St. Bonaventure vs. Davidson - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Davidson Wildcats (8-3) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (8-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Reilly Center)
The Line: St. Bonaventure Bonnies -1 -- Over/Under: 158.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: American Sports Network
The Davidson Wildcats will travel to the Reilly Center to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Davidson Wildcats dropped to 8-3 (0-0 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the California Golden Bears, 86-60, this past Monday. Davidson struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t recover after falling behind 47-23 at halftime. Davidson shot just 31.3% from the field and 27.6% (8-29) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats allowed the Golden Bears to shoot 52.5% shooting from the field and 54.5% (12-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Davidson was Peyton Aldridge who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Jack Gibbs (24.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Brian Sullivan (14.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), and Peyton Aldridge (14.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Davidson is averaging 81.7 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 9.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.51. Defensively, Davidson is allowing their opponents to average 79.6 ppg on 44.3% shooting. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -8.1 and a turnover margin of 4.2.
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The St. Bonaventure Bonnies improved to 8-3 (0-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Niagara Purple Eagles, 82-68, this past Wednesday. St. Bonaventure was outstanding from beyond the arc and used a strong run early in the 2nd half to take a 20-point lead, 59-39, and secure the victory. St. Bonaventure shot 50.9% from the field and 48.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bonnies held the Purple Eagles to shoot 22.7% (5-22) from beyond the arc and forced Niagara to commit 18 turnovers. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Dion Wright who had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, the Bonnies have been led by Dion Wright (17.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.2 spg), Marcus Posley (17.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg), and Jaylen Adams (16.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.2 apg). Offensively, St. Bonaventure is averaging 74.5 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field and 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bonnies average 7.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, St. Bonaventure is holding their opponents to an average of 68.7 ppg on 42.3% shooting. The Bonnies have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of 2.6.
The Wildcats are 16-5 AS in their last 21 vs. A-10 opponents and 21-7 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Bonnies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. A-10 opponents and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Davidson is once again a dangerous offensive team that should be one of the better teams in the A-10 however, the Wildcats have struggled against tougher competition this season with 20+ point losses against Pittsburgh and California. St. Bonaventure has a great backcourt led by Marcus Posley and has been great on the defensive end at forcing turnovers. You always have to worry about Davidson lighting it up from beyond the arc, but the Bonnies are a solid team and play well at home and I think they’ll be able to pull off the win against Wildcats. Take St. Bonaventure to cover.