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College Basketball Betting — Syracuse and Duke Ready For Round 2 in ACC Action

Everyone can pretty much agree that when Syracuse and Duke met up for the first time back on February 1, it was one of the classic college hoops games in recent years. Now the Blue Devils and the Orange go at it again, with a different twist – as both are coming off defeats – in college basketball betting action that is slated to get underway at 7 PM ET at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC.

Syracuse has a record of 25-1 straight up, with a 14-8 record against the basketball pointspread. Duke is 21-6 straight up, and his 17-10 versus the basketball odds.

Syracuse is the number one team in the country in the latest Associated Press poll, although that will probably change. Duke is #5 in the AP rankings, and it remains to be seen where they will be when the new poll comes out.

In the basketball betting lines that have been posted at WagerWeb on this ACC showdown, Duke is laying some points:

Duke Blue Devils -6.5
Syracuse Orange +6.5

Over 134.5 points -110
Under 134.5 points -110

When the schools met for the first time in ACC competition, it was also the first trip for Duke to the Carrier Dome. Rasheed Sulaiman made a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime, but it was Syracuse that eventually prevailed by a 91-89 score.

The way the Orange play their matchup zone, outside shooting was a must, and Duke delivered, with 15 triples in 36 attempts. Basketball bettors were also enthralled by the play of Syracuse forwards CJ Fair and Jerami Grant, who combined for 52 points.

As WagerWeb customers know, there would’ve been more drama surrounding this contest had these teams not suffered blemishes in the interim. However, such was not the case. Syracuse, which had close calls against both North Carolina State and Pittsburgh, finally tasted defeat at the hands of Boston College this past Wednesday night, shooting just 32% in the 62-59 overtime loss. Duke, which went into Chapel Hill as a road favorite in the college basketball betting lines, fell to red-hot North Carolina in the Battle of Tobacco Road.

Both teams relinquished double-digit second-half leads in these defeats. Syracuse also had its 25-game winning streak broken. So as you can imagine there is a tremendous motivation for redemption on the part of both sides.

This looks like the kind of game where Duke will once again have to establish itself from the outside. As a team that shoots 41% from beyond the three-point arc, they are well-equipped to do so. They would also like to get more out of someone whose forte is not the long-range bomb – sensational freshman Jabari Parker – who fouled out of the previous meeting with Syracuse after 26 minutes of play.

Believe it or not, neither of these teams leads the ACC standings. Syracuse is in second place to Virginia, while Duke occupies third position. It is still quite possible, however, that both of these teams could have #1 seeds when the NCAA tournament brackets are announced.

Interestingly enough, while the Orange shot 57.4% from the field when they played at home against Duke, they have been rather cold of late, hitting 35% against North Carolina State before that dreadful shooting experience against Boston College.

How will they react upon visiting Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time ever? That is one of the factors that might hold the key to this matchup.

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