Duke vs. Virginia Tech - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Photo by Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports
Virginia Tech (15-11) at Duke (22-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
The Line: Duke -16 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Virginia Tech Hokies (15-11, CONF 6-9) and the Duke Blue Devils (22-4, CONF 12-3) face off in an ACC showdown at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils knocked of the Hokies 77-63 in December.
The Hokies are a young team, and that has led to a lot of ups and a lot of downs. Virginia Tech comes into this game having lost seven of the last ten games, and none of the wins were all that impressive.
The Hokies have been a little more competitive as of late with each of their last two losses going to overtime.In VT’s last game even though it was in overtime, they still gave up 102 points to the Miami Hurricanes.
The Blue Devils are coming off a shocking loss in their last game against NC State. The Blue Devils gave up 88 points and the offense couldn’t overcome it.
Before that loss, Duke had won seven games in a row, but in those seven wins they only covered three spreads.
At home this season the Blue Devils are averaging 84.1 points per game while the defense is giving up 62.3. The Blue Devils are a talented team that is led by center Vernon Carey Jr. who is averaging 18.0 points while shooting 58.4 percent from the field.
The Hokies are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall. The home team is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between the Blue Devils and Hokies. The under is 14-5 in the last 19 meetings between Duke and Virginia Tech. The over is 9-2 in the Blue Devils last 11 games overall.
These are two teams who have had all kinds of issues covering spreads, but there is no doubt Duke is the better team. The Blue Devils are an elite offensive team and even with a big number they should find a way to run away from the Hokies.