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William & Mary vs. UNC Wilmington - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC Wilmington Seahawks (20-5) at William & Mary Tribe (17-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Kaplan Arena)

The Line: William & Mary Tribe -2.5 -- Over/Under: 160 See the Latest Odds

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The UNC Wilmington Seahawks will travel to Kaplan Arena to take on the William & Mary Tribe this Thursday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks won their 11th straight game and improved to 20-5 (12-2 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 78-68, this past Saturday. UNC Wilmington used a 15-1 run at the end of the 1st half to take a 42-29 lead and led by double-digits throughout the 2nd half in the victory. UNC Wilmington shot 39.3% from the field and 35.7% (10-28) from beyond the arc. The Seahawks allowed the Dukes to shoot 45.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by an 18-10 margin. Leading the way for UNC Wilmington was Chris Flemmings who had a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Seahawks have been led by Chris Flemmings (16.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), Denzel Ingram (12.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Craig Ponder (11.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, UNC Wilmington is averaging 81.8 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field and 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Seahawks average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.24. Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 42.1% shooting. The Seahawks average 4.6 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 4.4.

William & Mary vs. UNC Wilmington - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The William & Mary Tribe lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 17-8 (9-5 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Towson Tigers, 99-82, this past Saturday. William & Mary struggled throughout the game on the defensive end and trailed by double-digits for the majority the 2nd half in the loss. William & Mary shot 42.9% from the field and 84.8% (28-33) from the FT line. The Tribe allowed the Tigers to shoot 55.6% from the field and 46.2% (12-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for William & Mary was Terry Tarpey who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists. On the season, the Tribe have been led by Omar Prewitt (17.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.6 apg), Daniel Dixon (13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Terry Tarpey (10.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.4 bpg). Offensively, William & Mary is averaging 77.7 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field and 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Tribe average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.55. Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to an average of 71.7 ppg on 42.1% shooting. The Tribe average 4.7 blocks per game and have a rebound margin of 2.2.

The Seahawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tribe are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

UNC Wilmington continues to win games against the best the CAA has to offer which includes a 97-94 win in OT against William & Mary in mid-January. William & Mary is one of the better offensive teams in the CAA as they rank 19th in the country in FG% and 52nd in 3P FG% however, have struggled on the defensive end as of late as they’ve allowed a combined 185 points over their last two losses. UNC Wilmington has been outstanding on both sides of the ball however has allowed their opponents to average 74.2 ppg when they are on the road and as I think William & Mary will be able to regroup on the defensive end on their home court, I’m taking William & Mary to win this one. Take William & Mary to cover. 

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William & Mary Tribe -2.5

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