Duke vs. Cal State Fullerton Prediction: Take The Points Early in This Round 1 Showdown

Duke vs. Cal State Fullerton prediction and pick for Round 1 of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Who should you be backing in this 2 vs. 15 matchup? Matt McCuen has a pick and it's probably not the one you were thinking of.
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Duke vs. Cal State Fullerton Prediction: Take The Points Early in This Round 1 Showdown

Duke will be battling it out with Cal State Fullerton on Friday night in what should be a fun game. Duke is a very controversial No. 2 seed after losing the ACC championship to Virginia Tech.

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Duke vs. Cal State Fullerton Prediction

Please make no mistake about it, this is a loaded Duke Roster that currently has five players projected to go in the first round of the upcoming NBA draft. The first of those players selected will be freshmen Paolo Banchero.

Banchero was one of the top players coming into this season, and he has handled the pressure very well. Banchero has displayed his skillset set all season long, and he will need to be great in the tournament if the Blue Devils want to go on a big run. Duke also has other ranged freshmen in Trevor Keels and AJ Griffin. Griffin is an outstanding three-point shooter and is currently projected as a lottery pick in the NBA draft. Keels is also slated to be a first-round pick. This is the final season of the legendary Coach K, and Duke will try and send him out in style with a National Championship.

The first hurdle will be the champions of the Big West, the Cal State Fullerton Titans. This is an exciting roster that could be a team to pull off an upset. The star of this team is senior big man EJ Anosike. Anosike, a native of East Orange, New Jersey, is the reason that the Titans are in the Big Dance. He is averaging 16.5 points per game while ripping down 8.3 rebounds per game. He will need to have the game of his life if Cal State Fullerton wants to pull off the massive upset here on Friday night! 

I will be backing the dog here in Cal State Fullerton on the first half spread, which is currently sitting at +11.

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Look, it’s March and anything can happen. I am not passing up eleven points on an experienced roster who is playing with confidence. The Titans are a solid defensive team who will make things hard on Duke early. I could see Duke coming out with some nerves here as they have a lot of young players in their rotation. With the exception of Wendell Moore Jr, this is a young Duke Roster.

The first twenty miners of their first game will likely cause some nerves for these young Blue Devils. Cal State Fullerton should be playing this game relaxed and with nothing to lose. There is nobody in the entire world that believes the Titans can pull off this upset and get the win. If they have any chance to do it, they will have to step up and hit some big shots while playing stellar defense. I could see this one staying somewhat close early and Duke being able to pull away in the second half due to pure talent. I will not be passing up eleven points here on a first-half bet, so let’s lock this in and cash! 

Duke vs. Cal State Fullerton Pick

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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