North Carolina State vs. Duke, 03/12/2020 14:30 EDT, Score: 0 - 0

Point Spread: -8/-108 Duke

Sportsbook: PinnacleSports

Result: Push

8* Duke (2:30 ET): The fact that Duke ended up as the 4-seed in the ACC Tournament is quite preposterous when you consider I have them rated as the #2 team in the COUNTRY (behind Kansas). They should be considered the favorite to cut down the nets this weekend in Greensboro, something Coach K teams have done with great regularity in the past. They’ve captured 21 tournament titles all-time including last year’s. In the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils will be meeting NC State, who beat Pitt 73-58 yday.

These in-state rivals split the pair of regular season meetings, each winning at home. NC State pulled an 88-66 shocker in Raleigh as six-point pups. Duke came into the rematch off B2B losses, but easily handled the Wolfpack in Durham for an 88-69 victory. That was followed by a win over North Carolina in the regular season finale. Obviously, by getting a top four seed, the Blue Devils enjoy the benefit of rest for the rubber match. When playing on three or more days rest this season, Duke is 13-4 SU and winning by an avg margin of 13.8 PPG.

This is the first time all year that NC State has played B2B days and they are just 1-2 SU/ATS on one days rest, getting outscored in those games by 9.0 PPG. Interestingly enough, the last time they had just one day off between games was when they last faced Duke. They allowed a season-high 88 points in that game. Duke is simply the better team here and should have little difficulty winning by more than the margin the oddsmakers are calling for. 8* Duke

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