Saint Joseph's Hawks (9-13) at Davidson Wildcats (12-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Davidson Wildcats -9.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will travel to John M. Belk Arena to take on the Davidson Wildcats this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Saint Joseph’s Hawks lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 9-13 (4-6 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the La Salle Explorers, 81-78, this past Saturday. Saint Joseph’s led by a 43-38 margin at halftime however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a 7-1 Explorers run gave La Salle a 75-72 lead with 1:16 left in regulation. Saint Joseph’s shot 41.1% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 13-2 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Shavar Newkirk who had 30 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and a block. On the season, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 73.3 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Joseph’s has been led by James Demery (17.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Shavar Newkirk (17.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Taylor Funk (12.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Pierfrancesco Oliva (6.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Saint Joseph’s is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Davidson Wildcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-9 (7-3 A-10) on the season after defeating the George Washington Colonials, 87-58, this past Saturday. Davidson dominated George Washington on both ends of the court and had no trouble cruising to victory after a 24-8 Wildcats run gave Davison a 65-37 lead with 9:26 left in regulation. Davidson shot 49.2% from the field and 44.8% (13-29) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Kellan Grady who had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. On the season, Davidson is averaging 76.1 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game on 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Davidson has been led by Peyton Aldridge (19.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.7 apg), Kellan Grady (16.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jon Axel Gudmundsson (15.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.5 spg), and KiShawn Pritchett (6.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg). Defensively, Davidson is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. A-10 opponents. The Wildcats are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Saint Joseph’s has lost 6 of their last 8 games and has struggled on both sides of the ball this season as the Hawks come into this matchup ranked 202nd in scoring offense and 205th in scoring defense. Davidson has won 7 of their last 9 games and have been solid on both ends of the ball as they rank 51st in FG%, 10th in three-pointers made per game, and 55th in scoring defense. Saint Joseph’s is just 1-8 on the road this season and as Davidson is allowing their opponents to average 59.6 ppg in A-10 play this season, I think the Wildcats will be able to enough on their home court to win this one by double-digits. Take Davidson to cover.