Krzyzewski-less Devils Pegged As Sportsbook Underdogs

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Duke vs Florida St.

Coach Krzyzewski may be recovering from his back injury but the Blue Devils still have to go out there and make a name for themselves amongst college basketball betting lines. Duke will take to the court this Tuesday night when they travel to the Sunshine State to take on No. 9 Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Let’s see what the sportsbooks have to say about No. 7 Duke’s chances without their legendary head coach.

NCAAB ODDS – REGULAR SEASON – Tuesday, January 10th

Florida State Seminoles -2½ (-105) 157 (-110) -140
Duke Blue Devils +2½ (-115) 157 (-110) +120

It seems that Coach K’s absence is enough for the NCAA basketball betting odds to peg the Blue Devils as underdogs against a lesser ranked opponent. There’s no doubt that Krzyzewski’s absence is detrimental, but Coach K is just the tip of the iceberg for the surplus of injuries the Blue Devils are currently contending with.

In addition to their head coach, Amile Jefferson – one of Duke’s few veteran players, will be out due to a bone bruise sustained in the same foot that caused him to be sidelined for most of last season. Chase Jeter has missed out the last couple of games because of a back injury but is expected to return to the rotation, which is good news for sportsbook fans that favor the Blue Devils. Duke will need all the help it can get to try to deliver a college basketball betting upset on the road against an extremely tough opponent.

Florida State has been one of this season’s many surprises and will be coming into this contest with the best start in program history as well as a school-record winning streak. However, this young group still feels like they have something to prove and a home win against Duke would certainly help. At 15-1, the Seminoles success can be attributed more to the 11 players who are averaging double-digit minutes for Florida State, rather than the three players who average double digits in points. Basketball is a sport where one player can make all the difference but the Seminoles are proving to the college basketball betting community that sometimes it’s better to have depth than a lone superstar.

Scoring leaders for Florida State include Dwayne Bacon who is averaging 18.1 points per game and Jonathan Isaac who is earning 12.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. Xavier Rathan-Mayes is putting up 10.4 points per game and Terance Mann is close to breaking double-digits with his average of 9.2 points per game.

Duke’s scoring leaders are Luke Kennard and his 20.3 points per game with 5.8 rebounds per game. Jayson Tatum is earning 17 points per game for the Blue Devils as well as 7.1 rebounds per game. Grayson Allen – who has been reinstated after missing a sole game, is earning 15.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per contest. Duke has a handful more double-digit scorers than the Seminoles including Amile Jefferson who scores 13.6 per game and averages 10.1 rebounds, as well as Frank Jackson and his 12 points per game.

Sportsbook fans should take a look at the difference in both teams’ rebounding. Jefferson may be out for the Blue Devils but they are still averaging more rebounds per player.