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Dont over think this. Yes Duke are Freshman led but they're hungry. The Blue Devils have outplayed the Bison on both sides of the ball, have more depth than the Bison and they have one of the best coaches in basketball. They will maintain their focus and make quick work of the Bison, who lost by 41 points to the only ranked team they played this season.
The Bison earned the opportunity to play Duke with a win over North Carolina Central in bi-game on Wednesday. They managed to hold off a late rally by the Eagles to win their fifth consecutive game and they will try to pick up their sixth win in a row when they face the top-ranked Blue Devils. North Dakota State has played well offensively, averaging 73.2 points per game. The team is shooting 45 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.
The Blue Devils were a different team after freshman sensation Zion Williamson went down with an injury, but they have played much better since he returned to the lineup and led them to the ACC tournament title. With Williamson back in the lineup, the Blue Devils enter the tournament as heavy favorite to win it all. If Williamson plays as well as he did during the ACC tournament as they seek to add another national championship to their trophy case.
The Blue Devils should be able to overwhelm the Bison on both sides of the ball, but 27 points is a pretty thick line for a competent North Dakota State team. But I think Duke will make quick work of the Bison, especially in the paint where they won't have an answer down low for Zion. Note the Bison lost by 41 points to the only ranked team they played this season. I predict North Dakota State has a tough time scoring than 40 points in this game. Duke should be able to cover this number but there are better games on the board today.
Covers community free betting prediction for Duke Blue Devils (55% consensus). Freshman sensation Zion Williamson makes his NCAA Tournament debut when top-seeded Duke takes on No. 16 seed North Dakota State in the first round of the East Region on Friday in Columbia, S.C. The Blue Devils are seeking their sixth national title, while the Bison are playing in the NCAA Tournament for just the fourth time... http://bit.ly/2B5cscB
Betting Prediction for North Dakota State Bison vs Duke Blue Devils on March 22, 2019, 7:10 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Duke will WIN , North Dakota State will Cover , and the Total will go Under .
The No. 1 Duke Blue Devils finally found out who their first-round opponent would be after the No. 16 North Dakota State Bison earned a First Four win Wednesday to enter the tournament. Duke heads into this contest riding a three-game winning streak, while North Dakota State is looking to pick up its sixth win in a row. As expected, the Blue Devils are huge 27-point favorites with the total opening at 148 points.North Dakota State vs Duke Game Center. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2Fkc89S