The #2 Duke Blue Devils and the #1 Louisville Cardinals are set to do battle in the Elite Eight. Join us for this and all of our 2013 NCAA Tournament picks here at Cappers Info, as our college basketball handicappers’ picks are hot off of the presses and ready for you to enjoy.
Midwest Region Picks: #2 Duke Blue Devils vs. #1 Louisville Cardinals
Date: Sunday, March 31st, 2:10 p.m. ET
Midwest Region Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
Duke vs. Louisville Live on TV: CBS
Elite Eight Betting Lines
#2 Duke Blue Devils +3.5
#1 Louisville Cardinals -3.5
If there is such a thing as an Elite Eight game that could ultimately decide the National Championship, this might be the game. Many think that these are the two most talented teams left standing in the NCAA Tournament, and they might be right. When you look at these two clubs, you see two teams that largely go about things the same way. G Peyton Siva and G Russ Smith are both veterans who have been around this game for quite some time for the Cardinals. On the other side of the court, they’ll face G Seth Curry and F Ryan Kelly. C Gorgui Dieng and F Mason Plumlee are both fantastic interior players who have a ton of experience as well. Both teams like to win games from the three-point line and the free throw line, and both are incredibly aggressive defensively. So how do you parse out these two teams? You really don’t. Instead, you blindly take the points and hope for the best. When these two teams met the first time this season, Duke won in the Bahamas. Dieng didn’t play in that game, which could make a difference, but can it really swing nine points from that first game of the year? We really don’t think a heck of a lot has changed differently for each of these teams. They’ve both gotten a heck of a lot better, and they both have always been amongst the best in the nation. Take the points on Sunday afternoon, as we think that this is literally a tossup game.
Duke vs. Louisville Free Pick: Duke Blue Devils +3.5
Duke vs. Louisville Predictions: Louisville 70 – Duke 68