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College Basketball Matchup - Duquesne Dukes Massachusetts Minutemen Odds Preview

Massachusetts MinutemenDuquesne Dukes
22-6March 05, 2014, 07:00 | A.J. Palumbo Center12-15

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Massachusetts when they take on the Duquesne Dukes on Wednesday in college hoops betting action.

The Minutemen will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 15-12-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Dukes are 11-5-2 ATS. Massachusetts is 12-16 on the totals; Duquesne is 7-11.

View Massachusetts Minutemen vs Duquesne Dukes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Dukes installed as 5.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game puts the Dukes, most recently No. 183 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Minutemen, who rate No. 73 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Massachusetts, they were an 86-79 loser as they battled Dayton on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Massachusetts got 19 points from Trey Davis but lost anyway, 86-79, to Dayton on Saturday at Dayton Arena.

Duquesne was a 71-64 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Saint Louis. They covered the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. Duquesne got 22 points from Micah Mason en route to a 71-64 victory over Saint Louis on Thursday at Chaifetz Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Duquesne's No. 83-ranked offense, averaging 73.37 PPG, against a Minutemen defense that ranks No. 154 at 70.71 PPG. The Dukes field goal percentage has averaged 43.93% so far, less than the Minutemen marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.77% per game.

Next up:
Massachusetts home to Saint Louis, Sunday, March 9th
Duquesne at George Mason, Saturday, March 8th