Duke Blue Devils vs. Washington Huskies
The Duke Blue Devils and the Washington Huskies battle it out on Saturday in Madison Square Garden. The Blue Devils are -9.5 point favorites with an over/under point total set at 153.
The Duke Blue Devils have bounced back from their blowout loss at Ohio State and Mike Krzyzewski’s team takes to the road again for a neutral site game against a solid, tested team. Duke is going about their business and while some of the faces and names have changed, the product on the court is very much the same as this is a team that can play with anyone. Austin Rivers is averaging 15.6 points, Mason Plumlee is averaging 12.2 points and 9.8 rebounds, Seth Curry is averaging 13.1 points, and Ryan Kelly is averaging 12.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. As a team Duke is averaging 78.4 points and they are shooting 50 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 69 points and their opposition shoots 44.1 percent from the floor. While we aren’t sure exactly how good Duke is this year we will have plenty of chances to find out including this one.
The Washington Huskies have lost three of their last four games and while Lorenzo Romar’s team has played well they have played a tough schedule with the bulk of their games coming away from home. With recent losses to St. Louis, Marquette, and Nevada things don’t get any easier for the Huskies with this game. Terrance Ross is averaging 16.6 points and 7.0 rebounds, C.J. Wilcox is averaging 15.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, Tony Wroten is averaging 13 points, and Aziz N’Diaye is averaging 7.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. As a team UW is averaging 80.4 points, 43.1 offensive rebounds, and they shoot 47 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 72.1 points and their opponents shoot 40.7 percent. Washington is rebuilding on the fly after losing the core of their team from last year but they still do it the same way with sharp shooting an pounding the boards.
Duke is 5-1 against the spread against the Pac-12 and 1-6 against the spread following a win by more than 20 points. Washington is 4-1 against the spread in their last five against the ACC, 9-4-1 against the spread in their last 14 non-conference games, and 1-5 against the spread following a cover.
As is often the case in games involving Duke the odds makers appear to be dialed in making it a game I am not loving at all but maybe look for the Huskies to keep it close until Duke pulls it out in the end, but they don’t pull out the cover.
Washington Huskies +9.5 Duke Blue Devils