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Miami vs. Duke Betting Tip (Jan. 21): Can Duke Really Lose 3 Games in a Row?


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Last week was a fun week for most of the college basketball world, which means it was probably a very not-fun week for one specific fanbase.

Duke dropped back-to-back games on Tuesday and Saturday, and in the process fell from No. 2 in the country down to No. 8 in this week’s poll. Interestingly, both losses came in nearly identical fashion.

Ten-point favorite at Clemson? 79-72, Tigers.

Eight-and-a-half-point favorite vs. Louisville? 79-73, Cardinals.

But fear not, Crazies. The Blue Devils are back at Cameron tonight, and are 18.5-point favorites over Miami.

Because there’s no way they can lose three games in a row … right? Right?

Miami vs. Duke Betting Odds, Betting Pick

  • Spread: Duke -18.5
  • Moneyline: Duke -3100
  • Over/under: 149.5

It’s rare for a ranked team to enter a game on a two-game skid. Number one, ranked teams are, well, good. Number two, most teams would probably fall out of the Top 25 after losing two games in a row.

But recreating this situation in Bet Labs (at least as best we can), shows that it’s still happened quite a few times.

When a ranked team enters a game having lost two in a row — ideally we’d look for spots where the team was favored in both losses, but for this purpose we’re limited to just the most recent one — against an unranked opponent, that side has gone 125-57 since 2005.

So, Duke fans, it’s looking like things should turn around tonight. For bettors, however, it’s not that simple.

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