VCU Rams (10-4) vs. Duquesne Dukes (11-4)
January 4, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Duquesne Dukes -1.5 / VCU Rams +1.5; Over/Under: +136.5
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The VCU Rams and Duquesne Dukes meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. The VCU Rams look for their 11th win. The Duquesne Dukes look for their 12th win.
The VCU Rams are averaging 69.4 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 63.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Adrian Baldwin Jr. is averaging 13 points and 2 rebounds, while Brandon Johns Jr. is averaging 11.8 points and 0.5 assists. Jamir Watkins is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen DeLoach is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The VCU Rams are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The VCU Rams are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game.
The Duquesne Dukes are averaging 74.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Dae Dae Grant is averaging 17 points and 4.4 rebounds, while Jimmy Clark III is averaging 11.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Tre Williams is dishing 1.5 assists and Joe Reece is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Duquesne Dukes are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Duquesne Dukes are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game.
The Rams are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-10-2 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Dukes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 11-5 in Rams last 16 Wednesday games. The under is 5-1 in Dukes last 6 overall.
This is a statement game for the Duquesne Dukes, who are off to a fine start, and you can expect the place to be rocking at home. VCU hasn’t had success on the road yet and isn’t as talented as it’s been in past years. Duquesne wins at home by an average of 8.8 points and holds teams under 43 percent shooting. At home, I’ll lay the bucket.