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Davidson Wildcats vs. Richmond Spiders - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Richmond Spiders (7-6) at Davidson Wildcats (9-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Belk Arena)

The Line: Davidson Wildcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Richmond Spiders will travel to John M. Belk Arena to take on the Davidson Wildcats this Saturday night.

The Richmond Spiders lost their second straight game and dropped to 7-6 on the season after losing 58-57 to the Northeastern Huskies this past Wednesday. The Spiders only shot 23.8% (5-21 3PM-A) from long range and were outrebounded by a 34-26 margin. Leading the way for Richmond was Kendall Anthony who had 18 points and 2 assists. Richmond is currently ranked 133rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 77th ranked SOS. On the season, the Spiders have been led by Kendall Anthony (15.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), Terry Allen (10.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg) and Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (6.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.1 apg). Richmond is currently averaging 61.4 ppg (ranked 301st) on 45.5% shooting (ranked 94th). Richmond is currently only average 10.0 turnovers per game which ranks 9th in the country. Defensively, the Spiders are allowing 58.2 ppg (ranked 31st) on 42.1% shooting (ranked 164th). Richmond is averaging 7.38 offensive rpg (ranked 335th), 21.15 defensive rpg (ranked 311th), and 28.54 total rpg (ranked 341st).

Davidson Wildcats vs. Richmond Spiders - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Davidson Wildcats fell to 9-2 on the season after losing 83-72 to the 3rd ranked Virginia Cavaliers this past Tuesday. Davidson shot 48.2% from the field and 39.3% from long-range against Virginia. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Tyler Kalinoski who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Davidson is currently ranked 55th in the RPI Standings and has played the 212th ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Tyler Kalinoski (16.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.6 apg), Jack Gibbs (16.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.9 spg), and Peyton Aldridge (11.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 bpg). Offensively, Davidson is averaging 86.3 ppg (ranked 2nd) on 48.3% shooting (ranked 28th). The Wildcats average 11.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 3rd) on 41.2% three-point shooting (ranked 10th). Davidson has a 1.74 Assist to Turnover Ratio which ranks 2nd in the country.  Defensively, the Wildcats are allowing 70.7 ppg (ranked 278th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 211th). Davidson grabs an average of 28.36 defensive rpg (ranked 13th) and 40.27 total rpg (ranked 28th).

The Spiders are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 road games.  The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

I was intrigued to see how this Davidson would match-up against a top-tier team and although they loss, I was impressed by how the Wildcats played against the 3rd ranked Cavaliers. Richmond has played well defensively, however, I think that if Davidson can score on Virginia at Virginia, then they won’t have much trouble scoring at home against Richmond. I don’t think that Richmond will be able to score enough to keep up with the Wildcats in this one and I think Davidson will walk away with a double-digit victory. Take Davidson to cover the spread!

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Davidson Wildcats -7.5

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