Duquesne vs BYU Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/21/24

BYU (23-10) vs Duquesne (24-11)

Game Info: Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 12:40 pm (CHI Health Center Omaha)

Betting Odds: BYU -9.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Duquesne Dukes and BYU Cougars meet Thursday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament First Round at the CHI Health Center Omaha. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Duquesne vs BYU prediction.

Duquesne Dukes Betting Preview

The Duquesne Dukes recently beat Dayton, St. Bonaventure and VCU. 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 16.7 points and 3.4 rebounds, while Jimmy Clark III is averaging 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds. David Dixon is dishing 0.7 assists and Fousseyni Drame is grabbing 5.7 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.

BYU Cougars Betting Preview

The BYU Cougars recently beat Oklahoma State and UCF while losing to Texas Tech. The BYU Cougars are averaging 82.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Jaxson Robinson is averaging 13.8 points and 2.5 rebounds, while Fousseyni Traore is averaging 10.9 points and 1.4 assists. Trevin Knell is the third double-digit scorer and Spencer Johnson is dishing 3.3 assists. The BYU Cougars are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game.

Duquesne vs BYU prediction

The Duquesne Dukes are 45th in points allowed per game, 91st in field goal percentage defense and 102nd in three point field goal defense.  Duquesne has also covered 8 of its last 10 games. There are reasons to consider the Dukes and the points. With that said, Duquesne is very limited offensively and BYU is easily one of the more talented teams it's seen this season. The BYU Cougars are far and away more balanced as they're a top-25 offense, and they're an above average defense that's 35th in three point percentage defense. BYU is also 20-13 ATS on the season. BYU has the clear edge offensively and that should lead to a victory. I'll side with the Cougars by double digits. 

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

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