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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Patriots underdogs vs Dukes at Duquesne

George Mason PatriotsDuquesne Dukes
7-15February 08, 2014, 02:00 | A.J. Palumbo Center10-11

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Patriots of George Mason hit the hard court against the Dukes of Duquesne.

Duquesne will face the 7-15 Patriots, who own a 7-12 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Dukes are 6-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Patriots are 10-8 favoring the OVER.

View George Mason Patriots vs Duquesne Dukes Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Dukes as -2-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 225-rated Dukes and the No. 228-ranked Patriots, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

George Mason lost its last outing, an 84-67 result against Dayton on February 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. Sherrod Wright scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Patriots to a win (they lost 84-67 to Dayton at Patriot Center on Wednesday).

Duquesne was a 71-57 loser in their most recent outing on the road against George Washington. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as underdogs. The Dukes endured a 71-57 loss at the hands of the Colonials on Wednesday, despite a 14-point effort from Dominique McKoy at Charles E. Smith Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Duquesne's No. 67 nationally ranked offense (75.24 points per game) against a Patriots defense that sits as the No. 175 at 71.68 PPG. The Dukes have been averaging 44.16% from the field, more than the Patriots have managed so far this season (43.89% on average).

A few Patriots at Dukes trends to consider:
George Mason is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
George Mason is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of George Mason's last 7 games
George Mason is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Duquesne is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Duquesne is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games at home
Duquesne is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing George Mason

Next up:
George Mason at Massachusetts, Wednesday, February 12th
Duquesne at Richmond, Wednesday, February 12th