Duquesne vs. Richmond - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Richmond Spiders (23-7) at Duquesne Dukes (21-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Duquesne Dukes 0 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Richmond Spiders (23-7, 13-4 A10) travel to Pittsburgh, PA to face the Duquesne Dukes (21-8, 11-6 A10) in an Atlantic-10 showdown at the A.J. Palumbo Center. The last time these teams met on January 16, 2019, Duquesne beat Richmond 74-68 as a 3-point road underdog.
Richmond is 8-2 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games. Richmond is 6-2 straight up and 4-4 against the spread in conference road games this season. On the road, Richmond averages 72.2 points per game and allows 69.6 points per game to opponents, and Richmond has shot 44.2% from the field, 32.6% from 3 and 74.6% from the free-throw line in those games.
Richmond has won 8 of their last 9 games and won their last game at home 80-63 over Davidson as 6-point home favorites. Richmond is ranked 49th by KenPom, with the 53rd ranked offense and 65th ranked defense in the country. Richmond has 4 players who average double-digit scoring and is led by Junior guard Blake Francis, who averages 17.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2 assists per game, and Junior forward Grant Golden, who averages 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Duquesne is 6-4 straight up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games. Duquesne has gone 5-3 straight up and 3-5 against the spread in conference home games this season. At home, Duquesne has scored 73.4 points per game and surrendered 64.2 points per game to opponents, and Duquesne has shot 45.9% from the field, 32.7% from 3 and 74.6% from the free-throw line in those games.
Duquesne has won 3 consecutive games, and the Dukes won their last game 80-77 as 5 ½-point road underdogs against VCU. Duquesne is ranked 91st by KenPom, with the 82nd ranked offense and 112th ranked defense in the nation. Duquesne has 4 players who average double-digit scoring and is led by Junior forward Marcus Weathers, who averages 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, and Junior center Michael Hughes, who averages 10.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
Richmond is 8-2 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 match-ups with Duquesne, 6 of which went over the betting total. The over is 5-5 in the last 10 games for Richmond and 8-2 in the last 10 for Duquesne.
Both of these teams have had strong seasons in the Atlantic 10 conference, and Duquesne is coming off an emotional overtime victory on the road over VCU. I like the Dukes to continue their momentum and win on Senior Night, so I’ll side with Duquesne.