Saint Joseph's vs. St. Bonaventure - 2/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (13-6) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (18-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Hagan Arena)
The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 150 See the Latest Odds
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies will travel to Hagan Arena to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies snapped their three game losing streak and improved to 13-6 (5-3 A-10) on the season after defeating the Richmond Spiders, 84-68, this past Sunday. St. Bonaventure used a 23-6 run to start the half to overcome their 39-33 deficit and get the win. St. Bonaventure shot 50.0% from the field and 80.0% (24-30) from the FT line. The Bonnies held the Spiders to 38.5% shooting from the field and outrebounded Richmond by a 40-34 margin. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Marcus Posley who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Bonnies have been led by Marcus Posley (19.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Jaylen Adams (17.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.2 spg), and Dion Wright (16.1 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, St. Bonaventure is averaging 77.8 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bonnies average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.20. Defensively, St. Bonaventure is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Bonnies average 4.1 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 2.1.
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The Saint Joseph’s Hawks won their 7th straight game and improved to 18-3 (7-1 A-10) on the season after defeating the Rhode Island Rams, 64-55, this past Saturday. Saint Joseph’s used a strong defensive first half to take a 30-19 halftime lead and held a double-digit lead through most of the 2nd half in the victory. Saint Joseph’s shot just 38.5% from the field and 6.7% (1-15) from beyond the arc, but shot 82.1% (23-28) from the FT line. The Hawks held the Rams to 31.7% from the field and 17.4% (4-23) from three-point range. Leading the way for Saint Joseph’s was DeAndre Bembry who had a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Hawks have been led by Isaiah Miles (17.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg), DeAndre Bembry (16.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.6 spg), and Aaron Brown (9.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 74.9 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field and 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hawks average 6.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.36. Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is holding their opponents to average 67.0 ppg on 39.4% shooting. The Hawks have a rebound margin of 2.9 and average 3.9 blocks per game.
The Bonnies are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 vs. A-10 opponents and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Hawks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games and 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win.
St. Bonaventure has one of the best backcourts in the country led by Marcus Posey and Jaylen Adams and are large part of why the Bonnies rank 84th in the country in scoring offense. Saint Joseph’s is an experienced team that has been playing great lately and have one of the best all-around players in the league in DeAndre Bembry. Saint Joseph’s has been outstanding this season but has yet to face the real heavyweights in the A-10 and as St. Bonaventure does a great job of winning the turnover battle and hitting their FT’s, I think the Bonnies continue their success against the Hawks (3-0 vs. Saint Joseph’s last year) and at least cover with the points. Take St. Bonaventure and the points!