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Delaware vs. William & Mary - 1/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

William & Mary Tribe (9-4) at Delaware Blue Hens (8-7)

College Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Bob Carpenter Center)

The Line: Delaware Blue Hens -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: http://www.bluehens.com/liveEvents

The William & Mary Tribe will travel to the Bob Carpenter Center to take on the Delaware Blue Hens this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The William & Mary Tribe won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-4 (2-0 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 84-76, this past Tuesday. William & Mary went into halftime trailing by a 41-38 margin, however, was solid on the offensive end in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 78-71 lead with just :40 seconds left in regulation. William & Mary shot 51.9% from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tribe was Matt Milon who had a double-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, William & Mary is averaging 87.0 ppg on 51.7% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 11.5 three-pointers per game on 46.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Knight (19.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.9 bpg), Matt Milon (14.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.1 apg), Connor Burchfield (13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Justin Pierce (12.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg). Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 81.2 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of -2.1.

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Delaware vs. William & Mary - 1/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Delaware Blue Hens had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-7 (1-1 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the College of Charleston Cougars, 93-78, this past Tuesday. Delaware played College of Charleston tough early in the one, leading at halftime by a 44-43 margin, however, had no answers on the defensive end in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after College of Charleston took a 79-67 lead with 6:35 left in regulation. Delaware allowed College of Charleston to shoot 66.7% from the field and 50.0% (9-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Blue Hens was Eric Carter who had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Delaware is averaging 73.3 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Delaware has been led by Ryan Daly (16.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Kevin Anderson (13.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Ryan Allen (13.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Eric Carter (11.1 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Delaware is allowing their opponents to an average of 73.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Blue Hens have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 0.7. Kevin Anderson is currently questionable for this matchup after missing the last three Blue Hens games due to a knee injury.

The Tribe are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Blue Hens are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. CAA opponents.

William & Mary has won 3 of their last 4 games and has been outstanding on the offensive end this season as the Tribe rank 14th in scoring offense, 3rd in FG%, and 1st in 3P-FG%. Delaware has a talented starting five and although the Blue Hens rank just 214th in scoring offense and 206th in scoring defense, Delaware has been competitive season and has solid road wins against Richmond and UNCW. William & Mary is a talented offensive team, however, the Tribe rank just 330th in scoring defense and as William & Mary’s offense doesn’t seem as dominant on the road, I think Delaware will do enough on the offensive end to get the win and cover at home. Take Delaware to cover. 

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