College Basketball Consensus Picks – Duke Vs. Syracuse Predictions

Duke Blue Devils Vs. Syracuse Predictions

It’s been an eventful week for both Duke and Syracuse and not in the best of ways. When the Blue Devils take the floor of the Carrier Dome many will wonder how they will handle life without Zion Williamson. The Orange will have to see how the team performs after coach Jim Boeheim was involved in a fatal car accident just days ago. What should have been a game for the ages on Wednesday night, saw College hoops star Zion Williamson play for 33 seconds against North Carolina. By now you know about the shoe malfunction and Zion’s knee injury. He’s listed day-to-day with a grade 1 sprain on his right knee.

“I think that everyone wants to know his status, and it’s still — we don’t have a timetable, but the preliminary reports that we have on Zion’s injury are all optimistic — very, very good,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said on his weekly show on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Zion is unlikely to play on Saturday. Now Duke needs to adjust for life without him for the next few weeks. The Blue Devils remain +190 to win the College Basketball title at MyBookie. But it’s safe to say if Zion is not on the floor for the remaining of the season, Duke’s chances will be severely hit.

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Syracuse’s week has been awful as well in a more tragic way. Coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian late Wednesday night after the Orange beat Louisville by 20 points. Police said Boeheim has been cooperating with the investigation. Now we wonder how the coach and the rest of the Orange could be focusing for this upcoming game against Duke. When something like this happens, it goes beyond the sports world. It hits your entire core, which let me to think Boeheim might to be 100% to coach the right way against the Devils.

This should be one of the most fun games of the weekend. Duke without Zion is a question mark from now on. And the Carrier Dome is always a fun environment for a game like this one. These two teams already met this season with Cuse upsetting Duke 95-91. That day the Blue Devils shot 9-for-43 from 3-point range. I can’t see this happening again. Duke should win but grab any points the oddsmakers will give Syracuse. What’s the play? Syracuse with the points.

Spread: +5
Money Line: -105
Game Total: 143
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
Venue: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
TV: ESPN

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Alonzo Solano

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