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Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Duke Blue Devils 12/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Duke Blue Devils 12/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews


The Appalachian State Mountaineers of the Sun Belt Conference will go against the #2 Duke Blue Devils of the Atlantic Coast Conference in NCAAB action in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC, on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 7:00 PM (EST).


Appalachian State defeated Erskine 69-44 to complete the non-conference part of their home schedule. Donovan Gregory had a season-high 16 points on 4-of-7 throwing from the field and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.


Gregory also had five rebounds and two assists. With the win, the Mountaineers moved to 6-5 on the season. Adrian Delph led the way with nine points, while teammates Justin Forrest, Michael Almonacy, and Terence Harcum each tallied eight.


Forrest established the school record for matches played, participating in the 132nd game of his career. Michael Eads Jr. scored six points, while CJ Huntley recorded six points, five rebounds, and a career-high matching three blocks.


Erskine was restricted to only 29 percent shooting on the night, including 1-of-18 from the three-point range. In addition, the Mountaineers stopped a season-high eight shots and pushed Erskine into 17 turnovers.


Appalachian State converted its 17 turnovers into 16 points. On the night, both teams collected 41 rebounds. App State’s non-conference season concludes with a bang as they go to Duke and then North Carolina in back-to-back tough matchups on Tobacco Road.


  • The University of the Appalachian State Mountaineers is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 matches.
  • Appalachian State is 1-6 SU in their last 7 matches on the road.
  • The Mountaineers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 matches in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Duke Blue Devils Predictions 12/16/2021


Duke’s brief reign at No. 1 came to an end with a 71-66 defeat against Ohio State. The Blue Devils maintained an 8-point lead with less than five minutes remaining when the Buckeyes rallied and went on a 14-1 run to hand Duke its first defeat of the season.


The defeat was the Blue Devils’ penultimate game before the start of the school’s first semester finals week. After a two-week hiatus, Duke returned to action this week. Freshman Paolo Banchero is one of the guys Krzyzewski believes would benefit from matches like this.


Banchero failed a potential game-tying three-point attempt and only netted four of his fourteen points in the second half. Wendell Moore Jr. led the squad with 17 points in the defeat.


This week, Duke returns to action following a two-week hiatus with matches against South Carolina State, Appalachian State, and Cleveland State. The ACC portion of the Blue Devils’ schedule resumes a week from today, on Wednesday.


  • The total went OVER in 4 of Duke’s last 6 matches.
  • The University of Duke Blue Devils is 8-1 SU in their last 9 matches this season.
  • Duke is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 matches played on a Thursday.

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs #2 Duke Blue Devils. The NCAAB pick for this game is the #2 Duke Blue Devils. Duke is by far the superior team in this clash, and it will be evident from the first tip on Thursday night.


Expect the Blue Devils to excel at home, protecting their number two overall rating on the way to a rout. Pick Duke to win because the Blue Devils’ size and depth will be too much for Appalachian State to contend with. The Duke Blue Devils will win and cover to a predicted score of 81-58.


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Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Duke Blue Devils 12/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC


Date: Thursday, December 16, 2021




NCAAB Odds: #2 Duke Blue Devils -21


NCAAB Totals: 139.5


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