The Duke Blue Devils and Tennessee Volunteers beat their first round opponents on Thursday night to set up a massive Saturday contest. The game takes place at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida and is the second game on the NCAA Tournament schedule. Will 4-seed Tennessee prevail? Or will Duke take their winning streak to 11 games?
We will now preview the game plus our betting prediction for this Round of 64 contest. Keep reading for college basketball betting lines, analysis, and a free pick for Duke vs. Tennessee.
2023 March Madness Round of 64 Game
No. 5 Duke Blue Devils vs. No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers Betting Preview
Duke of Atlantic Coast meets Tennessee of SEC in NCAA Tourney Second Round
ATS Odds: Duke -3
Moneyline Odds: Duke +151 / Tennessee -124
Over/Under Odds: 129 -110
When: Saturday, March 18 at 2:40 pm ET
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
TV / Streaming: TBS
Why Bet on No. 4 Tennessee versus No. 5 Duke?
The Vols didn’t come close to covering the spread against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in their first NCAA March Madness Tournament game. The Vols beat the Ragin’ Cajuns by 3 points in a stunningly close 58-55 matchup.
But although Tennessee almost fell to Louisiana, we should look past the Vols’ chances of upsetting Duke. The Tennessee Volunteers arn’t flashy but they know what they are.
The Vols have the best defense in the nation based on field goal percentage and 3-pt percentage allowed. Tennessee’s D will frustrate Duke all night.
Tennessee Volunteers Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 71.9
- FG %: 43.5
- 3PT%: 32.6
- FT %: 70.8
- Rebounds/G: 36.0
Tennessee Volunteers Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 57.5
- FG %: 36.4
- 3PT%: 25.5
- FT %: 72.4
- Rebounds/G: 28.9
Why Bet on No. 5 Duke versus No. 4 Tennessee?
In their first tournament game, Duke rolled to an easy 74-51 victory. The Duke Blue Devils played exceptional defense when holding Oral Roberts, the third highest scoring team in the nation, to 33 fewer points then Oral Roberts’ 84 per game average.
Not only that, but Duke’s offense was on fire. If the Duke team that showed up on Thursday night shows up on Saturday, forget it. The Dookies will put this one in the bag by halftime.
Duke Blue Devils Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 71.8
- FG %: 44.4
- 3PT%: 32.9
- FT %: 76.8
- Rebounds/G: 36.3
Duke Blue Devils Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 63.8
- FG %: 41.0
- 3PT%: 30.8
- FT %: 776.0
- Rebounds/G: 27.9
Duke vs. Tennessee Betting Trends
- Blue Devils are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
- Duke is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games at a neutral site
- Over is 3-0-1 in the Blue Devils’ last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Volunteers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win
- Tennessee is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games
- Under is 4-1 in the Volunteers’ last 5 games at a neutral site.
Duke Blue Devils vs Tennessee Volunteers Betting Odds and Prediction
Visually, Duke is the more impressive team. But Duke isn’t necessarily a slam dunk to cover the spread.
Tennessee held Louisiana to 40% from the field and 33% from three. The victory was ugly for sure. It showed, though, that the Vols are going to lean on their defense during this tournament.
Duke will have a much tougher time scoring against Tennessee than the Blue Devils did versus the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts. Still, Duke is the pick against the spread.
Plenty of times versus Oral Roberts, Duke played in a half court set. The Blue Devils can get it done no matter the pace of the game. Also, Tennessee will be without their best guard, Zakai Zeigler. The Blue Devils win and cover.
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