#726 Duquesne University Dukesvs.#725 Saint Louis University Billikens
Wednesday, January 1 2017, at 7:00pm EST
Written by David Hess
St Louis Billikens (4-11 SU, 5-8-0 ATS, 5-8-0 OU) vs Duquesne Dukes (8-8 SU, 6-3-0 ATS, 4-4-1 OU)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 11 , 2017
Where: A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lines: Duquesne -10.5
Wednesday evening CBB action and the St Louis Billikens will duke it out with the Duquesne Dukes at A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Billikens have lost their last four games in a row, including a 77-66 home loss to Davidson in their last game, while the Dukes are off an 88-81 loss at La Salle.
The St Louis Billikens have been struggling the last couple of year and they are off to a bad start again. St Louis comes in at 4-11 overall and they have started their A-10 season with three straight losses, following a 77-66 defeat at by Davidson. It was their 4th loss in a row overall. The offense has been a real issue for them this year so far and they have now averaged just 55.7 ppg over their last nine games. They are just 2-7 in those games. They have not been a good shooting team this year, but they did hit 46.2% of their shots in the loss to Davidson, including 56.2% from long range, but the fact that they committed seven more turnovers than the Wildcats in the game was the reason why they came up short on the scoreboard. Leading their attack was Mike Crawford, who had 16 points, while Davell Roby and Aaron Hines each had 13 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Billikens. On the year, St Louis has five players that average more than 5.4 ppg and they have been led by Jermaine Bishop, who is averaging 11.6 ppg on the year, but he is currently out with an ankle injury. Their active leading scorer is Roby, who is averaging 10.3 ppg.
The Billikens enter this contest ranked 345th in the nation in scoring, putting up 60.7 ppg, while also ranking 333rd in FG% (39.4%), 256th in 3-point shooting (33.1%) and 339th in free throw shooting (62.3%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been average as they come in ranked 203rd in points allowed, giving up 72.7 ppg, while also ranking 217th in defensive FG% (44.0%) and 205th in 3-point defense (35.2%).
The Duquesne Dukes are off to a mediocre 8-8 start overall and after starting out 1-0 in the A-10, they are now just 1-2 in league play following a home loss to VCA and an 88-81 road loss to La Salle. The game was tied at 36 at the half, but they just fell apart down the stretch of the game. The Dukes have not been a great offensive team this year so far and while they hit just 43.7% of their shots overall, they also hit a strong 46.7% of their shots from long range. Leading their attack was Emile Blackman, who had 18 points and seven boards in the game. Also having a solid game was Isiaha Mike, who had 14 points, while Mike Lewis II had 11 and Nakye Sanders had 10, plus seven boards. Nice offensive balance, but it just wasn’t enough. There was a huge discrepancy at the line as the Explorers outscored the Dukes 24-5 at the line. Duquesne was granted just eight free throws in the game, while the Explorers had 25. A bit of home cookin’ there. Duquesne has five players that have averaged at least 8.5 ppg and they have been led by Mike Lewis II, who has put up 12.7 ppg on the year.
The Dukes enter this game ranked 222nd in the nation in scoring, putting up 72.4 ppg, while also ranking 248th in FG% (42.9%), 217th in 3-point shooting (34.2%) and 216th in free throw shooting (68.3%). At the defensive end of the floor they have been below average as they come in ranked 205th in points allowed, giving up 70.8 ppg, while also ranking 94th in defensive FG% (40.9%) and 152nd in 3-point defense (33.8%).
St Louis is:
The Billikens are not a good team this year, while the Dukes come in off a couple of seven-point losses. The Billikens have been a horrible team on offense this year, especially of late as they have averaged just 56.2 ppg over their last nine games. The Dukes have not been a great offensive team this year, but their offense is far better than that of the Billikens and they have averaged 74.5 ppg at home, compared to the 51.3 ppg that St Louis has put up in their three true road games. Take the Dukes to win this one rather easily.
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