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Duke Struggling At Covering Spreads

The Duke Blue Devils will kick off their bid to win this year’s NCAA Tournament against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks Thursday. Though Duke will enter the game as a big favorite on the spread and in the public consciousness, the team has been struggling to cover, as they are 0-5 ATS in their past five outings.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 8-2 in Duke’s past 10 games.
  • UNC-Wilmington is 4-0 ATS in their past four games as underdogs of 9.5-points or more.
  • Duke is 5-0 SU in their past five games coming off a loss.

Duke enters Thursday alternating wins and losses through their past eight games with wild fluctuations in their offensive output in that span. The Blue Devils have averaged 81.3 points in their past four wins, but just 69.3 in their past four losses. Brandon Ingram’s unique paying style has started to grow into it’s own as of late, with the freshman averaging 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in March.

UNC-Wilmington has been one of the best offensive teams in the nation, with the unheralded program averaging nearly 80 points per game. Junior Chris Flemmings paces the team as the wing player has averaged 16.1 points on 51.3 percent shooting this season. 

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UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs Duke Blue Devils Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Duke Blue Devils bring a 23-10 record (14-17-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 25-7 Seahawks, who are 14-13-1 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Duke go 14-18 so far and the UNC Wilmington Seahawks go 16-12.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 66 (Duke) and the No. 74 (UNC Wilmington) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and UNC Wilmington is ranked No. 76 in NCAA basketball at 37.59 per game. Contrast that with Duke's No. 135 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Duke is the No. 21-ranked team in the country at 9.27 per game, while UNC Wilmington rates No. 152 at 6.84 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Craig Ponder scored 20 points leading the Seahawks to a 80-73 victory over Hofstra at Royal Farms Arena on Monday.

The Blue Devils wasted a 27-point performance from Grayson Allen in losing to Notre Dame 84-79 on Thursday at Verizon Center.

Betting Trends
  • UNC Wilmington is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • UNC Wilmington is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games
  • Duke is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Duke is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Duke's last 10 games