Duquesne vs. Rhode Island Pick
Will No. 24 Rhode Island have any trouble at home today when the Rams host Duquesne at Noon ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Rhode Island is the clear favorite in this game, as the Rams are getting odds of -18 points. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 140.5 points. Today’s game takes place from the Ryan Center in Kingston, Rhode Island.
Rhode Island is a perfect 8-0 in the Atlantic-10 Conference following a 78-58 win at Fordham earlier this week. Rhode Island is 16-3 overall and 11-5-1 against the spread this season. The Rams are averaging 77.5 points per game on offense this season while allowing 66.3 per contest on defense. Rhode Island is being led by Jared Terrell, who is averaging 18.2 points per game while E.C. Matthews is adding 13.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.
Duquesne is coming off a 77-73 OT loss to Richmond this past week for its third loss in five games. The Dukes have gone to OT in three of their last four. Duquesne is now 14-7 overall, 5-3 in the A-10 and 7-6 against the spread. The Dukes are averaging 73.9 points per game on offense while allowing 66.6 per contest. Mike Lewis II is leading the team with 16 points per game while Eric Williams Jr. is adding 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest.
The road team has won eight of the last 10 meetings in this series and Duquesne has covered in three of the last four encounters with Rhode Island. Despite that, the Rams have been dominant in A-10 play. They are 7-1 against the spread with the lone failed cover missing by just ½ a point. Rhode Island is at home and should continue to dominate. The Rams have won all their home conference games by double figures. The public betting is taking Duquesne and the points, but I will stick with Rhode Island.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: RHODE ISLAND -18