UC Irvine @ Duquesne
Current Records: UC Irvine 5-3; Duquesne 4-7
What to Know
The Duquesne Dukes will take on the UC Irvine Anteaters at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at LeBron James Arena. The Dukes will be strutting in after a win while UC Irvine will be stumbling in from a loss.
Things were close when Duquesne and the New Hamp. Wildcats clashed last week, but Duquesne ultimately edged out the opposition 64-62. Duquesne’s success was spearheaded by the efforts of forward Austin Rotroff, who had ten points along with nine boards, and guard Tyson Acuff, who had 11 points in addition to five rebounds.
Meanwhile, UC Irvine was within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap this past Wednesday as they fell 66-61 to the Southern California Trojans. UC Irvine’s defeat came about despite a quality game from forward Austin Johnson, who had ten points along with nine boards and four blocks. Johnson had some trouble finding his footing against the Fresno State Bulldogs two weeks ago, so this was a step in the right direction.
The Dukes are expected to lose this next one by 6.5. Now might not be the best time to take Duquesne against the spread since they’ve let down bettors for the past two consecutive games.
Duquesne is now 4-7 while UC Irvine sits at 5-3. Two defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Duquesne has allowed their opponents to shoot 46.60% from the floor on average, which is the 16th highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball. UC Irvine’s defense has more to brag about, as they they have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 35.30%, which places them fifth in college basketball. So the cards are definitely stacked in their favor.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
- Where: LeBron James Arena — Akron, Ohio
- TV: ESPN Plus
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Anteaters are a solid 6.5-point favorite against the Dukes, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Anteaters as a 7.5-point favorite.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.
Injury Report for Duquesne
- Rodney Gunn Jr.: Game-Time Decision (Ankle)
Injury Report for UC Irvine
- Dawson Baker: Out (Hand)