The Duel

Virginia Tech vs Duke Expert Predictions

Max Staley
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The No. 1-seed Duke Blue Devils pulled out a dramatic victory against the No. 9-seed UCF Knights in their last game, and will now take on the No. 4-seed Virginia Tech Hokies in the Sweet 16. Duke is currently a 7-point favorite according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you're thinking of placing a wager on this Sweet 16 matchup, you might want to check out what some of the experts are saying first.

Virginia Tech vs Duke Predictions

Sports Chat Place

The team at Sports Chat Place is picking the Blue Devils to both win and cover, but we should note they list Duke as 7.5-point favorites. Sports Chat Place thinks Virginia Tech has a chance to keep this game closer than many might think, but Duke is simply too talented and could escape with a double-digit victory.

College Football News

Pete Fiutak, of College Football News, is also picking Duke to win and cover here, predicting a final score of 77-69. Fiutak believes the Blue Devils' athleticism could give them an advantage on the glass, which could lead to an easy Duke victory.

ESPN Basketball Power Index Matchup Predictor

Finally, ESPN's Matchup Predictor is giving Duke a 72.8-percent chance at advancing to the Elite 8. With stars like Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, it's not tough to figure out why the Blue Devils are such heavy favorites.

Overall, it's a clean sweep for the Blue Devils, as all three experts we highlighted here are picking Duke to win outright. Two of the experts are also picking Duke to cover the spread.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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