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After getting bounced in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament last season the Duke Blue Devils will be looking for a better result this year as they hit the hardwood as the No. 1 seed in the South Region on Friday night against the No. 16 Robert Morris Colonials.

Duke was favored by 22.5 points midday over at [custom:bodog-link].

Duke was a No. 3 seed at the NCAA Tournament last season, and they lost 78-71 to No. 14 Mercer in the Round of 64. That has the Blue Devils at 0-3 ATS in their last three Round of 64 games, and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 tournament-opening contests.

Robert Morris will be a big underdog against Duke, earning their trip to this game by getting past North Florida 81-77 in a First Four matchup on Wednesday night. The Colonials won the Northeast conference tournament this season, going 19-14 SU and 5-3 ATS on the season.

Robert Morris Colonials vs Duke Blue Devils Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Robert Morris Colonials will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Friday; they are 7-4 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Duke Blue Devils are 18-14-1 ATS. Robert Morris Colonials are 5-4 on betting the total; Duke Blue Devils are 18-13.

The Duke Blue Devils sit at No. 10 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Robert Morris Colonials sit at No. 166 on the same chart.

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Lucky Jones scored 21 points leading the Colonials to a 81-77 victory over North Florida at Dayton Arena on Wednesday.

Jahlil Okafor went off for 28 points and added 8 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Notre Dame handed Duke a 74-64 defeat at Greensboro Coliseum.