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Penn State Nittany Lions vs Dukes College Hoops Game Preview

Penn State Nittany LionsDuquesne Dukes
7-3December 11, 2013, 07:00 | Consol Energy Center3-3

The Duquesne Dukes will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Penn State Nittany Lions at Consol Energy Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Dukes bring a 3-3 record (2-0 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-3 Nittany Lions, who are 7-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Duquesne go 2-0 so far and the Nittany Lions go 6-1.

View Penn State Nittany Lions vs Duquesne Dukes Odds and Stats.

The Dukes were listed as 6.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 312-rated Dukes and the No. 54-ranked Nittany Lions, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

In their last action, Penn State was a 90-77 winner at home against Marshall. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites. Penn State earned a 90-77 victory over Marshall on Saturday, getting 20 points from Ross Travis at Bryce Jordan Center.

Duquesne was a 94-88 winner in their most recent outing at home against UMBC. Duquesne earned a 94-88 victory over UMBC on Wednesday, getting 22 points from Tra'Vaughn White at A.J. Palumbo Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Duquesne's No. 43-ranked offense, averaging 81.5 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 179 at 73 PPG. The Dukes field goal percentage has averaged 47.25% so far, less than the Nittany Lions marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.4% per game.

A few Nittany Lions at Dukes trends to consider:
Penn State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Penn State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games
Duquesne is 4-20 SU in its last 24 games

Next up:
Penn State home to Princeton, Saturday, December 14th
Duquesne at Robert Morris, Saturday, December 14th