Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Duquesne Dukes - 12/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duquesne Dukes (3-5) at Pittsburgh Panthers (6-1)
College Basketball: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Consol Energy Center)
The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Neighborhood rivals the Duquesne Dukes and the Pittsburgh Panthers settle their differences in college basketball Friday.
The Atlantic Ten will likely be a top heavy conference with plenty of strong teams sprinkled in throughout the top half of the standings. At 3-5 the Duquesne Dukes goals are at least a .500 record and a finish somewhere in the top half of the league. The Dukes need some momentum after an 81-72 loss to visiting UMBC has the team staring at defeats in four of five. The Retrievers were up nine at the half and traded baskets the rest of the way with Duquesne holding a 49%-47.5% but sinking fewer threes and free throws. Rene Castro led the Dukes with 15 points with Emile Blackman scoring 12 and snagging five yanks while Tarin Smith and Mike Lewis II combined for 21 points.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers have built an early 6-1 record and they haven’t faced all pushovers. The Panthers have won four in a row after downing Maryland 73-59 on the road Tuesday as a 4.5 point underdog. Pitt took a 21 point lead in to the break and held off the Terrapins the rest of the way with a 46%-34% shooting edge and eleven more makes at the line providing the final margin. Michael Young led the Panthers with a game high 25 points and nine rebounds on 7-17 with Jamel Artis netting 22 points and snaring six boards on 8-15 while Cameron Johnson tossed in another eleven points but the key for Pitt was their solid 18-23 effort from the line which won the game.
The over is 6-1-1 in Duquesne last 8 Friday games. The Over is 9-3 in Pittsburgh last 12 neutral site games and the over is 9-3 in Pittsburgh last 12 Friday games while Pittsburgh are 21-43-2 ATS in their last 66 games overall. Duquesne are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the favorite is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
If Pittsburgh plays their game for 40 minutes they have the potential to put up some numbers…