NCAA hoops odds preview - Duquesne vs. Pittsburgh
Duquesne Dukes vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds
Duquesne pays a visit to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, hoping to send the Panthers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Consol Energy Center.
The game is being played at Consol Energy Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.
Supporters of the Dukes have watched them go 4-3 and 2-3 ATS on the year, while the Panthers are at 7-1 and 3-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Panthers are 2-2, while the Dukes have a 0-2 mark.
The Panthers were listed as 15-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Panthers - Dukes odds would favor the Panthers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 176 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Duquesne is at No. 185. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 88-69 win for the Panthers.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's No. 60-ranked scoring average of 75.9 PPG, against a Dukes defense rated No. 256 and allowing 70.6 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 50.9% to date this season, more than the Dukes shooters have managed so far (41.3% per game).
Defensively, Duquesne features the nation's No. 132-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.3 points per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 96 nationally in scoring at home.
Duquesne won its last outing, an 87-73 result against Maine on December 1. Jeremiah Jones scored 15 points leading the Dukes to an 87-73 victory over Maine at A.J. Palumbo Center on Saturday.
Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 74-61 winner as they battled Detroit at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 13.5-point favorite. Pittsburgh got 16 points from Talib Zanna en route to a 74-61 victory over Detroit on Saturday at Petersen Events Center.
Duquesne Dukes Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
After a win are 4-6
Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing North Florida are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
A few Dukes at Panthers trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Duquesne
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Duquesne
Pittsburgh is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
Duquesne home to New Orleans, Saturday, December 8
Pittsburgh home to North Florida, Saturday, December 8