Louisville Cardinals at Duke Blue Devils (-11, 154)
Duke is making another one of its patented late-season runs -- and it is doing so without the services of its leading scorer and rebounder, Marvin Bagley III. It's unclear if Bagley will be available when the fifth-ranked Blue Devils go for their fourth consecutive victory against visiting Louisville on Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Despite the absence of freshman sensation Bagley (knee sprain), who averages 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds, Duke squeezed out an impressive 66-57 win at Clemson on Sunday to grab sole possession of second place in the ACC. "For us, that's three wins with arguably as talented a kid as there is in the country out," said Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski after his team closed out the win over Clemson with a 9-0 run. It's not the best time to be a fan of Louisville, which must follow up a loss to ACC power North Carolina on Saturday with a visit to one of the conference's toughest venues. The game also will come one day after the NCAA Appeals Committee upheld sanctions against the school that includes, among other things, the Cardinals to vacate their 2013 national championship.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
LINE HISTORY: Duke opened as big 12-point home favorites however by Wednesday morning that number was bet down slightly to -11. The total hit betting boards at 157 and was dropped to 154. Check out the complete line history here.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE (18-9 SU, 13-11-1 ATS, 14-9-2 O/U): The Cardinals fell behind early and never were able to catch up against North Carolina, but a bright spot was the return of top scorer Deng Adel, who came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points after missing the previous two games. However, Deng grabbed only four rebounds as Louisville was manhandled on the glass by the Tar Heels 44-32 to continue what has been a season-long weakness. "I definitely should have rebounded more and helped the bigs out," Adel said. "That's the area I have to improve in for the next game."
ABOUT DUKE (22-5 SU, 16-9 ATS, 16-9 O/U): While it takes more than one player to replace the production of Bagley, senior guard Grayson Allen has raised his level by averaging 22.3 points over the past three games after failing to score in double figures in three of the previous four. Allen, who was named the ACC Player of the Week, tied his career high with seven 3-pointers in a 25-point effort against Virginia Tech and scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half at Clemson. Freshman Wendell Carter Jr. also has stepped up his game by registering three straight double-doubles.
* Cardinals are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
* Blue Devils are 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 games overall.
* Over is 8-2-1 in Cardinals last 11 overall.
* Under is 5-1 in Blue Devils last 6 games following a straight up win.
* Cardinals are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
TIP-IN BETTING TIDBITS:
- Duke is tied with Villanova in scoring, leading the nation with an average of 87.4 points.
- The Cardinals rank No. 3 in the country with an average of 6.5 blocks per game.
- Louisville won the past two regular-season matchups, but Duke prevailed 81-77 in last season's ACC tourney.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Consensus numbers show 57 percent of Covers contest players like the road underdog Cardinals to cover the spread. You can view the full consensus data here.