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Marshall vs Duquesne Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 8th Betting Odds

Thundering Herd vs Dukes Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Marshall Thundering Herd at Duquesne Dukes
  • Where: Pittsburgh at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse
  • Date: Thursday, December 8th
  • Betting Odds: Marshall +1.5, MARSH +102 | DUQ -124 O/U 151.5

Thundering Herd Preview:

The Marshall Thundering Herd will be looking to pick up their 9th win of the season and are in the middle of a 7 game win streak. So far, the Thundering Herd have played 2 games on the road, with a record of 1-1. When looking at the betting lines, Marshall will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +1.5 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 3-12 as the betting underdog.

Marshall’s leading scorer this season is Taevion Kinsey who is averaging 20.5 points per contest. So far, Kinsey has accounted for 24.48% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.62 rebounds per game and 5.38 assists. Andrew Taylor is the second leading scorer for the Thundering Herd, averaging 19.38 points per game. Between him and Taylor, they are accounting for 47.6% of the team’s scoring.

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On offense, Marshall is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 8 games, they have only hit 30.1% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 39.39% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Dukes Preview:

The Duquesne will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 6 game win streak and have an overall record of 7-1. So far this season, Duquesne has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Dukes as the -1.5 point favorites. The Dukes have been favored 6 times, going 6-0 straight up.

Duquesne will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Dae Dae Grant who is averaging 19.0 points per game for the Dukes. Grant is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Dukes’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jimmy Clark III who has hit 41.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 8.38 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Duquesne this season, as they are currently ranked 376th in college basketball at 65.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Dukes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.5%, placing them 446th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Duquesne Dukes -1.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Duquesne Dukes to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although Duquesne as a team is just 404th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Thundering Herd’s defense. At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Dukes to come out on top and cover.

 


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