NCAA Basketball Picks: Duke Blue Devils vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Duke Blue Devils vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Saturday, 1/4/14, 4:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Duke -4.5
Current Betting Line:  Duke -4.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Duke Blue Devils have enjoyed great success in conference openers under Coach K

The Duke Blue Devils have enjoyed great success in conference openers under Coach K

Duke has won five games in a row, including an 86-48 victory over Elon as 16.5-point neutral-site favorites last time out, while going UNDER the betting total for the sixth time in seven contests.  The Blue Devils are 26-7 SU in conference openers under Coach K, including six consecutive wins in ACC lid lifters, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks.  Freshman Jabari Parker is the main player to handicap, as he’s scored in double figures in all 13 games this season.  Duke is 4-1 ATS in its last five overall games.

The Blue Devils have made 10 or more three-point field goals seven times this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page.  Parker is one of three players averaging double figures on the roster, with forward Rodney Hood ranking second behind Parker in scoring 17.2 points a contest.  Duke leads the ACC in scoring and field goal percentage.

Notre Dame has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it picked up an 87-81 overtime victory over Canisius as 12.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total of 142.5.  The Fighting Irish are 2-4 SU all-time against the Blue Devils, but it’s important to point out that head coach Mike Brey use to serve as an assistant under Coach K in Durham, NC.  Three probable starters are averaging in double figures this season, with senior center Garrick Sherman leading the way at 14.5 points a contest.  Notre Dame is 0-4 ATS in its last four games versus ACC foes.

The Fighting Irish are 12-6 SU at home against teams ranked in the top 10 under Brey, including four straight wins in that situation when playing inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.  Notre Dame has one of the best floor generals in the country in Eric Atkins, as the senior point guard scored a career-high 30 points and played all 45 minutes last time out.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 6-1 in the Blue Devils’ last seven games.

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