Duke (27-8) vs. Troy (22-14) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Duke vs. Troy fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 17
Game Time: 7:20 ET
Venue: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC
All You Really Need To Know About Troy
(Sun Belt) 22-14 RPI: 147, 15 seed
The Trojans surprised their way to the Sun Belt championship, roiling to six straight wins as the offense cranked up the production. They bomb away from three and attack the glass well with an aggressive style that can score inside or out.
Good enough to battle hard in a loss at USC early in the year – Troy on Men of Troy action, sorry – they got the offense going throughout the Sun Belt season, but made too many mistakes, didn’t come up with enough steals, and didn’t pass the ball around well enough in several losses. But it didn’t matter when it counted.
All You Really Need To Know About Duke
(ACC) RPI: 6, 2 seed
It was a strange year, with the young team struggling to find its way in the middle of the season, Mike Krzyzewski missing time recovering from back surgery, and with the Grayson Allen hijinks dominating the early headlines. But they rallied back just in time to roll through the ACC Tournament to get hot at the right time.
Is it a mirage? The Blue Devils don’t move the ball around well and they don’t come up with enough steals, but they know how to score, they know how to knock down threes, and they know how to control the interior. If Jayson Tatum and the freshmen are ready for primetime, and Allen gets on a roll, watch out.
What’s Going To Happen
Troy doesn’t do anything well enough to pull this off. Unless Krzyzewski wets the coaching bed like he did in the 2014 3-14 loss to Mercer, or if the Blue Devil freshmen go ice cold, Troy might be able to hit enough threes to keep this relatively close. Forget about the upset, though – the Trojans just aren’t that good.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Duke 84, Troy 66
Line: Duke -19, o/u: 153
ATS Confidence: 2
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