Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Duke vs. NDSU Betting Line: March Madness Predictions & Picks

Duke vs. NDSU Betting Line: March Madness Predictions & Picks

The Blue Devils aren't simply the No.1 team in the East region. The Duke Blue Devils are averaging 83.5 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 39.5 percent shooting. "We know that we're national championship contenders", Mann said.

Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga are the four No. 1 seeds for this year's NCAA tournament.

Duke's RJ Barrett, left, hugs Zion Williamson after Duke defeated Florida State in the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019.

The other contenders: who can take down Duke?

The Blue Devils are in the NCAA Tournament for the 24th consecutive season, which is topped by only Kansas' current streak of 30 consecutive tournaments.

The NDSU Bisons pulled off an impressive win over North Carolina Central but struggled at times and were in a position where they nearly let the game slip away.

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There are generally between 10 and 16 upsets per tournament. If Michigan State and Duke do meet in the Elite Eight, expect an all-out battle. Virginia is going to want to absolutely roll Gardner-Webb, and I can't imagine Tony Bennett's team lacking motivation given what went down against UMBC last season. "It's a credit to him as a young guy that he's just been able to deliver", said former Duke star Grant Hill.

Lastly, there's No. 3 seed Louisiana State. But this year, the Bulldogs could be the team to change that. This is much bigger than its 2007 game against defending national champion Florida, or its 2009 NCAA tournament game against Kansas, or its 2012 game against No. 1-ranked IN, or its 2014 NCAA tournament win over Oklahoma, or this season's game against then No. 1-ranked Gonzaga. And what happened during that 2016 tournament run? The Spartans just have to many red flags to make me think they can beat Duke, or even make it to that point. "He's a different breed of player, capable of perimeter shooting and is powerful in the post because he's quicker, more athletic and stronger than most who guard him".

Barrett holds the ACC single-season freshman scoring record with 779 points and leads the ACC in scoring at 22.9 points. They dropped matches to Virginia Tech and North Carolina again and barely escaped Wake Forest, who has been sitting at the bottom of the ACC for the majority of the season.

Yale's first test will be LSU in the first round. Fairleigh Dickinson and Belmont both won on Tuesday night, sending them deeper into March Madness 2019.

The Tar Heels have already made great strides since a shaky start to the season, in which they looked anything but the part of an eventual No. 1 seed - especially in lopsided losses to MI in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Louisville at home. Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans recently went as far to say that North Carolina will be the program to receive Anthony's pledge, and that it's only a matter of time before he does so. The Blue Devils have had the spotlight all season long.

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