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NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas, USA
Duke and Utah each rely heavily on
a standout freshman in the post and a senior star in the backcourt – two
matchups that will take center stage Friday in Houston when the teams meet in
the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The top-seeded Blue Devils boast arguably
the nation’s top player in center Jahlil Okafor, who is the first freshman in
school history to surpass 20 points in each of his first two NCAA Tournament
games. Okafor has averaged 23.5 points on 21-of-27 shooting in the tournament,
but he’ll be opposed by a solid Utes front line led by freshman Jakob Poeltl,
who is averaging 15 points on 12-of-13 shooting in the NCAAs.
In the backcourt, Utah’s Delon Wright needs to
step it up after shooting 2-of-7 in each of the last two rounds, during which
he racked up more turnovers (nine) than assists (seven). Blue Devils
counterpart Quinn Cook has averaged 18.5 points in this year’s Big Dance while
knocking down half of his 18 3-pointers and could be a major factor Friday,
particularly if the fifth-seeded Utes need to double-team Okafor. The winner of
this game will advance to the South Regional final against either No. 2 seed
Gonzaga or 11th-seeded UCLA.
Sports Betting Preview
The Utah Utes and the Duke Blue Devils will both be
gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at NRG Stadium.
Oddsmakers currently have the Blue Devils listed as
5½-point favorites versus the Utes, while the game’s total is sitting at 134.
Duke was a 68-49 winner in its last match at home
against San Diego State. They covered the -9-point spread as favorites.
Last time out for Utah, they were a 75-64 winner as
they battled Georgetown on the road. They covered in the match as a -4.5-point
Sports Betting Trends
Team record: 26-8 SU,22-11 ATS
Utah is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Utah’s last 10 games
Team record: 31-4 SU,20-14-1 ATS
Duke is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Duke is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Duke’s last 7 games
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