The Duke Blue Devils are ranked second in the nation in college basketball, getting off to a 10-1 start in non-conference play. On Wednesday night, they open up their ACC season against Virginia Tech at home. And in this Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Duke Blue Devils matchup, Duke is expected to tip off their conference season with a win, as they are favored by close to double digits against one of their rivals.
Duke has looked great all season long so far, with their only loss coming in a true road game against another Power 5 opponent. But the Hokies come into this game off of a huge momentum builder of a win against another quality opponent. The question coming into this game is whether Virginia Tech can build off of what they did in their last time out, or if the Blue Devils’ success so far this season is going to be too much for the visitors to overcome at Cameron Indoor.
Virginia Tech Hokies – Looking For Second Straight Win
The Virginia Tech Hokies are unranked this season with an 8-4 record, with the Hokies alternating wins and losses over each of their last five games. Their recent performances have included losses against Dayton and Wake Forest, with wins against Maryland, Cornell and St. Bonaventure during that time frame. The win against St. Bonaventure was a massive one, as the Hokies will look to take what they did in that game and use it to their advantage against a heavily favored Duke squad.
Against the Bonnies, Virginia Tech lit it up from three-point range, putting a ton of separation between the Hokies and their opponent in that Friday afternoon matchup. Duke isn’t likely to allow as many open looks at perimeter shots, but the Hokies will have to take advantage of the looks that they do get from beyond the arc. If Virginia Tech wants any shot at winning this contest, they will have to shoot the ball efficiently.
Expected Line-Up: Storm Murphy, Nahiem Alleyne, Hunter Cattoor, Justyn Mutts, Keve Aluma
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Duke Blue Devils – Entering ACC Play
The Duke Blue Devils have won 10 of their first 11 games this season, dominating the vast majority of their non-conference schedule thus far. Duke has picked up impressive wins over the likes of Kentucky and Gonzaga during the non-conference season, with their lone loss coming against Ohio State despite Duke holding a convincing lead for most of that game. Now, Duke will look to get their conference season off to a good start against the Virginia Tech Hokies on their home floor.
Duke has a huge advantage offensively coming into this game, scoring 10 more points per game than the Hokies to this point in the 2021-2022 season. Duke’s greatest strength is that they have so many players who can heat up and carry the scoring load on a given night, whether it be star freshman Paolo Banchero, or quality players like Trevor Keels or leading scorer Wendell Moore Jr. It will be up to Virginia Tech to try and slow down all of those scoring options at once, which is no easy task.
Expected Line-Up: Trevor Keels, Jeremy Roach, Mark Williams, Paolo Banchero, Wendell Moore Jr.
Expert Pick #1 – Duke -9 @ -110
The first bet we recommend for this contest is Duke -9 at -110 odds. The Blue Devils just have a huge advantage in this game in terms of the number of legitimate scoring options that are on the floor at any given time in this game. As long as Paolo Banchero’s cramps don’t become an issue in this contest, Duke should be able to get the job done by double figures at home.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 138 @ -110
Our next bet for this contest is the over 138 at -115 odds. Both of these squads are capable of putting the ball in the basket, and Duke is likely to really pace the scoring here as they should win this game by scoring into the high-70s into the low-80s without too much resistance from the Hokies.
Expert Pick #3 – Duke Over 74.5 Points @ -105
The final bet to place on this contest is the Duke team total over 74.5 at -105 odds. Expect this to be a statement game from Duke, who will prove to the rest of the ACC that it is going to be a long season for teams that think they are going to be able to slow down Mike Krzyzewski’s team on a regular basis.
Duke is clearly one of the three best teams in college basketball this season, and they are going to prove that at home in their ACC opener on Wednesday night. Expect them to blow out the Hokies and for the game to go over the total in the process, as all of Duke’s scoring options will shine in this one.