Duke Blue Devils vs. Tennessee Volunteers
It’s the championship round of the Maui Invitational as the Duke Blue Devils take on the Tennessee Volunteers The Blue Devils are -11 point favorites over the Volunteers.
The Duke Blue Devils have gotten off to a perfect start to the season going 4-0 and with Mike Krzyzewski becoming the winningest college basketball coach already this year, that’s one distraction they can put behind them and focus on what is a difficult schedule. The player everyone wanted to see this year is freshman Austin Rivers who is averaging 13.2 points per game. Seth Curry is averaging 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and three assists, Masom Plumlee is averaging 12.2 points and 10 rebounds, and Ryan Kelly is averaging 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. As a team Duke is averaging 82.2 points per game and they are shooting 51 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.2 points per game and their opponents are shooting 40.7 points per game. No one has beaten Duke yet but the Blue Devils haven’t exactly been dominating other teams which means more than likely this team will be getting better as the season goes on.
It’s year one of the Cuonzo Martin era as Head Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers and thus far the Vols are undefeated but they haven’t played any type of competition as of yet. Trae Golden has lit it up shooting 60 percent from the floor and averaging 23 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 10 assists per game. Cameron Tatum is averaging 10 points per game, Jeronne Maymon is averaging 13 points and 7.5 rebounds, and Skylar McBee is averaging 10.5 points. As a team Tennessee is averaging 88.5 points per game and they shoot 53 percent from the floor while their opponents average 62.5 points and shoot 42.1 percent. Tennessee has a talented and athletic roster but they haven’t faced anything like Duke in their first two games.
Duke are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against the SEC, 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six non-conference games. Tennessee is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games, 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four against ACC teams, and 0-6 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a winning record.
Duke is favored here by double digits and while they have faced the better competition and on paper they are the better team Tennessee puts athletes on the floor and playing big games against big competition is nothing new to this program. Look for the Vols to hang tough and get the cover.
Tennessee Volunteers +11 Duke Blue Devils