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Kentucky vs. Duke line, picks: Advanced computer college basketball model releases selections for season tip-off showdown

SportsLine's projection model generated selections for Tuesday's Champions Classic matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Duke Blue Devils
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The Duke Blue Devils and Kentucky Wildcats face off in a high-profile season opener as part of the 2021 Champions Classic at 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Duke is favored by three points at Caesars Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is set at 149 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page). 

Before making any Kentucky vs. Duke picks, you NEED to check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen HUGE returns.

The model knows Kentucky is deep and talented, with a number of high-profile transfers fitting alongside a strong incoming class of freshman standouts. The Wildcats struggled last season, but John Calipari's team was quite good in a few key areas a year ago. Kentucky was a top-five shot-blocking team in the country, and the Wildcats also made it difficult on opponents when it came to shooting efficiency. Kentucky was also an elite offensive rebounding team last season, grabbing nearly 33 percent of the team's missed shots off the rim.

The model also knows Duke is a talented team with sky-high upside. The Blue Devils are keyed by 6'10 freshman Paulo Banchero, who is widely projected as a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Banchero is a game-changer on both ends of the floor, and he is paired with returning standouts in Wendell Moore, Mark Williams and Jeremy Roach. The Blue Devils also bring back an infrastructure that led to a top-tier offensive efficiency mark last season, and Duke is brimming with talent. 

Now, it has set its sights on Kentucky vs. Duke. We can tell you the model is leaning under the total, and it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any college basketball picks.

Who wins Kentucky vs. Duke? And which side of the spread hits in well over 60 percent of simulations? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Kentucky vs. Duke spread you should be all over Tuesday, all from the model on a roll on college basketball picks!

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