Planning on watching today’s Dukes and Rams game? Catch the action at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, as the Rams hosts this showdown at 1:00 ET on CBS. The over/under for this game is set at 126.5 points, and VCU is favored by -2 vs. Duquesne in a Atlantic 10 conference matchup.


The Pick: VCU Rams -2

This game will be played at Barclays Center at 1:00 ET on Sunday, March 17th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Rams.
  • Not only will VCU pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 126.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Will the Dukes Win on the Road?

With a record of 20-11, Duquesne has won seven straight games and is 13-8 in Atlantic 10 play. On the road, the Dukes are 6-7, and they have gone 3-0 in their last three road games.

For the season, Duquesne has been the underdog in 10 of its games, going 5-5 in those contests. So far, the Dukes have been the underdog in 10 games, going 5-5.

As the underdog, Duquesne has been solid vs. the spread this season, going 6-4. The Dukes’ overall ATS record is 17-16, and they are 7-6 vs. the spread on the road this year. In their last three road games, Duquesne is 3-0 vs. the spread.

So far this season, Duquesne’s over/under record is 9-23-1. The average over/under line in their games is 143.1 and the average score is 137.5, resulting in an average margin of -5.5. Today’s over/under line of 126.5 is lower than any of their previous lines this year. Currently, 27 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

The Dukes’ offense finished with 70 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 71.2 points per contest. The top scorer for the Dukes was Dae Dae Grant with 27 points, while Jimmy Clark III also chipped in with 18 points.

The Dukes’ defense is presently ranked 36th nationally, allowing an average of 66.5 points per contest. Against St. Bonaventure, the Dukes’ defense gave up 60 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, St. Bonaventure only made 6 free-throws.

Will the Rams Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

VCU enters this game as a 2-point favorite, and they have been the favored team in 24 of their 31 games this season. They have gone 19-5 in those games, and they are 16-7 at home this season. Over their last 10 games at home, the Rams are 8-2.

Overall, VCU is 19-12 this season and they are coming off a 66-60 win over Saint Joseph’s. They have won three straight games, and they have gone 14-6 in Atlantic 10 play.

At home this season, VCU has an ATS record of 13-10 and they are 6-4 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite. Overall, the Rams have an ATS mark of 20-13 this year.

VCU’s over/under record this season is 14-19 and today’s line of 126.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (140.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 129 points and their OU record during this stretch is 0-3. So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s over/under line.

In their most recent game, the VCU offense concluded with only 66 points against Saint Joseph’s. Throughout the game, they made 4/21 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 50%. Max Shulga led the scoring for the Rams, contributing 25 points. Additionally, Sean Bairstow chipped in with 13 points.

So far, the Rams’ defense is ranked 48th in the country at 67.0 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, VCU’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.5% this season.