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UMass vs. Duquesne - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Duquesne Dukes (16-14) at UMass Minutemen (11-19)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Mullins Center)

The Line: UMass Minutemen -1 -- Over/Under: 142 See the Latest Odds

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The finale’ of the A-10 college basketball regular season pits the Duquesne Dukes against the Massachusetts Minutemen.

The Duquesne Dukes were in the running for a spot in the top half of the Atlantic Ten before a six game slide ended those hopes. Duquesne ended the cold streak with a 76-69 win versus visiting Saint Louis with a 56.5%-47.8% shooting edge being decisive. 

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UMass vs. Duquesne - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Dukes leaned on Tyler Verhoeven and he responded with 21 points and four blocks on 7-7 followed by Eric Williams Jr. with 20 points and eleven rebounds on 7-12. Duquesne saw ten points from Mike Lewis II while Tarin Smith added seven points and five assists. 

It hasn’t been a banner year for the Massachusetts Minutemen who have been struggling at the defensive end of the floor. Massachusetts has dropped six straight following a 90-65 defeat at Richmond where the Spiders connected at 57.1% and totaled eight more shots to outdistance the 41.8% shooting Minutemen. 

CJ Anderson was the top UMass weapon with 22 points on 8-12 including 4-4 from long range followed by Luwane Pipkins with 14 points on 5-17. The Minutemen received eleven points from Carl Pierre on 3-13 while Malik Hines went 4-4 for eight points.

Over is 10-3 in Duquesne last 13 overall and over is 10-3 in Duquesne last 13 vs. Atlantic 10 and Duquesne are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. Over is 10-1 in UMass last 11 overall and over is 10-1 in UMass last 11 vs. Atlantic 10 and UMass are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games. Over is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings. 

These teams play a ton of overs against everybody so I’m inclined to ride that trend…

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