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Saturday’s college basketball best bets: Can North Carolina keep it close against Duke?

The college basketball season is in full swing, and there are plenty of betting opportunities. Our experts — ESPN’s Doug Kezirian, Preston Johnson and Jordan Schultz, as well as Vegas Stats & Information’s Matt Youmans — are here to give their best bets for Saturday’s lineup of games.

Records

Kezirian 7-1
Schultz 4-2
Youmans 4-7
Johnson 0-1

Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook as of Friday night, unless noted otherwise.


Saturday’s games

Schultz: Dayton continues to roll behind superstar Obi Toppin. The Wooden Award candidate scores in a multitude of ways and has become a premier defensive weapon for the Flyers. But it’s not just Toppin getting it done.

Junior guard Jalen Crutcher has been a viable second option and recently went 11 straight games in double digits. Michigan transfer Ibi Watson continues to shoot it at an elite clip (51% field goals, 44% 3s), giving the Flyers plenty of firepower and the nation’s second-leading adjusted offensive efficiency, per KenPom. The Billikens are hardly a pushover — they lost by two to Dayton and by six to Auburn — so we can expect this game to remain tight for a bit. Don’t be alarmed, though: The Flyers’ home-court advantage and overall offensive balance should suffice and, in turn, provide the cover.

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