College Basketball Odds: Duke-Syracuse Rematch Takes Center Stage

The Duke Blue Devils have looked relatively mortal thus far throughout the 2013-14 NCAA campaign, but did wonders for their long-term forecast in an overtime clash with the Syracuse Orange earlier this month. Since then, their rank has soared (up from No. 17 then to No. 5 now) and their odds of winning March Madness have begun to climb as well. Now the two are set to clash all over again.

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For Jim Boeheim and Syracuse, things have stayed more or less the same – not a bad thing when your team is the top-ranked program in the country and among the favorites on the college basketball futures.

The Orange, in fact, sit No. 2 in the sportsbook with 6/1 odds of winning March Madness while the Blue Devils sit further down the list at 9/1.

More than a battle of two potential NCAA Tournament contenders, however, the February 22 rematch pits a pair of legitimate ACC rivals against one another in a heated reminder of one of the most memorable games of this season so far.

Expect Duke’s success to rely heavily on the production of freshman phenom Jabari Parker. The NBA-bound swingman’s 19.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game give the Blue Devils a chance any time they take the court, and the game will take place on Duke soil as well.

Is Syracuse’s undefeated record at risk?

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