NCAAB Predictions: No. 4 Duke Blue Devils

NCAAB Predictions: No. 4 Duke Blue Devils

Former assistant coach John Scheer takes charge of legendary Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. His former boss certainly left him with plenty of talent as Duke comes in at number four in the BetUS rankings of the best college basketball teams in the country.

Duke brought in the best recruiting class in the country to help overcome the loss of four players selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft.

Duke will need to replace the top five scorers from last season’s squad. Jeremy Roach is the only player out of eight players who averaged more than 10 minutes per game for the Doc last season that returns.

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When looking at college basketball game odds, Duke (+1600) is tied for sixth place in the odds of winning a national title.

Duke came in seventh in the Associated Press poll and eighth in the coaches poll.

Duke was selected to finish second in the ACC pre-season poll. The Blue Devils have a pair of first place votes and only track North Carolina in ACC predictions.

Let’s check out the latest NCAAB picks, stats, injury reports and NCAAB predictions. We have plenty of NCAAB Expert Picks for you to consider.

Duke Blue Devils

  • 2021-22 record: 7-32
  • 2021-22 ACC Record: 16-4
  • Fitness Trainer: John Sher
  • Odds of winning the national title: +1600

Dereck Lively and Dariq Whitehead are ranked No. 1 and 2 of the country’s freshman incoming students. Both were dealing with injuries before the season and did not play in an exhibition game against Fayetteville State. Whitehead may miss the first few games of the season while Lively has a chance to return for the inaugural season.

Jacob Grandison of Illinois came from the bench to lead Duke with 17 points in the setting game.

Roach, who averaged 8.6 and 3.2 assists as a sophomore, not only started but led the Duke in the minutes played against Fayetteville State. Rookies Mark Mitchell, Therese Proctor, Ryan Filipovsk and Ryan Young join Roach in the starting line-up. Jalen Blakes averaged just 4.5 minutes per game as a freshman, but he’s been on the field longer than any other Duke player in the show game.

Duke needs to replace most of his team. Paulo Banchero, the top seed overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, lived up to the hype as he averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists at the Orlando Magic. Mark Williams, AJ Griffin, Wendell Moore and Trevor Keels are also in the NBA.

Reserve striker Joey Baker moved to Michigan, and Theo John graduated, as did Bates Jones.

Duke Blue Devils Predictions

It would look a lot different without Coach K on the sidelines. Keep an eye on Lively and Whitehead as they play major roles during Scheyer’s debut season.

Expectations are still very high with the college’s odds of getting Duke’s odds (+500) tied for 8th in the final 4th odds.

Nine of Duke’s players are either freshmen or sophomores, so there may be some growing pains, especially when facing a North Carolina competition that brings back most of the team from the group that played for the national title and listed by Las Vegas odds as the team to win.

Seven new players and three incoming transfers play important roles for the Blue Devils.

Playing against defending champions Kansas in the third game of the season should give a good indication of where Duke stands. Meeting with Oregon State and then either Florida or Xavier at the Phil Knight Legacy event in Portland, Oregon, along with matches against Ohio State and Iowa Duke must attend to play the ACC.

The Blue Devils won’t be playing a real road game until they meet Wake Forest in Game Two of the ACC season. The first road game out of North Carolina won’t come until January, which is a questionable schedule because playing a top team in a hostile environment may have done wonders for such a young team.

Something that might interest those betting online: Duke failed to cover six of his last nine matches.

2022-23 Duke schedule

  • Season opener: v Jacksonville, November 7, 7 p.m. ET
  • ACC opener: v Boston College, December 3, 4 p.m. ET

Other games to watch

  • v. Kansas (in Indianapolis), November 14, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • v Oregon (in Portland, Oregon), November 24, 3 p.m. ET
  • v Florida/Xavier (in Portland, Oregon), November 25, local time
  • v Ohio State, November 30, 7:15 p.m. ET
  • v Iowa (in New York), December 6, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • v. Wake Forest, December 20, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • v Florida State, December 31, 2 p.m. ET
  • vs Miami, Jan 21, Noon ET
  • v Virginia Tech, January 23, 7 p.m. ET
  • Against Wake Forest, January 31, 7 p.m. ET
  • v North Carolina, February 4, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • v Miami, February 6, 7 p.m. ET
  • v Virginia, February 11, 4 p.m. ET
  • Against Notre Dame, February 14, 7 p.m. ET
  • v Syracuse, February 18, 6 p.m. ET
  • v Virginia Tech, February 25, 6/8 p.m. ET
  • Against North Carolina, March 4, time to be announced

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