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Duquesne vs. VCU - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Virginia Commonwealth Rams (14-3) at Duquesne Dukes (6-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm (A.J. Palumbo Center)

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

TV: CBS Sports Network

The VCU Rams and Duquesne Dukes square off Saturday at the A.J. Palumbo Center.

The VCU Rams have won nine straight games and are playing their sixth true road game. On the season, VCU is averaging 76.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 66.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 17.1 points and 6.9 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 13.9 points and two assists. Briante Weber is dishing 4.8 assists and Terry Larrier is shooting 38.6 percent from the field. The VCU Rams continue to get the job done defensively, as they’re allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 65 or less points in seven of their last eight games. Offensively, VCU is shooting 62.1 percent from the line and 36.7 percent from downtown. The VCU Rams are 4-1 SU on the road.

Duquesne vs. VCU - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Duquesne Dukes have lost four of their last six games and play their first ranked opponent. On the season, Duquesne is averaging 71.4 points on 45.3 percent shooting and is allowing 70.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Derrick Colter is averaging 12.4 points and 3.2 assists while Micah Mason is averaging 10.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Jordan Stevens is dishing 2.6 assists and TySean Powell is shooting 62.5 percent from the field. The Duquesne Dukes have eight players averaging at least 5.3 points while they’re shooting 58.8 percent from the line and 37.8 percent from downtown. Defensively, Duquesne is allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in five of its last six games. Duquesne is 5-4 SU on its home court this season.

The Rams are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Atlantic 10. The Dukes are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Atlantic 10. 

VCU should win this game in a blowout, as Duquesne doesn't have the weapons to break the Rams press consistently and score enough points. 

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