The Marshall Thundering Herd (5-7) and the Duquesne Dukes (10-1) face off at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 29, 2019.
Duquesne Dukes vs. Marshall Thundering Herd ATS Preview
The last time the Dukes played, they fell to the UAB Blazers, 77-68. With 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting, Marcus Weathers was Duquesne’s high scorer. UAB had an effective field goal percentage of 0.600 (above their season average of 0.481). Duquesne, meanwhile, forced the Blazers into a turnover percentage of 25.4 (above their season average of 19.8).
The Thundering Herd are hoping for a better outcome after their 88-80 loss to the UNI Panthers in their last game. Andrew Taylor was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting. UNI did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (27-33; 81.8 percent). Marshall, on the other hand, forced the Panthers into a turnover percentage of 21.3 (above their season average of 15.7).
Marshall might struggle to score as they go head-to-head against one of the NCAA’s best defenses. Duquesne ranks 33rd in defensive efficiency, while the Thundering Herd rank 255th in offensive efficiency.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Dukes won the only game last season, 93-82. The Dukes played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.351 and an absurd effective field goal percentage of 0.640. The Thundering Herd had marks of 0.279 and 0.533, respectively, for those same stats.
Duquesne Dukes vs. Marshall Thundering Herd ATS Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Duquesne, ATS Winner – Marshall, O/U – Under
Duquesne ranks 60th in three pointers attempted per game (25.1) while Marshall ranks 119th in three pointers allowed per game (21.8).
The Thundering Herd’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.6, up from 2.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Dukes have scored an average of 77.2 points per game (2.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 63.0 points per game (3.2 above their season average).