Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Davidson Wildcats - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Davidson Wildcats (14-4) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (8-11)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Hagan Arena)
The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Davidson Wildcats will travel to Hagan Arena to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks this Saturday afternoon in college basketball action.
The Davidson Wildcats improved to 14-4 (5-2 A-10) on the season after defeating the George Mason Patriots, 80-73 (OT), last Saturday. Davidson shot 44.6% from the field however, just 31.0% (9-29) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Tyler Kalinoski who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Davidson is ranked 36th in the RPI Standings and has played the 111th ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Tyler Kalinoski (16.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.0 apg) and Jack Gibbs (15.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.9 apg). Offensively, Davidson is averaging 81.9 ppg (ranked 7th) on 47.5% shooting (ranked 28th). The Wildcats average 10.6 three-pointers per game (ranked 3rd) on 39.5% three-point shooting (ranked 24th). Defensively, Davidson is allowing their opponents to score an average of 69.7 ppg (ranked 270th) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 243rd). The Wildcats average just 5.0 spg (ranked 309th) and commit 20.6 fouls per game (ranked 303rd).
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The Saint Joseph’s Hawks dropped to 8-11 (2-5 A-10) on the season after losing 53-48 to the La Salle Explorers this past Tuesday. Saint Joseph’s shot 34.5% from the field and only got to the free-throw line two times in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was DeAndre Bembry who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Saint Joseph’s is ranked 186th in the RPI Standings and has played the 140th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hawks have been led by DeAndre Bembry (17.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Isaiah Miles (10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 apg). Offensively, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 61.2 ppg (ranked 311th) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 292nd). The Hawks shoot just 63.2% from the free-throw line and average just 4.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 288th). Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is holding their opponents to an average of 63.9 ppg (ranked 122nd). The Hawks average 4.7 bpg (ranked 51st) and 6.4 spg (ranked 171st).
The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the A-10. The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games.
Davidson is time that will try to get up and down court as fast possible and will have no hesitation to shoot the three-pointer if they have an inch of space to do so. Saint Joseph’s is probably the exact opposite of Davidson on the offensive end as they prefer a slower game in which they can work to get a good shot for DeAndre Bembry. Although I’ve back this Davidson team a lot this year, Saint Joseph’s is a tough place to play and I think that Hawks defensive will be able to slow down the Davidson’s offensive enough to keep this game close. I’m taking Saint Joseph’s and the points in this one.