North Dakota State Bison (19-15) vs Duke Blue Devils (29-5)
NCAA Basketball: Friday, March 22, 2019, at 7:10 PM EST, Colonial Life Arena
Spread: Duke -26.5 Over/Under: 148.5
March Madness Pick Duke Blue Devils vs North Dakota State Bison
The Evil Empire of college basketball takes on their first game in the NCAA Tournament this season. The Duke Blue Devils will look to handle the Bison from NDSU. This game probably doesn’t have the opportunity for the 16 over 1 seed upset, but it could still be an entertaining game. Besides, outside of a couple of games where the heavy favorites ended up pulling away, this tournament hasn’t been too “Mad”.
The Bison won their First Four play-in game for the honor of being 27 point dogs against the Blue Devils. They are led by their guards, Vinnie Shahid, and Tyson Ward. Shahid is averaging 12.9 points, 3 rebounds and a team-high 2.7 assists a game. Ward averages 12.6 points, a team-leading 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. The Bison have eight players averaging at least 6 points a game. The big man down low, Deng Geu, is only averaging 18.3 minutes a game. In those limited minutes Geu puts up 9.7 points and 5 rebounds a game. If Geu is able to go for extended minutes, he may be able to make Duke pay…maybe.
The Bison are averaging 73.35 points a game on 45.66% from the field, 36.78% from three, and they grab only 31.47 rebounds a contest. Those averages are good for 115th, 75th, 45th, and 247th in the nation respectively. They currently sit at 202nd in KenPom, neither their offense or defense are rated in the top-100.
The Blue Devils are known around the NCAA. They are a juggernaut when they have their full roster. They beat teams with physicality and not finesse. Tonight, they make a nation outside of Durham, NC Bison fans. They are led by the usual suspects. They have two 22+ point players in RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson. They are also grabbing 7.5 and 8.9 rebounds a game respectively. This team struggles from the FT line and from beyond the 3-pt line. They probably won’t need it in this game, but later in the tournament, these deficiencies could be exposed.
The Blue Devils are averaging 83.5 points, 47.72% from the field, a poor 30.20% from three, and they pull down 41.76 rebounds a game. Those averages are good enough for 7th, 21st, 256th, and 2nd in the nation respectively. They only hit 68.97% of their free-throw attempts, and that stat is ranked 186th in the nation. Duke comes in 3rd in KenPom with the 6th rated offense and defense. They should roll over the Bison.
Cover the Spread 365 Betting Trends
North Dakota State Bison
North Dakota State is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
North Dakota State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Dakota State’s last 6 games
Duke Blue Devils
Duke is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Duke is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Duke’s last 6 games
FanDuel NCAA Basketball Pick Duke Blue Devils vs North Dakota State Bison
The Blue Devils are going to trample these Bison. It is not going to be pretty, this is not a UVA vs UMBC situation. These Blue Devils have 3 potential top-5 picks in this summer’s NBA Draft and they are going to dominate. Zion and Barrett are going to feast and that’s all I can really say about how bad this game is going to be. Anyway “Go *insert team playing Duke!”