke
Duke home to Miami, Saturday, March 2
Virginia at Boston College, Sunday, March 3