The No. 1 Duke Blue Devils (9-0) try to stay unbeaten when they clash with the South Dakota Coyotes (7-2) at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 157.5 points with Duke opening as a 19.5-point favorite. Action starts at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 2, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
South Dakota Coyotes at Duke Blue Devils Betting Preview
In the Coyotes last matchup, they won big over the UMKC Kangaroos, 82-63. Matt Mooney was the games high scorer with 30 points on 10-for-14 shooting. South Dakota played a perfect game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 30.1) and a free throw rate of 0.323 (above their season average of 0.251). For those same stats, UMKC was 8.1 and 0.268, respectively.
The Blue Devils come in on a high note after defeating the Indiana Hoosiers in their last matchup, 91-81. Duke received a boost from Marvin Bagley III, who was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Duke played a perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.367 (above their season average of 0.256) and a turnover percentage of 9.9 (better than their season average of 13.2). For those same stats, Indiana was 0.271 and 11.3, respectively.
The game should be a matchup of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Duke takes on the top-notch defense of South Dakota. Since the 2016-17 season, the Blue Devils rank sixth in offensive efficiency, while the Coyotes are first in defensive efficiency.
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. South Dakota games have finished under 60.0 percent of the time, while 100.0 percent of games including Duke have gone over. The Blue Devils come into this game with a sizable advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 9-0 SU and 6-1 ATS, while the Coyotes are 7-2 SU and 4-1 ATS.
South Dakota Coyotes vs. Duke Blue Devils Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Duke, ATS Winner – South Dakota, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Coyotes rank 30th in assists allowed per game (12.6) while the Blue Devils rank 109th (12.5).
- Duke allows the 10th-fewest steals per game (4.7) while South Dakota ranks 34th (5.1).
- Duke ranks 40th in three pointers allowed per game (18.8) while South Dakota ranks 240th (22.1).
- The Blue Devils rank 32nd in blocks per game (4.9) while the Coyotes rank 166th (3.3).
- South Dakota ranks ninth in rebounds per game (38.0) while Duke ranks 88th in rebounds allowed per game (33.7).