Duquesne Dukes vs. Davidson Wildcats - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Davidson Wildcats (22-6) at Duquesne Dukes (11-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (A.J. Palumbo Center)
The Line: Duquesne Dukes +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: American Network
The Davidson Wildcats will travel to the A.J. Palumbo Center to take on the Duquesne Dukes this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Davidson Wildcats improved to 22-6 (13-4 A-10) on the season after defeating the VCU Rams, 82-55, this past Thursday. Davidson shot 50.9% from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Tyler Kalinoski who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Davidson is ranked 30th in the RPI Standings and has played the 121st ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Tyler Kalinoski (16.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Jack Gibbs (15.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.9 apg). Davidson is averaging 79.6 ppg (ranked 7th) on 46.9% shooting (ranked 37th). The Wildcats average 10.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 3rd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.74 (ranked 1st). Davidson is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg (ranked 233rd) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 207th). The Wildcats are holding teams to 29.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 13th) and have a turnover margin of 2.1 (ranked 49th).
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The Duquesne Dukes improved to 11-17 (6-11 A-10) on the season after defeating the Fordham Rams, 81-66, this past Wednesday. Duquesne shot 49.1% from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Dukes was Dominique McKoy who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Duquesne is ranked 224th in the RPI Standings and has played the 109th ranked SOS. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Derrick Colter (13.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.7 apg) and Micah Mason (12.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg). Duquesne is averaging 72.1 ppg (ranked 67th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 91st). The Dukes average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 44th) on 36.6% three-point shooting (ranked 79th). Duquesne is holding their opponents to an average of 73.9 ppg (ranked 327th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 191st). The Dukes pull down 36.25 total rpg (ranked 83rd) and have a turnover margin of -1.3 (ranked 270th).
The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Dukes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Davidson make a big statement by dominating the VCU Rams and extended their current winning streak to 8 games in which they are beating their opponents by an average of 14.38 ppg in that span. Duquesne looked impressive against Fordham and will have to hope they can repeat their performance in defending the three-pointer as they held Fordham to just 19.4% on 6 of 31 shooting. Davidson has been on a roll and with a chance to win an outright A-10 title still on the line, I don't see them taking it easy on the Dukes in this one. Davidson defeated Duquesne by 26 in their first match-up about a month ago and as they are great ATS against weaker competition, I think that they'll be able to win this one by double-digits. Take Davidson to cover.