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Duke Begins Quest for Repeat vs Siena

Duke Blue Devils Grayson Allen

NCAA basketball fans and bettors rejoice: college hoops are officially back! Friday’s season-opening slate features a whopping 156 games, which also sees Duke begin its long trek towards defending its national title when the Blue Devils play host to the Sienna Saints. UNDER bettors will be happy to know the Wallace Wade Stadium has been a source for low-scoring games dating back to last season, as the UNDER has gone 7-1 in the Dukies’ last eight home tilts.

Shark Bites
  • Duke is 6-0 SU and ATS in its last six games.
  • Siena is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games in November.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of Duke's last nine games as favorites.

The Blue Devils have also been a solid play against the spread against teams outside the ACC. Mike Krzyzewski’s squad is a perfect 8-0 ATS in their last eight games against out of conference teams dating back to last season.

Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones all left Durham to become first-round picks in the 2015 NBA Draft, but that doesn’t mean the Blue Devils will see a drop off of talent. Duke restocked the shelves in the form of a seven-man recruiting class featuring three McDonald’s All-Americans (Chase Jeter, Brandom Ingram and Luke Kennard).

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Duke Blue Devils were listed as -23-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

Siena Saints vs Duke Blue Devils Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Siena Saints will look to cover the spread vs the Duke Blue Devils on Friday, as the Saints are 11-15-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Blue Devils are 24-14-1 ATS. Siena is 9-12 against the total, while Duke is 19-18 versus the total betting line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 10-ranked Duke Blue Devils and the No. 193-rated Siena Saints in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Siena Saints rank No. 173 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 33 per game. That compares with Duke’s No. 39 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Duke is college basketball's No. 53-ranked team at 7.26 per game, while the Siena Saints rate No. 228 with 4.9 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Saints got a huge 32-point effort from A.J. English but still lost 74-71 against Iona on Saturday at Times Union Center.

The Blue Devils got a 21-point performance from Frank Kaminsky, who added 12 rebounds, as Duke ran past Wisconsin 68-63 on Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Siena is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Siena's last 6 games
  • Siena is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Siena is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Duke is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Duke's last 8 games
  • Duke is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Siena at Wisconsin, Sunday, November 15th
Duke at Bryant, Saturday, November 14th