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NCAA hoops odds preview - Duquesne vs. Virginia Commonwealth

Duquesne DukesVirginia Commonwealth Rams
8-7January 18, 2014, 04:00 | Siegel Center13-4

The visiting Duquesne Dukes hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Siegel Center against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams.

This season, the Rams are 13-4 overall and 6-9 ATS, while the Dukes are 8-7 and 3-2-2 ATS. As for the totals, Virginia Commonwealth boasts a 4-10 on the OU, and Duquesne is 4-3.

View Duquesne Dukes vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Rams in this one found them listed as -19-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Dukes was expected to move the line.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 296-rated Duquesne taking on the No. 11-rated Rams in this contest.

Duquesne lost its last outing, an 84-75 result against Saint Joseph's on January 15. They earned a push in that game as a 9-point underdog. Duquesne got 14 points from Derrick Colter but lost anyway, 84-75, to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday at Hagan Arena.

In their last action, Virginia Commonwealth was a 76-66 loser on the road against George Washington. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. Virginia Commonwealth got 17 points from Rob Brandenberg but lost anyway, 76-66, to George Washington on Tuesday at Charles E. Smith Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Virginia Commonwealth's No. 94-ranked offense, averaging 75.06 PPG, against a Dukes defense that ranks No. 222 at 75.53 PPG. The Rams field goal percentage has averaged 41.83% so far, less than the Dukes marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.03% per game.

A few Dukes at Rams trends to consider:
Duquesne is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Duquesne is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Duquesne home to Saint Louis, Wednesday, January 22nd
Virginia Commonwealth at Dayton, Wednesday, January 22nd