We’re just hours away from the end of the NBA All-Star break and just days away from the official start of the March Madness betting season. In other words, there’s no better time to grab a college basketball betting sportsbook by the horns in order to place a propitious wager. There are only a handful of games before the NCAA tournament begins so players need to use the remaining time as efficiently as possible by getting to know the top competitors as best they can. Wednesday night, bettors can tune in to see one of the top seeds from the ACC strut their stuff on the court.
Later this evening, the Syracuse Orange will be hosting the Duke Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome. The Orange don’t have the most brilliant of records, but they’ve been able to upset nationally ranked teams twice already this season. Likewise, the Blue Devils have conceded two losses to non-ranked teams this season. Will the sportsbooks predict another soul-despairing loss for No. 10 Duke?
COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – February 22nd
Duke Blue Devils -4 (-110) 149 (-110) -175
Syracuse Orange +4 (-110) 149 (-110) +155
Unsurprisingly, the bookies have come out in favor of the ranked team. The Blue Devils come into this bout with a 22-5 record that includes a 10-4 record in conference play. Duke’s record currently ties them for second-place in the ACC with the Louisville Cardinals. Furthermore, both Duke and Louisville are just one game shy of tying the conference leading North Carolina Tar Heels. Nevertheless, all three teams at the top of the ACC have already secured their sportsbook ticket to this year’s tournament, so other than trying to win the ACC, the Blue Devils are pretty much set for the next couple of weeks. Duke comes into this game on a 7-game win streak that includes a tough win over No. 8 UNC.
The Blue Devils will be led Wednesday night by Luke Kennard who is Duke’s top scorer. Kennard is currently putting up 20.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per contest. Jayson Tatum is Duke’s second-leading scorer with his average of 16.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.
The college basketball betting underdogs come into this game with a 16-12 record that includes an 8-7 record in ACC play. With their mediocre record, the Orange are currently tied for seventh in the conference with Virginia and Virginia Tech. Barring a massive turnaround, it’s more than likely that Syracuse will be absent from this year’s NCAA tournament. The Orange will be looking for a turnaround Wednesday night as they have lost their last three games consecutively.
To help them in that endeavor, Syracuse will turn to their points-leader Andrew White III who is currently netting 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game for the Orange. Tyler Lydon is the school’s second-leading point scorer thanks to his averages of 13.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.