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Duquesne vs. Pittsburgh, 12/02/2016 19:00 EDT, Score: 64 - 55

Point Spread: +15/-110 Duquesne

Sportsbook: Bookmaker

Result: Win

Earliest Cash - Rickenbach CBB Game #519 Friday - 8* Duquesne Dukes (+) vs Pittsburgh Panthers @ PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh @ 7 ET - This is a city rivalry game and, although the Panthers have certainly dominated the series, that doesn't make it any less important for the Dukes players. Rest assure, Duquesne wants this game badly. The chance to beat their "big brother" is always a huge game for the Dukes and though I feel they will fall short of the outright win here, I do expect Duquesne to keep this one to a margin of single digits. The Dukes are catching the Panthers at an ideal time as Pitt can't help but to be "still celebrating" their big upset win over Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Now the Panthers come into this game as a large favorite and the early line move has seen this one jump from 13.5 to 15 points. I like the extra value that is giving us with the big dog here. Duquesne is seeing Nebraska-transfer Tarin Smith run the floor and handle point-guard duties. Also, even though they lost 4 starters from last season's team, the Dukes have seen other guys step up this season including a number of newcomers. Granted, Duquesne is still certainly not on the level that Pitt us but they are going to bring their "game of the year" effort to this one tonight and that should be more than enough for he cover. Keep in mind, Pitt has a new head coach in Kevin Stallings and, though the Panthers are a solid 6-1 on the season, they haven't shown a penchant for absolutely murdering over-matched foes. The Panthers only beat Yale by 5 and Eastern Michigan by 3. Also, they certainly took their foot off of the gas against a clearly out-classed Gardner Webb team which, by the way, that 19 point win was the only win that Pitt has by more than 14 points this season. Off the huge win over the Terrapins, look for Pittsburgh to fall a little flat here. The Panthers are on a 13-28 ATS run as a favorite, 2-12 ATS when off of a game where they allowed 60 points or less, and on a 1-8 ATS run in their games against teams with a losing record. Duquesne is off of an embarrassing loss to UMBC but they are 13-8 ATS when off of a game where they allowed 80 points or more and the Dukes only loss by a double digit margin this season was against Kentucky and, of course, the Dukes were expected to get hammered in that game. This rivalry game plays out tighter than expected tonight. 8* DUQUESNE DUKES early Friday evening

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