William & Mary Tribe vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/1/14
Old Dominion Monarchs (5-8) at William & Mary Tribe (6-5)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Kaplan Arena)
The Line: William & Mary Tribe -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The 5-6 Old Dominion Monarchs make the short trip up I-64 for a showdown with former CAA rival William & Mary at 7PM Wednesday.
Old Dominion has been playing up and down ball all season long and they most recently were on the downside of things as they visited Richmond this past weekend and left with a 67-58 loss that dropped them below .500. ODU started strong and held a halftime lead behind the solid frontcourt play of Denzell Taylor. Taylor finished with 14 points and 10 boards on the game and was consistently dominant versus the Spiders bigs. Aaron Bacote added 20 for ODU, but no other players reached double figures and their bench only added 10 -- an area where they have struggled all year.
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William and Mary fell to 6-5 this weekend in ugly fashion as they were ran off the court at West Virginia 82-45. About all that could go wrong for the Tribe went wrong as they shot the ball just 25% from the floor and an even worse 24% from the 3 point line. The Tribe were outrebounded 47-31 and their only scorer in double figures was Tim Rusthoven with 13. The loss marked William and Mary’s first in their past 3 games. The Tribe will have one more tune up after ODU before conference play takes full effect.
Some trends to consider -- ODU is 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 Wednesday games and William and Mary is 7-2 against the spread in their last 9 after scoring less than 50 in their game before.
These two teams are fairly evenly matched and played numerous close contests over the years when they were conference foes. I like the home court advantage to be the difference here as the Tribe pull away late in the game behind their guard play and a concerted effort to take Denzell Taylor out of the game. W&M with the home court cover.