The Duke Blue Devils and Pittsburgh Panthers will meet up as conference foes for the first time Monday, as the two teams prepare to face off at the Petersen Events Center. Find out why we have decided to look at the total with our NCAA Basketball picks in this battle.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Take a look t the Updated 2014 NCAA Basketball Future Odds

Streaking

Duke has won four games in a row, including a 78-56 victory over the Florida State Seminoles as nine-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the second consecutive contest. 

The Blue Devils out-rebounded the Seminoles by a 47-24 margin, which was made possible by grabbing the third most offensive boards in the Coach K era. 

All eyes will be on freshman forward Jabari Parker, who is averaging team-highs of 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. 

Rolling along 

Pittsburgh is 18-2 SU and 7-9-1 ATS through 20 games of the 2013-14 campaign, as it returns home from a solid 83-79 victory over the Maryland Terrapins as three-point road favorites last Saturday. 

It’s important to point out that 16 of the Panthers’ 18 wins have come by nine or more points, as they average 76.3 points and connect on 48.8 percent of their shots offensively. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the Panthers are 1-3 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons. 

Facing the best 

The Blue Devils have compiled a 110-56 SU record against ranked opponents since 1996-97, including a 60-34 mark versus conference foes in that situation. 

Duke ranks 21st nationally in averaging 81.6 points per game—finishing with a 20-point scorer in 17 of 20 contests. 

Dixon is thriving

Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon owns a 17-0 SU record against previous members of the ACC, while he’s won 33 of 44 games when including Notre Dame and Syracuse to the mix. 

Pittsburgh carries a 192-22 SU record in this arena, as it looks to extend its current 14-game home winning streak.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their NCAA Basketball picks, as the OVER is 19-7 in the Panthers’ last 26 home games. 

College Basketball Pick:  Over