Penn State Nittany Lions (5-5) at Duquesne Dukes (8-2)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 19, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Duquesne Dukes +6 -- Over/Under: 136
CBS Sports Network
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Duquesne Dukes will face off at PPG Paints Arena this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Penn State Nittany Lions dropped to 5-5 (0-2 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the NC State Wolfpacks, 89-78, this past Saturday. Penn State had no answers on the defensive end agianst NC State and couldn’t fight back after a 12-0 Wolfpack run gave NC State an 80-64 lead with 3:31 left in regulation. Penn State shot just 42.2% from the field while allowing NC State to shoot 60.7% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Nittany Lions was Rasir Bolton who had 25 points, 3 steals, and an assist.
On the season, Penn State is averaging 70.4 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Nittany Lions are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Penn State has been led by Lamar Stevens (19.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.7 apg), Rasir Bolton (14.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), Josh Reaves (10.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.8 spg), and Myles Dread (8.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Penn State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Nittany Lions have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Duquesne Dukes won their 4th straight game and improved to 8-2 on the season after defeating the Maine Black Bears, 72-46, this past Sunday. Duquesne had little trouble taking care of business against Maine and easily cruised to victory after taking a 40-16 halftime lead. Duquesne held Maine to just 36.0% from the field and forced the Black Bears into committing 25 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Dukes was Marcus Weathers who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Duquesne is averaging 75.1 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Duquesne has been led by Michael Hughes (13.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Eric Williams Jr. (12.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), Sincere Carry (10.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.8 spg), and Marcus Weathers (9.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg).
Defensively, Duquesne is allowing their opponents to average 69.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Nittany Lions are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 neutral site games, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Dukes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. Big Ten opponents.
Penn State is a solid defensive team that has picked up a big win over Virginia Tech earlier this season, however, for the Nittany Lions to have success this season, they need to improve on an offense that ranks T-276th in scoring offense and 292nd in FG%. Duquesne is a dangerous team in the A-10 this season as they brought back a bunch of experience and have a balanced team that ranks T-166th in scoring offense and T-114th in scoring defense. Duquesne isn’t a team that Penn State should take lightly as the Dukes already have solid victories over Radford & Marshall and as I think the Dukes defense will keep this game close, I’m taking Duquesne and the points.