NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Dukes underdogs vs Rams at Duquesne

Virginia Commonwealth RamsDuquesne Dukes
Jan 19, 7:00 PM | A.J. Palumbo Center

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs Duquesne Dukes Odds

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A key college battle sees the visiting Virginia Commonwealth Rams travelling to Duquesne Saturday to take on the Dukes.

Supporters of the Rams have watched them go 15-3 and 5-6 ATS on the year, while the Dukes are at 7-10 and 4-9 ATS. In totals betting, the Dukes are 3-7, while the Rams have a 4-7 mark.

View Virginia Commonwealth vs Duquesne Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rams were listed as 12-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Dukes sit at No. 209 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rams sit at No. 16 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Rams will win this game 88-67.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Rams is ranked No. 127 in NCAA hoops at 36.4 per game. Contrast that with Duquesne’s No. 39 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Duquesne is the No. 40-ranked team in the country at 7.9 per game, while Virginia Commonwealth rates No. 19 at 8.5 per game.

Defensively, Virginia Commonwealth features the nation's No. 51-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.8 points per game. Duquesne, meanwhile, comes in at No. 131 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Virginia Commonwealth was a 92-86 winner at home against Saint Joseph's. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as favorites. Treveon Graham scored 25 points for Virginia Commonwealth on Thursday, leading the Rams to a 92-86 win over Saint Joseph's at Siegel Center.

Duquesne lost its last outing, a 79-66 result against Massachusetts on January 17. They failed to cover in that game as a 9-point underdog. Duquesne got 29 points from Sean Johnson on the way to a 79-66 loss against Massachusetts on Thursday at Mullins Center.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Richmond are 8-2
After a win are 10-0

Duquesne Dukes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Saint Louis are 5-5
After playing Massachusetts are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rams at Dukes trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Duquesne is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Duquesne is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Duquesne is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Virginia Commonwealth at Richmond, Thursday, January 24
Duquesne home to Saint Louis, Wednesday, January 23