Peterson: Best bet for Appalachian State vs. Duke

By Greg Peterson  (VSiN.com) 

December 16, 2021 12:10 AM
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The Duke Blue Devils have started the season strong and are ranked second in the country as they look to keep things rolling on Thursday against Appalachian State.

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Duke Blue Devils (-21.5, 139.5)

(stats as of Thursday morning)

The Blue Devils offense has scored at least 79 points in seven of their nine games this season, but must face an Appalachian State defense that has allowed 67 points or fewer in nine of their 11 games this season.

Appalachian State has done a good job of not turning the ball over, ranking 39th in the country with a turnover on 15.6 percent of their possessions.

Duke is in the top 10 in the country in points scored on a per-possession basis, but just 200th in the country in 3-point percentage at 32.8 percent.

Appalachian State is holding teams to a 29.7 percent 3-point shooting and allowing opponents to rebound just 20.8 percent of their missed shots, which is 32nd in the country. Look for the Mountaineers to  give Duke a stiff test at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday.

Pick: Appalachian State + 21.5

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