We are now at the stage of the college basketball season where teams are beginning to play for their tournament lives. The main players are now totally obvious and are essentially playing for seeding places in a final couple of weeks. There are a lot of teams on the bubble, and how they perform coming down the stretch will determine whether they are in or out when March Madness begins. The Virginia Tech Hokies are a team that is still very much on the bubble, but they have certainly helped their cause with recent performances. Things don’t get any easier for them when they go on the road to face the Duke Blue Devils, a team that is in a little bit of a slump at the moment but still ranked #12 in the nation. Duke is seeing their stock drop dramatically right now and needs to get back into winning ways before the tournament begins. This is the first of two meetings between these teams in the final stretch of the regular season, so look for them both to come out and try to set the tone.

What: Virginia Tech Hokies Vs Duke Blue Devils
When: Wednesday, February 14 at 7 PM EST
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham
TV:
ESPN2
NCAAB Odds:
TBA

Why bet on the Virginia Tech Hokies

This is a crucial run of games for the Hokies, as they need to finish the season strong if they are to be a part of March Madness. They have certainly helped their cause with back to back wins over NC State and Virginia. The latter of those two victories certainly helped Virginia Tech’s argument to be in, as it came against the #2 ranked team in the nation. The win against Virginia was the first of 3 games in a row on the road for the Hokies, with Duke and Georgia Tech coming next. If they could snag one more win in those two games, they may be able to rise above the bubble and into tournament contention, although there is still work to do in a final couple of weeks. Defensively, the Hokies will need to be better than they have been this season if they are to have any joy against Duke. Tech is 13-8 ATS and 14-7 O/U.

Why bet on the Duke Blue Devils

Is it time for the Duke Blue Devils to panic? After spending the majority of the season in the top 10, Duke has now fallen all the way to #12 after losing 3 of their last 5. Losing a pair of games to ranked opponents was bad enough but taking a loss to unranked St. John’s was a sure sign that all is not well in Durham right now. Part of the problem for Duke is that the offense, which is ranked #2 in the nation with 88.8 PPG, has gone off the boil, failing to come close to their season average in each of their last 3 games. The defense has been a bit of an issue for the Blue Devils all season and those shortcomings have been highlighted when the offense has been off. Duke is 14-9 ATS and 16-7 O/U this season.

Virginia Tech at Duke Road to March madness

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Duke is too good to be struggling this badly, which is why I think they will turn things around in the next couple of weeks, starting with a win in this one.

Predicted Score: Virginia Tech Hokies 73 Duke Blue Devils 78

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