Rhode Island at Duquesne 2/27/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Duquesne Dukes (7-8) vs Rhode Island Rams (10-13)
Game Info: Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm (UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: Duquesne Dukes +1 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Rhode Island faces Duquesne on Saturday, February 27th at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse for an NCAA basketball A10 matchup.
Rhode Island is coming off a 78-70 loss to George Washington in its last game on the road on February 21st. Rhode Island caught George Washington at the perfect time, as the Colonials had been off for over a month before playing Rhode Island. Rhode Island, however, was not ready for GWU in that one, and the Rams suffered their 9th conference loss of the season. Rhode Island is 10-13 overall and 7-9 in A10 play this season. Rhode Island's leading scorer so far this season has been G Fatts Russell, who has scored 14.5 points per game for the Rams. Rhode Island as a team has scored 71.3 points per game and has shot the ball at a 44.1% clip from the field. Rhode Island has also allowed 69.9 points per game to its opponents as well.
Duquesne is coming off an 85-65 loss to La Salle in its last game on the road on February 24th. Duquesne was a 4-point favorite and that game, therefore the 20-point loss came as a shock for the Dukes. Duquesne has now lost two straight games, as its other loss came on the road to Richmond by seven points. Duquesne is 7-8 overall and 6-7 in A10 play this season, putting the team just ahead of Rhode Island in the conference standings. Duquesne's leading scorer so far this season has been F Marcus Weathers, who has scored 15.3 points per game for the Dukes. Duquesne as a team has scored 66.2 points per game and has shot the ball at a 41.7% clip from the field. Duquesne has also allowed 66.4 points per game to its opponents as well.
Rhode Island opens as a 1-point favorite and the total is set at 134.5. I lean to the under in this game, but I believe the better play is on Rhode Island. Both of these teams are defense first, but Rhode Island has a lot more scoring options and I think holds the edge between these two teams.