North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24 NCAA Men's Latest Previews, Picks, and Predictions

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24 NCAA Men’s Latest Previews, Picks, and Predictions

North Carolina Tar Heels (24-6) vs. Duke Blue Devils (24-6)


North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24 – North Carolina and Duke teams both boasting 24-6 records are set to compete this Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in one of college basketball’s most anticipated matchups. Not only will it add another chapter to their storied rivalry but could be decisive in terms of standings and March Madness winning picks – not to mention it promises an exciting showcase of high-level basketball!


The Tar Heels have an offense that disappointed no one and reminds the opponents, it is scoring 81.5 points per game, on average. Their teamwork encompassed both an offensive firepower and a powerful defense, in which they also rested possession 10.3 times as a team. The team makes its difference in the course of the game through their 41 boards per game contributed by 12 offensive boards, which offer them enough second-chance shots. On top of that, North Carolina’s well-rounded outside shooting put up 44.8% from the field and 35.6% from three-point range.


Leaving out the Duke Blue Devils with their great performance in shooting, this figure has improved tremendously to a high field goal percentage of 48.5% and a remarkable 38% from the three-point line. Duke leads in scoring, averaging at 80.2 points per game, but slightly lags NC in terms of scoring finesse. This deficiency is offset by its better ball distribution and defense. Their 15.6 assists per game drawing attention to a more collective way of doing the offense and 6.5 steals and 3.7 blocks per game unearth a defensive game that wins the close fights with North Carolina with its help to stop their scorers.


North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24 Game Info


When: Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 6:30 PM ET
Where: Cameron Indoor Stadium
Stream: Sofascore


RJ Davis (Guard) vs. Kyle Filipowski (Center)


Through superstar RJ Davis, who is the team’s top scorer with 21.5 points per game, North Carolina has found their offense. Not to say, He is not only talented in scoring; he has 3.5 assists per game with 1.3 steals as well which is why he is equally very important on both offense and defense sides. The shooting percentages of this player are inspiring, which is especially impressive if we consider his accurate shot at the free throw line (88.6%) and from the three-point range (41.7%), thus making him lethal on the court. On the other hand, his 1.6 turnovers a game suggest the weaknesses Duke could use leading to Duke’s potential problems.


Kyle Filipowski who is a leader of the Blue Devils brings forth a diverse element to the game. He reaches for 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game with his scoring and rebounding leading our team. His shot 1.6 block ability as well as his status as a defensive wall definitely attest to this. As for them, his eFG% is a perfect 50.7, which shows that he can score inside just as well as anyone.


The conflict in Davis against Filipowski is an allegory of the dichotomous phases of their teams. Davis reveals speed and accuracy, while Filipowski is just distinctive by his physique and rounded play. The result could ultimately be determined by who picks up the space faster in adapting to his own playing style and, thus, this clash within the game may very well be equally as enthralling as the actual tournament.


NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD


The betting odds for this game are yet to be determined, but given the teams’ performances and trends, it’s shaping up to be a closely contested match. Bettors will want to keep a close eye on the spread once it’s released, as well as any movement in the moneyline and total odds.


North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Trends


The attacking Tar Heels have had a good run, not losing a single match for their previous 5 games, which they won. On the other hand, the Jaguars are just 3-2 against the betting line in those matchups, but they have a season record of 9-6 in away road games. It means that the chances of winning are well and that bettors may also have an effect on their bets. The under trend in 4 of the last 5 competitions draws us to the conclusion that it takes strong defenses by other teams, in order for the total scores to be low.


Duke Blue Devils Betting Trends


The recent form of Duke is quite the same as that of the champion team UNC- 4-1 through their games while most of them also favored them on the spread. Teams like this are better on the road than on the field and when it comes to tracking the spread they are 5-6 at the moment, which could be an indication of potential challenges of covering a spread in less familiar surroundings. 


North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils 3/9/24 Betting Picks


The course of the event, together with the current betting tables, lead to the conclusion that the dispute is going to be a very tight contest and both sides have high recent form. A fascinating phenomenon will be how RJ Davis and Kyle Filipowski go against each other. The two players could become a difference maker in the favour of their respective teams.


This forecast assumes that the game will be a hard fought one and that North Carolina’s narrowly higher scoring and rebounding power will give them this season’s rivals the advantage in this match, therefore why it stands in one of the best premium picks for college basketball.


Free Pick and Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels 78, Duke Blue Devils 75.


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