Duquesne Dukes vs La Salle Explorers Prediction, 2/24/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Duquesne Dukes vs La Salle Explorers
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Duquesne (-3.5)
The Duquesne Dukes (7-7) head to Tom Gola Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the La Salle Explorers (8-14). Duquesne opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 137.5.
Duquesne will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 7-7 so far this year. They are turning it over 12.6 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Duquesne is snagging 36.9 boards per contest and has accounted for 191 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 293rd in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Dukes are shooting 29.0% on 3-point shots (92 of 317) and 65.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 66.3 pts per game (284th in the nation) while shooting 41.9% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Dukes are able to force 13.1 turnovers per game while drawing 16.7 personal fouls. They are giving up 27.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 50th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (65.1). The Dukes defense is giving up a FG percentage of 40.8% (319 of 781) and they surrender 35.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 44th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 179 surrendered for the year.
The Duquesne Dukes faced off with the Richmond Spiders and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 79-72 in their last contest. Duquesne ended the game with a 44.8% field goal percentage (26 of 58) and made 5 of their 20 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Dukes buried 15 of 20 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to hauling in rebounds, they earned 31 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 11 assists for the matchup while earning 10 steals and 2 rejections. With regard to defending, Duquesne let their opponent shoot 44.8% from the floor on 26 out of 58 shooting. Richmond distributed 14 assists and had 6 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Spiders pulled down 28 boards (4 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Richmond finished shooting 88.9% from the free throw line by knocking down 16 of their 18 shots. They converted 9 out of their 23 tries from beyond the arc.
Michael Hughes is a guy who was a major factor for the game. He accounted for 20 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He played for 34 mins and also totaled 9 rebounds. Hughes finished the game at 56.3% from the field and earned 3 dimes. Someone else that was a major contributor in the game for the Dukes was Chad Baker. He grabbed 4 boards and accumulated 2 assists. He went 40.0% from the field for this contest by shooting 4-of-10 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Baker was on the court for 28 minutes.
La Salle has a mark of 8-14 for the campaign. La Salle has scored 1,497 points so far this year (68.0 per contest) and they average 32.9 boards per contest. The Explorers commit 17.5 personal fouls per game and they go 67.5% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Explorers are shooting 43.5% from the floor, which ranks 214th in the country. They are earning an assist 13.0 times per contest (192nd in college basketball) and they are turning it over 14.1 times per contest. The Explorers on the defensive side of the court are 251st in college basketball in PPG given up with 73.3. They have conceded 14.8 assists and 35.7 rebounds per contest, ranking them 291st and 220th in those categories on the defensive end. The La Salle defense gives up 32.1% on shots from behind the 3-point line (153 of 476) and their opposition makes 74.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.6% from the floor (268th in Division 1).
When they last stepped on the court, the La Salle Explorers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 91-82 when they played the Saint Joseph's Hawks. The Explorers pulled down 31 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards for a total of 45 in this matchup. They rejected 2 shots while recording 9 steals for the matchup. The Hawks were called for 22 fouls in this matchup which took the Explorers to the free throw line for a total of 25 shots. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throws for a percentage of 68.0%. When discussing 3-pointers, La Salle knocked down 3 out of 26 tries (11.5%). Overall, the Explorers shot 31 out of 79 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.2%. The Explorers permitted the Hawks to make 33 out of their 68 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.5% for this contest. They went 34.4% from downtown by connecting on 11 out of 32 and ended up shooting 14 of 24 at the charity stripe (58.3%). In reference to rebounds, La Salle allowed Saint Joseph's to get 44 overall (6 on the offensive side).
Christian Ray ended up having an impact for the Explorers in this game. He knocked down 7 out of 15 in this game giving him a rate of 46.7%, which got him 18 points. Ray collected 11 boards in his 38 mins played and accounted for 2 dimes for the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for La Salle was Jhamir Brickus. He ended up scoring 17 points in 41 minutes played by going 7 out of 14 from the floor in this contest. Brickus ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor while contributing 6 assists and 5 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Duquesne (-3.5) and under 137.5 points
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