William & Mary vs. Drexel - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Drexel Dragons (10-14) at William & Mary Tribe (15-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Kaplan Arena)
The Line: William & Mary Tribe -8 -- Over/Under: 160 See the Latest Odds
The Drexel Dragons will travel to Kaplan Arena to take on the William & Mary Tribe this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Drexel Dragons won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-14 (4-7 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 76-74, this past Thursday. Drexel led by a 30-22 margin at halftime and although they struggled defensively in the 2nd half, they were able to pick up the victory after the Dragons, Austin Williams, blocked James Madison’s game-tying attempt at the end of regulation. Drexel shot 44.6% from the field and 42.1% (8-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Dragons was Sammy Mojica who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Drexel is averaging 73.5 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Dragons are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Drexel has been led by Tramaine Isabell (19.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Kurk Lee (12.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Sammy Mojica (11.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.7 spg), and Alihan Demir (11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to average 78.0 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Dragons have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
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The William & Mary Tribe won their 2nd straight game and improved to 15-7 (8-3 CAA) on the season after defeating the Elon Phoenix, 99-92, this past Thursday. William & Mary led by a 52-39 margin at halftime and held on late after Elon cut it to an 89-86 lead with 2:42 left in regulation. William & Mary shot 57.1% from the field and 52.0% (13-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tribe was Justin Pierce who had a double-double with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, William & Mary is averaging 85.6 ppg on 51.1% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 11.3 three-pointers per game on 44.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Wright (18.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.1 bpg), Justin Pierce (14.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), David Cohn (13.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.5 spg), and Matt Milon (13.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 81.7 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -1.8.
The Dragons are 8-19-1 ATS in their last 28 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Tribe are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games.
Drexel picked up a couple of nice home wins against Northeastern and Elon recently, however, this is still a team that is just 1-8 on the road this season and ranks 240th in FG%, 307th in scoring defense, and 284th in defensive FG%. William & Mary has won 3 of their last 4 games and have one of the best offenses in the country as the Tribe ranks 11th in scoring offense, 5th in FG%, and 1st in 3P-FG%. William & Mary is a tough team to beat at home and as the Tribe already beat Drexel by a 22-pooint margin on the road this season, I don’t see the Tribe having too much trouble winning by double-digits in this one. Take William & Mary to cover this spread.