Duke is a slight underdog in Sweet 16 matchup vs. Texas Tech
Duke is a 1-point underdog in Thursday night’s Sweet 16 matchup vs. Texas Tech, according to DraftKings. The total has been set at 137 points.
Duke is the No. 2 seed in this matchup, but the Red Raiders will pose a difficult test. Texas Tech is the No. 1 defensive team in the country this season, according to KenPom.
Texas Tech’s starting five is also significantly more experienced than Duke’s. The Red Raiders start four seniors and one junior while the Blue Devils start at least two true freshmen — and sometimes three. Wendell Moore Jr. and Theo John are the only upperclassmen in Duke’s rotation.
That confluence of factors could create an interesting clash of styles in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night.
This will be Mike Krzyzewski’s 26th Sweet 16 appearance. He’s advanced to the Elite Eight 16 times and has 12 Final Four appearances.
Duke had to go through Cal State Fullerton and Michigan State to get to this point. Meanwhile, Texas Tech ousted Montana State in the first round and squeaked by an upset-minded Notre Dame team in the Round of 32.
Duke and Texas Tech have met one time previously, and the Blue Devils were victorious.
Tipoff is at approximately 9:40 p.m. ET on Thursday.