College Basketball Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Duke Blue Devils

Michigan Wolverines vs. Duke Blue Devils
Tuesday, 12/3/13, 9:15 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Duke -6.5
Current Betting Line:  Duke -7
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Duke Blue Devils have owned the ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The Duke Blue Devils have owned the ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Michigan has been part of 12 of the 14 ACC/Big Ten Challenge series, as it looks to put together a two-game winning streak after picking up an 87-45 victory over Coppin State as 22.5-point home favorites last Friday.  The Wolverines are 5-7 SU all-time in this event, including a 1-4 mark when playing on the road, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Tuesday night.  The program will be playing its fifth road game over its last six contests, as it prepares to face its first ranked opponent of the 2013-14 campaign.  Michigan is 13-0 SU and 7-5-1 ATS in December the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 8-4-1 in that situation.

The Wolverines are led offensively by Nik Stauskas, who is averaging 20.3 points per game by shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 47.4 from three-point range.  Michigan is hoping that forward Mitch McGary can move past his lower back condition, as he’s averaging 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds, but has participated in just six full practices.  It’s important to point out that the program is 24-0 SU under head coach John Beilein when scoring 80-or-more points.

Duke had its five-game winning streak snapped when suffering a 72-66 setback to the Arizona Wildcats as three-point neutral-site underdogs last week, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Blue Devils continue to be led by the outstanding backcourt of Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker, who were both named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament team.  Parker has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week three straight times, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Duke is 3-11-2 ATS in its last 16 opportunities as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points.

The Blue Devils have won 106 consecutive home games versus non-conference opponents, while they’ve gone 9-1 against the Wolverines since Dec. 12, 1998.  Duke has won its last four games in this series at Cameron Indoor Stadium by an average of 34.2 points.

Sports bettors will likely back the Blue Devils due to the Wolverines being 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games.

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