Duquesne Dukes vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 12/30/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Duquesne Dukes vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Duquesne (+10)
The Duquesne Dukes (1-1) go to Chaifetz Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Saint Louis Billikens (7-1). Saint Louis opens this game as 10-point favorites. The total opens at 143.
Duquesne will enter this game with a win-loss record of 1-1 so far this year. They are turning it over 15.0 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 18.5 fouls per game. As a team, Duquesne is collecting 34.0 boards per game and is sitting with 18 assists on the campaign, which is 334th in the nation in terms of passing. The Dukes are shooting 28.3% on 3-point shots (13 of 46) and 75.5% from the free throw line. They average 73.5 pts per game (169th in college hoops) while connecting on 42.0% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Dukes are forcing 19.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.0 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 34.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 216th in college basketball in PPG allowed (72.0). The Dukes are giving up a field goal percentage of 49.1% (57 of 116) and they concede 36.5 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 13th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 33 conceded for the year.
The Duquesne Dukes took the court against the UNC Greensboro Spartans and took home the win by a score of 81-68 in their last contest. Duquesne wrapped up the game with a 46.3% FG percentage (25 out of 54) and buried 6 of their 17 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Dukes made 25 of 33 tries for a rate of 75.8%. With respect to hauling in boards, they compiled 33 with 8 of them being offensive. They also recorded 9 assists for this game while getting 10 steals and 2 blocks. Regarding defending, Duquesne allowed 46.3% from the floor on 25 of 54 shooting. UNC Greensboro dished out 15 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. On top of that, the Spartans collected 33 rebounds (12 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. UNC Greensboro finished shooting 33.3% from the free throw line by burying 3 of their 9 tries. They converted 9 out of their 25 shots from 3-point land.
Tavian Dunn-Martin is one guy who came through for the matchup. He accounted for 21 points on 5 out of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28 minutes played and collected 3 rebounds. Dunn-Martin finished 71.4% from the field and distributed 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in the matchup for the Dukes was Marcus Weathers. He pulled down 7 boards and also totaled 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 46.7% from the floor for this contest by going 7-of-15 (18 points). Overall, Weathers saw the court for 27 minutes.
Saint Louis has a mark of 7-1 for the season. Saint Louis has accounted for 671 points so far this season (83.9 per contest) and they pull in 37.9 rebounds per game. The Billikens are committing 18.1 personal fouls per contest and they go 73.2% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Billikens are shooting 51.0% from the floor, which is 40th in the country. They are dishing out assists 19.5 times per game (16th in D-1) and they are giving up possession 12.8 times per game. The Billikens are ranked 74th in college basketball in points given up per game with 64.5. They are forcing 17.1 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (128th in D-1). The Saint Louis defense allows 32.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (51 of 155) and opponents are making 71.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 10.6 assists and 27.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 55th and 7th in D-1.
When they last stepped on the court, the Saint Louis Billikens walked away with a victory by a final of 62-46 against the UMKC Kangaroos. The Billikens snagged 22 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 30 for the matchup. They also turned away 4 tries while earning 6 steals for the game. The Kangaroos committed 18 fouls in this game which took the Billikens to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 64.7%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, Saint Louis knocked down 5 of 12 attempts (41.7%). Overall, the Billikens went 23 out of 47 from the field which had them shooting 48.9%. The Billikens allowed the Kangaroos to knock down 19 of 48 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 39.6% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 29.4% from 3-point land by going 5 of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 3 of 6 from the free throw line (50.0%). In reference to how they cleaned up the glass, Saint Louis permitted UMKC to pull down 23 in total (5 offensive).
Jordan Goodwin ended up being a factor for the Billikens in the game. He knocked down 7 out of 13 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 53.8%, which had him finishing with 23 points. Goodwin pulled down 13 boards in his 35 minutes played and totaled 2 assists for the game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Saint Louis was Javonte Perkins. He left the arena with 14 points in 30 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 of 9 from the floor for this game. Perkins walked away from this one going 55.6% from the field as well as contributing 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Duquesne (+10)
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