It will be a battle between A10 opponents when the Duquesne Dukes (11-2, 1-0 A10) welcome the Davidson Wildcats (6-6) to the UPMC Events Center. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 5, 2020, and will air on NBC Sports Network.
Davidson Wildcats at Duquesne Dukes Free Prediction
In the Wildcats’ last matchup, they were defeated by the Vanderbilt Commodores, 76-71. Getting to the free throw line was one of Vanderbilt’s biggest strengths. They made 37 trips to the line, while Davidson went just 14 times. Jon Axel Gudmundsson put together a solid game for Davidson, contributing 12 points and six rebounds.
The Dukes beat the Saint Louis Billikens in their last game, 73-59. Duquesne was successful at getting and making free throws. The Dukes made 20 of their 25 free throws (80.0 percent), while the Billikens were just 7-18 (38.9 percent). Marcus Weathers was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field.
After the Wildcats won the only contest against the Dukes last season, 65-61, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Davidson did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (13-18; 72.2 percent). Duquesne, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.3 vs. 22.2).
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams square off. Duquesne ranks 261st in possessions per game (68.2) and Davidson is 316th (66.2).
Davidson Wildcats vs. Duquesne Dukes Betting Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Davidson, O/U – Under
Duquesne ranks ninth in blocks per game (6.2) while Davidson ranks 180th (2.0).
The Dukes rank 163rd in rebounds per game (35.2) while the Wildcats rank 263rd (30.4).
Davidson ranks 17th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while Duquesne ranks 78th (6.1).
The Wildcats are 42nd in the nation with 18.9 three pointers allowed per game while the Dukes are 54th with 19.5 three pointers allowed per game.
Davidson ranks 34th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while Duquesne ranks 36th (10.4).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.6, up from 4.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Dukes have scored an average of 71.8 points per game (1.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.0 points per game (7.5 above their season average).