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NCAAB Prediction: Rogers betting the Blue Devils -9.5 points on February 11th 2018

Duke Blue Devils vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
NCAAB Prediction: Duke -9.5 points (February 11th 2018)

The set-up: No.9 Duke lost just three times in its first 22 games this season but enter this Sunday meeting at Georgia Tech having dropped the first two of its current three-game road trip (at St. John’s and at North Carolina). The 19-5 Blue Devils (7-4 in ACC) look to put their mistakes of the past week behind them against the 11-13 Yellow Jackets (4-7 in ACC), an opponent Duke has defeated in each of the last 10 meetings.

Duke: “We turned a four-point lead into a 10-point deficit,” Duke’s senior guard Grayson Allen (14.3 & 4.5 APG) told the media after the Blue Devils stumbled in the second half of Thursday’s 82-78 defeat to the Tar Heels. “That’s hard to come back from against a really good team.” Freshmen continue to lead the way for the Blue Devils, as the 6-11 Marvin Bagley Jr. started Saturday leading the ACC in scoring (21.2 points per game) and rebounding (11.4 per contest), while Gary Trent Jr. (15.1 & 4.2) leads all freshmen in the country in three-point shooting (44.7 percent).6-10 freshman Wendell Carter Jr. averages 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest and a fourth freshman, guard Duval chips in 11.2 & 5.9 APG. The Blue Devils are currently first in the nation in scoring at 89.1 PPG and 8th in shooting (50.7 percent).

Georgia Tech: The Yellow jackets have been unable to build upon last season’s stunning success in coach Josh Pastner’s second season. Pastner led Ga. Tech all the way to the NIT championship game in his first year in Atlanta, before the team lost to TCU but finished with 21 wins. However, after losing Thursday at Louisville 77-54, Ga. Tech has lost six of seven to fall two games under .500. Sophomore Josh Okogie leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 18.4 points per game and is 109 points shy of becoming the fifth player in school history to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore. Freshman guard Jose Alvarado (12.6-3.9-3.2) has at least one three-pointer in 10 consecutive games and in conference play is shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. Guard Jackson (11.7) and the 6-10 Lammers (11.3 & 8.6) also score in double digits. Georgia Tech averages only 65.6 PPG (328th) but allows just 65.8 PPG (33rd).

The pick: Coming off back-to-back losses, Ga. Tech looks to be just what the doctor ordered for Coach K’s team. As noted, the Blue Devils have won 10 straight vs. the Yellow Jackets and the team averaging 89.1 PPG has just too much firepower for the one averaging 65.8. Play the road fave.

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