Duke at North Carolina -7.5 O/U 162
One of college basketball’s most heated rivalries will tip tonight when No. 20 Duke makes the 10-mile trip along Tobacco Road to face No. 5 North Carolina on ESPN. The Blue Devils have won three straight in the series, but the Tar Heels sit atop this year’s ACC standings. Both teams rank in the top 5 in the nation in offensive efficiency and possess multiple offensive weapons to make this a must see primetime game.
The defending national champion Blue Devils will also look to extend their winning streak to five games and beat the conference-leading Tar Heels for the 11th time in 14 meetings. Duke is 10-3 straight up and 7-6 against the spread in the past 13 games of the series. The past three meetings between the two ACC rivals have all finished over the total. Duke averaged nearly 90 points in winning each of those games. The Blue Devils’ Grayson Allen, who made the buzzer-beating game winning basket against Virginia on Saturday, paces the Blue Devils in minutes (35.3), points (20.6) and assists (3.7) per game. The sophomore is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, including 42.5 percent from 3-point range. The Tar Heels are going to have their hands full on defense with Duke heating up from the floor shooting 47.9 percent (35-of-73) from 3-point range over its last four games. Duke is also scoring 84.3 points per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field.
North Carolina is the 11th fastest team in the nation with regards to average possession length which has helped them average 83.8 points per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor. With two top-tier offenses and the pace projected to around 75 possessions, the opportunity is prime to play this game over.