St. Bonaventure vs. Saint Joseph's - 3/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Joseph's Hawks (24-5) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (20-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Reilly Center)
The Line: St. Bonaventure Bonnies +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will travel to the Reilly Center to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 24-5 (13-3 A-10) on the season after defeating the St. Louis Billikens, 77-63, this past Sunday. Saint Joseph’s held a 35-32 lead at halftime and was able to slowly pull away for the double-digit victory throughout the 2nd half. Saint Joseph’s shot 48.1% from the field and outrebounded Saint Louis by a 38-27 margin. The Hawks held the Billikens to 45.5% shooting from the field and 26.9% (7-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Saint Joseph’s was DeAndre Bembry who had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, the Hawks have been led by Isaiah Miles (17.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg), DeAndre Bembry (17.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 spg), and Aaron Brown (9.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 76.7 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Hawks average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.49. Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 40.3% shooting. The Hawks have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
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The St. Bonaventure Bonnies won their 3rd straight game and improved to 20-7 (12-4 A-10) on the season after defeating the UMass Minutemen, 85-83, this past Saturday. St. Bonaventure was down by a 45-35 margin at halftime but used a 13-3 run to open the 2nd half to get back into the game and got the victory with a 3-point play by Marcus Posely with 13 seconds left in the game. St. Bonaventure shot 48.1% from the field and outrebounded UMass by a 32-23 margin. The Bonnies allowed the Minutemen to shoot 57.1% from the field and 45.8% (11-24) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Dion Wright who had a double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, the Bonnies have been led by Jaylen Adams (18.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Marcus Posley (18.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg), and Dion Wright (16.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, St. Bonaventure is averaging 76.8 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bonnies average 8.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.16. Defensively, St. Bonaventure is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 43.3% shooting. The Bonnies average 4.1 blocks per game and have a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Hawks are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 Wednesday games. The Bonnies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Saint Joseph’s is an experienced team that has been outstanding on the road this season as the Hawks have posted a 10-1 record away from home. St. Bonaventure has won 8 of their last 9 games and have one of the best guard duos in the conference in Jaylen Adams and Marcus Posley. Saint Joseph’s is holding their opponents to just 66.7 ppg on the road this season however, St. Bonaventure was able to pull out a 83-73 victory at Saint Joseph’s earlier this season and as feel that this matchup usually provides a close game, I’m going to take the Bonnies and the points in this one.