Duke (28-8) vs. South Carolina (23-10) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Duke vs. South Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Sunday, March 19
Game Time: 8:40 pm ET
Venue: Bon Secours Wellness Arena
All You Really Need To Know About Duke
Duke came out roaring against Troy, putting up 52 points in the first half on the way to a 87-65 win. The defense forced a whopping 17 turnovers while the offense connected on 46% of its chances from three. However, Troy won the rebounding battle.
Fantastic from the free throw line and great from behind the arc, the Blue Devils are able to pull away late and can bomb their way back into games if there’s a problem. They don’t move the ball around all that well, but they don’t make a slew of big mistakes and they hit just about everything, connecting on 47% from the field.
All You Really Need To Know About South Carolina
It sort of flew under the radar, but South Carolina came up with one of the best performances of the first round, destroying Marquette 93-73. The defense force 18 turnovers, while the offense exploded with four different Gamecocks finishing in double digits led by 29 from Sindarius Thornwell.
The Gamecocks have one of the nation’s toughest, most aggressive defenses, rankings seventh in turnover margin and 18th in field goal D. There isn’t anything happening from three, and the free throw shooting could be a major problem late, but they’re great at controlling the tempo and keeping the scores low.
What’s Going To Happen
Can South Carolina really play like that again? It was able to outgun a Marquette team that bombs away better than anyone, but this isn’t a team normally built for a shootout. Even though it’ll be like a Gamecock home game played in Greenville, Duke will come up withe right threes at the right time to survive. It’s not going to be easy.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Duke 80, South Carolina 72
Line: Duke -6.5, 0/u: 145
ATS Confidence: 2
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