UC Davis vs. Hawaii - 3/13/15 Big West Semifinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Hawaii at UC Davis Aggies (24-5)
College Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 (Honda Center)
The Line: UC Davis -2.5 -- Over/Under: 148 See the Latest Odds
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors and UC Davis Aggies meet Friday in the Big West semifinal.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors look to keep rolling after winning five of their last eight. On the season, Hawaii is averaging 73.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 68.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Aaron Valdes is averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while Stefan Jankovic is averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. Garrett Nevels is the third double-digit scorer and Isaac Fleming is dishing 2.1 assists. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have five players averaging at least 8.9 points, and they’re shooting 69.3 percent from the line and 32.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Hawaii is allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in five of its last six games.
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The UC Davis Aggies look to build on their four-game winning streak. On the season, UC Davis is averaging 71.4 points on 49.5 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Corey Hawkins is averaging 20.6 points and 3.5 assists while Josh Ritchart is averaging 11.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. Josh Fox is grabbing 4.6 rebounds and Tyler Les is dishing 1.6 assists. The UC Davis Aggies have four players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 73.3 percent from the line and 45.2 percent from deep. Defensively, UC Davis is allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in five of its last six games.
The Warriors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big West and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Aggies are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 vs. Big West. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
While I like this Hawaii team, UC Davis is the team to beat and is playing better basketball. Take the Aggies and the reasonable chalk.