Saturday college basketball odds: Maryland at No. 1 Duke
Fresh off one of the worst losses ever under Coach Mike Krzyzewski, which will the team the top ranking in the nation, Duke hosts Maryland on Saturday looking to vent its frustration – the Blue Devils are solid favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
In one of the most stunning results of the season, Duke lost 90-63 at No. 25 Miami (Fla.) on Wednesday, the first-ever win over a No. 1 team for the Hurricanes. The Blue Devils went more than eight minutes without a field goal in the first half and the defeat was the third worst for a No. 1 team. The last time Duke lost a regular-season game by a bigger margin was January 1984.
Miami took control with a stunning 25-1 run midway through the opening half. The Blue Devils missed 13 consecutive shots despite numerous good looks, while four Hurricanes hit 3-pointers during the run that transformed a 14-13 deficit into a 38-15 lead. Duke (16-2, 3-2) fell to 0-2 when playing on an opponent’s court. The Blue Devils’ other loss came at North Carolina State, a defeat that cost them the No. 1 ranking.
Wednesday was tied for Duke’s sixth-worst loss since Krzyzewski took over in 1980-81 and tied for their largest since they lost to the UNLV Rebels by 30 points in the national title game in 1990. Krzyzewski now has 28 losses as head coach of the No. 1 team, the most by any head coach in Division I history.
Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton and Quinn Cook went a combined 1 of 29 for the Blue Devils, who shot a season-low 29.7 percent. Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon led them with 16 points. Duke went 4 of 23 from 3-point range, while Miami went 9 of 19 and shot 57 percent overall.
In the 87 losses by AP No. 1 teams in the past 15 years, that’s the second worst shooting percentage. The only performance worse was also by the Blue Devils – 27.7 percent in the 2006 NCAA tournament against the LSU Tigers. The big loss doesn’t bode well for Duke’s national title aspirations. Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, no team that has lost a game by at least 27 points has won the title.
Maryland (15-4, 3-3) beat Boston College 64-59 on Tuesday. Alex Len had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Jake Layman scored 15. Maryland improved to 13-1 at home despite committing 14 turnovers and shooting only 42 percent. It was the Terrapins’ second win in five games after a 13-1 start.
Duke was 2-0 against Maryland last year, winning both by double digits. In the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke won 73-55 behind 13 points and 22 rebounds from since-graduated Miles Plumlee. Mason Plumlee finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was Duke’s fifth straight win over Maryland.
WagerWeb.com trends: Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Duke. Under is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. Terrapins are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.