Normally a game between teams like the Duke Blue Devils and Winthrop Eagles doesn’t receive much attention. Duke plays a team that nobody knows, smashes them and then moves onto the next college program. However, after recent events, I think a game between Winthrop and Duke is interesting.
Losing to Stephen F. Austin in overtime, the Blue Devils were stunned by a throwaway game. Does that mean the Eagles of Winthrop are in for a fury of Duke offense and a no-mercy like mentality tonight?
Online bookmaker BetOnline has Duke at -23½ on the spread.
Winthrop enters this game with a 4-3 record. Earlier this week, the Eagles would fly easily to victory, dropping Pfeiffer 127-83. The Eagles have the 75th ranked offense in the nation and 125th defense in the NCAA, so this could open the doors for a Blue Devils walloping.
You may have seen the Winthrop Eagles in the NCAA tournament before. They have reached the NCAA tournament 10 times, having just won win. They reached the Second Round back in 2007 before being bounced. Overall, the Eagles have been ranked just once on the AP Polls.
This should be a walk in the park for Duke, but Stephen F. Austin reminded us that to win, you need to step on the court. They did so and crushed the hearts of Duke fans.
Will lightning strike twice tonight or will the Blue Devils hand the Eagles their 4th loss of the season?