American Eagles (2-4) vs. Duquesne Dukes (2-4)
November 28, 2021 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Duquesne Dukes -10.5 / American Eagles +10.5; Over/Under: +134
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The American Eagles and the Duquesne Dukes meet in college basketball action from UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon.
The American Eagles will be out to bounce back from a 98-67 win over UMBC last time out. Stacy Beckton Jr. leads the Eagles in scoring and rebounding with 13 PPG and 4.5 RPG as the lone double-digit scorer for American up to this point in the season. Johnny O’Neil has 9.8 PPG with 3.7 RPG and Colin Smalls has a team-high 2.5 APG as well this season. As a team, American is averaging 66 PPG on 42.4% shooting from the field, 27.9% from three and 66.7% from the foul line while allowing 79 PPG on 50% shooting from the field and 40.3% from three this season.
The Duquesne Dukes will look to build on a78-70 win over Bradley in their last game. Kevin Easley leads the Dukes in scoring with 12.7 PPG along with 6.7 RPG while Tre Williams has 12 PPG with a team-high 7.5 RPG to lead the Dukes on the glass. Amir Spears has 11.3 PPG with a team-high 2.5 APG and Leon Ayers III has 10.7 PPG with 4.2 RPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Duquesne this season. As a team, Duquesne is averaging 67.3 PPG on 39% shooting from the field, 31.1% from three and 71.3% from the foul line while allowing 70.3 PPG on 47% shooting from the field and 34.8% from three this season.
American is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record. Duquesne is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
I get the case that could be made for American and the points, but I still have some PTSD from backing the Eagles against Georgetown earlier this season, a game that the Eagles were doing well in before absolutely crumbling. Just one of multiple performances of American’s on the road were the Eagles were just blown out. Duquesne doesn’t normally blow teams away, but they’re the much better defensive team here and should be able to pull away in the second half.