Duke vs. Troy - 3/17/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 17, 2017

After a strong ACC tournament that saw Duke add two more top-25 wins to bring its season total to eight, the Blue Devils are hoping to make a leap this postseason and are preparing for potential matchups against third-seeded Maryland and No. 1 overall seed CT down the line.

Duke comes into this game with a 27-8 record overall. That honor belongs to reigning NCAA champion Villanova, the region's top seed at 8/5.

Leading the way in scoring for Duke this season are Luke Kennard (20.1 PPG; 5.3 RPG), Jayson Tatum (16.9 PPG: 7.3 RPG) and Grayson Allen (14.1 PPG: 3.7 RPG; 3.5 APG).

Duke enters the NCAA Tournament having won 12 of its last 15 games, including two wins over a UNC team which is seeded No.1 in the South region. Of course, they also have the ACC Player of the Year in Justin Jackson (18.1 ppg) and one of the nation's best point guards in Joel Berry II. Most recently, the Trojans tipped Texas State 59-53 in the Sun Belt championship game.

Troy won six of its last eight games to finish 10-8 in Sun Belt play this season, then won four games in five days to steal the conference tournament title and the automatic Big Dance invitation. Jeremy Hollimon also made a big impact with 15 points from the bench. Person ranks second with 14.8 while Hollimon adds 12.1 on the third place. Duke is 6-to-1 to win the NCAA title. They are 14-16 against the Over/Under, 7-13 at home and 7-3 away.

But it's No. 2 seed Duke who are the favorites to win it all, according to the Wynn and Westgate SuperBook (via ESPN), who have the Blue Devils the favorites at 5-1, ahead of in-state rival North Carolina at 6-1.

Troy is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win, and 4-0 ATS int heir last four non-conference games. They're back and healthy now, and proved what a powerhouse they are when all is well.

Days after being named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, senior goalkeeper Danny Fowler was also voted the USILA/BSN Division I Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Greyhounds.

The adjustments took full effect last week in NY when the Blue Devils gritted out the ACC title, topping rival North Carolina 93-83 in the tournament semis.

The Blue Devils will be without Chase Jeter who is out indefinitely with Back injury and Sean Obi who is out for the season with a Knee injury. Duke won the ACC tournament. Give me the Trojans. However, my safe bet would be to go with the over as the Blue Devils can flat out play great offensive game.

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