Duke Blue Devils vs Virginia Tech Hokies Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Duke Blue Devils travelling to Virginia Tech Thursday to take on the Hokies.
The Hokies bring a 11-14 record (10-10-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 22-3 Blue Devils, who are 13-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Virginia Tech go 12-7 so far and the Blue Devils go 13-12.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Virginia Tech sat as 13-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 122 (Hokies) and the No. 18 (Blue Devils) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 85-70 result in favor of the Blue Devils has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia Tech has the nation's No. 80-rated offensive output, at 71.4 PPG. The visiting Blue Devils defense ranks No. 139 allowing on average 65.1 PPG. The Hokies FG% has averaged 42% so far, less than the Blue Devils marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.2% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Duke owns the country's No. 280-rated mark, allowing 74.1 points per game on the highway. Virginia Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 130 in scoring at home.
Duke lost its last outing, an 83-81 result against Maryland on February 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite. Duke got 25 points from Seth Curry on the way to an 83-81 loss against Maryland on Saturday at Comcast Center.
Last time out for Virginia Tech, they were a 90-86 loser as they battled North Carolina State on the road. They covered in the match as a 14-point underdog. Virginia Tech got 29 points from Erick Green on the way to a 90-86 loss against North Carolina State on Saturday at PNC Arena.
Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Boston College are 6-4
After playing Maryland are 9-1
After a loss are 9-1
Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Florida State are 6-4
After playing North Carolina State are 6-4
After a loss are 1-9
A few Blue Devils at Hokies trends to consider:
Duke is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Duke is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Virginia Tech
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Duke's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duke's last 6 games when playing on the road against Virginia Tech
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Virginia Tech's last 8 games when playing Duke
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Virginia Tech's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 6 games when playing at home against Duke
Virginia Tech is 5-9-2 ATS in its last 16 games
Duke home to Boston College, Sunday, February 24
Virginia Tech home to Florida State, Sunday, February 24