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Virginia vs. Duke – ACC Tournament Picks

by Reno Gold on Friday, March 12th, 2010

Virginia vs. Duke – ACC Tournament Picks: By virtue of their 68-62 victory over Boston College, the University of Virginia Cavaliers mens basketball team advance to  play fourth-ranked and No. 1 Seed Duke in the second round of the ACC mens basketball tournament on Friday at Greensboro Coliseum with tip off slated for Noon Eastern. Oddsmakers at BetUS.com have installed Duke as a 17-chalk favorite for this game with a 127 total.

Early betting trends at BetUS show the public firmly on the side of Duke in spite of the wide 17 point spread. In totals betting, the OVER (127) is the preferred wager by 73% of sports gamblers.

Duke won a share of the regular season ACC Championship with a 13-3 league mark to go along with a 26-5 overall record. The Blue Devils have won nine of their last 10 games SU, and in the same period covered the betting spread five times with three losses and two pushes. The UNDER cashed in seven of the previous 10 games Duke played.

Virginia finished with the ninth best record in the ACC (5-11) tied with two other schools, North Carolina and North Carolina State. The Cavaliers currently have a 15-15 overall record.

Sammy Zeglinski dropped 21 points to lead Virginia past Boston College 68-62 in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday. Virginia cashed as 5-point underdogs, while the teams played OVER the 121-point total set by oddsmakers. Duke drew a first round bye.

Duke scored 53 points in the first half and ran over North Carolina 82-50 on Saturday. Duke covered the 14.5-point spread, while the 132 points went UNDER the posted total of 146.5. Kyle Singler led Duke with a game-high 25 points, while Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith had 20 apiece in the win.

College Basketball Picks: Take Virginia and the 17-points.

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