Virginia Tech and Duke are set to meet in a college basketball game tonight. Who will win? Let’s go over the latest betting odds, predictions, and more.
Virginia Tech and Duke will face off in a college basketball game on March 3, 2019. The Virginia Tech Hokies are favored by 1 point.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will take on the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. Check out our Virginia Tech Duke forecast, odds, and choice in our college basketball odds series.
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One week ago, the Virginia Tech Hokies seemed to be done in their quest of an NCAA Tournament at-large berth. On Saturday, March 5, they were defeated by Clemson. They were towards the bottom of the seed list, easily among the 10 to 12 teams that didn’t make the 68-team competition. Virginia Tech needed to upset the ACC title odds and make a run to the championship game this week. It wasn’t going to be enough to just defeat Notre Dame in the quarterfinals. The Hokies’ portfolio grew significantly after beating North Carolina in the semifinals on Friday, a considerably more impressive message to college basketball odds gurus. Consider the following while making your Virginia Tech Duke prediction: Virginia Tech isn’t yet a sure thing to make the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies have made considerable progress, but the ACC has been so weak this season that they may still need to win the ACC Tournament to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. If they lose against Duke, they’ll have cause to be concerned on Selection Sunday. Even if they lose by a razor-thin margin, they will feel a lot better than if they lose by a large margin.
Duke is preparing for Mike Krzyzewski’s last ACC Tournament game, as well as Coach K’s final ACC Tournament title game, knowing it must improve on defense. When picking your Virginia Tech Duke team, keep in mind that Duke has given up 76 points or more in two ACC Tournament games. If the Blue Devils want to win four NCAA Tournament games later in March and give Coach K one more Final Four trip before he retires, they’ll have to find a way to keep their opponents in the 60s. Duke struggles to defend all five slots. In the face of speedy guards with explosive first steps who can get into the paint and force the Duke defense to crumble, the Blue Devils are susceptible. Kickouts to 3-point shooters and feeds to big guys for layups and dunks become more common as a result of this. If Duke wants Coach K’s last trip to be memorable, it has to improve its defense.
Here are the Virginia Tech-Duke odds, courtesy of FanDuel:
Virginia Tech vs. Duke ACC Championship Odds
+6 Virginia Tech (-110)
-6 for Duke (-110)
Total: 136 (-110)
Under the number 136 (-110)
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Virginia Tech’s Chances of Covering the Spread
The rotation for the Hokies is effective. Against Duke’s defense, their guards can go into the paint and finish plays. Even if Virginia Tech does not win the game outright, it should remain competitive.
Why Duke Has a Chance to Cover the Spread
The Blue Devils were defeated by North Carolina in their home finale a week ago. This didn’t sit well with the rest of the group. Winning the ACC Tournament in Coach K’s last season will be a top priority for this club. It will be evident in the Devils’ effort.
Final Virginia Tech-Duke Prediction & Pick
In the ACC semifinals, Duke defeated Miami but failed to cover the spread. In the ACC final, it seems to be the most probable outcome.
Virginia Tech +6 in the final Virginia Tech-Duke matchup.
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