Suffocating defense lifts Duke men's basketball past Syracuse in Marvin Bagley's return

Ruben Hill
February 25, 2018

As of this writing, public bettors are willing to lay the double-digits on the Blue Devils.

The Orange have a chance to pick up their best win of the season and add another vital Quadrant 1 win, the highest classification of victory available under the NCAA selection committee's new quadrant system of evaluating teams.

The Orange have won their last two meetings with the Blue Devils (64-62 in 2016 and 78-75 last year). Bet the Duke Blue Devils -10.5 over the Syracuse Orange in College Basketball on Saturday.

Bagley, averaging 21.2 points and 11.4 rebounds, injured his knee in the first half of Duke's loss at North Carolina on February 8.

Syracuse has won three of their last five games, but the two losses in that time could easily have been wins.

The Blue Devils have been without their leading scorer, freshman forward Marvin Bagley during the winning streak, but that hasn't mattered because of Allen's recent surge. In that win, Duke guard Grayson Allen managed 28 points.

Krzyzewski has switched to playing zone on defense this month, which has helped as well. Frank Howard is second with 15.5 per game and Oshae Brissett is adding 14.8 per game.

Once again, the Blue Devil defense was the story of the night, as they held Syracuse to a miserable shooting performance-the Orange finished 31.5 percent from the field.

As Syracuse (18-11, 7-9) stayed below the 30-point threshold until there were less than 10 minutes to play, the Blue Devils kept at it defensively. According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Blue Devils are 13-point favorites to beat the Orange this evening.

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