West Virginia has won the last eight games in its series with Duquesne, which includes the last four played in Pittsburgh. Let’s take a closer look at this non-conference rivalry from a NCAA Basketball betting perspective.

Mountaineers have won three in a row

The West Virginia Mountaineers will head into the CONSOL Energy Center on a three-game win streak, coming off a 68-67 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies as eight-point home favorites, while going UNDER the NCAAB betting lines for the fifth time in six opportunities. The Mountaineers are 8-14 against the spread (ATS) away from home over the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 16-6 in that situation.

Dukes are holding their own under Ferry 

Image previewThe Duquesne Dukes are 5-4 through nine games of the Jim Ferry era, as he came over from LIU Brooklyn after leading that program to its second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. The Dukes are 0-2 against Big East opponents this season after losing to Georgetown and Pittsburgh, which happens to be the former conference of tonight’s opponent.

Winning in December

Sports bettors may find the Mountaineers attractive when looking over the college basketball odds page, considering they’ve won 49 of their last 56 games in the month of December. West Virginia is playing its first season in the Big 12 Conference, but has gone 56-14 in non-conference regular season games under coach Bob Huggins. The program is 7-7 ATS during this calendar month since 2010.

Team effort on the boards

The Dukes have been out-rebounded in the last five meetings in this series, but that could change with a new philosophy on the boards. It’s truly a team effort with no player averaging more than 5.2 rebounds per game, which has led to a plus-5.3 rebounding edge through nine games. Duquesne ranked 337th in rebounding margin with a minus-7.5 disparity on the boards a season ago. It’s an important statistic to handicap when you find out that West Virginia is 104-24 in its last 128 games when out-rebounding its opponent.

Huggins is perfect in this series

Huggins is 5-0 all-time against the Dukes, with four of those victories coming at West Virginia and the other coming during his time at Cincinnati. West Virginia has compiled a 298-170 record against current members of the Atlantic 10 Conference, but has missed the mark in terms of the point spread in four of its last five opportunities.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Dukes as one of their college basketball picks on Tuesday night, as the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings, while the Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS when hitting the road after three or more consecutive home games. 

College Basketball Pick: Duquesne Dukes +7.5 at 5Dimes