Duquesne Dukes vs. Cleveland State Vikings - 11/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland State Vikings (1-3) at Duquesne Dukes (2-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm (A.J. Palumbo Center)
The Line: Duquesne Dukes -5.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cleveland State Vikings face off with the Duquesne Dukes on Sunday afternoon as part of the Bluegrass Showcase.
The Cleveland State Vikings could use a confidence win after dropping 3 of their first 4 games to start the season, most recently a 101-70 thumping courtesy of the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. The Vikings' leading scorer, Rob Edwards put up 28 points on 12 of 21 from the field, including a pair of threes. Bobby Ward came up second, as the only other Cleveland State player to record at least 10 points in the loss, scoring 14 on 4 of 11 with a 3 threes on the night. Evan Clayborne may not find his name on the score sheet as he failed to register a point, however he was able to pull down a team-high 5 boards on the night. As mentioned before, Rob Edwards leads Cleveland State, averaging 19.8 points per game while Jibri Blount leads the Vikings in rebounds per game with 5, and Kasheem Thomas is tops in assists with 4.8 helpers per game. As a team, Cleveland State is putting up 71.2 points per game on 41.4% from the field, 31.8% from behind the arc and 69.6% from the foul line.
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The Duquesne Dukes desperately need a win to avoid a four-game losing streak. They lost their 3rd in a row by narrowly falling to the UTM Skyhawks by a final score of 66-63. Duquesne's leading scorer this season, Tarin Smith, made just 1 of his 6 field goal attempts in the game for just 3 points. Stepping up to lead the Dukes was Emile Blackman, who poured in a team-high 19 points on 8 of 15 shooting with a 3-pointer. Coming up behind Blackman was Isiaha Mike, who put in 16 of his own on 6 of 13. Rene Castro made good use of his 16 minutes of floor time, logging 11 points as the only other Duke to finish in double figures scoring on the night. Tarin Smith leads Duquesne with 12.5 points and 3.3 assists per game this season, while Darius Lewis is the team's top rebounding man, pulling in 6.5 boards per game. As a team, Duquesne is scoring 71.2 points per game on 41.9% from the floor, 30.4% from 3-point range and 72.8% from the charity stripe. Cleveland State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 vs. the A-10. Duquesne is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Horizon League and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-0-1 in their last 5 non-conference games.
This is a hard game to pick as both teams are almost identical in terms of their offense and both have looked awful in this tournament. However, stepping down from the best team in the country in your last game to a team like Duquesne will be a welcome sight for Cleveland State.
It's the slightest of leans, but I'll side with Cleveland State.