Fordham Rams (9-22) at Duquesne Dukes (21-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: Duquesne Dukes -9 -- Over/Under: 127 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Duquesne Dukes and the Fordham Rams meet in an A-10 conference tournament second round matchup from the Barclays Center on Thursday night.
The Fordham Rams enter the 2nd round fresh off of a 72-52 beatdown win over George Washington in the first round. Antwon Portley leads the Rams with 10.4 PPG while Jalen Cobb has 10.2 PPG and a team-high 2.3 APG this season. Joel Soriano also leads the Rams in rebounding with an average of 6.4 RPG this season. As a team, Fordham is averaging 58.1 points on 38% shooting from the field, 31.7% from 3-point range and 65.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62 points on 40.2% shooting from the field and 30.4% from 3-point range this season.
The Duquesne Dukes enter the conference tournament as the as the #6 seed, finishing the year with an 11-7 conference record and missing out on the #5 seed after a head-to-head tiebreaker loss to St. Bonaventure. Marcus Weathers leads Duquesne in scoring and rebounding with 14.3 PPG and 8.1 RPG while Sincere Carry has 12.2 PPG and a team-high 5.3 APG this season. Michael Hughes has 10.3 PPG and Tavian Dunn-Martin is right behind with 10.2 PPG for the Dukes this season. As a team, Duquesne is averaging 71.5 points on 44.3% shooting from the field, 31.8% from 3-point range and 70.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.4 points on 42.5% shooting from the field and 30.1% from 3-point range this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 9-1-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
I get Duquesne being favored here as the Dukes are the better team and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fordham run out of gas here. However, the Rams have been holding their own lately, outscoring teams by 4.4 points per game and holding opponents to just 63.6 PPG while Duquesne has given up 77 PPG over their last 5 games respectively. I’m not sure Fordham wins another one outright, but we’ve seen these lower seeds give the rested higher seeds a run in a lot of the conference tournaments so far this year, and the two meetings between the Dukes and the Rams were decided by five and two points respectively. I’ll take a shot with Fordham and the points in this one.