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[College Basketball] Topic: I'm surprised Duke is favored
Joined: Sep 2008
Posted: 3/30/2010 11:02:01 AM
According to the Pomeroy Ratings, Duke should be a five-point favorite over West Virginia.
Oddsmakers opened the Devils as -2.5-point favorites, with Sportsbetting.com releasing -1.5.
I seriously thought the Mountaineers would be favored. In my mind, Huggy Bear’s boys undoubtedly have looked like the better team during the tournament. Am I wrong?
Plus, I keep thinking back to Georgetown’s emphatic beat down of the Dukies in late January. The Hoyas’ physical guards has a field day against Duke’s skinny backcourt. They led by 23 with four minutes to play.
But Georgetown shot 71 percent from the field that day. President Obama was in the stands, so there was a lot of excitement. I’m not sure the Hoyas could have played any better.
But, even if I downplay the significance of Duke’s loss to Georgetown, my eyes tell me that West Virginia is the better team.
I just wonder if Coach K will out-coach Huggins enough to make up for what, in my eyes, is a disparity in athleticism. Duke really picked apart Baylor’s zone in the second half. It will be interesting to see how much success they have against WVU’s 1-3-1 zone. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Huggins elect to use more man-to-man and try to harass the Duke guards. That could lead to a faster pace.
Would be nice to finish the season on a winning note, so I’d love hear some opinions on the game. Best of luck …
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Joined: Mar 2008
Location: New Jersey
Posted: 3/30/2010 11:16:55 AM
It's Duke man.
Joined: Sep 2009
Posted: 3/30/2010 11:36:52 AM
better shooting team..and they will pressure wvu like uk should have..i can see why they are favored
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