Duquesne at St. Bonaventure: 3/5/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Duquesne at St. Bonaventure: 3/5/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

St. Bonaventure Bonnies (13-4) vs Duquesne Dukes (9-8)

Game Info: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11:00 am (Stuart Siegel Center)

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The Duquesne Dukes and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies will square off at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in the Quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship this Friday morning.

The finished their regular season with an overall record of 8-8 and earned the 9-seed in the A-10 Championship with a conference record of 7-7. Duquesne was able to advantage out of the 2nd round of the A-10 championship after upsetting the 8-seed Richmond Spiders, 67-62, on Thursday AM. Duquesne trailed by a 37-30 margin at halftime, however, the Dukes defense was outstanding in the 2nd half and was able to hang on for the victory after a 16-4 run gave Duquesne a 60-56 lead with 2:58 left in regulation. Duquesne shot 44.8% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while Richmond shot 35.3% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Dukes was Michael Hughes who had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, & 5 steals.

Coming into their game against Richmond, Duquesne was averaging 67.4 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Dukes were averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Duquesne had been led by Marcus Weathers (16.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Michael Hughes (10.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 bpg), Tavian Dunn-Martin (10.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.1 spg), & Chad Baker (9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.3 apg).

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Defensively, Duquesne was holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Dukes had a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies finished their regular season with an overall record of 13-4 and eared the 1-seed in the A-10 Championship after finishing conference play with an 11-4 record. St. Bonaventure at times struggled on the offensive end as the Bonnies rank just t-210th in scoring offense, however, the Bonnies were lights out defensively this season as they come into the A-10 Championship ranked 7th in scoring defense, 12th in defensive FG%, & 75th in rebound margin. St. Bonaventure had a late start to their season as they did not play their first game until mid-December, however, the Bonnies had no trouble piling up wins throughout the season which included a season sweep of Duquesne.

On the season, St. Bonaventure is averaging 70.0 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Bonnies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. Bonaventure has been led by Kyle Lofton (14.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Jaren Holmes (13.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg), Jalen Adaway (12.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), & Dominick Welch (11.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, St. Bonaventure is holding their opponents to an average of 60.6 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Bonnies have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of 1.6.

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St. Bonaventure is a solid team, however, Duquesne played the Bonnies tough on a neutral court earlier this season in a 65-61 loss and it is always hard to beat a team three times during the season. St. Bonaventure has a great defense, however, their offense has struggled to score at times as we saw in their 52-point effort against Dayton this pass Monday and I would not be surprised if the Bonnies struggled against a Dukes defense that is the strength of their team. Duquesne has won 5 of their last 7 games and as I think Dukes are a better team than many are giving credit for, my initial thoughts for this game is to take the Dukes and what I expect to be about 5-7 points. Please check back for my official pick when the line has been released. 

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