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Dayton (7-8) @ Richmond (3-12) — 7 p.m. — It’s been a tough season for both schools so far this year. Anthony Grant didn’t inherit a ton of talent on his roster and it’s shown from time to time. Darrell Davis and Josh Cunningham are the team’s high scoring duo who average over 30 points per game combined. Trying to find consistency around them is the problem. The team also features Kostas Antetokounmpo who is related to the Greek Freak in the NBA. Richmond, meanwhile, had some momentum after the win over Davidson, but that was quickly extinguished after a lackluster road trip through Fordham and St. Louis. Youth cannot continue to be the reason for the lack of success. The defense has been pretty bad at times although Richmond is now allowing teams to shoot just 48.5% from the field. UR has won seven of their last 10 at home in this series. The Flyers have won zero true road games. Richmond 70, Dayton 66

Duquesne (12-4) @ VCU (10-6) — 8 p.m. — Yes, it’s true…Duquesne is tied with Rhode Island atop the conference standings. The Dukes have taken care of business so far, but their schedule has been an absolute cakewalk. Keith Dambrot has done a good job and they are led by Mike Lewis II who is one of four double digit scorers. This is the first time they’ve been in a truly hostile atmosphere this season and I don’t know how they will take it. For VCU, they are were able to get one game in their Philly two-step and they are just one game out of first place. Justin Tillman continues to be a double-double monster and has been the one true consistent piece for the team. My problem with this squad is finding that other scorer or two who will show up on a night-to-night basis. The Rams have covered in four of their six games as a favorite, but nine is a big number. Duquesne has won just five times the last three seasons on the road. That number won’t go up on Tuesday. VCU 75, Duquesne 64

Syracuse (12-4) @ Virginia (14-1) — 8 p.m. — As a Syracuse fan, I will try to give balanced coverage of this game. If the Orange score 40 points, then Tony Bennett’s defensive system is a bust. Syracuse has one of the worst offenses in the country and are coming off an anemic effort at home against a Notre Dame team without Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell. UVA has lost their last two games in this series because of blown leads. This is a balanced Virginia squad that knows how to destroy a 2-3 zone and have good shooters who will get open. The Hoos have covered nine of their 11 games as a favorite this season. UVA 57, Syracuse 39

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