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VCU vs. Duquesne - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duquesne Dukes (12-4) at VCU Rams (10-6)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Siegel Center)

The Line: VCU Rams -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Stadium

The Duquesne Dukes and VCU Rams meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

The Duquesne Dukes look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Duquesne Dukes are averaging 72.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 61.5 points on 42 percent shooting. Mike Lewis II is averaging 15.2 points and 1.1 assists while Eric Williams Jr. is averaging 14.3 points and 9.8 rebounds. Rene Castro-Caneddy is the third double-digit scorer and Tarin Smith is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Duquesne Dukes are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Duquesne Dukes are allowing 28 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Duquesne Dukes have lost eight of their last nine road games.

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VCU vs. Duquesne - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The VCU Rams look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The VCU Rams are averaging 78.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Justin Tillman is averaging 18.2 points and nine rebounds while De'Riante Jenkins is averaging 13.6 points and 2.8 assists. Issac Vann is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathan Williams is dishing 6.3 assists. The VCU Rams are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.6 percent from the free throw line. The VCU Rams are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The VCU Rams have won eight of their last 10 home games.

The Dukes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic 10 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rams are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games. The under is 4-1 in Rams last 5 home games and the under is 6-0 in Dukes last 6 overall.

The VCU Rams aren't the same VCU Rams of old, as the defensive pressure isn't the same and teams feel they can have more success than in the past. That's true, but the Duquesne Dukes simply aren't a good offensive team to begin with, so I'm not sure that logic applies to them. The Dukes have been held under 70 points in five of their last six games, and that's without playing great defensive clubs. VCU should be able to open this game up in the second half.

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