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Duquesne Dukes face George Mason Patriots: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Duquesne DukesGeorge Mason Patriots
12-16March 08, 2014, 07:00 | Patriot Center11-18

The George Mason Patriots will hit the floor running against the visiting Duquesne Dukes Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Patriots sport a record of 11-18 and 13-13 ATS heading into this battle, while the Dukes have 12-16 and 12-5-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-12 for the Patriots and 7-12 for the Dukes.

View Duquesne Dukes vs George Mason Patriots Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Patriots installed as -6-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 230-rated Patriots and the No. 183-ranked Dukes, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Duquesne, they were a 78-74 loser as they battled Massachusetts at home. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. The Dukes endured a 78-74 loss at the hands of the Minutemen on Wednesday, despite a 20-point effort from Micah Mason at A.J. Palumbo Center.

In their last action, George Mason was a 59-57 winner on the road against La Salle. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Patriots grabbed a 59-57 win over the Explorers on Thursday, behind a 15-point effort from Marko Gujanicic at Tom Gola Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and George Mason has the nation's No. 166-rated offensive output, at 69.59 PPG. The visiting Dukes defense ranks No. 207 allowing on average 73.79 PPG. The Patriots FG% has averaged 44.33% so far, more than the Dukes marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.99% per game.

A few Dukes at Patriots trends to consider:
Duquesne is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Duquesne is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Duquesne's last 9 games
Duquesne is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
George Mason is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
George Mason is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
George Mason is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games at home
George Mason is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home