Duke Blue Devils at Virginia Tech Hokies – NCAAM January 12

No. 19 Duke (5-2, 3-0) at No. 20 Virginia Tech (9-2, 3-1)

  • Time: 4 PST/6 CST/7EST
  • Place: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.
  • TV: CBS Sports Network

Blue Devils Post a 50-10 Lead in the Series:

Cassell Coliseum is an imposing venue and Duke has been a victim there in three of the last four trips. The Blue Devils will benefit from no attendance as the build of the venue create a unique environment, similar to Cameron, where the fans and students – in normal times – are right on top of the game. The Blue Devils own a 13-7 record in Blacksburg and a 19-7 lead in the series since Virginia Tech joined the ACC in 2004-05. Both of these teams are meeting as a Top 25 matchup for the third times in the last five games.

Vs. The Spread:

Duke:

  • The Blue Devils are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 13 of Duke’s last 20 games
  • The Devils are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games

Virginia Tech:

  • The Hokies check in at 5-1 ATS in their last 6
  • The total has been OVER in VT’s last 5 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 14 of the last 20 matchups between the Blue Devils and the Fighting Gobblers
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Duke -1½ (-110) O 139 (-102)
Virginia Tech +1½ (-110) U 141 (-105)

Last Time Out:

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski came back from covid quarantine and saw the Blue Devils take a 79-68 win over Wake Forest. Matt Hurt sunk 10 of 15 shots, including four triples, as he led with 26 points and DJ Steward added 21. The Blue Devils’ effort on the offensive glass was a key as they scored 15 points off of 15 offensive rebounds.

Virginia Tech held Notre Dame to two field goals in the second half as the Hokies took a 77-63 win in Blacksburg on Sunday night. Jalen Cone led Virginia Tech with 23 points while Keve Aluma had a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards. Notre Dame led Virginia Tech, 42-35, at halftime before the Hokies had eight quick points to start the second half.

Blue Devils’ Clipboard:
Duke Blue Devils LogoThis is a young Duke team as it is the 341st in experience, according to kenpom.com. However freshmen are starting to stand up as we saw from Steward’s game on Saturday against Wake Forest. Hurt leads the ACC in scoring at 19.6 points per game while his 8.1 rebounds are fourth. Hurt is a tough since he can pop threes or take the ball into the post.

Virginia Tech’s Keve Alıma looks like he will draw Hurt in coverage as his length and athletic ability should potentially give him an advantage. The Blue Devils shoot only 67.3 percent from the line, 321st in the nation. Duke is depending on Wendell Moore to step up and give them a consistent presence at small forward. He had 25 points in an 83-82 win over Boston College but struggled once again vs. Wake Forest as he was 1-0f-7 from the floor for four points in 29.8 minutes.

Guard Jordan Goldwire’s matchup with Virginia Tech’s Wabissa Bede will be a must watch. Goldwire with great consistency as he leads the ACC with 2.71 steals and a +2.55 assist-to-turnover ratio. He is also sixth in assists with 4.0 per contest.

Hokies’ Clipboard:
Virginia Tech Hokies LogoForcing Duke turnovers is on the agenda for the Hokies as the Blue Devils average 14.0 per game as Virginia Tech forces 12.6. Steward and Jeremy Roach have been shaky at times handling the basketball. Duke can flip the script on that turnover situation as well as they force 15.1 per game and net 9.6 steals per game.

The takeaway-giveaway situation is a key them on Tuesday evening. Defensively, Duke is nowhere close to where Krzyzewski wants them to be since opponents shoot at a 45.8 percent clip and nail the three at 37.1 percent. Nahiem Alleyne (10.5 ppg, 37.5% -3) and Jalen Cone (12.9 ppg, 39.7% – 3) could be trouble on the perimeter if the Blue Devils aren’t playing tight enough to run them off the 3-point line. Cone continues to be potentially the top sixth man in the country as he sprays threes and adds to the Hokies a dynamic backcourt. Aluma can be open inside with this adjustment to make Hurt have to guard him in the paint.

Jalen Cone is one of only two ACC players to make at least four 3-pointers in four or more games this season, with him making four in Sunday’s 77-63 win over Notre Dame

Winner: Virginia Tech (-1½) 73, Duke 70
O/U: Take OVER 141

The Bets
Virginia Tech -1½
-110
OVER 141
-105
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.