Saint Louis Billikens vs. Duquesne Dukes - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duquesne Dukes (6-8) at Saint Louis Billikens (8-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chaifetz Arena)
The Line: Saint Louis Billikens -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Chaifetz Arena and the Saint Louis Billikens shoot for a win over A-10 rival the Duquesne Dukes.
The Duquesne Dukes can score the basketball at more then 71 points but the defensive end of the floor allows almost as much which is why this team is team is looking at a 6-8 record. The Dukes fell to 1-2 in the Atlantic Ten in an excruciating 61-60 defeat at the hands of visiting Rhode Island on Saturday as an eight point home dog. The Dukes led by eight before the Rams caught fire in the second half. The home team held a 43%-37% shooting advantage with URI holding an 8-4 edge on three pointers. Micah Mason was the Dukes top scoring option with 18 points on 6-9 from the field while Derrick Holter and Dominique McKoy added 15 points and ten points with the starting five accounting for all but eleven points.
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At this point in the season it's obvious the Saint Louis Billikens aren't the talent laden giant they were from year's past with a decent defense unable to overcome an offense that produces only 61 points. The Billikens have dropped four in a row to sit at 8-8 and 0-3 in the conference after falling to Davidson on the road by an 89-54 count as a 14 point underdog. The Wildcats were never in danger with a 14 point lead at the half while keeping the pedal to the metal until the end. In a nutshell the Billikens struggled offensively at 40% and Davidson did not at 55% including a 12-22 effort on threes. Milik Yarbrough paced the Billikens with 18 points on 7-11 while Davell Robey and Tanner Lancona netting eleven and eight points.
The Dukes are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. Duquesne are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. Atlantic 10. The Billikens are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. St Louis are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall and 5-17-1 ATS in their last 23 home games. Both teams struggle to win but Duquesne has played well lately and I'll take the points...