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7:00 PM EST. The Blue Devils need no introduction. This season is no different, as Duke is 24-5 overall and 12-4 in conference play. The Dukies recent run of five straight wins will turn some heads, but the fact this team hasn't allowed more than 57-points in its last four games really has the market salivating. However, with Virginia locking up top spot in the conference, there is very little for Duke to play for outside of its regular season finale at home to hated North Carolina on Saturday. Duke has a full one-game lead on the Tar Heels for second place in the ACC, but did lose to UNC in their previous meeting this season. Saturday is also senior night for the Dukies where the career of guard Grayson Allen will be celebrated. This trip to Blacksburg might be nothing more than an inconvenience for a squad who's dance card is already punched.
Cassell Coliseum is never an easy place to play, and the joint will be packed for senior night. This game will also be televised nationally on ESPN, which is often a boost for the home side and its fans. The Hokies are 20-9 overall, but just 9-7 in ACC play, which has Virginia Tech penciled into a #10 seed on CBS's Bracketology breakdown. Although they are on the bubble, there is no doubt the Hokies are one of the best 68 teams in the nation, as they are ranked 57th in RPI and 34th on KenPom, which is a far more accurate indication of where a program stands, as they use advanced stats instead of meaningless polls to slot these teams. Regardless of their under the hood numbers, it is clear the Hokies need a signature W to secure their spot in the Big Dance. A victory over the #5 Blue Devils absolutely gets it done and thus, it’ll be the Hokies playing for keeps here while we’re not so sure about the Blue Devils.
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#724 VIRGINIA TECH +208 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 4.16)