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Duquesne vs. Pittsburgh - 12/1/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Panthers (3-4) at Duquesne Dukes (2-2)

College Basketball: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)

The Line: Duquesne Dukes +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Duquesne Dukes will travel to PPG Paints Arena to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Duquesne Dukes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-2 on the season after being defeated by the Cornell Big Red, 78-71, this past Monday night. Duquesne held a slim35-32 lead at halftime however, couldn’t fight back after a 15-3 Cornell run gave the Big Red a 65-53 lead with just 6:02 left in regulation. Duquesne shot just 34.9 from the field while allowing Cornell to shoot 56.4% from the field in the loss. Leading the way for the Dukes was Rene Castro-Caneddy who had 26 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Duquesne is averaging 71.8 ppg on 37.9% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 27.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Duquesne has been led by Rene Castro-Caneddy (20.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Eric Williams  Jr. (13.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.3 spg), Tarin Smith (12.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Mike Lewis II (12.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 spg). Defensively, Duquesne is allowing their opponents to average 68.8 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of 4.5.

Duquesne vs. Pittsburgh - 12/1/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Panthers won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 3-4 on the season after defeating the High Point Panthers, 71-63, this past Tuesday. Pittsburgh found themselves in a tight game mid-way through the 2nd half as they were trailing by a 47-44 margin with 9:06 remaining, however, pulled away late after an 8-2 gave Pittsburgh a 63-55 lead with just :43 seconds left in regulation. Pittsburgh held High Point to just 37.3% shooting from the field and 18.2% (2-11) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Ryan Luther who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, and a steal. On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 68.9 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pittsburgh has been led by Jared Wilson-Frame (14.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.0 apg). Ryan Luther (13.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Marcus Carr (10.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.9 apg), and Shamiel Stevenson (9.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -5.0 and a turnover margin of -3.1.

The Dukes are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss. The Panthers are 14-31-1 ATS in their last 46 non-conference games and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Duquesne made a great hire in Keith Dambrot over the offseason, however, this is most likely going to be a rebuilding year for the Dukes as they lost a lot of their talent and currently struggle on the offensive end as they rank 339th in FG% and 333rd in 3P-FG%. Pittsburgh is also in rebuilding mode as outside of Ryan Luther, the Panthers are quite young and it’s been a struggle in many areas for the Panthers so far this season as they rank 284th in scoring, 307th in rebound margin, and T-309th in turnover margin. Both of these teams struggle on the offensive end however, as the Dukes have had some success on defense and has caused teams to turnover the ball, I think Duquesne does enough to keep this one within the number.  

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