Rhode Island Rams at Duquesne Dukes – NCAAM January 20

Rhode Island (7-7, 4-3) at Duquesne (3-5, 2-4)

  • Time: 3PM PST | 5PM CST | 6PM EST
  • Location: LaRoche University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • TV: ESPN+

Rams, Dukes Have Met Every Season Since 1992-93

The Rams have a 34-26 lead in the series that has seen at least one meeting for each of the last 28 years. Rhode Island has a 14-13 advantage in games played in Pittsburgh as the Dukes have lost the last two. This season, Duquesne has lost four out of it’s last six as they missed five games between Dec. 2 and Jan. 2 due to postponements or cancellations from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vs. The Spread

Rhode Island:

  • The total has gone OVER in the Rams’ last 5 games
  • Rhody is 2-5 ATS in it’s last 7 games against the Dukes
  • The Rams are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. the A-10


  • The Dukes are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Duquesne’s last 6 games
  • The Dukes are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 homes games

Last Time Out

Makhel Mitchell checked in with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds and Fatts Russell led Rhode Island with 18 as the Rams blanketed George Mason, 80-60. Rhody shot 52.8 percent from the field and held the Patriots to 33.3 percent. The Rams broke open a tight game midway through the second half with a 16-4 run which was capped by a triple from Russell as Rhode Island took a 75-58 lead with 2:33 to play.

Duquesne lost to St. Bonaventure, 62-48, on Saturday as the Dukes defended well, but couldn’t contain the Bonnies down the stretch. They only trailed 43-42 with 9:11, but only made one field goal the rest of the way. Michael Hughes had 14 points for Duquesne while Marcus Weathers popped in 12.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Rhode Island -5.5 (-110) -235 O 137 (-110)
Duquesne +5.5 (-110) +190 U 137 (-110)

Rams Stat Pack

  • Rams leading scorer Fatts Russell also has 200 career steals which ranks him 10th among active D-1 players.
  • Makhel Mitchell, who had his first career double-double vs. George Mason, is shooting 59 percent from the floor and has boosted his scoring average by 8.4 points.
  • Over the last 6 games, Rhode Island is a (+70) in rebound margin as six different Rams average at least 4.3 rebounds, led by 6.6 boards from Antwan Walker.

Rams Grease Board

Rhode Island Rams LogoRhode Island will attack the interior with 6-10 Makhel Mitchell, whose stock is on the rise of late with as he is 13-of-18 from the floor over the last two games while pulling down 16 rebounds in the two. The big man has to get ready to go to the free throw line though as he has made only 11-of-22 foul shots in those two games. Fatts Russell (15.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.9 apg) is one of the most well-rounded players in the A-10. He has pushed his scoring as he has averaged 17.7 ppg. and grabbed 6.3 boards in his last three games. Jeremy Shepherd 10.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg) is a disruptor on defense. The inside-outside prowess of the Rams is becoming a challenge for the entire conference.

Dukes Stat Pack

  • The Dukes have had to travel in 32 of their past 38 games dating back to last season as they are playing at LaRoche University – 10 miles from campus – while renovations are being made to their on-campus facility.
  • Duquesne has held it’s past four opponents to 60 points and 36.9 percent from the field.
  • Coach Keith Dambrot has used his bench liberally in using nine players in Duquesne’s first eight games. It’s an eclectic mix with three fifth-year seniors, five freshmen, and a grad-transfer.

Dukes Grease Board

Duquesne Dukes LogoDuquesne has had a myriad of disruptions and players lost with covid and then three players left the team just after the new year. This causes them to rely more on their three fifth year seniors in Marcus Weathers (13.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Tavian Dunn-Martin (10.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg) and Michael Hughes (8.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg). Finding offense has been tough as the Dukes have been under the 50-point mark in three of their last four games. Duquesne has to assert it’s presence on the glass with a more physical Rams’ team and try to chip away at an effective field goal percentage that sees them with a 45.5 effective field goal percentage, 307th in the nation.

Winner: Rhode Island (-5.5) 65, Duquesne 59
Over-Under: Take UNDER 137

The Bets
Rhode Island Rams -5.5
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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