College Basketball Preview and Free Pick: Duke vs. Louisville
A meeting of ACC heavyweight serves as the featured matchup for a busy Tuesday night of college
hoops action. The #2 Duke Blue Devils are hitting the road to take on the #16 Louisville Cardinals.
The Blue Devils are atop the ACC standings, while the Cardinals are 1.5 games off the pace.
Date/Time/TV: Tues. Feb.12, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN
Spread: Duke Blue Devils -7.5 (-110)
On Saturday, Duke delivered perhaps its most impressive performance of the season. They picked up
an 81-71 road victory over #4 Virginia in a game that was not as close as the final score suggested.
The Blue Devils are 21-2 (15-8 ATS) on the season and have a conference mark of 9-1.
Louisville was also in action on the road on Saturday, dropping a 5-point decision in OT to Florida
State. That was the team’s second loss in its last three contests. The Cardinals are 17-7 (13-9-2 ATS)
thus far and 8-3 in ACC play.
Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils are 9-1 (6-4 ATS) over the last 10 and currently riding a seven-game winning
streak. The team hasn’t been defeated since January 14 when they lost at home in OT to Syracuse.
Duke is a perfect 5-0 (4-1 ATS) on the road this season.
Team totals are 6-15-2 with the Under coming in for five of the last six. Zion Williamson is the
biggest force on offense. He’s averaging 21.8 ppg and 9.2 boards. RJ Barrett chips in with 23.1 ppg
and 7.2 rpg, while Cam Reddish contributes 13.6 ppg.
Louisville’s recent challenges came on the heels of a six-game winning streak. The team is 7-3 (6-4
ATS) over its last 10 contests. The Cardinals are tough at home with a mark of 12-2 (6-6 ATS), but
they fell last time out at home versus North Carolina by 10 points.
Team Totals are split down the middle at 12-12, but the Over has been the correct call for the last two
games. Jordan Nwora leads the way in scoring with averages of 17.6 ppg and 7.6 boards. Next up is
Dwayne Sutton with averages of 11.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg. Christen Cunningham rounds out the top
threats with 10.7 ppg and 4.7 dimes.
Duke vs. Louisville Prediction
This will be the first meeting of the season for these two programs. Duke has won the last two in the
series, and three of the last five. The Blue Devils seem to really be hitting their stride as the season
gets long in the tooth, as their last six victories have been by double digits.
The team has yet to lose on the road this season to boot. Louisville is a quality club overall, but we
like the visitors to continue their recent run of stellar play and to pick up another big road win.
Duke Blue Devils vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick: Duke Blue Devils -7.5 (-110)