Duquesne vs VCU Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/17/24

VCU (22-12) vs Duquesne (23-11)

Game Info: Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Barclays Center)

Betting Odds: VCU -1.5 -- Over/Under: 127 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Duquesne Dukes and VCU Rams meet Sunday in the college basketball Atlantic 10 Final at the Barclays Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Duquesne Dukes vs VCU Rams prediction.

  • The Duquesne recent form and recent player performance 
  • The VCU recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Duquesne
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving VCU
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Duquesne vs VCU
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Duquesne vs VCU

Duquesne Dukes Betting Preview

The Duquesne Dukes are coming off wins over Saint Louis, Dayton and St. Bonaventure. The Duquesne Dukes are averaging 71 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 66.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Dae Dae Grant is averaging 16.5 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Jimmy Clark III is averaging 15.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. David Dixon is dishing 0.6 assists and Fousseyni Drame is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Duquesne Dukes are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Duquesne Dukes are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game.

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VCU Rams Betting Preview

The VCU Rams are coming off wins over Fordham, UMass and Saint Joseph’s. The VCU Rams are averaging 72.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 66.8 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Max Shulga is averaging 14.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, while Joe Bamisile is averaging 13.8 points and 0.5 assists. Zeb Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Sean Bairstow is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The VCU Rams are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The VCU Rams are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game.

VCU Rams Team Facts

  • VCU has won 19 of its last 20 day games against non-AP-ranked opponents.
  • Seven of VCU's last eight games against Conference opponents have produced a total of 128+ points.
  • VCU has lost the first half in four of its last five games against non-AP-ranked opponents.

Duquesne Dukes Team Facts

  • Duquesne has won each of its last seven games.
  • Each of Duquesne's last 12 day games at a neutral venue have produced a total of 129+ points.
  • Duquesne has won the first half in each of its last five games against the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Matchup/League Facts

  • VCU ranks 10th among Division 1 teams for free throw percentage this season (78.8%).
  • VCU ranks 23rd among Division 1 teams for opponent blocks per game this season (2.5).
  • Duquesne ranks T43rd among Division 1 teams for opponent field goals made per game this season (23.5).
  • Duquesne ranks T46th among Division 1 teams for opponent points per game this season (66.8).

Duquesne Dukes vs VCU Rams prediction

The Duquesne Dukes beat VCU on the road earlier this month and has arguably the best player on the floor, so the free bucket is worth a look. With all that said, both Duquesne and VCU are deep into the tournament and will play their fourth game in less than a week. Guys are tired, and those legs are tested. That's where I lean toward the better defense, and that's easily VCU in this matchup. I expect an ugly, sluggish, low scoring game. I'll take VCU and the small chalk in the A10 Final.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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