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Duquesne vs. Fordham - 3/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fordham Rams (15-12) at Duquesne Dukes (15-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (A.J. Palumbo Center)

The Line: Duquesne Dukes -5 -- Over/Under: 149 See the Latest Odds

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The Fordham Rams will travel to the A.J. Palumbo Center to take on the Duquesne Dukes this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Fordham Rams won their 2nd straight game and improved 15-12 (6-10 A-10) on the season after defeating the Davidson Wildcats, 91-82, this past Saturday. Fordham was outstanding in the 2nd half offensively and outscored Davidson by a 56-48 margin in the 2nd half to help get the upset victory. Fordham shot 51.7% from the field and outrebounded Davison by a 36-30 margin. The Rams held the Wildcats to 43.3% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 14-11 margin. Leading the way for Fordham was Joseph Chartouny who had a double-double with 24 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. On the season, the Rams have been led by Ryan Rhoomes (14.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.9 bpg), Mandell Thomas (13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.4 spg), and Joseph Chartouny (10.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.1 spg). Offensively, Fordham is averaging 72.0 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rams average 7.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.12. Defensively, Fordham is holding their opponents to an average of 68.9 ppg on 44.2% shooting. The Rams have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

Duquesne vs. Fordham - 3/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Duquesne Dukes lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 15-14 (5-11 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Richmond Spiders, 83-67, this past Saturday. Duquesne was down by a 42-32 margin at halftime and allowed Richmond to go a 12-4 run midway through the 2nd half to put the game out of reach. Duquesne shot 40.0% from the field and 35.7% (10-28) from beyond the arc. The Dukes allowed the Spiders to shoot 52.7% from the field and 50.0% (11-22) from three-point range. Leading the way for Duquesne was Micah Mason who had 15 points, 7 assists, and 2 rebounds. On the season, the Dukes have been led by Micah Mason (17.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Derrick Colter (17.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg), and L.G. Gill (9.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg). Offensively, Duquesne is averaging 79.0 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field and 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Dukes average 9.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, Duquesne is allowing their opponents to average 77.5 ppg on 41.3% shooting. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 2.0 and have a turnover margin of -2.0.

The Rams are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Dukes are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.

Fordham has had a nice season under first year head coach Jeff Neubauer as although the Rams are just 6-10 in conference play, they were picked by most people to be the worst team in the A-10 this season. Duquesne continues to struggled on the defensive end as during their seven game losing streak the Dukes are allowing their opponents to average 85.4 ppg. Although Fordham is playing well as of late, the Rams are just 2-7 away from home this season averaging just 64.0 ppg on the road and as the Dukes have been averaging 82.5 ppg at home, I think Duquesne will snap their losing streak and cover this small spread. 

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