Duquesne vs Rice Prediction CBI Invitational, 03/19

Duquesne vs Rice Prediction CBI Invitational, 03/19

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As the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) heats up, the Rice Owls and Duquesne Dukes are set to face off in a thrilling matchup on Sunday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. EDT in Daytona Beach, Florida. As March Madness predictions and brackets continue to circulate. In this article, we will take an extensive look at both teams and provide expert predictions for the game so get ready for more March Madness picks.

 

Duquesne Dukes

The Dukes finished the regular season with a 20-12 overall record and a 10-8 record in A-10 play. They also boast an impressive 10-4 record in non-conference games. Duquesne ranks second in the A-10 with 15.2 assists per game, led by Tevin Brewer who is averaging 3.3 assists per game.

Duquesne has a strong offensive lineup, with Dae Dae Grant leading the way with an average of 14.5 points over the last 10 games. Their defense has also been solid, averaging 9.4 steals and 3.6 blocks per game. They have won 6 of their last 10 games, averaging 76.1 points per game while holding their opponents to an average of 71.7 points per game.

 

Rice Owls

The Owls finished the regular season with an 18-15 overall record and an 8-12 record in C-USA play. While their conference record is not as impressive as Duquesne's, they do have a 4-1 record in one-possession games, showing their ability to win close games.

Quincy Olivari has been the star of the Rice lineup, averaging 18.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Travis Evee has also been a strong contributor, averaging 15.4 points over the last 10 games. However, the Owls' defense has been a weak point, allowing their opponents to average 83.5 points per game in their last 10 games.

 

Betting Trends

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Liberty's last 9 games.

Liberty are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.

Liberty are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on the road.

Liberty are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Big Ten conference.

Liberty are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games played in March.

Wisconsin are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Wisconsin's last 8 games at home.

Wisconsin are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Sun conference.

Wisconsin are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games played in March.

 

Prediction

After analyzing both teams' stats and performances, we predict that Duquesne will win and cover the spread of -6 in their matchup against Rice. Duquesne has a stronger overall record and has been playing better basketball recently. Their defense has been solid, and they have shown their ability to score consistently. Additionally, Duquesne has a strong record in non-conference play, indicating their ability to handle opponents outside of their conference.

While Rice has a couple of strong offensive players, their defense has been a weak point, allowing their opponents to score at a high rate. Additionally, their conference record is not as impressive as Duquesne's, indicating that they may struggle against stronger opponents.

As March Madness odds for winning and March Madness picks from experts continue to circulate, our analysis points towards Duquesne as the stronger team in this matchup. Bettors looking for NCAAB picks and parlays should consider taking Duquesne to win and cover the spread.

 

PICK: Duquesne -6 (-110)

 

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