Duke vs. Army Prediction: Can Army Shock Duke in the Duke Veterans Day Weekend Classic?
The Duke Blue Devils will welcome the Army Black Knights to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 7:00 pm ET night matchup in the Duke Veterans Day Weekend Classic.
Duke is coming off an impressive win against Kentucky, defeating the Wildcats, 79-71 in Madison Square Garden to start the season 1-0. Meanwhile, Army will play their first division I game after defeating SUNY New Paltz to start their season, 83-52.
Duke went 1-for-13 from downtown in their matchup but still found a way to defeat Kentucky. The two Blue Devils that scored 22 or more points against Kentucky were top-rated freshmen. If Duke has that much talent this season from their young guns, does Army stand a chance?
Here are our picks and predictions for the Duke vs. Army Tournament game on Friday, November 12.
Duke vs. Army Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds
Date: Friday, November 12, 2021
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Where To Watch: ACC Network
Duke vs. Army INJURY REPORT
Duke vs. Army Prediction
The Duke Blue Devils looked really good in their win against Kentucky on Tuesday night. With a 79-71 win behind two freshmen in Paolo Banchero and Trevor Keels, Duke proved that they’d be a tough out every single night. Keels scored 25 points in 34 minutes, while Banchero scored 22 points in 31 minutes. Wendell Moore and Jeremy Roach were two major contributors in the win as well and have returned for this season after solid seasons a year ago.
We don’t want to overreact to one game, but Duke only shot 1-for-13 from the field while being outrebounded 44-to-36. However, the Blue Devils did work inside, finishing the game with a field goal percentage of 50.8 percent compared to Kentucky’s 37.7 percent.
On the other hand, Army is coming off a massive win against a non-division I opponent. It’ll be interesting how they perform against Duke, with the Blue Devils being the first D-1 team Army will play.
Army has two primetime scorers in sophomore Charlie Peterson and senior Josh Caldwell. Outside that, Army has a lot of depth and a lot of pieces that can play. Army holds 21 players on their team. All they need to do is luck out on a couple of players. Jalen Rucker also has plenty of potential after scoring 9.6 points per game last season for Army. However, at 5’10”, it’s not going to be easy against Duke.
Duke loves to play uptempo; however, last year, Army wasn’t as quick as other times. I’m going to sit here and believe that Army tries to slow this game down against Duke as they look to stick around and beat them. When mid-major teams play high-major teams, the best chance to win these games is to play slow and methodically.
If Army starts trying to get out in transition against Duke, it’s going to be difficult to beat Duke to spots. Eventually, fatigue will set in for Army, and Duke will pull away.
I like Duke to cover the 24.5 point spread at home in this one. Duke fans are going to be excited to get back in Cameron Indoor Stadium.