Duke’s National Title Odds Drop — Then Recover — After Zion Williamson Injury

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Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Zion Williamson

  • Zion Williamson left Duke's game on Wednesday vs. North Carolina after blowing out his shoe 33 seconds in.
  • The injury doesn't appear to be season-ending, but Duke's national title betting odds still took a hit in the aftermath of the Blue Devils' loss, before quickly recovering.

It wasn’t a good night to be a Blue Devil.

After a blowout loss to UNC in which Zion Williamson injured his leg 33 seconds in, Duke’s national title odds dropped in Las Vegas.

In the second half, Caesars bookmaker Matt Lindeman tweeted out the shop’s updated odds, with Duke dropping slightly from 2-1 to 5-2. Gonzaga made the biggest leap from 7-1 to 5-1.

Updated odds to win the national title @CaesarsPalace:

Duke +250 (was +200)
Gonzaga +500 (was +700)
Virginia +700 (was +800)
Kentucky +700 (was +800)

— Matt Lindeman (@lindetrain) February 21, 2019

Duke got exposed without Williamson on Wednesday night against the Tar Heels. They couldn’t defend the rim — UNC had 62 points in the paint — or shoot. The Blue Devils went 8-of-39 from 3-point range.

Duke is highest-ranked team in the country by pretty much any measure — KenPom.com, the AP Poll, the NCAA’s new NET Ratings. But it’s clear it has some serious flaws, especially if Williamson misses time.

After the game, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “It’s a mild knee strain. The knee is stable. We don’t know how long he’ll be out.”

That news might have influenced the follow-up tweet from Lindeman at Caesars, which moved Duke back to 2-1.

Update: +250 didn’t last long https://t.co/gJ83jrNp93

— Matt Lindeman (@lindetrain) February 21, 2019

Here are full national title odds from Caesars.

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