The Duke Blue Devils are set to take on the Florida Gators in the opening game of the Jimmy V Classic inside Madison Square Garden. The game is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on ESPN. The college basketball odds for the game have the Blue Devils favored by a couple of possessions to pick up the win.
College Basketball Odds
Total: 140.5 points
Duke is finally starting to get its lineup figured out, with the mix of nice freshmen coming along. Once all three of them are in the rotation the Blue Devils are going to be an extremely tough team to beat, giving them size and athleticism plus guys that can score.
Florida comes into tonight’s game with just a single loss to Gonzaga by a handful of points. The Gators are no stranger to playing in neutral site games, having played seven of the first eight games in that situation so far this year. That’s because their basketball arena, the O’Connell Center, is being renovated. It’s supposed to be done in a couple of weeks but in the meantime, playing on a neutral floor hasn’t been an issue for them.
Both teams can defend and rank inside the Top 20 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency numbers. What could set the squads apart tonight could be Duke’s offense, which leads the country in offensive efficiency rankings, scoring 121 points per 100 possessions.
Both team should make this an interesting game. Duke’s offense will separate them from the Gators here as they run the floor in transition and shoot the ball well from the perimeter.
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