The #9 Duke Blue Devils will head on the road to clash with the Virginia Tech Hokies in an ACC tilt Friday night from the Cassell Coliseum. The Blue Devils registered a big 87-75 road win against Michigan State on Tuesday night, and the Hokies lost 90-77 to BYU in their previous action. Virginia Tech defeated Duke in the first meeting last season, and Duke replied with a win against the Hokies in the NCAA Tournament.
#9 Duke Rebounds with Convincing Win Against #3 Michigan State
The Duke Blue Devils made a statement in Tuesday’s big 87-75 win against #11 Michigan State on Tuesday night. They wanted to prove themselves as a top team after their stunning 85-83 overtime home loss to Stephen F. Austin and they did just that. Duke has also defeated a ranked Kansas team along with a win against Georgia earlier this season.
Look out for Vernon Carey Jr. in this one. The talented freshman center continues to dominate, collecting seven double-doubles on the season, and he has reached 20 points in five out of his last six games. Carey Jr. has compiled an average of 19.2 PPG and 9.7 RPG. Carey Jr. is a top prospect for this year’s NBA draft.
Tre Jones is also putting up big numbers, averaging 15.7 points along with a team-best 7.4 assists per game. The sophomore guard scored 20 points along with 12 assists in the win against Michigan State on Tuesday. Cassius Stanley is another skilled young player capable of big points. The freshman guard tallied 21 points against Georgetown earlier this month and is posting 12.9 PPG. Unfortunately, he sustained a hamstring injury and is not expected to play in this one.
The Blue Devils plummeted from #1 in the country to #9 in the AP Top 25 rankings this past week due to the upset loss, and Ken Pomeroy has them at 3rd in his ratings. Duke features a powerhouse offense that is averaging 84.1 points, good for 12th in the country. They are allowing an average of 65.9 points, positioning them 127th overall.
Hokies Tagged with Second Straight Loss
The Virginia Tech Hokies enter their ACC opener in need of a victory. They opened their season with six consecutive wins and have since lost two straight games. Dayton handed them their first loss and their latest was a rough 90-77 defeat to BYU last week in a matchup that had the Hokies favored by 1.5 points. The Hokies record a big 71-66 upset win against #3 Michigan State last month.
The Hokies are led offensively by Landers Nolley II. The freshman guard has everyone’s attention after his spectacular start. Nolley II is averaging a sizzling 20 points on 47.9% shooting, and he has eclipsed 20 points five times already this season. Nahien Alleyne is another freshman that is playing well, compiling an average of 11.8 points on a 44% mark from the field. Alleyne scored 12 points in last week’s loss to BYU. P.J. Horne features a sizzling 65% field goal efficiency this season. The junior forward ranks third in team scoring with 9.9 PPG.
The Hokies are placed 54th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and stand at 4-0 on their home court. Virginia Tech is scoring an average of 76.3 points on the season, ranking them 99th in D1. They are holding opponents to 65.1 points, positioning them 110th in the country.
The Duke Blue Devils are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Friday games.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Virginia Tech Hokies are:
- 10-1 ATS in their last 11 Friday games.
- 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.
- the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these foes.