NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Dukes underdogs vs Bulldogs at Butler
Duquesne Dukes vs Butler Bulldogs Odds
Butler looks to cover the Bulldogs-Dukes pointspread on Tuesday and improve its overall 21-5 mark when they host Duquesne in college basketball wagering action.
This season, the Bulldogs are 21-5 overall and 15-9 ATS ATS, while the Dukes are 8-17 and 6-15 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Butler boasts a 14-9 on the OU, and Duquesne is 7-11.
The Dukes were listed as 20-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulldogs sit at No. 46 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Dukes sit at No. 240 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Bulldogs will win this game 76-63.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Butler's No. 93 nationally ranked offense (70.6 points per game) against a Dukes defense that sits as the No. 327 at 74.3 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 45.7% from the field, more than the Dukes have managed so far this season (40.9% on average).
Defensively, Duquesne features the nation's No. 315-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.5 points per game. Butler, meanwhile, comes in at No. 89 nationally in scoring at home.
Duquesne lost its last outing, a 67-62 result against Rhode Island on February 16. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite. The Dukes endured a 67-62 loss at the hands of the Rams on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Derrick Colter at A.J. Palumbo Center.
Last time out for Butler, they were a 68-63 winner as they battled Fordham on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point favorite. Butler got 22 points from Rotnei Clarke en route to a 68-63 victory over Fordham on Saturday at Rose Hill Gym.
Duquesne Dukes Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing St. Bonaventure are 5-5
After playing Rhode Island are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9
Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Saint Louis are 2-1
After a win are 7-3
A few Dukes at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Duquesne is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Duquesne is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Butler is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Butler is 18-3 SU in its last 21 games
Butler is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Duquesne home to St. Bonaventure, Saturday, February 23
Butler home to Saint Louis, Friday, February 22