NCAA Basketball Predictions: Duke Blue Devils vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Duke Blue Devils vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Tuesday, 11/12/13, 9:30 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Duke -5
Current Betting Line:  Duke -5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Duke Blue Devils are loaded in 2013-14
The Duke Blue Devils are loaded in 2013-14

Duke faces Kansas at the United Center in Chicago in the State Farm Champions Classic, as it picked up a 111-77 season-opening win over Davidson as 16-point home favorites last week.  The Blue Devils are 23-12 SU under Coach K in match-ups between top-five teams in the AP Poll, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page Tuesday night.  The team had four players score 20 or more points first time out, with freshman Jabari Parker contributing 22.  Duke is 5-1 SUATS as a neutral court favorite of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 3-2-1 in that situation.

The Blue Devils’ starting lineup combined to score 81 points on 28-of-36 shooting against the Wildcats, while sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon came off the bench to score 20 points.  Duke had 16 assists and just four turnovers in the season openers, with Quinn Cook anchoring that production.  The program is 7-2 SU all-time against Kansas, including a 5-2 mark when playing on a neutral floor.

Kansas picked up an 80-63 victory over Louisiana Monroe as 26-point home favorites last week, as it prepares to face its highest ranked opponent in a game since the 2012 National Championship game against Kentucky.  The Jayhawks’ bench finished with a 33-14 edge in their season opener, while preseason All-American guard Andrew Wiggins led the squad with 16 points.  The team welcomes back nine letterwinners from a squad that went 31-6 during the 2012-13 campaign.  Kansas is 0-2 SUATS as a neutral court underdog of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons, with both games going UNDER the total.

The Jayhawks highest returning scorer this year was Perry Ellis, who averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season.  Kansas is a dominating 48-26 SU against ranked competition under head coach Bill Self, including a 38-16 mark since the 2007-08 campaign.

Sports bettors will likely back the Blue Devils due to their 4-0 ATS mark in their last four games against Big 12 Conference opponents.

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