Hofstra Pride vs. William & Mary Tribe Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/22/14
William & Mary Tribe (10-6) at Hofstra Pride (6-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hofstra Arena)
The Line: Hofstra Pride +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: William & Mary will try for back to back wins when they take the road to face a Hofstra side coming off a dismal 24-point loss Sunday.
The Breakdown: The Tribe sits in third place in the CAA with a conference record of 2-1 and come in off a 78-56 rout of James Madison Saturday in which they shot a lights out 56 percent from the field and connected on 10 of 20 from beyond the arc. Junior G Marcus Thorton had a team-high 20 points on 60 percent shooting, including 4 of 6 from downtown, while senior F Tim Rusthoven added 17 points and 7 boards. William & Mary also outrebounded the Dukes 35-24 and forced 10 turnovers. On the season, the Tribe is averaging 74.1 ppg on 47 percent shooting and junior G Marcus Thorton leads the team with 18.8 ppg, followed by freshman G Omar Prewitt at 13.5 ppg.
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Hofstra, meanwhile, is also 2-1 in conference play, but come into the contest having suffered 73-49 defeat at SMU Sunday. The Pride shot 16 of 48 from the field and hit 10 of 29 from distance, while allowing the Mustangs to shoot 50 percent from the field and hit 4 of 12 from outside the arc. Hofstra was also dominated on the boards by SMU 43-27 and committed a whopping 18 turnovers. Junior C Cannen Cunningham had a team-high 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting off the bench and sophomore F Marcus Kennedy added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Through 18 games, Hofstra is averaging 68.4 ppg on 42 percent shooting and senior G Zeke Upshaw leads the team with 19.1 ppg, followed by senior G Dion Nesmith at 12.4 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3 for William & Mary. The only common opponent for these two has been Delaware and both lost, one by 5 points and one by 7 so there’s no real comparison there. The one barometer that sticks out, though, is William & Mary’s six more points a game and 5 percent better shooting average. Look for the Tribe to cover.
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