NCAA Tournament: Duke vs. Virginia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, March 29
Game Time: 9:30 pm ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
All You Really Need To Know About Duke (31-5)
(ACC), NCAA NET Rank: 3. East 1-seed
Superman was able to take down Tacko Fall.
Zion Williamson added to his legend with 32 points and a late bucket to get Duke in a position to at least tie up UCF, but he needed a little help from RJ Barrett’s follow up to get into the Sweet 16. But it was a dangerous push of a game that made the team appear mortal.
The defense was a problem against the UCF outside shooters, and the free throw shooting was abysmal, hitting just 7-of-12 free throws – not getting to the line in the first place was a problem.
But even with the 7-6 Fall dominating on the inside, Duke still managed to win the rebounding battle, especially when it mattered the most.
Free throws might be the downfall, hitting just 69% on the year, and the three point shooting is spotty. The Blue Devils connected on 10-of-25 on against the Knights, but that’s because they didn’t want to take inside on Fall.
Against Virginia Tech, they’re going to start attacking the rim again.
All You Really Need To Know About Virginia Tech (26-8)
(ACC), NCAA NET Rank: 11. East 4-seed
The Hokies had to rally back after getting down at half to Liberty, but they pulled away late, won 67-58, and now get a shot to pull off something massive.
Virginia Tech took down Duke a month ago, partly because it played well, and partly because that Zion guy wasn’t playing. The Hokies were a whole lot better on the free throw line, came up with a few key steals, and they pulled off the 77-72 win.
The Hokies are outstanding from the line, excellent from three, and outstanding at not making the big mistakes teams like Duke can capitalize on. What they don’t do is block shots or hit the boards – they can’t allow second chance points. But …
What’s Going To Happen
Duke has Zion Williamson this time around.
The Blue Devils survived their scare against UCF, and while Virginia Tech is good enough to keep this from being a total wipeout, the Duke advantage on the boards will be enough to pull away.
Zion and company will shoot well enough to not need a whole slew of offensive rebounds, but they’ll get their share.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Duke 77, Virginia Tech 69
Line: Duke -7, o/u: 144.5
ATS Confidence: 2
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