College basketball betting recap: Duke upset at Virginia Tech to lose ACC lead
College basketball betting recap: Duke upset at Virginia Tech to lose ACC lead
Two ranked Big Ten losses, a top-five upset, a triple-overtime bad beat in Morgantown and a wild comeback in Winston-Salem highlight Tuesday's packed slate of college basketball betting action.
After a [relative snoozer](https://www.betchicago.com/college-basketball-betting-recap-kansas-gets-revenge-wins-ugly-against-big) on Monday, college basketball delivered for fans and bettors on Tuesday -- headlined by two ranked Big Ten losses, a top-five upset, a triple-overtime bad beat and a wild comeback in Winston-Salem. Here's a betting recap of Tuesday's packed slate of college basketball action: ## Down goes Duke in Blacksburg Everyone knew Tuesday's trip to Blacksburg could be trouble for Duke (-3), which entered its second game without injured star Zion Williamson. But the No. 20 Blue Devils (24-4 straight up, 16-12 against the spread) surely didn't expect to lose their second game in a week after falling to UNC six days ago. No. 20 Virginia Tech (22-6 SU, 15-12-1 ATS) had other plans, outlasting a shorthanded Duke team in Tuesday's [77-72 win](http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=401082691) for its second ATS victory since Feb. 2. R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish, who combined for over half of Duke's points, couldn't keep pace with the Hokies despite an inspired push late to tie it at 70. Ty Outlaw answered with a three in the corner to hit the total of 143, and a pivotal offensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear -- who led all players with 23 points and 10 rebounds -- left the Blue Devils helplessly hacking away in the final seconds to reward OVER and Hokie bettors alike. With the loss, Duke falls out of a three-way tie atop the ACC standings, though it'll have a chance to climb back up in a rematch with North Carolina. The Blue Devils are favorites to win next month's ACC Tournament in Charlotte. __MORE:__ [Michigan State, Michigan with shortest odds to win Big Ten Tournament](https://www.betchicago.com/ncaa-conference-tournament-odds-michigan-big-ten) ## Indiana collapses (but recovers this time) vs. Wisconsin in Big Ten headliner Indiana fans and moneyline bettors have been waiting all year for this: a statement home win against a ranked Big Ten team...or just any win at all, at this point. It took a small miracle, even with the Hoosiers (14-14 SU, 11-16 ATS) building a 13-point lead over No. 19 Wisconsin (19-9 SU, 14-13-1 ATS) with the fiery Bloomington contingent behind them. But with both teams desperately trying to fumble the game away, Indiana outlasted the Badgers in a [75-73](http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/playbyplay?gameId=401082388) double-overtime thriller. A thundering alley-oop fired up the home crowd and gave the underdog Hoosiers (+2.5) a 41-31 lead early in the second half, extending to 47-34 with 12:40 to play. But Wisconsin needed just five minutes to take the lead on a putback from Ethan Happ, who finished with a game-high 23 points. The teams traded buckets into the final seconds, when Rob Phinisee drove into the teeth of the defense and scooped a layup with eight ticks to go. A foul gave Wisconsin's D'Mitrik Trice two free throws to tie it (and hit the total of 124), and Phinisee missed a prayer at the buzzer. Fast forward to the final seconds of overtime, when Romeo Langford sliced through the defense for a layup to take a three-point lead with 20 seconds left -- only to be outdone by three-point dagger from Trice to tie it with 15 seconds left. Sound familiar? This should, too: with 15 seconds left in double overtime, Indiana's De'Ron Davis slipped a layup through contact take a three-point lead, but he missed the free throws...setting up Trice to draw a foul on a triple. He sank all three. Triple overtime? Not so fast. Three hours after tip-off, in his team's third chance to close the victory, Langford drove from end to end and floated the winner off the glass -- giving him 22 points and securing Indiana's first home win and second win overall in 55 days. <a href="https://twitter.com/SethTow/status/1100620252768096256" class="embedly-card" data-card-width="100%" data-card-controls="0">Embedded content: https://twitter.com/SethTow/status/1100620252768096256</a> ## Kentucky, UNC avoid colossal upsets No. 4 Kentucky (-15.5) and No. 5 North Carolina (-11) both entered Tuesday as massive favorites against middling conference foes. Both needed resilient second-half efforts to escape their home arenas with narrow wins despite falling short of the number. It looked worse for the Wildcats (24-4 SU, 16-12 ATS), who trailed by 11 at halftime and stared at a 15-point deficit to Arkansas (14-14 SU, 12-16 ATS) moments later. Cue the comeback, as Tyler Herro led the charge with 17 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to close out a [70-66 win](http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=401083019) and keep Kentucky tied for the SEC lead. The Tar Heels (23-5 SU, 17-8-3 ATS) faced their own scare against Syracuse (18-10 SU, 16-12 ATS), which built an early lead and held a slim halftime lead in North Carolina. But alas, a 15-3 run flipped momentum to Coby White (34 points) and UNC, which hit 34 of 37 free throws and fought off a determined charge from Tyus Battle (29 points) and co. for a [93-85 win](http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=401082799). __MORE:__ [Is North Carolina's price too good to ignore ahead of NCAA Tournament?](https://www.betchicago.com/ncaa-tournament-2019-odds-north-carolina-price) ## Iowa embarrassed at Ohio State We've warned you to [fade Iowa](https://www.betchicago.com/ncaa-tournament-2019-teams-bet-against) in the weeks before and during the NCAA Tournament. But oh boy... Tuesday was rough. The No. 22 Hawkeyes (21-7 SU, 12-16 ATS) were outshot from the field, the perimeter and the free-throw line against Ohio State (18-10 SU, 12-16 ATS), which outscored 54 of the final 89 points in an easy [90-70 win](http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=401082414) for only its second ATS win in the past five games. For Iowa, which closed as a 3.5-point underdog at Westgate, Tuesday's loss was the fifth in a row ATS despite three SU wins during that span. With seven conference losses, the Hawkeyes are officially eliminated from regular-season title contention despite a relatively easy final slate featuring two games against teams with losing records. The Buckeyes (8-9 Big Ten) have a shot to finish with a plus record in the conference, but they'd need a win over either Purdue or Wisconsin to do so. __MORE:__ [Why bettors should be worried about another Purdue collapse against the spread](https://www.betchicago.com/purdue-ats-odds-betting-basketball-carsen-edwards-tournament) ## West Virginia uses three overtimes to cover vs. TCU Nothing haunts the dreams of underdog spread bettors quite like overtime. On Tuesday, West Virginia (-4.5) needed three to punish those who took TCU and the points in an eventual [104-96 win](http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/game?gameId=401083471) for the home team. To be fair, the Mountaineers (10-17 SU, 8-18-1 ATS) led for much of the second half of regulation and held a six-point edge with 1:59 left. But two threes from the Horned Frogs (18-9 SU, 14-13 ATS) knotted things at 68. Neither team built more than a one-possession lead until the third overtime, when West Virginia buried two threes and a flurry of late free throws to blow the doors open and bring a merciful end to TCU spread bettors' tortured night. It was also a grisly loss for UNDER bettors, who felt self-assured with 148 seemingly out of reach until extra time doomed their hopes. Overtime, that fickle foe. __MORE:__ [TCU among teams to fade ahead of NCAA Tournament](https://www.betchicago.com/ncaa-tournament-2019-teams-bet-against) ## Wake Forest rallies to doom Miami bettors Things looked pretty good for those who had Miami (-5.5) through the first 30 minutes or so of Tuesday's ACC contest at Wake Forest. The Hurricanes (12-15 SU, 11-16 ATS) overcame an early deficit to build a 7-point halftime lead and a 14-point lead with 10 minutes left. Of course, you know where this is going. The Demon Deacons (11-16 SU, 11-16 ATS) rallied back behind free throws and three-pointers, trailing by as much as 10 points in the final two minutes before a 16-5 run -- with the final eight points courtesy of Brandon Childress -- lifted Wake Forest to a [76-75 home win](http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401082738). With it, the Demon Deacons (+200 ML) found their third win in their past 11 games (4-9 ATS), while the Hurricanes snapped a stretch of four ATS wins in five games. __MORE:__ [Daily college basketball betting coverage](https://www.betchicago.com/ncaa-basketball-betting)2019-02-27T02:52:50.314Z2019-02-26T21:52-05:00