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#2009 Duquesne vs.
#2010 La Salle
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:00pm EST
Written by David Delano

The La Salle Explorers will host the Duquesne Dukes on Wednesday in an Atlantic-10 match-up. According to the College Basketball Power Index, Duquesne is rated 93rd in BPI, and La Salle is 207th. The Dukes are currently ninth in the A-10 standings, and La Salle is 12th. These two teams have not yet met this season. Last season, Duquense defeated La Salle 71-69 as a 9.5 point home favorite on February 2, 2020.

Dukes coming off loss to Richmond

The Duquesne Dukes are 7-7 overall and 6-6 in the Atlantic-10 conference, currently three games behind first-place St. Bonaventure and VCU with only two games remaining on their regular-season schedule. The Dukes had put together a three-game winning streak with a 86-62 win over Fordham on January 27, a 67-50 win over Saint Joseph's on January 30, and 69-64 over Dayton on February 2, before having two games postponed and experiencing a long layoff. The Dukes returned to the court this past Saturday and lost to Richmond 79-72 as a nine-point dog.

Duquesne is led by a trio of seniors. Marcus Weathers, a 6'5 forward leads the team with 14.8 ppg and adds 7.2 rebounds, followed by 6'8 center Micheal Hughes with 11.1 ppg and a team-best 8.1 rebounds. Tavian Dunn-Martin a 5'8 guard is third with 10.2 ppg and a team-best 3.4 assists per game. The Dukes have been a poor offensive team, scoring 66.3 ppg on the season, shooting 41.9% from the field, 29% from three-point range, and 65.3% from the free-throw line. Defensively the Dukes are holding opponents to just 65.1 ppg which is 58th best in the country.

La Salle looks to stop losing streak

La Salle is 7-14 overall and 5-10 in the Atlantic-10. After getting off to a .500 start through their first eight conference games, the Explorers have lost six of their last seven games and will enter Wednesday on a four-game losing streak. The Explores lost on Saturday 91-82 in overtime as a 1.5 point favorite.

Sherif Kenney, a 6'4 sophomore guard, leads the team with 10.1 ppg but only shots 39.7% from the floor, and Jack Clark, a 6'8 sophomore guard, leads the team with 10 ppg on shooting 39.9% shooting and has added 5.1 rebounds per game this season, but only shoots 39.3% from the floor. The Explorers are averaging 68 ppg and shooting 43.6% from the floor, 34% from three-point range, and 67.5% from the free-throw line. Defensively Las Salle has allowed 73.3 ppg, which is 258th in the country.

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The record is mediocre overall, but Duquesne is the much better team here. The Dukes are 109th overall according to KenPom, 162nd in adjusted offensive efficiency, and 65th in adjusted defensive efficiency. La Salle is 190th according to KenPom and 160th in adjusted offensively efficiency, but much weaker than their counterparts on the other end, rating 241st in adjusted defensive efficiency.

Duquesne has been impressive lately against strong competition, covering in their last six games overall, with four of those games coming against opponents who are rated in the top 90 according to BPI. La Salle has lost its last four games, all by at least eight points, which includes falling to a Saint Joseph's team that is just 261st according to BPI and a Fordham team that is 322nd.

I like Duquesne to cover here and win by at least six points.

Prediction: Duquesne Dukes -3

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Las Salle has played to the over in four of its last five games overall and has allowed opponents to score at least 75 points in each of those games. La Salle has also allowed at least 73 points in 12 consecutive games. Duquesne has seen five of its last six games against a losing team go over the total, and I like this game on Wednesday to go over the total as well.

Prediction: Over 138.5
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