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Saint Joseph's vs. Duquesne - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duquesne Dukes (15-11) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (11-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Hagan Arena)

The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: A10 NETWORK

Coming from Hagan Arena on Saturday, the Duquesne Dukes and the Saint Joseph’s Hawks will be be bringing action on the college basketball circuit. 

Duquesne enters this game with a 15-11 record overall. The Dukes have lost five of their last six games, and fell to Fordham on Saturday. In that one, Duquesne forward Kellon Taylor managed 13 points. 

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Saint Joseph's vs. Duquesne - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Mike Lewis is the top Duquesne scorer with 15.3 PPG, and Eric Williams has 14.3 PPG and 8.8 RPG for second. Also in double-figures for the Dukes this season are Rene Castro-Caneddy (13.4 PPG) and Tarin Smith (12.5 PPG). 

St. Joseph’s comes into this one with an 11-14 record overall. The Hawks have won their last two games, taking out Fordham on Wednesday. In that one, St. Joseph’s forward James Demery put up 20 points. 

Tops in scoring for Saint Joseph’s is Demery, with 17.4 PPG and 5.6 RPG, while close behind is Shavar Newkirk (17.2 PPG). Also in double-figures for the Hawks is Taylor Funk with 12.3 PPG to his credit this season. 

The Dukes are 6-1 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS loss. Duquesne is also 4-1 ATS in the last five following a double-digit loss at home and 5-2 ATS in the last seven following a straight-up loss. 

Meanwhile, St. Joseph’s is 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up win. The Hawks are also 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight versus the Atlantic 10. 

St. Joseph’s has some decent scorers on their roster this year, so it’s a little puzzling how their offense can go into a prolonged slumber. That said, the Hawks have managed a total of 156 points across their last two games. I think the Dukes are talented enough to keep up here and cover, however, so I’ll take Duquesne.

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