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Hampton Pirates vs. Duke Blue Devils Betting Odds and Stats

Written by Gaby Varji   
Thursday, 17 March 2011 19:34

Hampton Pirates vs. Duke Blue Devils PredictionsHampton Pirates and the Duke Blue Devils will face each other this Friday March 17th, 2011 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. This betting game will be televised by TruTV at 3:10 pm EST.

The Blue Devils are listed as 23-point favorites versus the Pirates at Bodog sportsbook , while the game's total is sitting at 134½.

With Hampton the worst rebounding team in the tourney (-4.6), this one could get ugly early. However, the MEAC champs just may count on ‘ugly’ to keep this one relatively close as the Pirates are one of the nation’s best in terms of defensive field goal percentage (37.9).

In reality, it’s Coach K who decides if this one stays within reason and past history says he does. Duke is just 8-14-1 ATS as favorites of 14 or more points in this tourney. And while the Blue Devils are 17-2 SU in NCAA lid-lifters, they are just a carefree 7-11-1 ATS.

To boot, ACC champs are just 6-12-1 ATS in their last 19 tourney openers. Our database also reminds us that defending national champions have been money-burners in the tourney the following year, posting a 29-34-2 ATS mark. Despite the monster advantage on the boards, we simply have no interest in laying this kind of wood with a team satisfied just to get the SU win, so look for the dog to bring home the bone. Like they say at the Hampton Inn, ‘We Love Having You Here’ – even if it is for just one night.

A few Pirates at Blue Devils betting trends to consider:
Duke is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Duke's last 9 games

 
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