Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Dukes versus the Minutemen? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, MA. This Atlantic 10 conference matchup has an over/under of 154.5 points, and the Minutemen are favored to win at home vs. the Dukes.

DUQUESNE DUKES VS MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN BETTING PICK

The Pick: Massachusetts Minutemen -1.5

This game will be played at William D. Mullins Memorial Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.

WHY BET THE MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Minutemen.
  • Not only will Massachusetts pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 154.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will the Dukes Make it Happen in Amherst?

The Dukes come into today's game with a record of 9-3, coming off a loss to Santa Clara (81-73). If Duquesne wins today, they will improve their road record to 1-2. Duquesne has a sub-.500 record against the spread, sitting at 4-7. When playing away from home, the Dukes are 1-2 vs. the spread, while they are 3-5 ATS on their home court.

Duquesne's games have, on average, featured 146.2 points per game leading to an over/under record of 5-6-0. Their average over/under line is currently 147 points so far. The Dukes have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 143 points per game and an over/under record of 1-3.

In their most recent game, the Dukes' offense tallied 73 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 77.8 points per game. The top scorer for the Dukes was Dae Dae Grant with 32 points, while Jimmy Clark III also added 14 to the scoreboard.

The Dukes' defense is presently ranked 93rd nationally, allowing an average of 68.1 points per contest. The Duquesne defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 81 points and allowed Santa Clara to connect on 8 threes.

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Minutemen?

Massachusetts, who currently has a 9-3 record, will be playing against Duquesne today. In their previous ten home games, Massachusetts has gone 8-2, which includes last year. As Massachusetts enters today's game, their ATS record stands at 8-4. In their previous five games, they have gone 3-2 vs. the spread.

After 12 games, Massachusetts has an over/under record of 8-4-0, with their games averaging a combined 156.2 points per game so far. When assessing the Minutemen's performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-2, with their games averaging 157 points per game.

Massachusetts' offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Siena, finishing the game with a total of 79 points. Their season average is now 84.1 points per game. Leading Massachusetts in scoring vs. Siena was Matt Cross with his 24 points. Keon Thompson also added 21 points for the Minutemen.

In terms of defense, Massachusetts is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 72.1 points per game. The Massachusetts defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 66 points and allowed Siena to connect on 4 threes.