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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24 NCAAB Betting Picks

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24 – The epic rivalry between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils was reignited on Saturday with both teams standing at an impressive 24-6 record. As we inch closer to March Madness, this matchup is not just a battle for bragging rights; it’s a critical showdown that could offer valuable March Madness betting tips and insights. This game is a must-watch for college basketball enthusiasts and bettors alike.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24

When:Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 6:30 PM ET
Where:Cameron Indoor Stadium
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24
Tar Heels
+5.5 -110
o145 -105
Blue Devils
-5.5 -110
u150.5 -110
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RJ Davis (Guard) vs. Kyle Filipowski (Center)

RJ Davis has dominated the floor all year round for the North Carolina Tar Heels. In over 30 games, Davis has played for 34.8 minutes, averaging 21.5 points with 43.4% field goal shooting, which is a great sign, especially considering that he has been able to shoot 41.7% from 3 point distance. Also worth mentioning, that his 88.6% free shot tryouts is great. Moreover, his 1.6 TOs per game indicates that he has to work more on his passing. David’s matchless ability to score equally well both inside and outside the courtroom has made him a must-win player for the Tar Heels at this climactic contest.

In their ranks, Kyle Filipowski has been a godsend for the Duke Blue Devils, who comfortably average over 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, and thus demonstrate their multifunctionality and effectiveness. With 30.2 minutes per game play, Filipowski totaled 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks are an important part of his defensive performance. His three-point shooting percentage has improved to 50.7% and 35.4% from the field. Although his not-so-good free-throw percentage needs some improvement, his double-threat advantage (at each end of the play) might definitely be what it will take to hack into the Tar Heels.

This matchup will be a captivating contrast of two unique and contradictory playing styles. The clash of Davis’s playing style that relies on quickness and accuracy with the power and versatility of Filipowski will determine to a great extent how both teams play. Therefore, this matchup can be the most important one in the game.

Tar Heels’ Offensive Firepower

The offensive chops of the North Carolina Tar Heels are the stuff of legend as they tally 81.5 points per game while hitting 44.8% of their field goals. Their long-range shooting, in which they made 35.6 % of their three-point shots and 75 % of their free throws, is equally strong and gives them the athleticism to score reliably. They snatch 12 boards on each trip to secure additional chances of scoring. The most crucial strength of the Tar Heels is their offense and shooting ability that they will use to find places for their scoring and the same will help them against Duke.

Blue Devils’ Balanced Attack

The counterpunch by Duke Blue Devils could be in their extremely efficient offense, they average 80.2 points per game and have field goal percentage just by a slim margin compared to the Tar Heels with approximately 48.5%. 38% from the arc and being so dominating over the pace of the game by choosing the right shot are qualities these guys have. Duke basketball’s rebounding ability is lightning quick, with 36.7 rebounds per game and its shared scoring load. In its arsenal is defense led by Markowski, the shot-blocker. This balanced and strong attack can cause a big headache for Tar Heels.

NCAAB Betting Odds: TBD, Over/Under: TBD

The betting odds for this matchup are yet to be determined, but given the close records and performance metrics of both teams, it’s expected to be a tightly contested game. Bettors should keep an eye on the spread and moneyline as they are announced, considering the teams’ offensive capabilities and defensive strengths.


North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Trends

North Carolina are 5-0 in their last 5 games.
Tar Heels are 3-2 in their last 5 games against the spread.
North Carolina are 9-6 in their road games against the spread.
The totals have gone OVER in 1 of North Carolina last 5 games.
The totals have gone OVER in 7 of North Carolina 15 last games at home.

Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends

Duke are 4-1 in their last 5 games.
Blue Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 games against the spread.
Duke are 5-6 in their road games against the spread.
The totals have gone OVER in 1 of Duke’ last 5 games.
The totals have gone OVER in 8 of Duke’ 19 last games at home.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils Betting Picks

This game represents not just two historic rivals but is also an exhibition of future NBA talent and strategic depth. Given their trends and performances, this matchup promises to be an epic battle – while betting lines may yet change given their close nature; nonetheless, given both teams’ offensive prowess as well as recent trends the Over may prove tempting for bettors.

Straight up winner? Cameron Indoor Stadium may give Duke an edge; bettors should check top-tier betting websites for updated odds and insights before placing their bets. While it’s impossible to pick a definitive winner here, Duke would take my vote due to home court advantage and overall more balanced team performance.

Score Prediction: Duke 78, North Carolina 75