Against The Spread Pick
The N.C. State Wolfpack are coming off a stretch in which they faced then-No. 6 Louisville before playing three consecutive road games (1-3 record). Things do not get any easier, as the upcoming schedule includes this showdown against the Duke Blue Devils followed by a visit from Florida State. N.C. State actually faces the Blue Devils twice in the span of 13 days (also on March 2). Senior guard Markell Johnson (12.6 ppg) has been held to single-digits in the scoring department in three the Wolfpack’s past four outings. Duke has been off to the races since its miracle comeback against North Carolina, beating Florida State and then clobbering Notre Dame by 34 points this past weekend. Tre Jones (15.8 ppg) has reached double-figures in 11 consecutive contests and he is coming off a 19-point, six-assist, and six-rebound performance at the Fighting Irish’s expense. Go with the BLUE DEVILS.
Over Under Pick
Jones is sky-high with confidence following his heroics against the Tar Heels earlier this month. Duke has scored at least 93 points in three of its last five games and ranks fourth in the nation in scoring at 83.0 ppg. Vernon Carey Jr. (17.6 ppg) leads four different Blue Devils averaging in double-figures. N.C. State also features four guys in the double-figure department. Take the OVER.