Duke at Virginia: 2/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Duke at Virginia: 2/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Cavaliers (17-10) vs Duke Blue Devils (23-4)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm (John Paul Jones Arena)

Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Duke Blue Devils and Virginia Cavaliers face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at the John Paul Jones Arena. When these two teams faced off on February 7th it was Virginia that won 69-68. 

Jayden Gardner was the best player for Virginia scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Mark Williams was the best player for Duke scoring 16 points and four rebounds. 

Duke comes into this game with a 23-4 record and they have gone 15-10-2 against the spread. Duke has won three games in a row including the last game against Florida State where they scored 88 points on the way to the easy victory. Duke is averaging 80.1 points while their defense is giving up 65.3 points per game. Duke wants to push the pace, but in this game they need to make the sure defense is strong. The best player all season for Duke has been Paolo Banchero and he is averaging 16.9 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 29.9 percent from behind the three point line. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Virginia Cavaliers who sit with a 17-10 record and they have gone 13-13-1 against the spread. In the last game against Miami it was a little closer than they hoped, but they were able to win 74-71. Virginia is averaging 63.4 points while their defense is giving up 60.1 points per game. The defense is 13th best in college basketball. Jayden Gardner has been the top player for Virginia averaging 15.3 points while shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

Duke is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games. Virginia is 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games. The over is 5-1 in Duke’s last six games overall. The over is 4-1 in Virginia’s last five games following an against the spread win. 

Virginia found success in the first game against Duke because of the offense, and I expect their offense is going to find success again in this game. It might not be enough to come away with the victory, but it’s going to be enough for this game to go over the total. Back the over to cash. 

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