The Duquesne Dukes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Pinnacle Bank Arena. Duquesne is sitting at 4-1 so far this year. The Dukes are coming off a Friday win over Rider. As for Nebraska, they’re an undefeated 5-0 on the season after a blowout win over Oregon State. You're welcome to check out our Duquesne vs Nebraska Prediction.
The Dukes kicked off the year with three straight wins, starting with a close 79-77 escape versus Cleveland State. Duquesne would then beat Charleston 90-72 and Stony Brook 85-63 before taking a close loss to Princeton 70-67. The Dukes fell behind 37-31 at the break in that one and couldn’t make up the gap.
In their latest matchup versus Rider on Friday, Duquesne got back into the win column with a dominant effort. The Dukes took a 37-22 lead into the locker room and finished off with 40 more points in a 77-58 result. Dae Dae Grant topped the team on 23 points and four rebounds. Jimmy Clark added 14 points with five rebounds.
Over on the Nebraska side, they’ve been rolling along nicely this year with double-digit wins in all five games so far. The Cornhuskers beat Lindenwood, Florida A&M, Rider and Stony Brook in their first quartet. A 55 percent shooting effort and a 48-31 rebounding edge helped propel Nebraska over the Seawolves.
In game five versus Oregon State back on Saturday, Nebraska kept it going. The Cornhuskers notched an 84-63 win thanks to 44 points in the first half. Brice Williams notched 25 points to lead the way, and both Rienk Mast (15 points; 13 rebounds) and Juwan Gary (12 points; 10 rebounds) doubled up.
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I’ll stick with Nebraska here. The Cornhuskers have been on a dominant run so far this year—but to be fair they haven’t really gotten into the meat of their schedule just yet. Nebraska is coming off a very nice effort versus a decent Oregon State team, logging 46.2 percent shooting, a 44-31 rebounding edge (17-9 offensive) and just six turnovers.
As for Duquesne, they did a nice job knocking off an overmatched Rider team in their last outing. The Dukes shot a solid 45.6 percent from the field in that one with 42 rebounds. Wednesday’s matchup will mark a significant uptick in opposition however, and I don’t think the Dukes will keep the pace.