After winning the first meeting of the season 82-78, North Carolina aims to get the brooms out as they go for a season sweep of the hated Blue Devils. Both teams had been playing well recently as evidenced by their rise in the college basketball rankings. That being said each team also comes into the North Carolina Duke college basketball free pick off of a last second loss. With the ACC tournament looming next week, which team is able to avoid the dreaded two game losing streak heading into the conference tourney?
To paraphrase something I’ve said many times, the biggest of many things wrong with Duke-North Carolina games is that they can’t both lose. https://t.co/74XIq3Bzj7
— Professor Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) March 3, 2018
A Series Sweep Would Be Huge for North Carolina
Every visit to Cameron Indoor comes with hype but that’s especially so for the Tar Heels today as they look to sweep the enemies 9.8 miles to the Northeast. UNC hasn’t gotten a regular season sweep of Duke since 2009. A win has huge implications for North Carolina’s ACC tournament standings as well as a win could give them the #2 seed and a double bye next week in Brooklyn. The North Carolina Duke college basketball free pick is extra special tonight as Duke is celebrating their senior night. Do you think UNC brought streamers and cake for Blue Devils G Grayson Allen in his final home game?
Since beating Duke 82-78 on February 8th, North Carolina has gone 4-1. That loss however might have a hangover attached to it as Miami was able to pull out a last second 91-88 win thanks to a 30 foot buzzer beater by Ja’Quan Newton. The defeat came on UNC’s senior night when they were -10 favorites. Of course that poor play could be attributed to the classic ‘look ahead’ that bettors deal with. Duke lost their last game too and it just goes to show that both teams are focused on tonight’s battle.
Duke Fans Say So Long to Grayson
Grayson Allen takes the Cameron Indoor Stadium Court for the last time tonight and no, it’s not because he’s facing another impending suspension. The Blue Devils guard celebrates Senior Night in what is expected to be a crazy atmosphere for the North Carolina Duke college basketball free pick. Since losing to North Carolina, Duke has gone 5-1 but they too are coming off a brutal 63-64 defeat at Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils do return home at least, where they are 14-1 on the season and take on a Tar Heels team that is just 6-4 in road games this year.
Duke definitely seems to have some matchup advantages on paper as they send out 6’11 Marvin Bagley and 6’10” Warren Carter up against North Carolina’s undersized front line. Bagley is averaging 15.3 points in his three games back but Carter was held to just 5 in the loss to Virginia Tech. More importantly, both big men were held relatively in check in the first meeting with UNC as they combined for 25 points. North Carolina goes 6’8″, 6’8″, and 6’6″ along their starting front line so Duke should see more production from their ‘bigs.’
North Carolina Duke College Basketball Free Pick Betting
Oddsmakers have made the Blue Devils pretty significant favorites tonight setting the line at DUKE -7.5 where the line has stayed firm. A whole lot of public bettors are liking North Carolina and the points in tonight’s game as they’ve garnered 73% of the bets. That’s a lot of action for no line movement. In the first contest of the year Duke was able to stretch out to a double digit lead in the first half. They were outrebounded and subsequently outscored 29-37 in the second but that was when Bagley injured his knee. With a healthy Bagley and revenge on their mind on Senior night, Duke should be set to dominate tonight.
Free Pick: Duke Blue Devils -7.5