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Mountaineers open as college hoops underdog vs Dukes

Appalachian State MountaineersDuquesne Dukes
4-8January 02, 2014, 07:00 | A.J. Palumbo Center6-5

Appalachian State travels to Duquesne on Thursday, hoping to boost its 4-8 record with a victory over the Dukes.

This season, the Dukes are 6-5 overall and 2-1 ATS, while the Mountaineers are 4-8 and 0-4 ATS. As for the totals, Duquesne boasts a 2-1 on the OU, and Appalachian State is 1-3.

View Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Duquesne Dukes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Dukes as -11.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Dukes at No. 302 and the Mountaineers at No. 146 heading into this contest.

Duquesne won its last outing, an 88-69 result against Texas-Pan American on December 29. Ovie Soko scored 21 points leading the Dukes to an 88-69 victory over Texas-Pan American at UTPA Fieldhouse on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mountaineers rank No. 51 in NCAA Division 1 with 39.33 per game. That compares with Duquesne’s No. 158 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Duquesne is college basketball's No. 86-ranked team at 7 per game, while the Mountaineers rate No. 131 with 6.08 per game.

A few Mountaineers at Dukes trends to consider:
Appalachian State is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
Appalachian State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Duquesne is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Duquesne is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
Duquesne is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Appalachian State at Elon, Monday, January 6th
Duquesne at Fordham, Wednesday, January 8th