The 12-seed Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (30-4) face the 5-seed Duke Blue Devils (26-8) in a first-round East Region game in the NCAA Tournament. Tip-off from Amway Center in Orlando is scheduled for approximately 7:10 p.m. ET (truTV). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Oral Roberts vs. Duke odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
The Golden Eagles rolled to the Summit League Tournament title with victories over North Dakota, St. Thomas (Minn.) and North Dakota State, winning 2 of the games by 16 or more points. It limited teams to just 61.5 PPG in the final 2 games, cashing the Under in each outing.
Oral Roberts went 1-3 straight-up (SU) against 4 teams in the NCAA Tournament field, while going 2-2 against the spread (ATS).
ORU broke brackets everywhere in 2021, upsetting Ohio State and Florida as a 15-seed, going to the Sweet 16 behind the heroics of Max Abmas and Kevin Obanor. The latter transferred out to Texas Tech, but Abmas is still in Tulsa doing his thing, and he rolled up 22.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.7 APG and 1.2 SPG, while hitting 37.3% from behind the 3-point line and 91.4% from the free-throw line.
Duke is in uncharted territory, as coach Jon Scheyer leads the Blue Devils into his 1st NCAA Tournament. He has had gigantic shoes to fill this season, taking over for Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski, who took his team to 13 Final Four appearances and 5 national championships.
The new boss is the same as the old boss. Scheyer helped Duke win the ACC Tournament, winning and covering all 3 games in Greensboro. Duke has won a season-high 9 straight games heading into the NCAA Tournament, too.
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Oral Roberts vs. Duke odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Wednesday at 8:18 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Oral Roberts +220 (bet $100 to win $220) | Duke -290 (bet $290 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Oral Roberts +6.5 (-112) | Duke -6.5 (-108)
- Over/Under (O/U): 145.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Oral Roberts vs. Duke picks and predictions
Duke 72, Oral Roberts 69
Duke (-290) will cost you nearly 3 times your potential return, and that’s rather expensive in what should be a potentially close game.
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Against the spread
ORAL ROBERTS +6.5 (-112) is not going to be fazed going up against Duke -6.5 (-108). Abmas has more NCAA Tournament experience than most players on the Blue Devils roster, and he is deadly from the perimeter. While Duke has allowed just 30.8% from behind the 3-point line and allowing just 63.8 PPG, Abmas and the Golden Eagles have a strong offense to hang around all the way.
UNDER 145.5 (-110) might be the best play on the board in this first-round game.
The Under is 7-1 in the last 8 games overall for Oral Roberts, while cashing in 4 of the last 5 games against teams with a winning percentage over .600.
For Duke, the Under has cashed in 6 of the last 8 neutral-site games, while going 8-3-1 in the last 12 against teams with a winning percentage over .600.
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