Richmond Spiders vs. Duquesne Dukes - 3/13/14 Atlantic 10 First Round
Duquesne Dukes (13-16) at Richmond Spiders (18-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Richmond Spiders -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Duquesne Dukes and Richmond Spiders will play Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. When these teams played on February 12, the Spiders won in a 75-58 beat down.
That’s basically how the second half of the season has gone for the Dukes, as they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games. On the season, they average 73.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allow 73.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. They’re led by one of the best scorers in the conference in senior forward Ovie Soko, who averages 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. He’s the heart and soul of a team that can go in serious scoring droughts, which includes 67.1 percent shooting from the charity stripe. The Dukes are 12-5-3 ATS overall.
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The Spiders ended their regular season on a four-game losing streak. On the year, they average 66.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allow 65 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Junior guard Kendall Anthony has had to carry the team since Cedrick Lindsay went down with injury, and he’s done a good job by scoring at least 20 points in three of his last four games. The problem is there hasn’t been much help besides him. The Spiders shoot just 66.8 percent from the free throw line and average just 32.5 rebounds. They are 12-16-2 ATS overall.
The Dukes are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games, while the Spiders are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these two teams, while the Dukes are 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
While most of the stats and trends lean towards the Dukes, Richmond is the better team and has the better athletes. They destroyed the Dukes in the previous meeting and should be able to do just enough to cover the small chalk.
Winning by three or so won’t be an issue.