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George Washington vs. Duquesne - A-10 Tournament - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duquesne Dukes (12-18) vs. George Washington Colonials (20-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: George Washington Colonials -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Duquesne Dukes and George Washington Colonials will face off at the Barclays Center this Thursday night in the 2nd round of the A-10 Tournament.

The Duquesne Dukes (12-18) used a big second half to defeat the Saint Louis Billikens 61-55 last night to advance in the A-10 Tournament. Duquesne earned the 11 seed in the A-10 Tournament with a 6-12 conference record. Duquesne was able shoot 44.2% from the field to overcome the 18 turnovers they committed in the victory. Leading the way for the Dukes was Micah Mason who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Duquesne is ranked 224th in the RPI Standings and has played the 97th ranked SOS. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Derrick Colter (13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.7 apg) and Micah Mason (12.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg). Duquesne is averaging 72.3 ppg (ranked 59th) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 85th). The Dukes average 7.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 41st) on 36.7% three-point shooting (ranked 74th). Duquesne is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg (ranked 338th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 217th). The Dukes average 36.07 total rpg (ranked 90th) and have a turnover margin of -1.2 (ranked 262nd).

George Washington vs. Duquesne - A-10 Tournament - 3/12/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The George Washington Colonials finished the regular season with a 20-11 record and earned the 6 seed in the A-10 Tournament with a 10-8 conference record. George Washington started off the season strong which included winning the Diamond Head Classic in December, however ran into some offensive struggles in the 2nd-half of the season and at one point loss 6 of 7 games. The Colonials are ranked 79th in the RPI Standings and has played the 161st ranked SOS. George Washington’s biggest wins of the season have come against Wichita State, Richmond, and UMass.

George Washington is averaging 67.3 ppg (ranked 178th) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 113th). The Colonials average 5.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 264th) on 35.4% three-point shooting (ranked 121st). George Washington commits 12.5 turnovers per game (ranked 171st) and shoots 68.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 216th). Defensively, George Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 61.3 ppg (ranked 47th) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 55th). The Colonials average 15.5 personal fouls per game (ranked 19th) and hold teams to 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 48th). George Washington pulls down 36.48 total rpg (ranked 69th) and has a rebound margin of 4.3 (ranked 52nd). On the season, the Colonials have been led by Patricio Garino (12.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.8 spg) and Kevin Larsen (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 apg).

The Dukes are 12-26-2 ATS in their last 40 games following a S.U. win and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games. The Colonials are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

George Washington and Duquesne split their regular season series as George Washington won 74-59 at home and lost 78-62 at Duquesne. George Washington has had a great defense all year and their struggles have mostly come on the offensive end. Duquesne can score but can have real issues on the defensive end as evident with the 107 points they gave up against Davidson less than a week ago. George Washington was able to get a couple wins to finished off their regular season and looks as if they solved their offensive slump by putting up 87 points against a weak UMass defensive. If this was two weeks ago, I would probably go with Duquesne and the points, however, George Washington has started to look like the team that started off the season 12-3 and I think they get the job done against Duquesne. This is alot of points for a George Washington team to cover however, I think they'll will this one by double digits. Take Geroge Washington to cover.

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George Washington Colonials -9

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