College basketball fans looking for an opportunity to catch two high-profile programs in action before the holiday break will get exactly that this Thursday when Jabari Parker and the Duke Blue Devils collide with the UCLA Bruins on the NCAA Basketball moneyline. Who says the Madness has to start in March?
While the Blue Devils are currently ranked No. 8 in the AP polls and UCLA off the list entirely, that’s not to say that this matchup doesn’t still pit two competent adversaries against one another. The Bruins no doubt saw their stock dip with a loss against Missouri last week, but still boast one of the most prolific offenses in the nation.
According to NCAA oddsmakers, the Bruins even have 50/1 odds of winning March Madness. Duke, in contrast, sits higher up the list but only at 14/1.
Expect big things out of superstar-in-the-making Parker as he looks to continue to put Duke on his back en route to bigger and better things. The mid-season Duke/UCLA clash gives hoops fans reason to take a good long look at the freshman. Can UCLA throw a wrench in Parker’s plans? With a pair of losses already this season, the Blue Devils are far from infallible. That’s where you come in.
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