St. Bonaventure and Duquesne square off in an Atlantic 10 matchup on Friday evening. The Bonnies ousted the Dukes in the second round of last year's A-10 tourney as part of their conference title run last season. Jaren Holmes scored 14 points in that win and returns this year as his team's leading scorer, with 15.2 points per game this season. Duquesne is hoping its young core of players can pull an upset early on in the conference schedule.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET at UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse. The Bonnies are favored by six points in the latest Duquesne vs. St. Bonaventure odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 136. Before entering any St. Bonaventure vs. Duquesne picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Duquesne vs. St. Bonaventure spread: Duquesne +6
- Duquesne vs. St. Bonaventure over-under: 136 points
What you need to know about Duquesne
Each of Duquesne's last two losses came by a difference of 20 points. The most recent came in the Dukes' last game against Dayton, which ended in a 72-52 defeat last Saturday. Four players on Duquesne scored in the double digits: Forward Tre Williams (12), guard Amir Spears (12), guard Leon Ayers III (12), and forward Kevin Easley Jr. (10). All four average double figures in points this season.
The Dukes may be a sub-.500 team, but it's not for lack of effort. Duquesne is one of the nation's top teams in creating shots and averages 62 attempts per game. Additionally, the Dukes work hard on the offensive glass and snag 12.1 offensive rebounds per contest. Williams and Easley lead the team in that area, and average 2.6 and 2.5, respectively.
What you need to know about St. Bonaventure
Dayton didn't stop with the Dukes; three days after its win against Duquesne, the Flyers took down St. Bonaventure, 68-50. Guard Kyle Lofton is the Bonnies' third-leading scorer this season, but finished with just seven points on a 3-for-11 shooting night. Holmes had an even worse showing, with just five points on 1-for-12 shooting from the field. He missed all six of his three-point attempts.
The offense wasn't clicking in the last game, but the Bonnies have been one of the better rim-protecting teams in college basketball this year. St. Bonaventure averages 5.5 blocks per game, led by Osun Osunniyi. The senior forward swats away 3.1 shots per game, and is a contributor on offense as well. Osunniyi has made 58.9 percent of his shots this season, and averages 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
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