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NCAA hoops odds preview - Duquesne vs. Penn State

Duquesne DukesPenn State Nittany Lions
Dec 29, 4:00 PM | Bryce Jordan Center

Duquesne Dukes vs Penn State Nittany Lions Odds

7-6TEAM RECORD7-4

A key college battle sees the visiting Duquesne Dukes travelling to Penn State Saturday to take on the Nittany Lions.

The Dukes will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 4-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Nittany Lions are 3-4 ATS. Duquesne is 1-5 against the total, while Penn State is 3-3 versus the number.

View Duquesne vs Penn State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Nittany Lions in this one found them listed as 4-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Dukes was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 163-rated Duquesne taking on the No. 241-rated Nittany Lions in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 68-66 win for the Nittany Lions on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Penn State's No. 266-ranked offense, averaging 63.7 PPG, against a Dukes defense that ranks No. 276 at 71.8 PPG. The Nittany Lions field goal percentage has averaged 40.6% so far, less than the Dukes marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.3% per game.

Defensively, Duquesne features the nation's No. 253-rated defense on the road, allowing 75 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 287 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Duquesne was a 91-79 loser on the road against Louisiana-Lafayette. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Derrick Colter went off for 25 points and added 1 rebound but it wasn't enough as Louisiana-Lafayette handed Duquesne a 91-79 defeat at Cajundome.

Penn State was a 72-45 winner in their most recent outing at home against New Hampshire. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Nittany Lions and Wildcats didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as New Hampshire was handed a 72-45 defeat on Sunday at Bryce Jordan Center.

Duquesne Dukes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Fordham are 2-8
After playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 0-1
After a loss are 6-4

Penn State Nittany Lions Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Wisconsin are 6-4
After playing New Hampshire are 2-0
After a win are 3-7

A few Dukes at Nittany Lions trends to consider:
Duquesne is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Penn State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Penn State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Duquesne at Fordham, Wednesday, January 9
Penn State at Wisconsin, Thursday, January 3