Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Duquesne Dukes
The Massachusetts Minutemen and the Duquesne Dukes battle it out in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Tuesday. The Minutemen are -5 point favorites over the Dukes with an over/under point total set at 149.5.
The UMass Minutemen looked for most of the season like they would get a first round bye in the A-10 Tournament but Derek Kellogg’s team lost two of their last three and four of their last six games to sink in the standings. UMass is 9-7 in the A-10, 14-1 at home this season, and they finished tied for fifth place in the standings. Chaz Williams averages 16.2 points and 6.4 assists, Raphiael Putney averages 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds, and Jesse Morgan is averaging 9.8 points, As a team the Minutemen are averaging 76.1 points and they are shooting 43.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.4 percent. UMass let their defense get in the way of a first round bye and they are hoping it doesn’t end their conference tourney here.
The Duquesne Dukes have lost four of their last five games but Ron Everhart’s team pummeled UMass by 11 points the last time these two teams met. Duquesne is 7-9 in the A-10, 4-8 on the road this season, and they finished tied for ninth place in the conference standings. B.J. Monteiro is averaging 15 points and 5.3 rebounds, Sean Johnson is averaging 13.5 points, and T.J. McConnell is averaging 11.4 points and 5.5 assists. As a team the Dukes are averaging 72.3 points and they are shooting 45.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.3 points and their opponents are shooting 45.6 percent. Duquesne has a 98 RPI and has played the 51st ranked schedule in the nation.
UMass is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven home games, 4-10 against the spread following a win, and 5-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover. Duquesne is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 1-4 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The road team has covered in eight of the last 10 meetings of these two.
Traditionally these two combine for some of the more high scoring games around and this should be no different and my pick will be on the over.