Duquesne Dukes vs Richmond Spiders Prediction, 3/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Duquesne Dukes vs Richmond Spiders
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Duquesne (+5.5)
The Duquesne Dukes (8-8) head to Stuart C. Siegel Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Richmond Spiders (13-7). Duquesne opens this matchup as 5.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 141.
Duquesne steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 8-8 on the year. They are losing possession via turnover 13.1 times per game and as a group are committing 17.6 fouls per contest. As a team, Duquesne is collecting 36.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 223 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 277th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Dukes are connecting on 30.0% from downtown (105 of 350) and 65.5% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 67.4 points per game (271st in Division 1) while going 42.5% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Dukes are forcing 13.3 turnovers per game and they draw 16.8 fouls. They are 59th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 211 surrendered for the year. The Dukes defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.6% (372 of 895) and they concede 35.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 28.5% on 3-point shots and they are 83rd in Division 1 in points per game from their opponents (66.9).
The Duquesne Dukes faced the Rhode Island Rams and went home with a win by a final score of 86-75 in their last game. Duquesne finished the game with a 53.4% field goal percentage (31 out of 58) and buried 9 out of their 17 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Dukes made 15 of their 23 tries for a percentage of 65.2%. With respect to pulling down boards, they earned 35 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 19 dimes for this contest as well as creating 8 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In reference to defense, Duquesne allowed 41.5% from the field on 27 out of 65 shooting. Rhode Island totaled 14 dimes and had 9 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, Rhode Island grabbed 32 rebounds (12 offensive, 20 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Rhode Island finished 69.2% at the charity stripe by making 18 of 26 tries. They knocked down 3 out of their 17 attempts from distance.
Marcus Weathers is one guy who came through in the matchup. He walked away with 28 points on 12 out of 20 shooting. He played for 35 minutes played and also totaled 14 rebounds. Weathers shot 60.0% from the field but finished the game without a dime. Another guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Dukes was Chad Baker. He collected 6 rebounds in his 31 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game at 71.4% from the field in this matchup by shooting 5-of-7 (21 points). When all was said and done, Baker had 2 assists.
Richmond has a win-loss record of 13-7 for the season. The Spiders are committing 15.3 personal fouls every game while shooting 73.5% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.8 times per contest (85th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 10.3 times per game. Richmond has 1,512 pts for the season (75.6 per contest) and they average 30.0 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Spiders are connecting on 47.9% from the floor, which ranks them 42nd in the country. The Spiders are ranked 146th in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 69.3. The Richmond defense allows 32.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (131 of 410) and their opponents are making 69.1% of their free throw shots. They concede 12.2 assists and 34.9 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 111th and 170th in the nation. They are forcing their opponents into 15.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the field (296th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Richmond Spiders took a defeat with a final score of 76-73 against the Saint Joseph's Hawks. The Spiders collected 27 defensive boards and 3 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the game. They also gave up possession 12 times, while earning 10 steals for this contest. The Hawks committed 11 fouls in this game which got the Spiders to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of those for a rate of 84.6%. Concerning shooting from beyond the arc, Richmond buried 4 of 16 tries (25.0%). When the game finished, the Spiders went 29 for 62 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.8%. The Spiders permitted the Hawks to bury 25 of their 62 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.3% for the matchup. They finished 30.3% from beyond the perimeter by going 10 out of 33 and ended up going 16 out of 18 from the charity stripe (88.9%). Regarding how they rebounded, Richmond permitted Saint Joseph's to grab 34 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Nathan Cayo ended up being a major contributor for the Spiders in this game. He converted 11 out of 21 in the game for a rate of 52.4%, and tallied 4 rebounds. Cayo earned 25 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 3 dimes for the game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Richmond was Jacob Gilyard. He ended up finishing with 2 assists in his 39 minutes on the hardwood, and he put in 5 of 9 from the floor. Gilyard finished going 55.6% from the floor in addition to totaling 18 points and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Duquesne (+5.5)
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