Richmond Spiders (23-7) at Duquesne Dukes (21-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Duquesne Dukes +1 -- Over/Under: 143 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Richmond Spiders and the Duquesne Dukes meet in A-10 college hoops action from PPG Paints Arena on Friday night.
The Richmond Spiders will try to finish the season strong in 2nd in the A-10 standings, sitting at 13-4 in conference play after winning 3 straight and 8 of their last 9 games following an 80-63 win over Davidson last time out. Blake Francis leads Richmond in scoring with 17.5 PPG while Grant Golden has 13.4 PPG and a team-high 6.9 RPG while Jacob Gilyard has 13 PPG and a team-high 5.6 APG this season. Nick Sherod is 4th in scoring for the Spiders with 12.7 PPG this season. As a team, Richmond is averaging 75.4 points on 46.8% shooting from the field, 36.4% from behind the arc and 77.6% from the foul line while allowing 66.9 points on 41.7% shooting from the field and 30.3% from 3-point range this season. Richmond is 8-3 straight up and 5-6 against the spread on the road this season.
The Duquesne Dukes will try to climb out of a logjam in the middle of the A-10, sitting at 11-6 in conference play after a 3rd straight victory in the form of an 80-77 win over VCU last time out. Marcus Weathers leads the Dukes in scoring and rebounding with 14.4 PPG and 7.9 RPG while Sincere Carry is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 12.4 PPG and 5.3 APG this season. Michael Hughes and Tavian Dunn-Martin each have 10+ PPG for the Dukes this season. As a team, Duquesne is averaging 71.9 points on 44.6% shooting from the field, 31.8% from 3-point range and 71.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.2 points on 42.5% shooting from the field and 30.1% from 3-point range this season. Duquesne is 10-3 straight up and 6-7 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.
Duquesne and a free point given their play at home this season is tempting, but I think it speaks volumes that Richmond is favored on the road here. The Spiders have just been playing better basketball over the last month, winning 8 of the last 9 games and to be honest, side-by-side, I think that Richmond is the better team. I’ll lay the point with Richmond on the road here.