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Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Duquesne Dukes vs UMass Minutemen

Where: William D. Mullins Memorial Center, Amherst, MA

When: Saturday, January 25, 2:00 PM. ET.

The UMass Minutemen will be trying to snap their four-game losing streak when they take on the Duquesne Dukes on Saturday afternoon.

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Dukes Going For Sixth Win In Seven Games

The Dukes had their five-game winning streak snapped by Rhode Island in their last game and will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Minutemen, which will give them their sixth win in their last seven games.

Duquesne is averaging 71.1 points per game. The team is shooting 44 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range. They finished with 55 points in their last game and will need a much better performance to get past the Minutemen.

Marcus Weathers led the way for the Dukes with 20 points and seven rebounds, while J Baylee Steele added eight points and seven rebounds for the Dukes, who finished the game with only one player scoring in double figures.

Duquesne has done a better job on the defensive end, holding opponents to 62.1 points per game. They gave up 77 points in their last game and will need a much better effort if they want to pick up the win.

Minutemen Going For Third Win In Nine Games

The Minutemen haven’t played well this season and find themselves in the middle of another slump. They have lost their last four games and will be trying to put an end to the streak and pick up their third win in their last nine games when they play the Dukes.

UMass has struggled offensively, averaging 69.4 points per game. The team is shooting 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. They finished with 63 points in their last game and will need a much better performance to get past the Dukes.

Carl Pierre led the way for the Minutemen with 23 points and three rebounds, while Tre Mitchell added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Minutemen, who finished the game with two players scoring in double figures.

UMass has struggled on the defensive end, holding opponents to 72.8 points per game. They gave up 73 points in their last game and will need a much better effort if they want to beat the Dukes.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Minutemen have struggled defensively, giving up 72.8 points per game. They have given up 74.5 points per game in their last two home games and will struggle to slow down the Dukes, who are averaging 71.1 points per game. The Dukes are giving up 62.1 points per game and won’t have trouble slowing down the Minutemen, who are averaging 69.4 points per game because they have played worse in recent games and are averaging 58.7 points per game in their last four games. The Dukes also do a better job rebounding the ball, averaging 35.3 rebounds per game to UMass’ 32.4 rebounds per game, which will give them more second-chance opportunities in this game. With the Dukes winning two of the last three games between the two teams, Duquesne is the best bet.

Prediction: Duquesne Dukes

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Dukes have smothered opponents on the defensive end, giving up 62.1 points per game. They held their last five opponents to 60 points per game before giving up 77 points in their last game. With the Minutemen averaging 58.7 points per game in their last four games, expect the Dukes to keep them under 60 points in this game. The Minutemen haven’t played well defensively, giving up 72.8 points per game. They haven’t played well in their last two home games, giving up 74.5 points per game, so expect the Dukes to hit their season average in this game. Even though the Dukes will score over 70 points in this game, they won’t score enough to push the score over the total.

Prediction: Under

Half-Time Side Pick

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The Dukes will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Minutemen in the first half of their last three games, averaging 32.3 points per game while the Minutemen averaged 28.3 points per game.

Prediction: Duquesne Dukes

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The Dukes and Minutemen are averaging 60.6 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will stay under the first-half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

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