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February 12

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Benjamin Hayes
on February 11 at 5:54 pm EST

No. 2 Duke visits No. 16 Louisville on Tuesday from KFC Yum! Center. Duke is coming off an impressive win over then-No. 2 Virginia on the road on Saturday, while Louisville lost in the state of Florida, 85-80 in overtime. Unless something unexpected happens, the Blue Devils are a padlock for a No. 1 seed, they are 5-0 on the road and have won seven consecutive games to move them to 9-1 in the ACC (tied with North Carolina). Louisville has a net classification n. ° 15 and it is estimated that it will be a seed n. ° 5 in the last Bracketology.

Only another block for Sion

Zion Williamson will be the number one pick in the next NBA Draft unless he suffers a serious injury. You may be tired of Duke and Zion because ESPN shows the Blue Devils 24-7, but it makes a lot of sense because Williamson is the television to watch. In his victory over Virginia, Williamson blocked a three-point attempt by 6-7 De'Andre Hunter and threw him into the stands with his right hand (left hand). R.J. Barrett was the star of the game with 26 points against the Cavs, while Williamson added 18 points in 6 of 8 shots. The key to Duke was his excellent shot, with 57.8 percent from the field and 61.9 percent (13-21) from beyond the arc against the nation's first defense. Apart from committing 15 turnovers, this was an impeccable performance by the Blue Devils on the road.

Duke does great things, but they are not a perfect basketball team. They occupy the fourth place in the nation in points per game (86.8), 17 in percentage of field goals and 295 (13 in the CAC) in three-point shots (32). They are underestimated on the defensive, as they keep teams to only 29.5 percent from the three-point line (third in ACC, 13 in the nation), 38.6 percent from the field (ninth in the nation) and 65.5 points per game (sixth in ACC). Barrett leads in points per game (23.1), while Williamson leads in rebounds (9.2), percentage of field goals (68.4), steals (2.2) and blocks (2.0).

Hard loss in Tallahassee

It is never an easy game to visit Tallahassee, not because it is a difficult place to play. But because Florida State is a difficult team to play because they have a lot of length and size. The Seminoles also won four straight games before the game, but Louisville had a 10-point lead in the second half, but could not hold on. FSU forced overtime at 65 in total and scored 15 points in the extra stanza to win by five. Defensively, Louisville played well for the most part, keeping the Noles 37.7 percent from the field and 30.4 percent (7-23) from beyond the goal. They also shot the ball well, with 48.1 percent from the field (12-28 3 points). Christen Cunningham led the cards with 20 points, seven rebounds and six turnovers. But he had five of the team's 23 turnovers and that was the deciding factor.

Chris Mack has done a good job with a good but not excellent Louisville team. Louisville averages 17.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds to lead the Cards. In the offensive, the cards average 78.6 points per game in 45.7 percent of shots (36.5% 3 points). They also shoot well from the line, with 76.7 percent (13th in the nation.) In defense, they allow 68.5 points per game in 41.3 percent shooting (32.4% 3 points) .Louisville ranks seventh in the ACC in the bounce margin (+4.2) and 12th in the billing margin with -0.42.

The bottom line What to bet in this game.

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It's hard to go against Duke, but I think Louisville can cover at home. They will be red hot for this game and the Blue Devils are human. These children will suffer a disappointment, at least in the first half, after the great victory in Virginia. The Cardinals had won six in a row in total before losing to North Carolina at home. That was their last home game and they will recover big against Duke. Take the house dog against the No. 2 team.

Prediction: Louisville +6.5

Total selection of the complete game

Classification:

Both teams are excellent defensively. Duke has two excellent shot blockers at Williamson and Marques Bolden. Malik Williamson, with 6-11, 245, is also a physical presence in the paint along with 6-10, 260 pounds Steven Enoch. Duke has a record of 15-5-2 in his last 22 in total and 23-9-2 in his last 34 after a victory in the UB.

Prediction: Less than 151.5

Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for more than 30 years, venturing into college and professional basketball, college and professional football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He has also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat books since he was 13 years old!

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