The Duke Blue Devils are three weeks into the Jon Scheyer era, which is otherwise known as the post-Mike Krzyzewski period.
Duke under a young, unproven coach is something we haven’t seen since 1980 when Coach K was trying to make a name for himself. Now it’s Scheyer’s turn.
So far, so good for this Duke team – other than a tight loss to No. 6 Kansas. Next up, the Blue Devils face Oregon State in the Phil Knight Legacy on Thursday afternoon in Portland, Ore. Can they win and cover the college basketball odds?
The Blue Devils are 4-1 through five games, but their loss was in the most important game of those five, against the Kansas Jayhawks.
Duke led for much of the game, but Kansas overtook the Blue Devils down the stretch. Kansas’ Gradey Dick caught fire late in the game, scoring several quick points to abruptly change the outcome.
Duke hopes to be ready for the next big game on its schedule.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils know they need to use games such as this one – against a comparatively weaker Power Five conference opponent – to sharpen their skills, instincts and habits for the rest of the season.
Scheyer needs to tinker with lineup combinations and get a much more precise idea of what he has on his roster. He needs to continue to see how different groupings of players perform together on the court.
Oregon State Eyes Bounce Back
Oregon State has lost only one game, but whereas Duke lost to defending national champion Kansas, Oregon State lost to Portland State on Saturday.
It’s quite a big difference between the two teams in terms of the weight and quality of their one loss. Oregon State had an atrocious season 12 months ago, and the Beavers are already on pace to greatly exceed last season’s win total.
That’s good, but the Beavers have not played a high-level opponent yet and it’s unclear how they are going to react against a team with Duke’s credentials and potential.
Oregon State went from the Elite Eight in 2021 to the Pac-12 basement in 2022. Those who bet online will be fascinated to see where this team goes.
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Duke vs Oregon State Head-to-Head
These two schools have not met since 1963. Duke won 85-63 in the NCAA Tournament third-place game at the Final Four. Duke and Oregon State lost in the national semifinals.
Duke vs Oregon State Game Information
- Game: Duke vs Oregon State
- Location: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
- Day/Time: Thursday, Nov. 24, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Duke vs Oregon State Live Stream:TBS.com
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Duke vs Oregon State Picks & Prediction
The gap between these teams in terms of talent and athleticism is vast, which is why the Blue Devils are favored so much in the sportsbook.
Duke should have no problem here not only winning but running up the score. Lay the points with the Blue Devils for your college basketball picks.