The Duke Blue Devils and Syracuse Orange will meet up in Omaha in the second game, with the winner heading to the Elite 8 on Sunday. These teams met back on February 24th with the Blue Devils winning the game by 16 points. Both teams come into the game out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. In fact, the Omaha Region has three teams from the ACC, along with the Kansas Jayhawks.
The Duke Blue Devils are 28-7 on the season. The Blue Devils lost in the ACC tournament to North Carolina. Duke then in the tournament has ran over opponents. The Blue Devils have beat Iona and Rhode Island by a combined 47 points. The Blue Devils are scoring 88 points per game in the postseason, after scoring 84.9 per game during the regular season.
The Syracuse Orange are known for their zone defense. They will need that defense to beat the Blue Devils in the Sweet 16. The Orange are 23-13 on the season after three tournament. Jim Boehiem’s team have downed Arizona State by 4, TCU by 5 and Michigan State by 2. Duke comes into this game -11.5 over Syracuse in College Basketball on Friday.
The Syracuse Orange are playing on house money right now with three tournament wins as the 11th seed. The Orange have a long history of winning tournament games, as they are seeking their 69th in program history. Syracuse has been to the NCAA Final Four 6 times, and been in the tournament 39 seasons.
The Orange are led this season by Tyus Battle with nearly 20 points per game. Battle plays 39 minutes per game, Frank Howard is also pouring in nearly 15 points per game. The Orange were one of the final teams in the Big Dance after losing to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament.
Duke With Extreme Talent
The Duke Blue Devils are playing with great talent in this tournament. The Blue Devils have won 110 tournament games in their school history, been to the Final Four 16 times, and won 5 national titles. The Blue Devils most recent NCAA title was in 2015 over Wisconsin.
The version this season sees Marvin Bagley III scoring 21.2 points per game. Duke is the 6th highest scoring team in all of college basketball. The Blue Devils are one of the top rebounding and assist teams in the nation as well. The Blue Devils are seeing senior Grayson Allen lead with 4 games of 20+ points in his last 10 appearances.
Duke Wins, but Orange Cover
The Duke Blue Devils should win this game on Friday. But, Jim Boeheim is a Hall of Fame Coach for a reason, and will have his team ready to play. Syracuse did not play all that well against Michigan State, but found a way to win. Look for them to find a way to compete in this game. The zone of Syracuse is going to force Duke to take shots they usually do not take. The final bet for this game is the Syracuse Orange +11.5 over the Duke Blue Devils.
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