Virginia vs Duke Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Duke (22-6) vs Virginia (21-8)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

Betting Odds: Duke -9.5 -- Over/Under: 124.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Virginia Cavaliers and the Duke Blue Devils meet in college basketball action from Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday. Who comes out on top in Saturday’s ACC heavyweight tilt? Let’s dive in and find out with our Virginia vs. Duke Prediction.

Virginia Team Preview

The Virginia Cavaliers come into this one looking to build on a 72-68 win over Boston College last time out. Reece Beekman leads the Cavaliers in scoring with 13.9 PPG as well as 5.9 APG to lead the Cavaliers in the assist department on the year. Isaac McKneely has 12.3 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Virginia so far this season while Ryan Dunn has 8.4 PPG with a team-high 7.1 RPG to lead the Cavaliers on the glass up to this point in the year. As a team, Virginia is averaging 63.7 PPG on 43.8% shooting from the field, 36.5% from three and 64.7% from the foul line this season.

Duke Team Preview

The Duke Blue Devils come into this one looking to build on an 84-59 win over Louisville last time out. Kyle Filipowski leads the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding with 16.6 PPG and 8.3 RPG while Jeremy Roach has 14.4 PPG with 3 APG. Tyrese Proctor has 10.2 PPG with a team-high 3.7 APG to lead the Blue Devils in the assist department this season. Mark Mitchell has 12.8 PPG with 6.3 RPG and Jared McCain has 13.6 PPG with 4.9 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for the Blue Devils this season. As a team, Duke is averaging 80.5 PPG on 48.5% shooting from the field, 38.6% from three and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

Virginia vs. Duke Prediction

I’m on Duke here. The Blue Devils are simply the more trustworthy team and while Virginia has a defense that CAN travel, we haven’t seen it travel consistently in spots. What doesn’t travel and never has, has been Virginia’s offense. The Cavaliers tend to rely on their defense too much to feel comfortable backing them on the road to keep pace with Duke here. I think Duke beats Virginia at their own game and gets a double-digit win in a low-scoring battle. Take the Blue Devils here.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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