Kentucky vs. Duke Prediction: Blue Bloods Duel It Out In Season Opener at MSG

Kentucky vs. Duke prediction and pick for Tuesday's State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. Handicapper Jason Radowitz has his picks in
Jason Radowitz
Tue, November 9, 10:24 AM EST

Kentucky vs. Duke Prediction: Blue Bloods Duel It Out In Season Opener at MSG

Everyone loves a little blue blood. The Kentucky Wildcats and Duke Blue Devils will play the second game of the Madison Square Garden doubleheader.

Not only is this a battle between two blue bloods, but it’s the battle between the top teams in each conference between the ACC and SEC.

Duke is projected to finish first in the ACC while Kentucky is projected to finish first in the SEC. It’s early and whoever wins this game isn’t essentially better, but for now, it’ll help each conference when it comes to bragging rights. A win here would also help future March Madness seedings as long as both of these teams perform how we’re expecting them to.

Here are our picks and predictions for the Kentucky vs Duke game on Tuesday, November 9.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Game Time: 9:30 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: ESPN

Kentucky vs. Duke odds

Kentucky Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils INJURY REPORT

Kentucky

Doubtful: CJ Fredrick G (Lower Body)

Duke

Out: AJ Griffin F (Knee)

Kentucky vs. Duke Prediction

Right now, we’ve got no stats to go off of. We’re basically going off assumptions and last season. So be careful with how much you’re wagering on games, at least for now.

Duke lost three key players including Matthew Hurt, DJ Steward and Jalen Johnson but will return four key players along with plenty of newcomers including transfers Theo John and Bates Jones.

At this time, it looks like we’ll see at least one freshman in the starting lineup for Duke. Paolo Banchero, a 6’9 freshman, will man one of the forward spots. However, another high-impact freshman, AJ Griffin, will be injured and miss the first couple of games this season. It’ll be interesting to see if Duke goes with freshman Trevor Keels in the starting lineup for they add senior forward Theo John, who has much more experience.

Still, Duke doesn’t have one player on their roster that averaged over 10 points last season. So it’s more of a wait-and-see process for Duke.

On the other hand, Kentucky has had a lot more movement, for good and bad. The Wildcats lost five key players from last year's team.

However, Kentucky really revamped this team by adding transfers Sahvir Wheeler from Georgia, Kellan Grady from Davidson, Oscar Tshiebwe from West Virginia and CJ Fredrick from Iowa.

This team has so many studs but the major question is if these guys are comfortable with one another yet.

Either way, Kentucky has much more talent coming into this game and plenty more experience as well. Kentucky will more than likely start a freshman in TyTy Washington and will also have talented 6’9 freshman Daimion Collins likely coming off the bench.

Looking at both rosters, Kentucky is just way more stacked at this time. If the chemistry is there, Kentucky will take care of business.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Duke Blue Devils Pick

Jason Radowitz
@Jason_Radowitz
Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.
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