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The UCF Knights and the Duke Blue Devils both took care of business in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and will now face off on Sunday, March 24, in a second-round East Region game scheduled to tip off at 5:15 p.m. EST. The No. 1 Duke Blue Devils are ​favored by 13 points over the No. 9 UCF Knights, according to FanDuel Sportsbook


And if you're looking to place a wager on this game, it would be wise to see what some industry experts have to say about the matchup beforehand. 


Duke vs UCF Predictions


Sports Chat Place

Chris Ruffolo, of Sports Chat Place, is riding with the Duke Blue Devils to win and cover the spread in this one. He points to the fact that Duke is 8-1 on a neutral court this season and is outscoring teams by more than 13 points in those games. 

Winners and Whiners

The team at Winners and Whiners is also going with the Blue Devils in this one. They think Duke's defense, which has held opponents to 67.4 points per game this season, will be the difference in the Round of 32 matchup.

ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

ESPN's BPI makes it a clean sweep for Duke, assigning the Blue Devils a convincing 90.8-percent chance at coming away with the moneyline victory. 

Overall, both experts that made an against-the-spread pick are taking Duke to cover while ESPN's supercomputer likes Duke to come away with the straight-up win. 


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